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  • Well blended into the lush subtropical environs
  • Intimate comfort in an upmarket part of town
  • Magnificent birdlife and a great viewing deck

The Loerie Hide

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In East London


-32.9823, 27.9276


The Loerie Hide is located on grounds that are a subtropical Eden of lush plants and birdlife. Each of the individually decorated rooms gets you up close and personal with the surrounding vegetation, whether from private decks, patios or large windows. From these vantage points, you can have intimate encounters with a variety of birds, including the vivid Knysna loeries, after which the guest house is named.

The thatched Safari Room is located in the thatched ‘longdavel’, and is a spacious tiled unit with a large wraparound deck, getting guests on eye level with the treetops. In addition to the Queen-size bed with en-suite shower, this modern African room has a sleeper couch to sleep an additional adult or two kids, making it the obvious choice for families.

Featuring a ground-level patio looking over the riverine vegetation, falling away to a small stream, the Colonial Room offers traditional luxury, with antique furniture and a large freestanding bathtub. 

In the New Colonial Room, a modern twist is given to this traditional style, with sleek furnishings contrasting with the wooden floorboards. The King-size bed, vast bathtub and shower, along with a deck featuring beautiful views over the forest and swimming pool, make New Colonial ideal for honeymooners. 

Couples who appreciate the best in modern comfort will enjoy the Contemporary Stone Room, with its King-size bed, small kitchenette, a bathroom with bath and shower and a view of the Nahoon River in the distance.

The original guest cottage, called the Rondavel, has been given an African feel and is the lightest on the pocket, but is still well appointed with a double bed and characterful, high-quality furnishings. Satellite television, wireless internet, heaters, fans, and an honesty fridge in all the rooms will keep you comfortable throughout your stay.

A delightful feature of the main house is the secluded deck, which projects into the heart of the indigenous forest. This is an idyllic spot to enjoy a cooked breakfast, with soothing bird calls providing the only distraction. The dining room, filled with interesting antiques and African objects, is available for those preferring to eat indoors.

The guest house is located in a safe and tranquil upmarket suburb, offering safe parking a convenient distance from East London’s beaches, museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants. Must-do activities include visits to the aquarium on the esplanade, whale and dolphin watching from the Whale Deck, and game viewing in the nearby nature reserves.

Loerie Hide owner, Sue Rainer, and her team give personalised and welcoming service to their guests, lending a hand wherever it is needed and ensuring a relaxing return to the guest house after a day of sightseeing.

Rates & Summary

Safari Room

Spacious thatched unit
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Sleeper couch can accommodate extra guests
En-suite shower
Private deck surrounded by indigenous forest

Colonial Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Patio surrounded by riverine forest

New Colonial Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Deck overlooking swimming pool and forest
View of river

Contemporary Stone Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Deck overlooking swimming pool and forest
River view


Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Surrounded by forest


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Continental and Full English breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The Loerie Hide is a luxury bed-and-breakfast in a tranquil upmarket suburb, and features just five individually decorated rooms, making for a comfortable and intimate stay in the heart of East London. The guesthouse provides private luxury in a wonderful subtropical setting only a short way from East London’s attractions. The rooms and guest deck are surrounded by indigenous forest, and guests should keep an eye out for the variety of colourful birds found on the property.


  • Well blended into the lush subtropical environs
  • Intimate comfort in an upmarket part of town
  • Magnificent birdlife and a great viewing deck

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, fishing gear, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Prolific birdlife

Nearby: beaches, canoeing, scuba diving, aquarium, whale-watching, fishing, hiking, game reserves, zoo, lion park, museums, art galleries, theatre.


Accommodation & Hospitality

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

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Limited alcohol license
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Office safe




Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape


With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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