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  • Rustic, secluded country homesteads offer the ideal nature lover's getaway
  • Family friendly and good for small groups
  • Much to explore in and around the beautiful scenery of Grootbos

Fynbos Retreat

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

15km from Stanford


-34.529, 19.4896


Fynbos Retreat, with its two fully equipped houses, is tucked away in the fynbos and forest clad valley in the heart of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. This is a region of exceptional beauty, and rates amongst the world’s richest centres of biodiversity. 

The accommodation consists of two fully equipped houses. Arum Lily House sleeps a maximum of twelve guests and includes braai facilities, a pizza oven, a large living room with a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, dining room and four bedrooms. The house has spectacular views over a large dam, a forest and a fynbos-clad valley. There is a large outdoor entertainment area, part of which is undercover, as well as a terraced lawn.

Fountain Bush Cottage has a large open plan kitchen and lounge with a cosy fireplace, balcony overlooking the water, braai area and three bedrooms. It has a large open plan kitchen and lounge with a cosy fireplace, two balconies, a braai area, three bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. The house is privately situated adjacent to a beautiful dam.

Fynbos Retreat is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.  The property is home to a remarkable diversity of fynbos, including limestone, dune strandveld, sandstone fynbos, wetland, milkwood and afromontane forest. Many rare and endangered plant species have been recorded on the property.

Three well marked, circular hiking trails have been laid out on the property.  These are ideal for walking or trail running. A large dam is fed by a natural spring in the milkwood forest at the base of the limestone cliffs. The dam, which is great for swimming, has a jetty and a sandy beach for easy access and exit.

Close to Fynbos Retreat, Platbos Forest is one of the Overstrand's best kept secrets. This unexpected gem of an indigenous forest is situated on the road past Grootbos towards Baardscheerdersbos. It can also be approached directly from Fynbos Retreat via Flower Valley if you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. A number of beautiful trails have been laid out in the forest and visits can be arranged to explore and enjoy the unique natural ambience of Platbos. For further information visit

Situated on the road to Fynbos Retreat is the organic vegetable and training programme of Grootbos Nature Reserve: Visitors are welcome and can purchase free range eggs, fynbos honey and fresh organically grown vegetables from the ladies at 'Growing The Future'. To arrange a visit, enquire with the manager at Fynbos Retreat.

The Klein Rivier Cheese factory is situated on the road between Stanford and Caledon. It is approximately 20km from Fynbos Retreat. Visitors to the farm can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the banks of the tranquil Klein River. For children, there is an extensive playground and lots of farm animals, including chickens, ducks, foals and calves. 

Rates & Summary

Arum Lily House

Sleeps 12 - 17
3 double rooms
1 dorm room (sleeps 6)

Fountain Bush Cottage

Sleeps 6
3 double rooms


Arum Lily House

  • R 1 650 - R 1 800 per night for the first 6 guests
  • R 275 - R 300 pp for additional guests

Fountain Bush Cottage

  • R 1 000 - R 1 200 per night for the first 4 guests
  • R 250 - R 300 pp for additional guests


Breakfast & dinner at reasonable prices can be arranged on a pre-booked basis


There are two open dams in close proximity to the two cottages, so small children will need to be supervised. 
Being a fynbos reserve, the occasional snake may present itself. 

Why Stay Here?

Fynbos Retreat is tucked away in the fynbos-clad hills between the villages of Stanford and Gansbaai, two hours from Cape Town. The property forms part of the magnificent 2 500ha Grootbos Nature Reserve and offers two rustic houses overlooking large dams and surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. Fynbos Retreat is the perfect getaway for hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, swimming or simply enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this magnificent valley in the Overberg.   


  • Rustic, secluded country homesteads offer the ideal nature lover's getaway
  • Family friendly and good for small groups
  • Much to explore in and around the beautiful scenery of Grootbos


Arum Lily House and Fountain Bush Cottage are about 80m apart.  

Things to consider Bringing

Hiking boots, swimsuit, sunblock, hat, mountain bike, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The dirt road to the reserve is not suitable for low-slung vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming in the dam
  • Platbos indigenous forest
  • Quad Explore nature trails
  • Shark diving in nearby Gansbaai


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • No air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No laundry service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • No microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No television

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted





Western Cape


The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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