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  • Magnificent seafront setting in a small conservancy just outside town
  • Intimate, with only 3 rooms, and offers great value
  • Well located for a stepping stone into the Garden Route

Dana Bay B&B Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

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About

Declared a conservancy in 1998, Dana Bay is a scenic residential suburb where swathes of endemic fynbos and a wide variety of indigenous animals have been allowed to retain their rightful place in nature. In the heart of the conservancy, Dana Bay Guest House allows visitors to become acquainted with the numerous bird and mammal species that live in the untouched fynbos, while adding magnificent sea views to the mix.

With just two rooms and a self-catering flat, the guest house has an intimate atmosphere which suits the tranquil surrounds, and offers all the comfort needed for a relaxing seaside holiday. The double room, which is an ideal honeymoon suite, has huge windows that allow guests to enjoy panoramic sea views from the comfort of the King-size bed. The balcony boasts an even more spectacular vista, and sundowners are sometimes accompanied by the sight of whales or dolphins frolicking in the ocean below. 

Also featuring a balcony with sea views, the triple room has a King-size bed and a single bed in two separate bedrooms, making it ideal for couples with a child older than 12. 

Both the double and triple room have full bathrooms and amenities such as fans, heaters, hairdryers, gowns, tea and coffee stations, bar fridges and flatscreen satellite televisions. Guests in the rooms are treated to a scrumptious breakfast overlooking the sea and fynbos.

Those who want to settle down for a long holiday should choose to stay in the self-catering flat, which sleeps six and is ideal for family getaways. Being on the ground level, the flat is suitable for children of all ages, and offers comprehensive self-catering facilities, including a spacious kitchen and open-plan lounge and dining area. Jovial family braais can be enjoyed on the patio, while the private lawn offers unobstructed sea views. On rainy days, the television with DVD player provides indoor entertainment.

In warmer weather, guests can take an easy stroll to one of beaches, which fall under the conservancy and are therefore beautifully pristine. There are many kilometres of unspoilt coastline to explore, and the warm Indian Ocean is perfectly suited for swimming. Mossel Bay offers a wealth of activities, ranging from adrenaline-pumping experiences such as shark cage diving, to more sedate pursuits such as golf and shopping. Amongst other activities, tourists can go on boat trips to the massive seal colony on Seal Island, ride horses on the beach or visit the fascinating Dias Museum.

Dana Bay is also optimally positioned for day trips into the rest of the Garden Route, and is only an hour’s drive from the ostrich paradise of Oudtshoorn, making for a varied and entertaining holiday.

 

Rates & Summary


Double/Honeymoon Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Balcony with panoramic sea views

Triple Room

Sleeps 3 in King and single rooms
Bathroom with bath and shower
Balcony with sea views

Self-catering Flat

Sleeps 6 in double and twin rooms plus sleeper couch
Bathroom with bath and shower
Kitchen, lounge and dining area
Patio with braai
Private lawn with unobstructed sea views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English Breakfast included in rooms
Self-catering in flat

Kids

Children 12 and older welcome in rooms.
Children of all ages welcome in flat.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the Dana Bay conservancy outside Mossel Bay, Dana Bay Guest House offers homely bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in a beautiful natural setting. The guest house is just a few steps from the beach and the rooms all have balconies or patios with magnificent views of ocean and fynbos. A warm atmosphere and comfortable accommodation contribute to a lovely seaside holiday.

Summary

  • Magnificent seafront setting in a small conservancy just outside town
  • Intimate, with only 3 rooms, and offers great value
  • Well located for a stepping stone into the Garden Route

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Easy beach access
  • Nearby: beaches, tidal pools, boat trips, whale watching, shark cage diving, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, nature reserves, hiking, golf courses, quad biking, lighthouse, Dias Museum complex.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • EFT accepted

Security

  • Office safe

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Garden Route

Western Cape

About

The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

Look out for

National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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