Winter isn’t the best time to enjoy the famous campsites at Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway, but the exclusive riverside pitches may just tempt you to haul out the tent. If not, their new Pod Houses are a chic new addition to this much-loved escape in the Cape mountains.
Another classic is the ATKV Goudini Spa, with its mineral-rich pools fed by natural hot springs. While some accommodation has been modernised, the old-school vakansie-oord vibe remains strong here. And that’s precisely why generations of locals still love it. Day visitors are welcome, but book well in advance.
The rivers that come rushing off the surrounding mountains also draw travellers that can tell a Bead Head Nymph from an Elk Hair Caddis. The Holsloot, Molenaars and Smalblaar Rivers offer some of the Cape’s finest wilderness fly-fishing, with wily rainbow trout hiding in the pools and eddies. Working the waters takes skill and experience — and a permit — but if you’re a beginner wanting to try your hand, stop in at Du Kloof Lodge, where the well-stocked trout dams will soon have you hooked into dinner.
DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT A VISIT TO BOSJES
You’ll either love or hate the brazen lines of the Bosjes Chapel. Whichever it is, this creation by London-based architect Coetzee Steyn is a fine bellwether of the new energy flowing through the Breedekloof. Aside from saying “I Do”, there’s plenty to discover on the estate. The Bosjes Kombuis offers upscale country cuisine, and look out for the gorgeous Delft-inspired artwork by Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler. The Tee Tuin is the latest addition, offering light bites surrounded by vineyards and indigenous gardens. If you’d rather not leave, the five-roomed guest house boasts interiors by Liam Mooney, and glorious views of the Waaihoek Mountains from the private pool terrace.