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Discovering the Cape Whale Coast

Discovering the Cape Whale Coast

My daughter and I recently went up to the Whale Coast for a weekend breakaway.  I’ve heard great things about Mosaic Farm and as it definitely appeals to our guests from the United Kingdom, decided to investigate.  We travelled through the quaint little town of Stanford (if you blink you will miss it!) in the Overberg wine region before hitting a 7-kilometre gravel road. The road is a little bumpy but we arrived soon enough and were and met by the very friendly manager Graeme who talked us through the lodge facilities.

The lodge is very small, offering only five stone cottages with thatched roofs and beautiful sliding glass doors which open up to spectacular lagoon and mountain views of the area.  The dining and lounge area have an African feel to it and I could just picture my guests sitting around the fire with a good glass of Cape red in the winter months.

We had spectacular weather – temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius so we enjoyed cooling off in the lodge’s swimming pool and lounging on the deck taking in the beautiful scenery.  Utter bliss!

In the late afternoon the lodge runs a beach safari – it’s about a 45-minute scenic drive in an open safari vehicle to the beach – snacks and drinks are laid out and beach towels provided.  We had packed our bucket and spade for good measure and we had the most wonderful time on the beach collecting shells.  Beach access is on private land which ensures a completely private experience – we had the entire beach to ourselves!  At sunset we headed back to the lodge where we were met by the chef who had prepared a wonderful three-course meal for us.  Of course the kids had the standard chicken and chips – always a winner.

We arrived at the Ocean Eleven Guest House in Hermanus around mid-day the next day and were welcomed by the friendly staff.  Ocean Eleven is a standard four-star boutique style guest house.  They can accommodate 16 people at the guest house and we stayed in a standard room which was extremely spacious. All rooms overlook the ocean, but I would definitely recommend booking one on the upper level.  There is a pathway directly in front of the guest house and one can take a 2-hour walk along the scenic coastline – this is ideal during the whale season as one can enjoy spectacular land-based sightings. The guest house is very spacious and the public area’s very comfortable; the pool area is lovely and we spent a lot of time just lazing by the pool on the comfy deck chairs overlooking the ocean.

Hermanus is an easy 90-minute drive from Cape Town with the Overberg Wine Region about two hours away. I would definitely recommend adding this scenic part of South Africa’s coastline to your next family holiday.

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