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Cheap And Cheerful: Awesome Budget Getaways Near Cape Town
Tick them off your list and explore the Western Cape with our pick of budget getaways and affordable escapes that cost less than R550pp per night
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Last Update: 15 April 2019
Who said a Cape getaway needs to cost your life's savings? Cape Town's first adventure lodge, ridiculously awesome farm stays, beachside cottages, winelands getaways – all with creature comforts, swimming pools, little luxuries, safety and security, and close proximity to fun activities for couples, kids and families alike. And all cheap and cheerful; real budget getaways near Cape Town.
BACKPACK IN AN OBZ MANSION
Stay over in this homely family mansion on Station Road when you pass through Cape Town. The backpackers, run by two friends who are passionate about what they do, has four- and six-bed dorms as well as private double and family rooms. The house is clean, spacious and feels like home. It’s perfect for like-minded travellers to meet before they go on their next adventure. Read more about Wanderlust Backpackers.
Top Tip: They also offer tailor-made adventure tours
Rates: From R240pp
93 Station Road | Observatory | +27 (0)21 447 1332 | email@example.com
OUR LIST: BUDGET GETAWAYS AND ACCOMMODATION NEAR CAPE TOWN
When we put together our special selection of budget getaways and cheap accommodation near Cape Town and the Western Cape, we wanted to give you something awesome. No nasty stuff. We looked far and wide for real hidden gems. Places that have pools, offer great experiences and everything you need to have a true Cape getaway experience.
And we also made sure they're truly budget: Our selection ranges from really good deals starting at just R195 for an entire cottage to max R550pp per night. Although, most of them average around R500–R600 for an entire cottage (no limits on pax). So grab that book you’ve been dying to read, dust off those walking shoes or pick up that polka dot bikini, it’s time for a budget getaway!
GET YOUR BLOOD PUMPING AT AN ADVENTURE LODGE
At just R600 per night for a cottage only 30 minutes outside of Cape Town, you have to be excited about Zeestock Adventure Lodge. There's a pool, braai, bar (with pool and darts) bush, farmlands and mountain views and full facilities. The real reason to come here, though, is the adventure activities: from paintball and kitesurfing, surf and city tour experiences to sandboarding and dune adventures. You're gonna want to check out Zeestock Adventure Lodge, Cape Town's first adventure lodge.
Top Tip: Zeestock also offers private event bookings for your birthday party, team building or bachelor party.
Rates: From R600 per night for a double room (R300 per person sharing)
73 Three Fountains Estate | Philadelphia | +27 (0)79 242 7031 | firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPLORE HOT SPRINGS NEAR THE CEDERBERG
The Baths is a hot spring self-catering retreat tucked away on a citrus farm near Citrusdal. You can jump between cold and hot pools, with the waters reaching 43˚C. Explore the mountain rock pools, spa baths, a tennis court, trampoline, pool table, a children's playground and restaurant.
Top tip: Reservations are done by phone and we advise to book in advance. Rates increase on 1 March 2019.
Rates: From R800 per unit per night (R400 per person sharing)
The Baths Farm | Citrusdal | Western Cape | +27 (0)22 921 8026, email@example.com | The Baths reservations page
ROOMS FOR UNDER R200 AT THIS FAMILY RESORT IN MOSSEL BAY
Hartenbos is situated along the spectacular Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, around 8km from Mossel Bay. With various self-catering accommodation options, budget family holidays by the sea are a reality. Splash in the waves and catch some sun at the Blue Flag beach, paddle in the river, whoosh down the super tube and spend a few days to discover more.
Top tip: Book off-season to get the best rates.
Rates: From R195 per room per night
ATKV Groenkop Street | Hartenbos | Mossel Bay | +27 (0)44 601 7200, firstname.lastname@example.org | Hartenbos accommodation
A POOL AND LUXURIES IN CENTRAL STELLENBOSCH
Centrally located in Stellenbosh, it's the ideal choice for travellers wanting to get to know the area. Enjoy the winelands on a self-drive exploration, go cycling, take a tour or pub crawl the night away in this lively university town. Go horse riding, mountain biking, strawberry picking, brandy tasting and explore awesome wine estates and their superb restaurants.
Top tip: Check out our overview of things to do in Stellenbosch.
Rates: R700 per room per night (R350 per person sharing)
193 Banghoek Road, Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 8870048, email@example.com | Banghoek Place
BUDGET FARM AND HIKING GETAWAY IN THE CEDERBERG
A perfect destination in the Biedouw Valley surrounded by rugged and picturesque mountains, Enjo Nature Farm is a gem in the Cederberg. The great wilderness area offers majestic views, incredible spring flowers (in August and September), and rugged hikes and mountain bike trails.
Top tip: This accommodation is pet-friendly.
Rates: From R520 per cabin per night (R260 per person sharing)
Biedouw Valley | Clanwilliam | firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0)27 482 2869 | Enjo Nature Farm Accommodation
A QUIET FISHING VILLAGE STAY ON THE WEST COAST
Come to the West Coast and experience the tranquil ambience of this old fishing village with its whitewashed cottages and long sandy beaches.
Top tip: The accommodation is within walking distance to well-known restaurants like the Noisy Oyster, Voorstrandt and Oep ve Koep.
Rates: From R550 per room per night (R275 per person sharing)
3 Albatross Crescent | Paternoster | Western Cape | +27 (0)82 879 3949, email@example.com | Paternoster Place accommodation
KITESURFING MECCA (FOR LESS) IN LANGEBAAN
Are you a kiteboarding enthusiast? Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn the sport but have never followed through? WindChasers, situated roughly an hour’s drive from Cape Town in the seaside hamlet of Langebaan, is the ideal spot to brush up on the sport. Located a stone’s throw from the seafront, this self-catering accommodation is the perfect place to soak up the sun and surf and take advantage of the on-site experienced kiting trainers.
Top tip: In the interest of creating an interactive, social space for like-minded individuals, the KiteHouse is reserved for kitesurfers and wind sports enthusiasts.
Rates: Private self-catering double room: From R850 (R425 per person sharing)
79 Main Road | Langebaan | + 27 (0)82 079 0500 | Windchasers Rates
SECLUSION AND A SACRED SPACE IN THE MOUNTAINS
Located in the mountain-ringed region of McGregor about two hours from the Mother City, Temenos meaning "a sacred space" is ideally suited for those seeking seclusion, rest and relaxation. The affordable retreat offers various self-catering cottages, all equipped with private patios and fireplaces. In addition to enjoying the tranquil setting, you can seek silence and solitude in one of the secret gardens or the labyrinth. Visitors can also make use of the swimming pool, restaurant, library and poetry room or can call on the services of a local therapist skilled in aromatherapy massage, reflexology or the like.
Top tip: Enquire about the specials and wellness retreats that run throughout the year.
Rates: From R985 per self-catering cottage per night (R492.50 per person sharing)
Corner of Bree and Voortrekker streets | McGregor | +27 (0)23 625 1871, firstname.lastname@example.org, Contact Temenos
LITTLE FALSE BAY GEM AT THE FOOT OF CHAPMAN'S PEAK
Less than 30 minutes from the city centre, nestled in the seaside suburb of Noordhoek at the foot of the scenic Chapman’s Peak, the tastefully decorated guest house is the perfect perch from which to explore the Cape Peninsula. It’s a short distance from the quaint village of Kalk Bay, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, the Constantia wine estates and Steenberg golf course. You can benefit from the beautiful lawns and gorgeous pool area as well as the warm hospitality of the owners.
Top tip: In high season, prices increase.
Rates: From R879 per room per night (R439 per person sharing)
11 Wolf Power Close | Noordhoek | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 785 1255 or +27 (0)82 699 3188, African Queen Accommodation
FAMILY STAYS ON ROUTE 62
Situated just two hours from Cape Town along the scenic Route 62 lies Montagu Springs. As per its name, the family-friendly resort grants you access to the hot springs. Children love the play park, jungle gym and heated children's swimming pool. Plus, visitors to the area will not be at a loss for things to do; out-of-towners can pop by the local guano caves and the Montagu Museum, and there are ample opportunities for walking and bird-watching. Read more about Montagu Springs and other hot springs in the Western Cape.
Top tip: Exclusively for guests, entrance to the resort's heated pool is R15 per person per day over weekends and all holidays. Entrance to the heated pool is R10 per person per day during the week.
Rates: Chalet prices start at R750 per night (R375 per adult sharing [+ 2 children])
Uitvlucht Street | Montagu | email@example.com | +27 (0)23 614 1050
SELF-CATERING COTTAGE IN THE MOUNTAINS
Located on a working farm and private nature reserve that’s perched on top of Aurora Mountain (a 90-minute drive from the Mother City), DanielsHoogte is a hidden gem just waiting to be uncovered. Visitors stay in mountain-top self-catering cottages and are sure to be wowed by the panoramic vistas and the abundance of flora and fauna. Take advantage of the hiking trails and bird-watching opportunities or cool off in the dam. With reasonable rates and rustic but comfortable accommodation that sleeps between two and six people, DanielsHoogte is a great spot for a family getaway. For intrepid explorers, there’s also the Cave Campsite where you stay in a natural cave, accessible by road and equipped with a braai area and ablution block.
Top tip: There’s a minimum of two nights stay.
Rates: From R720 per cottage per night (R360 per person sharing).
DanielsHoogte Private Reserve | Aurora | firstname.lastname@example.org | + 27 (0)22 952 1740
COTTAGES ON A ROBERTSON WINE FARM
Close to Robertson, at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, lies Buitenstekloof Mountain Cottages. The simple dwellings are located on a working wine farm that spans over 1000 hectares, so guests can enjoy wine tastings and vineyard strolls as well as do some bird-watching, hiking, climbing, fishing and mountain biking. That being said, the tranquil setting is also ideally suited to those looking to unwind.
Top tip: Take a day trip to the Klipdrift Distillery in Robertson for a brandy tour, tasting or lunch.
Rates: From R640 per cottage per night (R320 per person sharing)
Buitenstekloof Farm (off R62) | 16km before Robertson | +27 (0)23 626 5376 or +27 (0)82 493 8897, Buitenstekoof Rates
FRANSCHHOEK STAYS FOR AROUND R1000 PER NIGHT
Bet you didn't think you could stay budget-friendly in the Cape Winelands culinary capital. It's roughly an hour from the Mother City. Taking its name from the bubbling stream nearby, this quaint self-catering abode has all the charming Cape trappings – terracotta tiles, a tin roof with a reed-lined ceiling, whitewash walls and paintings of country landscapes. Soak up the spectacular natural views, meander along the brook, bask in the sunshine on the sun deck or take a dip in the private splash pool. For those chilly evenings, read a book by the hearth or take a wander to the boma located just along the stream. It goes without saying that as Little Willow Brooke is just a short drive from many beautiful wine estates, wine tasting is always on the cards.
Top tip: Discover this beautiful Cape Winelands region with a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram
Rates: R1100 per cottage per night (R550 per person sharing)
Little Willow Brooke | Dassenberg Road | Franschhoek |+27 (0)21 876 3385 or +27 (0)83 321 7008 | contact Little Willow Brooke
PET- AND CHILD-FRIENDLY FARM STAYS
Just outside of Stanford is where you will find the historic Weltevrede Farm, home to the Stanford Hills Estate. Roughly two hours from Cape Town, the pet- and child-friendly property is known for its beautiful dam and rolling fields of fynbos, vineyards and olive groves. Equally renowned for its award-winning wines, the estate offers self-catering cottages and a historic manor house. Besides enjoying the tranquil setting, visitors can while away the hours with leisurely strolls through the vineyards, a swim in the dam, wine tasting and even trout fishing.
Top tip: Lunch at the Tasting Room Restaurant – the on-site eatery offers a delicious seasonal menu that changes daily, wine tasting and plenty of kid’s activities (there’s a jungle gym, playground and trampoline).
Rates: From R800 per cottage per night (R400 per person sharing) [this is the off-season rate]
Weltevrede Farm | Stanford | email@example.com, + 27 (0)28 341 0841 | Stanford Hills Accommodation
SWITCH OFF IN A TRUE COUNTRY ESCAPE
Located 20km east of Stanford in Sondagskloof, with limited cell phone reception, TV signal or neighbours, Hermanuspietersfontein is a retreat for those looking to switch off from city living. With opportunities for mountain and streamside walks, stargazing, bird-watching and braaiing, the dear little spot is the perfect place to rest, relax and soak up a scenic setting. You can also benefit from a leisurely stroll through the vineyards.
Top tip: Bring your braai stuff because there are ample facilities at these self-catering cottages.
Rates: From R700 per cottage per night (R350 per person sharing)
Hermanuspietersfontein Farm | Stanford | firstname.lastname@example.org, Hermanuspietersfontein Cottages
HAMMOCKS AND VIEWS FOR DAYS
You’ll find Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge hidden away on a 517-hectare private nature reserve bordering the Cederberg Reserve. The region is rich in fynbos, birdlife and fauna, and explorers of the breathtaking natural setting may even discover rock art left by the indigenous San Bushmen who once populated the area. Take advantage of the peaceful, unspoilt surroundings and delight in a night sky that yields many shooting stars. And for those chilly winter evenings, sit in the fully-enclosed lapa and enjoy a steamy glass of Glühwein or hot chocolate. Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge offers self-catering cabins and tents which boast breathtaking views of the majestic Cederberg Valley.
Top tip: Book for four nights and only pay for three (Valid Mon–Thur). Enquire about the weekend special.
Rates: From R330 per person per night
Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge | Cederberg | +27 (0)27 482 1300 | Gecko Creek accommodation
FAMILY FARM STAYS IN THE OVERBERG
Seeking an affordable getaway fit for the whole family and even your furry friend? Then look no further. Oewerzicht is located on a working farm 9km from the quaint town of Greyton and offers you the chance to camp or stay in tented accommodation and tastefully decorated cottages. Visitors can delight in the sprawling wheat fields, roaming flocks of sheep and maybe even the sight of a herd of rhebok. Bird-watching, hiking, mountain biking and leisurely strolls through the orchards are also on the cards.
Top tip: Children and well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Rates: From R990 per cottage per night (R495 per person sharing)
Oewerzicht Farm, Greyton, Overberg | +27 (0)28 254 9831, email@example.com | Oewerzicht Farm rates
TREETOP STAYS IN A POPLAR FOREST
Fancy a truly unique getaway experience for you and your significant other? How about a few days spent in the treetops of a poplar forest along the banks of the Olifants River? Take your pick from one of Kardouw’s self-catering treetop cabins. To make the most of the scenic surrounds, have a braai along the riverbank beneath the stars or else try your hand at fishing or canoeing in the Olifants River.
Top tip: Booking in advance is essential, especially for holiday periods.
Rates: From R620 per cabin per night (R310 per person sharing)
Kardouw Farm | Citrusdal | +27 (0)71 681 3871
MANOR HOUSE GETAWAY IN DARLING
Only an hour from Cape Town, Darling is a quaint town in the heart of wildflower country. Securely situated on 40 hectares of private reserve, The Old Pastorie is ideal for relaxing and enjoying nature. Picnic in the garden or stop by Evita Se Perron for an evening of comedy and cabaret with Pieter Dirk Uys. After a day of exploring the town and surrounds, drift off to sleep in spacious rooms with high ceilings. Wake up to a symphony of birdsong courtesy of herons, spoonbills and geese on the nearby lake. Visit The Marmalade Cat or stop by the monthly Groote Post Country Market for breakfast. Hosts, Kneale and Robert, are friendly and accommodating and if you’re lucky, you may be treated to an impressive piano solo.
Top tip: Valid until the end of 2019.
Rates: R1020 per room per night (R510 per person sharing)
The Old Pastorie | Pastorie Street | Darling | +27 (0)22 492 3715, +27 (0)72 083 9990 | firstname.lastname@example.org, The Old Pastorie website.
Escape the hustle and bustle of city living with a stay in the Table Mountain National Park. For an unforgettable wallet-friendly experience ideal for the whole family, we recommend the Eland or Duiker cottages in Cape Point, the Overseers Cottage atop Table Mountain or the Wood Owl Cottage in the Tokai pine plantation. If you’re an intrepid traveller, opt for a tented camping experience in Silvermine, Slangkop or Smitswinkel. Each of these spots is set amidst stunning natural scenery and boasts plenty of opportunity for hiking, bird-watching, picnicking, braaiing, stargazing and the like.
Top tip: The SANParks booking system is sophisticated and allows you to check availability and book in advance.
Rates: Cottages accommodate multiple people at a base rate, so the price per person depends, but rates are very reasonable
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