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  • Tucked among ancient milkwood trees on the edge of the lagoon
  • Charming architecture complemented by elegant, luxurious rooms
  • Beautiful views and a magnificent region for outdoor enthusiasts to explore

Mosaic Private Sanctuary

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

9km from Stanford


-34.4207, 19.3807


Mosaic Private Sanctuary is located very conveniently for popular activities such as whale watching, marine tours, shark cage diving and the Overberg Wine Region. But there is so much to do on the property that you might not get to any of these on your first one or two visits.

The thatched Lagoon Lodge suites are shaded by large Milkwood trees and feature stone and glass walls opening onto private decks with mountain and lagoon views. Each room features a King-size bed, lounge area and fireplace, along with a large romantic bath tub and an outdoor shower.

Boardwalks under a canopy of trees lead to the lodge where creative, sumptuous cuisine can be enjoyed under the stars or next to a fireplace. A heated plunge pool overlooking the mountains is a perfect spot for sundowners.

The four self-catering cottages are situated on the banks of the lagoon, and are surrounded by Milkwoods trees and natural fynbos. Constructed out of limestone, each cottage features a unique layout, and can accommodate between 3 and 9 people. All cottages have kitchen facilities, indoor fireplaces, outdoor patios and BBQs, and are serviced daily.

Built in 1892, the historic limestone ‘Ghost house’, complete with moat, has been beautifully refurbished and now serves as the Lagoon Café.

Lodge guests enjoy an all-inclusive experience, with water, beach and 4x4 activities included in the rates. Guests are treated to a range of activities, including sundowner excursions, complete with favoured beverages and canapés, to the beach at Walker Bay, where they can sit on the sand dunes or explore the mysteries of a stone-age cave. Other favourite activities include a boat cruise on Hermanus Lagoon aboard the the Spirit of Agnes, kayaking on the lagoon, or swimming in the ocean at the lagoon mouth. Self-catering guests are welcome to partake in these activities, some of which are at extra cost. 

Rates & Summary

5 Lagoon Lodge Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and outdoor shower
Private decks with mountain views
Secluded among milkwood trees at the edge of the lagoon

Duminy Cottage

Sleeps 9 people in 3 bedrooms
2 bedrooms sleep 2 each
Loft room sleeps 5
Open-plan living and dining area
Mountain and lagoon views

Milkwood Cottage 1

Sleeps 2 adults and 1 child
Double bed and sofa bed
Patio with outdoor barbeque
Mountain views

Milkwood Cottage 2

Sleeps 4 adults and 2 children
2 bedrooms sleep 2 + 1 each
Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area
Large veranda overlooking gardens 

Milkwood Cottage 3

Sleeps 4 adults and 4 children
1 en-suite bedroom sleeps 2
1 en-suite bedroom sleeps 2 + 1
Living Room with 2 sofa beds and fireplace
Outdoor verandas with BBQ


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Lodge rates include all meals, in-house beverages and activities
Self-catering at the 3 cottages


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Placed between the ocean, lagoons and mountains on the Whale Coast, just 2 hours from Cape Town, Mosaic is a boutique guest resort where luxury is laced with earthly beauty and privacy, and is an idyllic location for nature and activity lovers. Mosaic Private Sanctuary provides the ultimate multi-faceted getaway, with safari-style suites secluded amongst ancient Milkwood trees on the edge of the Hermanus Lagoon, a cosy lodge, fresh and delicious meals, and a diverse array of exciting outdoor activities which best showcase the magnificent surrounds.  


  • Tucked among ancient milkwood trees on the edge of the lagoon
  • Charming architecture complemented by elegant, luxurious rooms
  • Beautiful views and a magnificent region for outdoor enthusiasts to explore

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Mosaic Rain Spa
  • Walker Bay beach excursions
  • Boat cruises on Hermanus Lagoon
  • Kayaking on Hermanus Lagoon
  • Quad biking
  • Archaelogical cave tour
  • Guided nature walk
  • Whale watching


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer


  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash 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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