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Why did we hand pick Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge?

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  • All the wonders of the winelands - mountains, vineyards, and a river
  • Charming Cape Dutch heritage, and elegant rooms
  • Well located for exploring the towns and activities of the winelands

Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

12km from Franschhoek


-33.8798, 19.0182


With the whiskey-coloured waters of the Berg River running through the property and a spectacular backdrop provided by the mountains of the Franschhoek valley, Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge is located in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. The Cape Dutch-style guesthouse offers 12 simple but comfortable en-suite rooms, all of which feature private terraces from which to enjoy this stunning scenery.

Some of the rooms are located alongside the pool, facing the vibrant gardens, while eight are situated next to the stream. At the bottom of the price range, five rooms have an en-suite shower only and accommodate guests in twin beds. For those who prefer a relaxing soak in a bath, the rest of the rooms, which have either twin or King-size beds, feature full en-suite bathrooms.

The two suites are more spacious, each featuring an upstairs, full en-suite bedroom under a high thatched ceiling, and a downstairs TV lounge. The addition of two sleeper couches means two children over the age of 12 can be accommodated, making the suites ideal for an enjoyable family holiday.

The accommodation is good value for money, especially considering that each room is equipped with a ceiling fan, heater, safe, direct-dial telephone, television and hair dryer. Guests can wipe the sleep from their eyes with a cup of tea or coffee, before heading to the breakfast room for a filling farmhouse breakfast.

Afterwards, you may wish to plunge into the 14m swimming pool or relax on the adjoining pool deck with a cooling beverage from the honesty bar. Guests wanting to explore the beautiful farm can take a walk through the vineyards and onwards to the Berg River, a peaceful and secluded spot for a picnic. On rainy winter’s days, the guest lounge is a good place to warm the bones on comfy couches in front of a log fireplace.

The guesthouse prides itself on the friendly country hospitality that is extended to guests throughout their stay, and the staff can provide detailed information on some of the area’s attractions.

Only 10 minutes away, the village of Franschhoek is renowned as South Africa’s gourmet capital and a lovely lunch or dinner can be savoured in one of the many top class restaurants. Art galleries and museums will satisfy the culturally inclined, while more active visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as golf, fly-fishing, mountain biking and horse riding. This can be merged with visits to some of South Africa’s most famous wine estates or a drive to the whale-watching mecca of Hermanus, via the scenic Franschhoek Pass.

Rates & Summary

5 rooms with en-suite shower

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite shower only
Garden, vineyard and mountain views

5 full en-suite rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin/king-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Garden, vineyard and mountain views

2 Suites

Each sleeps 4 in King-size bed and sleeper couches
En-suite bath and shower
Lounge overlooking vineyards and mountains


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Farmhouse breakfast included


Children 10 and over are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge is located in a secluded area on the banks of the Berg River in the Franschhoek Valley, and is a good base for exploring the best attractions that the Western Cape has to offer. The guesthouse offers the best in country hospitality and is situated in a magnificent river, mountain and vineyard setting, a short way from the charming Cape Dutch village of Franschhoek. Guests are accommodated in rustic but comfortable thatched rooms, all featuring dramatic views of the natural surrounds.


  • All the wonders of the winelands - mountains, vineyards, and a river
  • Charming Cape Dutch heritage, and elegant rooms
  • Well located for exploring the towns and activities of the winelands

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fly fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool with deck

Nearby: wine tasting, cellar tours, cheese and olive tasting, art galleries, museums, health club, golf courses, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking trails, horse riding.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • 24 hour security




Cape Winelands

Western Cape


As the name suggests, the Cape Winelands is an area of vines and vineyards; the berries of which are responsible for that most delicious fermented juice of the grape: wine. The region is well known for its proliferation of estates and cellars that continually create quality wines throughout the cultivar spectrum.

This is an area that encourages leisurely meanders along its various wine routes, absorbing the natural beauty of the rural surroundings.

The region stretches northwards from the eastern outskirts of Cape Town. In the south the popular and trendy towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek nestle in the shadow of the mountains that make up the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. To the west the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ follows the Breede River Valley. It takes in the town of Robertson, the quaint village of McGregor and continues to Worcester.

North, across the N1 highway, the historic towns of Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh are strung out between a series of mountains. In the far north-east, the town of Ceres is a dot in a sweeping valley of fruit orchards.

Craggy mountains are a feature of the landscape, giving rise to the region also being called the Boland (High Land). The mountains include the ranges of the Groot Drakenstein, Langeberg, Hexrivier and Witzenberg. Their steep rocky peaks plunge to gentler gradients rich in fynbos and proteas, before levelling out in fertile valleys threaded with chortling streams.

In these low-lying areas, suspended between the slopes, vineyards stretch in patchwork patterns. Like an artist’s palette the area changes with the seasons - from subtle spring pastels, through lush summer greens, to the earthy shades of autumn.

Not only are the Cape Winelands a delight for connoisseurs of fine wines; the towns themselves are centres for a host of enjoyable pastimes. Many are steeped in history and have magnificent collections of traditional Cape Dutch and period architecture.

These are best viewed during a stroll along the leafy streets. The historic Church Street in Tulbagh has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa. The university town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined boulevards, is the second-oldest town in the country, dating back to 1671. Today it is an important cultural centre with a host of galleries and museums, and the country’s oldest music school.

Franschhoek, reclining in a somnolent valley ambience, entices gourmets to sample its fare at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. McGregor is well known for its life-enriching tranquillity and Ceres for its fruit production and snow-covered mountains in winter. Besides their wineries, Robertson and Worcester are known for the production of some of South Africa’s best known brandies – Klipdrift and KWV, respectively.

The winelands is great country in which to enjoy a leisurely trip along minor roads that fade into the fynbos. They will take you into valleys and gorges, past barns stacked with bales of lucerne, and paddocks with grazing sheep and lazing cows. Around farmsteads and cottages, chickens strut their stuff and pigs wallow in slushy heaven. Dams mirror the sky and hillsides, their reflections rippled by drifting and preening waterbirds. Tractors till the land, and labourers and farmers wave to every passer-by.

For centuries the terroir here has been ideally suited to the production of great wine and today, more than ever before, it is also conducive to the making of good times and fond memories. The Cape Winelands is a region to relax in, whilst inhaling the warm, scented air and indulging in the finer things in life.

Look out for

Wine tasting – naturally this is a popular and pleasant pastime in the region. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is the oldest in South Africa. Today other routes lead to the cellars and estates around virtually every town in the region. Many of the wineries offer tasting and sales from Monday to Saturday. Maps are available from the tourism office in each town.

Brandy tasting – this much-loved spirit is produced by a good number of cellars and specialist distillers throughout the region. There are 2 brandy routes in the region. The Western Cape Brandy Route winds through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The R62 Brandy Route goes through Robertson and Worcester. Many of these offer tasting, tours and sales from Monday to Friday.

Historical towns – the Cape Winelands is rich in history, with most towns and many of the wine estates having their own collections of historical buildings, museums and monuments. The region is synonymous with Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Highlights include Church Street in Tulbagh and the De Oude Drostdy Museum just outside the town. There are Zeederberg Square and the Paarl Museum in Paarl, and Klein Plasie open air Museum in Worcester. Twenty declared National Monuments are in Wellington and there is the Huguenot Memorial and Museum in Franschhoek.

Scenic drives – where there are mountains and valleys there are always scenic roads and passes to explore; here is no exception.

River rafting – the Breede River is the sixth largest river in South Africa and is a playground of fun and adventure.

Adrenalin - for lovers of the adrenalin rush, Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers 8 slides totalling 1.4km amongst the rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains near Ceres.

Art galleries – the towns are home to a host of artists and galleries. The Stellenbosch Gallery and Rupert Gallery in Stellenbosch are popular and showcase art through many mediums and genres.

Wildlife on display – the area has a number of parks that allow one to get close to a variety of wild creatures in captivity. Some of the better known ones include the Drankenstein Lion Park, Butterfly World, Paarl Bird Sanctuary and the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - all situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

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