Blue Oyster Bed & Breakfast
Elegance, tranquillity and relaxation are what you will discover at our 4 star Blue Oyster Bed & Breakfast in Knysna. We are superbly situated high upon the ridge overlooking this picturesque town, and offer breathtaking 180 degree views of the Knysna lagoon, Knysna heads and the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop.
A sense of timelessness is what awaits you upon your arrival at our Mediterranean-style accommodation which is less than 2km from the centre of Knysna making us ideally situated for you to explore all the sites and attractions the Garden Route has to offer.
In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, elegantly furnished rooms offer style, many modern comforts and privacy. All guest rooms overlook Knysna town with views of the lagoon and heads.
Each luxury double / twin room has its own private patio where you can take in the heavenly view and watch the various activities happening on the lagoon.
Feast on our sumptuous English and Continental breakfast in our sun filled breakfast room with fabulous panoramic views, or weather permitting on the outside patio by the pool or on the lagoon-facing patio.
Relax in one of our comfortable guest lounges or in the garden area with swimming pool.
Enjoy a South African Braai in one of our barbecue areas after exploring our picturesque town and the sights along the Garden Route or the many outdoor activities in the region, including boating, hiking and cycling, game watching, swimming and bird watching.
Stay connected with free Wi-Fi; telephone and internet facilities are also available upon request. We also offer an airport shuttle service and off-street parking.
Cape St Francis Resort
Give yourself the holiday in South Africa you deserve by spoiling yourself in Cape St Francis, an exclusive paradise on the Eastern Cape coast which draws holiday makers from all over the world. Bordering the beach and a 90 minutes drive from Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport in Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth airport), the Cape St Francis Resort ticks all the boxes as a perfect beach holiday destination.
Our resorts' unique setting offers a selection of accommodation options and appeals to couples and families or anyone who loves a beach holiday. All units come with a choice of bed and breakfast or self-catering and range from conventional hotel rooms, three and four bedroom cottages to apartments or luxury beach villas, some with a private pool as well as a roof top terrace with sea views.
Revitalise your soul, bond with family and friends, go hiking in Cape St Francis as well as in the surrounding area and experience the natural beauty via stunning reserve and coastal walks. Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay are also renowned as a water sport paradise, including surfing, kite-surfing, surf ski, canoe paddling or canal and river cruises. Alternatively play a round of golf. The top ten rated St Francis Links offers the keen golfer an excellent challenge of links golf with the nearby St Francis Bay Golf Club being an easier but still challenging golf course.
Conferencing & Events
Our Cape St Francis Resort truly also is a unique location for all your conferencing and event requirements as we offer accommodation to suit all budgets, conferencing and team building facilities, an on-site restaurant by the pool as well as a bar plus a health and beauty studio, all situated a stone's throw from the beautiful sandy beach and warm Indian Ocean.
"What you do between vacations is your business - What you do on vacation is ours." So, fit us into your travel plan as once you have experienced this charming seaside resort you will want to return again and again.
Margate Place Guest House
Situated only a two minutes walk from Miller's beach and in a quiet street, our child-friendly Margate Place Guest House offers tourists and business travellers alike quality accommodation in Gqeberha, very close to popular swimming beaches, restaurants and all major beachfront attractions.
We are also on the main bus route and only 10 minutes away from the airport, the university and Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.
Whatever your reason for being in our “friendly city”, our great personal and friendly service at Margate Place will make your stay a memorable one.
Whether you are looking for a double/twin room, a single guest room or a family unit with one or two bedrooms, choose between bed and breakfast or self-catering.
Equipped with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV and a kitchenette to name a few, some of our en-suite units also have a private courtyard/barbeque area. To prevent any electricity cuts we have solar power.
If you prefer outdoor activities you are at the right place. Especially water sports are great in Gqeberha ranging from scuba diving and kayaking to kitesurfing, with some of the best longboarding waves in the country. We even offer guided tours of the friendly city’s longboard surfing and kiteboarding spots. We also gladly share our local knowledge about the ins-and-outs of our gorgeous bay’s surf scene with you.
For golf enthusiasts the only true links golf course is on our doorstep.
You can even go for a day visit into the Addo Elephant Park with its south gate only 46.5 km from us. Great game viewing awaits.
Back at our comfortable Margate Place Guest House, relax in our pool area or take a stroll along the nearby sandy beach at sunset.
Roosje van de Kaap
Located neatly beside Swellendam’ s historic Drostdy Museum, the old charm 4 star boutique hotel Herberg Roosje van de Kaap dates back to 1790 and provides a balanced mixture of history with modern flair.
Roosje is ideally located in the oldest, calmest part of Swellendam within walking distance of a variety of shops and the mountains of Marloth Nature Reserve.
This family-friendly hotel boasts 14 beautifully appointed guestrooms and two pools in a lush garden setting with stunning views of the Langeberg mountains. Children of all ages are welcome.
At Roosje van de Kaap, the restaurant adds heart and soul to your stay with us and is situated in a converted, historical stable. It is here where breakfast is served and where you can enjoy candlelit à la carte dinners as well. The low reed ceiling, thickly plastered walls and soft candlelight take you back to bygone days of the 19th century, setting the scene for the tastes and flavours to come. From Cape Malay cooking styles to classic French fare, the menu is inspired by the rich history of our beautiful town and region.
This is how a culinary magazine describes the restaurant: “Local gem in an historical stable overlooking the Drostdy building. Distinctive country menu in a fairy tale setting; an innovative mix of starters, the essence of seafood, pan-seared fillet of beef, ostrich with a classic French reduction - a comprehensive spectrum of styles and tastes.
The Springbok Lodge
Nestled in the heart of the historic KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields, the Nambiti Reserve and Springbok Lodge offer you a chance to unwind in a picture-perfect bush setting. Well positioned off the N3, the main route between Johannesburg and Durban, our lodge is a four-and-a-half hour drive from the busy metropolis of Johannesburg and a mere three-and-a-half hours from the aromatic coastal city of Durban. The breath-taking mountains of the central Drakensberg lie an easy one-and-a-half hours’ drive away. Making the lodge even more accessible is the 1.2km landing strip for light aircraft and helicopters can comfortably land directly at the lodge.
Whether Springbok Lodge is your intended destination or the base from which to explore the surrounding Battlefields and Drakensberg you will be assured an exceptional stay and safari experience - the lodge continues to achieve its AA Superior Accommodation Accreditation since 2009.
While the Big Five experience alone is enough to attract visitors, all guests staying at our child-friendly Springbok Lodge leave with a different idea of “camping”… we call it glamping!
Of our 21 luxury en-suite tents are 13 standard two sleepers and 8 family units (4 sleepers). In total we can sleep 58 guests offering 5-star equivalent opulence out in the African bush. In recent years whilst adding more tents and renovating some of the older ones we have gone with the option of replacing the canvas walls of the tents with brick and mortar. Of these newer tents there are five luxury standard tents and two luxury family units.
Relax in the pool overlooking the bush or in the open-plan thatched guest lounge where you will also find the bar.
Breakfast (sometimes even set up in the bush), lunch and dinner are provided daily. On fine summer nights and balmy winter evenings we will treat you to an outdoor buffet-style dinner around a crackling fire in our African boma, an experience which is sure to be one of many highlights of your stay.
The Game Reserve & Activities
Our Springbok Lodge is situated in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a conservancy offering 22 000 acres of pristine, Malaria-free bushveld. The Reserve is home to the Big Five, as well as cheetah, hippo and over 30 species of plains game. Nature lovers will enjoy the area’s biodiversity, with Thornveld and majestic Acacia trees complementing extensive grasslands which mirror the plains of Central Africa. The abundant natural water system, with perennial rivers and the beautiful waterfall and cascades on the Sundays River, makes for a unique sanctuary, attracting several rare bird species and an enviable array of raptors and vultures.
Feast your senses on the magnificent sights, sounds and smells of this untouched African bush. With every dawn, renew your bond with nature as you embark on a safari with your experienced and knowledgeable field guide. Other activities include guided Big 5 bush walks, self-guided walks within the lodge's fenced area, fishing, volleyball and croquet, board games and on prior arrangement a Zulu dance performance, battlefield tours, leisurely drives to the Drakensberg, golfing, a helicopter flight or hot air ballooning and more.