As we already know from Post 1 from the series about Touwsrivier – it is a small town situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, known for its picturesque landscapes, rugged mountains, and natural wildlife reserves. It is an ideal destination for adventure seekers, nature enthusiasts, and wildlife lovers.
If you are now planning a trip to Touwsrivier or its surrounding areas, here are our top choices and 10 places to stay that you should consider.
1. Aquila Private Game Reserve – Safari & Spa
Luxurious safari lodge and spa located about 2 hours drive from Cape Town. It offers a range of accommodation options, including family cottages and luxury rooms. They also offer various activities such as Big 5 game drives, horseback safaris, quad bike tours, and spa treatments.
Acclaimed for service excellence, renewable energy, social responsibility efforts and conservation programmes, Aquila is more than just an unforgettable wildlife experience, it is an experience in luxurious African hospitality, traditional culinary delights, service excellence and the restoration of pride to the indigenous people and the land.
WEBSITE – https://www.aquilasafari.com/
2. Inverdoorn Safari Lodge & Game Reserve
A 10,000-hectare wildlife reserve that is home to the Big Five and various other animal species. The lodge offers luxury accommodations in the form of chalets and luxury tents, and guests can enjoy game drives, cheetah encounters, and stargazing tours.
In 2012 Inverdoorn became a luxury Big five safari destination, after the introduction of elephants onto the reserve, accompanying the lion, rhino, African buffalo and the elusive leopard. The cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre was founded in 2001 and is home to a great number cheetah. Together with a profusion of wildlife which includes zebras, hippos, giraffes, wildebeest and springbok, our guests are sure to have an unforgettable safari experience.
WEBSITE – https://inverdoorn.com/
3. Kamagu Homestead
The guesthouse offers 6 comfortable bedrooms in a tranquil setting and guests can enjoy activities such as bird watching, hiking, and fishing. They can also book a Big 5 game drive at Aquila Game Reserve which is only 10km away.
Kamagu boasts an almost 1000m dirt runway that allows visitors to fly in at the main lodge. Visitors can opt to secure their plane outdoors or pending availability, make use of the recently built 3 aeroplane hanger, positioned next to the garage at the main lodge, a mere 30m away from the front door.
WEBSITE – https://kamagusafarilodge.com/
4. Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve
Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve is a unique and eco-friendly retreat situated in the heart of the Karoo. It offers various accommodation options from camping to fully equipped, self-catering, eco-friendly cabins.
The scope of activities on offer at this special place, where the emphasis is on the preservation of the environment, is sure to hold an attraction for everyone. The list of options includes camping and hiking, 4×4 and 4×2 routes as well as driver training, rock climbing and mountain biking, customized team building events and conference facilities, flower and succulent tours, bird watching, and star gazing. Or you can simply relax in this unhurried retreat far away from cell phones and city stress.
WEBSITE – https://geckorock.co.za/
5. Drie Kuilen Nature Reserve
Drie Kuilen Nature Reserve is a scenic nature reserve situated about 30km outside of Touwsrivier. It offers campsites and self-catering cottages. Activities such as mountain biking, rock art, 4 x 4 trails, game drives, veld school, picnic facilities, swimming, etc.
This mountainous terrain stretches over 4300ha with a rich variety of fauna and flora. Being only a two hour drive away from Cape Town, this reserve is home to a wide variety of protected game and is rich in fynbos and renosterveld vegetation types.
WEBSITE – https://www.driekuilen.co.za/
6. Rooilande Guest Farm Chalets & Guesthouse
Rooilande Guest Farm Chalets & Guesthouse (Rooilande meaning “Red Land” originates from the red rocks found in the region and on the farm), is situated on a working farm near Touwsrivier. The farm offers 3 x self-catering chalets and rooms in the Guesthouse. Guests can enjoy activities such as birdwatching, mountain bike trails, fishing, and guided quad bike tours.
It is possible to arrive at Rooilande Guest Farm in your private aircraft and park a very short distance from the chalets or the guest house. The runway is gravel, 1 200m long and 23m wide.
WEBSITE – https://rooilande.co.za/
7. Rangers Reserve
Rangers Reserve is a private game reserve situated near Touwsrivier. Accommodations vary from camping to self-catering cottages. Or stay in their newest accommodation addition, a Gypsy Wagon (Tiny Home). Activities such as knife forging, bushcraft/survival courses, game drives, and much more.
Rangers Reserve is made up of 1.385h where you will experience the beauty and tranquility of the Karoo and mountain views. A wonderful tranquil place where you can sit back, forget your worries and relax. The Karoo is a truly beautiful place to experience with big skies, shooting stars and creates big hearts.
WEBSITE – https://rangersreserve.com/
8. Nuwedam Guest Farm
Nuwedam Guest Farm is a peaceful retreat situated on a working farm near Touwsrivier, conveniently close to N1 Highway. It offers 3 x self-catering cottages which are pet-friendly by prior arrangement. Guests can enjoy some amazing hikes when staying at the Nuwedam Guest Farm.
Enjoy a restful nights sleep in clean cozy linen, wake up to birds chirping, go for a walk in the veld and be back on the road(N1) within minutes with replenished energy.
WEBSITE – https://www.nuwedam.co.za/
9. Karoo 1 Hotel Village
Just 2 hours outside of Cape Town, Karoo 1 Hotel Village is the family holiday, wedding, conference venue, honeymoon or escape destination you have been looking for. With recently added AfricCamps – it is a must destination to visit!
Karoo 1 is the ultimate farm retreat with wide-open skies, warm friendly staff and a sheepdog called Benji. This oasis is located away from the bustle of the city, where you can be free to be you. Karoo 1 Hotel is a very family-oriented destination a space to get away, unwind, switch off and just relax. Avid mountain bikers enjoy a range of flow-tracks and trails, rock climbing or kloofing while the less adventurous guests take a dip in the kloof pool or enjoy a nature walk in on the farm.
WEBSITE – https://www.karoo1.com/
10. Lord Milner Hotel
Lord Milner Hotel is a historic hotel situated in the small town of Matjiesfontein, about 50 km from Touwsrivier. It offers elegant accommodation in a beautifully restored Victorian building, where guests can enjoy activities such as stargazing, lawn sports, and historical tours as well as mingle with very entertaining locals.
Matjiesfontein is a feast for the imagination as between these walls lie a colourful history that includes international cricketers, Olive Schreiner’s residency, fortification during the Boer war as headquarters of the Cape Command, refuge for Jamieson Raid reformers, and controversial war crimes hearings.
In conclusion, Touwsrivier and its surrounding areas offer a wide range of accommodation options for every type of traveler. Whether you are looking for a luxurious safari experience or a peaceful retreat in the Karoo, there is something for everyone.
Stay tuned for another blog post in the Touwsriver Series, which will focus on activities in the area. Coming soon! If you missed post 1 – CLICK HERE.
The blog post was written in Collaboration with Touwsrivier Tourism. Images (as credited).