Situated in Arniston, a scenic 2.5-hour meander from Cape Town, Dinky’s Den has a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. The large and comfortable seaside house has a deck, braai, fireplace, 12-seater dining table, fully equipped kitchen (including dishwasher and washing machine) and DStv. It’s also serviced daily from 9am to 2pm at no extra charge.
Cost: R1 500 per night.
Info: Call 021 872 7996 or 082 7065 902, or e-mail email@example.com.
This working wine-and-dairy farm in pastoral Bonnievale (about 212 hours from Cape Town) has two simple yet charming self-catering cottages set on expansive lawns. Rent one or spread out and take both – the affordable price tag allows the indulgence – and spend your weekend fishing and frolicking in the Breede River in total privacy. Look out for the beautiful peacocks.
Sleeps: 12 (Arendsnes 1); eight (Arendsnes 2).
Cost: R500 per night for the first two people; R100 for each additional person.
Storms River Mouth Rest Camp
Bring your caravan or tent and camp at one of the most remarkable camp sites in the country, right on the seafront in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park (two hours from Port Elizabeth). There is plenty to do, including hikes, snorkelling, scuba diving and boat cruises.
Sleeps: Six per site.
Cost: R270 for two people (camp site); R270 for two people (caravan site with power but no view) or R315 for two people (caravan site with power and view). R62 per additional person.
Situated on the Eastern Knysna head, this pretty property has a rambling six-bedroomed main house and a further three self-catering units. The best part is the position – perched above the protected waters of the lagoon, at low tide you can wade in crystal-clear shallow waters, while when it’s higher, boating and swimming off the steps add a sense of adventure.
Sleeps: 14 in the main house and two to four per unit.
Cost: From R450 to R900 per person sharing.