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  • Quaint seaside guesthouse offers charm and hospitality
  • Situated in a tiny traditional West Coast fishing village
  • Beautiful seaside, with beaches, bays and harbours to explore

Klokkiebosch Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Jacobs Bay

 

-32.9727, 17.8864

About

Situated in the serene little village of Jacobsbaai, with its dirt roads, rocky bays and colourful fishing boats, Klokkiebosch Guest House is a charming West Coast getaway overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Built in the quaint Jacobsbaai architectural style of whitewashed walls and thatched roofs, the guest house hides stylish interiors packed with character, while offering all the modern comforts. The four guest rooms are decorated with airy elegance, and feature en-suite bathrooms, flatscreen satellite televisions, hairdryers, bar fridges and tea/coffee facilities with Nespresso machines.

On the ground floor, the two luxury rooms (Sage and Rosemary) are the more spacious and opulent of the rooms, housing King-size beds that can be converted into twins, along with plump armchairs. Sage has a shower only and Rosemary has a full bathroom, while both rooms boast patios with soothing views over the wild fynbos to the ocean. 

Upstairs, the sea-facing Lavender and Thyme loft rooms are set cosily under the thatch and hold a shower and bath respectively. Guests will sleep soundly in a comfortable double bed and can look out of the window to enjoy elevated views of the landscape.

Rates are room only, but Continental and English breakfasts can be savoured at a very reasonable cost, while excellent lunches and dinners are served if requested 24 hours in advance.

The dining room is separated from the outdoors by glass doors that, in good weather, can be completely folded open to create an al fresco experience. A few steps down the stairs leads guests into an attractive pebble garden with an outdoor dining table, fringed by fragrant lavender. 

Another seating area under the milkwood trees is a tranquil spot for reading or afternoon drinks, although guests may also choose to take a short stroll to the rocky shores of Smalbaai, a picturesque little bay popular for launching boats. The two kilometre Jacobsbaai coastline has no less than six other beautiful bays to explore, along with pristine white beaches and prolific marine life, making for a wonderful day at the seaside.

After watching the fisherman going about their business, visitors can sample their fresh catches at one of two excellent restaurants in the town, which also serve a variety of other meals.

There are a range of nearby activities and attractions to keep guests entertained throughout their stay at Klokkiebosch. The coastal dunes are perfect for hiking and sand-boarding, while the surrounding fields become ablaze with wild flowers during spring. Whale watching is a possibility in late winter, and year-round marine activities include scuba diving and fishing.

Guests are also well-positioned for day trips to the West Coast National Park, Langebaan, the West Coast Fossil Park and the Cape Columbine Lighthouse. The Klokkiebosch management team, under the expert guidance of Wessel Minnaar, will assist with any queries you may have about the many other things to see and do.

Rates & Summary


2 Luxury Rooms

Ground floor rooms
Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower or bath and shower
Patio with sea views

2 Loft Rooms

First floor rooms
Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite bath or shower
Sea views

Pricing

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

Catering

Rates are room only
Continental and English breakfast on request
Lunch and dinner on request

Kids

Children of all ages can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the remote fishing village of Jacobsbaai, the intimate Klokkiebosch Guest House offers comfortable accommodation and personalised service to guests who want to immerse themselves in the unique charm of South Africa’s pristine West Coast. Just 100 metres from a beautiful, secluded stretch of coastline, the guest house boasts lovely sea and fynbos views from rooms of elegant comfort. Guests can relax in several formal and informal areas, both indoors and outdoors.

Summary

  • Quaint seaside guesthouse offers charm and hospitality
  • Situated in a tiny traditional West Coast fishing village
  • Beautiful seaside, with beaches, bays and harbours to explore

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The gravel approach roads are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Beach access
  • Nearby: fishing, scuba diving, whale watching (in season), sandboarding, hiking trails, horse trails, 4x4 trails, wild flower viewing (in season), West Coast National Park, West Coast Fossil Park, Langebaan Lagoon, Paternoster, Cape Columbine Lighthouse, golf course.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Cape West Coast

Western Cape

About

This exquisite, isolated stretch of land along the west coast of South Africa is one of its richest and most prized natural areas. Breathtaking mountain ranges are constant travelling companions along the Winelands and West Coast routes. The magnificent, brooding peaks, crags and unusual rock formations and caverns were canvases for the San and Khoi people, who left lyrical rock paintings documenting their lives and spiritual experiences of the land.

The mountains now attract rock-climbers and hikers. The west coast’s cold, nutrient-rich Benguela current ensures that its Atlantic waters are teeming with marine life and its shores, although seemingly dry and grey out of flower season, nurture an incredible diversity of plant and animal life.

Unesco has deemed the Cape Floristic Region an area of such incredible biodiversity that the Cape Biosphere Reserve has been formed to protect the land from Milnerton to Velddrif.

The West Coast route encompasses both inland and seaside villages. Travelling north from Cape Town through inland towns such as Darling, Riebeeck Kasteel, Porterville, Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Wupperthal leads past a series of mountain ranges and wilderness areas, including the Grootwinterhoek, Koue Bokkeveld, and the well-loved Cederberg. The route winds through vineyards, wheat fields, olive, citrus and dairy farms, and friendly towns that have a pastoral serenity.

After good winter rains, flower-lovers make pilgrimages to the west coast in spring (August to September) to enjoy the Cape floral region’s colourful splendour, which reaches its full brilliance in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Darling, Porterville, Clanwilliam and Hopefield are especially well known for their flowers and flower festivals.

Once sated with the marvels of the Cederberg, tourists can meander down the coast through fishing villages such as Strandfontein, Lamberts Bay, Eland’s Bay, Velddrif, Paternoster, Langebaan and Yzerfontein.

In the 1600s, Jan Van Riebeeck rejected the west coast as unsuitable for settlement because of the lack of fresh water and the area remained relatively undeveloped. However, in the past 15 years, fresh water supply has been ensured and tourism has boomed. Paternoster has maintained the aesthetic appearance and atmosphere of a fishing village, with whitewashed cottages and fishing boats strewn across its beaches, and is particularly popular with tourists as a result. 

The west coast paints olfactory pictures as compelling as its beautiful scenery. Inland areas can be startlingly fragrant, with orange blossom, rooibos, fynbos and buchu, whereas the fecund, fishy, kelpy marine smells of the coastline are quintessential to the Cape.

Then there is the mouth-watering aroma of west coast rock lobster (crayfish or kreef) on the braai (barbeque) … and the stench of Cape gannet guano at Lambert’s Bay’s Bird Island. All the senses seem heightened in response to this area, perhaps because of its ancient wilderness. 

The coastal towns have a much-vaunted Mediterranean feel and moderate temperatures that attract holiday makers and retirees. With blazing blue skies above, white sandy beaches underfoot and azure seas, you can feel as if you have been catapulted onto a brilliant Greek isle. 

However, the west coast is different from the warm, easy going east coast, and can whip up a howling, biting wind, or set in with miserable rain and austere, desolate greyness.

Shell middens and Stone Age artefacts dotted along the coastline suggest that the west coast’s sea and mountains sustained early human life as long as 700 000 years ago and later supported the San and Khoi people. The Khoi began herding sheep two millennia ago and were well-established herdsman by the time the Dutch settlers arrived in the 17th century, leading to disputes over territory. 

The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, is said to be the first recorded European to arrive on South African shores, near the Berg River mouth, in a bay he named Bahai da Santa Elena after the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.The west coast is well-known for its shipwrecks, with Paternoster (“Our Father”) said to reference the prayers of Portuguese sailors.

The west coast has drawn waves of fortune-seekers over the years, with fishing, farming, whaling, guano, forestry and diamonds being among the major drawcards, but some of the area’s greatest assets have been nearly exhausted by human demand, leaving a number of conservation concerns, such as the scarcity of the renosterbos (Swartveld) and the near eradication of endemic Clanwilliam cedars. 

After years of exploitation, the Cederberg Wilderness Area now protects these rare and endemic species as well as the Cape leopard, snow protea and the red and yellow Disa uniflora. Dainty antelope species roam the reserves, as well as baboon, tortoise, caracal, mongoose and bat-eared fox. Sunbirds and sugarbirds thrive on the fynbos. 

Southern right whales enter the west coast’s sheltered bays from July to October in order to calve and can often be seen quite close to the shore. Endemic Haviside’s dolphins also roam the waters, as do dusky dolphins, great white sharks, penguins and Cape fur seals. The wetlands and estuaries in the region are a bird-watcher’s paradise, with tens of thousands of birds, including (in summer) northern hemisphere waders.

Look out for

Cape Flower Route – geologically, the region has remained relatively unchanged for five-million years, resulting in its unique fynbos and astonishing plant variety. 

The 71 000-hectare Cederberg Wilderness Area encompasses famous rock formations (Maltese Cross; Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks), caverns with fine rock art sites (Town Hall/Stadsaal Caves) and peaks (the tallest of which is the Sneeuberg at 2 028 metres). Streams, waterfalls and ravines and the amazing plants and animal diversity attract bird-watchers, nature-lovers and hikers who revel in the 254 kilometres of trails. 

Langebaan Lagoon is the centre of West Coast National Park, known for abundant birdlife, beaches, the Postberg Flower Reserve (open from August to September) and Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, with resident black and blue wildebeest, bontebok and eland. Near Kraal Bay are the “footprints of Eve” - early hominid footprints preserved in the sandstone. 

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, known to Paternoster locals as “Tietiesbaai”, has the last manual lighthouse in South Africa. 

The West Coast Fossil Park between Langebaan and Velddrif yielded a fossilised skull dating back to the Stone Age and showcases the ancient prehistory of area, including extinct animal fossils of toothy bears and tigers. Tours, mountain-bike trails, flower walks and coffee are available.

San Rock Art sites are a testament to the rich spiritual and community relationships of the San and Khoi and quirkily detail the creatures they encountered (even white settlers and ships).  The Cederberg region has more than 2 500 sites. 

Quaint villages - neat, charming Clanwilliam is famed for bouldering, flowers and Rooibos tea. Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout (South African satirist Pieter Dirk Uys) has made a cabaret theatre out of the old Darling station, called Evita se Perron (Evita’s Platform). Riebeeck Kasteel is known for olives, wine, eateries, pastoral friendliness and vibey food, arts and culture festivals. Citrusdal’s hot springs are an amazing natural phenomenon.

Wine – the Olifants River, Swartland and Darling Wine Routes lead oenophiles through amazing scenery to excellent local cellars.

Birdwatching - Langebaan Lagoon; Verlorenvlei (Elands Bay); Berg River Estuary and Rocherpan Nature Reserve (near Velddrif). Bird Island Nature Reserve (Lambert’s Bay), a 19 000-strong Cape gannet colony. 

Activities -  angling, diving, sailing; windsurfing at Saldanha and Langebaan Lagoon; surfing at Eland’s Bay; canoeing on the Berg River; paragliding and hang-gliding at Porterville; Langebaan Country Estate’s scenic 18-hole links-type golf course,designed by Gary Player.

Hikes and walks – numerous trails available, with attractions specific to every area, whether crayfish, rock art or flowers. 

Seafood - West Coast villages offer delectable culinary experiences in unique settings, traditional South African dishes and unsurpassed seafood, such as seasonal crayfish, snoek and bokkoms (dried salted fish). 

Music Festivals - The Rittelfees (Vredendal) and Rocking the Daisies (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling) draw tens of thousands of visitors in October.

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