Perched on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains, with sweeping views across the Overberg from the Akkedisberg to Gansbaai, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve offers spacious self-catering accommodation. There is plenty to explore on the reserve as well, including the heritage site, Phillipskop Cave, the only recorded rock art site on the Cape Whale Coast.
The spacious chalet-style cottage has 3 bedrooms: a double en-suite and two twins with a shared bathroom containing bath and shower. All towels and bedding are provided. The main living area is open plan with plenty of room so that you are not getting under each other’s feet. It comprises a dining area with large 8-seater table; a kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas stove, microwave and other essential items; and a comfy sitting area with views up to Phillipskop. The sitting area has a log-burning stove for the cooler months, and the cottage is supplied with solar hot water, including electric back-up so that you never run out. There is the essential braai area on the mountain side of the cottage and a large deck on the valley side, so that you can take in the views.
Accès des voyageurs
The reserve itself is available to explore, whether it is just a gentle walk around the slopes to the waterfall, or a more adventurous hike to the cave, rock stack or even the peak of Phillipskop itself. Flowers abound throughout the reserve and if you want to learn more about the unique fynbos that grows in this part of South Africa then you can request a guided walk. Phillipskop Cave is an important local heritage site, as it boasts the only rock art on the Cape Whale Coast.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Someone will be on site most of the time, although we may be out exploring the reserve. Please use the cell phone number to contact us. If we are out at the time we will come and see you as soon as we can.
When can I check-in and check-out?
You may arrive on the reserve any time from 10am on the day of your stay. (But please note, you cannot start your stay on a Sunday, as we do not do change-overs on that day.) However, the cottages will not be available until 3pm, although you are welcome to ask if it might be earlier. Check-out is by 10am on the morning you leave, but you can stay on the reserve until 5pm. The exception to this is Sunday. As we do not take check-ins on Sunday, you are welcome to stay in your cottage until 3pm. We believe this will enable you to make the most of your weekend with us.
Are you Pet Friendly?
We love animals and enjoy pets. Unfortunately, as we also want to keep the reserve a place that anyone can enjoy and protect the local fauna, we do not allow visitors to bring pets onto the reserve. The only exception will be guide dogs.
Do you provide bedding?
We provide bedding and towels. The cottages are only serviced between stays. Should you wish your cottage to be serviced during your stay, then this will be an additional cost.
Do you have electricity?
All the cottages have electricity (load-shedding permitting). This runs the lighting, fridge, microwave and backs-up the solar hot water. The stove is entirely gas to ensure that there is always a means of cooking.
Do you have DSTV?
We do not provide a television of any sort.
Can I get cellphone reception?
All the main cellphone providers give good reception in the cottages. Around the reserve, especially in the valleys, the signal is less assured.
Do you have Internet/Wifi?
There is no Wifi in the cottages but cellphone reception is good enough for low levels of data use.
Do you provide wood?
We provide a small basket of wood suitable for the log-burning stove during winter. Braai wood and further supplies for the stove need to be purchased separately.
Do you provide food?
We currently have no food available on the reserve. Breakfast, lunches, afternoon teas and evening meals can be booked in advance at the neighbouring Blue Gum Country Estate.
Can you provide a cot?
We have one travelcot available. There is no cost but it needs to be booked in advance.
Where can I smoke?
We kindly request that no-one smokes in the cottages or around the reserve. We live in a very fire-prone vegetation and the risk of accidental fires from cigarettes is too great. For residents, we ask that you only smoke in the area immediately outside the cottage by the braai and discard all extinguished butts in the braai places.
Can I cycle on the reserve?
The reserve is not very appropriate for bicycles. We are mainly mountain and there is very little flat area. It is not very long, but you are welcome to cycle along the jeep track as far as the picnic tree (please do not go on the other trails, as that will damage them). However, there is plenty of good cycling in the local area. The dirt road past the reserve entrance goes all the way down to the R43, joining it just past Madre's Kitchen, meaning that you can safely cycle into Stanford. There is also a lovely dirt road that climbs past Stanford Valley onto the Elim road. This can be made into a good loop back past the Cheese Factory, with very little tar to negotiate.
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Chris has been enthusiastic about plants ever since a family holiday on a small Scottish island at a young age. He quickly became fascinated in growing the plants that he saw and read about, in particular South African bulbs. He has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, participating in expeditions to Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. For his doctorate, he moved to Cape Town, where he spent over four years hiking the mountains of South Africa in search of Cape-roses (Cliffortia) and is now considered the world authority on the genus. Returning to the UK, he spent 10 years as the Keeper of the Herbarium for the Royal Horticultural Society. During this time, he continued his focus on South African plants, and has just completed writing a book on red-hot pokers (Kniphofia). While plants are clearly his main passion, he has an extensive knowledge of all natural history including birds, butterflies and geology. He particularly enjoys getting off-the-beaten-track to areas that tourists (and South Africans) often miss. He started up Phillipskop Discovery Trails with his wife Anna, an expert on the Addo elephants, because he believes God gave us a world to be enjoyed and explored, and he wants to help others to appreciate this too.