The Travelling Tortoise Retreat  Verified Listing

Excellent Rating: 4.9 / 5
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CAMPSITE  From R110 /night

 

Sleeps 18 people, 1 Bedroom, 3 Bathrooms.

The bush camp site is on level ground at the ... foot of the mountain. It has wood chip floors, shaded sites and 2 pitches with power, albeit limited to small appliances as we are off the grid. There is an excellent ablution block. The sparkling swimming pool is always available for campers.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

From R110 /night

 

 

The Torthouse  From R140 /night

 

Sleeps 2 people, 1 Bedroom. 12 m2

The Torthouse is part of our campsite. Have you ever ... spent the night in a Tortoise? Now is your chance. Camping a bit cold, wet,and windy for you? Then seek the sanctury of his substantial shell. Basic creature comforts, a double bed, table and chairs, small kitchen with a fridge. Cooking is outside with a gas burner and a braai. This is a must, put it on your bucket list.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Double bed

1 Double

From R140 /night

 

 

The Padloper  From R340 /night

 

Sleeps 2 people, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom. 38 m2

It’s only about 500 m from the bottom of the ... hill. The cabin is off the grid and does have municipal water. The Padloper is named after the smallest Tortoise in South Africa. This cabin may be smaller than the others, but it is large in character. It offers a double bed, a bathroom with shower, as well as a kitchen and lounge area combined.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

From R340 /night

 

 

The Hares Lair  From R375 /night

 

Sleeps 3 people, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom. 48 m2

This Hobbit style home is the latest addition to The ... Travelling Tortoise.This earth sheltered burrow, tucked away, private, and almost unseen is fitted out with every comfort you could want. It is fully self-catering, open plan with a large living space. The double bed is in a corner of the pine walls and poplar trees which hold up the curved reed roof.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

From R375 /night

 

 

The Jackals Den  From R450 /night

 

Sleeps 2 people, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom. 48 m2

The Jackals Den is a hobbit style home. You enter ... through a large round door into a warm comfortable space with a curved reed ceiling held up by white popular trees. It's open plan has a very well equipped kitchen, a lounge and dining area. There is a bathroom with shower. The double bed rests in the far corner. The Den is only 500m from the main chalets.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

From R450 /night

 

 

THE HINGE-BACK  From R475 /night

 

Sleeps 7 people, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom. 72 m2

It is aimed at the larger family with space a ... main feature. The bedroom downstairs has a double bed, the upstairs, accessed by a unique spiral staircase has 2 single beds. The large lounge has a double sleeper couch. It also has a well equipped kitchen, a bathroom with shower, and a deck with braai. **There is a R50 per evening additional cost for the Hot tub use

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

Bedroom 2

2 Single

From R475 /night

 

 

The Angulate  From R475 /night

 

Sleeps 5 people, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms.

Our elevated chalets have been built largely from renewable materials. ... Although rustic, comfort hasn’t been compromised. The chalets are self-catering and solar power provides electricity and hot water. There is a gas oven and hob for cooking, and of course, a braai on the deck. There is a private wood fired hot tub next to the chalet. There is a R50 per evening additional cost for the Hot tub use

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

Bedroom 2

2 Single

From R475 /night

 

 

The Hatchling Home  From R700 /night

 

Sleeps 5 people, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms.

A very comfortable lounge with a large deck, with its ... exceptional views, leads off the lounge. This is where the braai stands. The kitchen is very well equipped with all you might need for self-catering. The solar system is state of the art, no load shedding here. Just a few steps away is the wood-fired private hot. And a little further past that, our solar heated pool.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

Bedroom 2

2 Single

Bedroom 2

2 Single

From R700 /night

 

 
Kitchenette
Oven
Bath towels
Stove
Fridge
Linen
Microwave
Covid-19 Certified
Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Braai/BBQ Area
Parking on Premises
Dining Area
Balcony
Deck
Tea and coffee facilities

We are a new off - the - grid eco retreat situated only 10km from the pretty town of De Rust in the
Western Cape. The resort is set in natural Klein Karoo veldt with stunning views from the decks of our mountain chalets.
The pastoral, green Middelplaas valley is in front, the Red Stone Hills to the right and the inspiring Swartberg behind.
So weary traveller, visit us and wind down. Do as the tortoise does – wind down slowly.

The latest additions to our facilities are eco wood-fired hot tubs. They are in the bush and private to The Angulate and Hinge-back chalets. Perfect for a cold winters night while star gazing with a glass of wine, or as a cool splash pool in the summer.

Kindly note that the Jacuzzi is private only to the 2 bedroom Hinge back and Angulate chalets. There is a fee of R50 for the use of the Jacuzzi
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE WATER RESTRICTIONS - Guaranteed no outages

Please also note that we do not allow 1 night bookings over weekends.

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Property Type Camp, Chalet, Self Catering
Check-in after 02:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Flexible
Can Be Used For Film Location, Still Shoots
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Reviews

Danielle Eaby-Lomas
29 September 2023

I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at The Travelling Tortoise which is reachable with a basic sudan. The facilities were well kept and clean. The host, Jeff, was lovely. He was friendly and made sure that our time there was as best as it could have been. It is a quiet and restful space and the perfect getaway for escaping the hustle and bustle of the everyday. My husband and I were caught by the serious flooding towards the end of September 2023 and were unable to leave but Jeff was most accommodating and allowed us to stay another evening. The Torthouse had everything that you would need such as a comfortable bed, a sink, a fridge, a private seating area and braai. Although it was a bit chilly there was a lovely pool to swim in and places to rest and a wonderful play area for children. You could also take a little walk up the hill and get a lovely view of the Swartberg Mountains. It was also not too far from De Rust which has a few coffee shops and a second hand book shop as well as a small superette. It was also possible to reach the Meiringspoort waterful which was stunning. Overall a very positive experience and will definitely go back.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Avryl-Ann Coffee
03 May 2023

It was absolutely incredible. We totally loved our stay and will most definitely be back soon.

Our only disappointment was that we booked for one night only - trust me, it's waaay too magical a place for only a night. It's a little piece of heaven and, like us, you'll wish you'd booked for the weekend. There is so much to do in the area, so much to see and not enough hours in the day to enjoy the total serenity you get from staying at The Travelling Tortoise - take it easy, take it slow and enjoy the time.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Elizabeth De Speville
19 November 2022

The Travelling Tortoise is a marvelous place to chill out. Calm, peaceful and quiet - the only sounds you will hear are the birds and occasional sheep bleating. The accommodation is very comfortable, well provisioned kitchen and it felt like home after a few minutes. 4 days was not long enough for us! Beautiful scenery, fantastic walks and an abundance of flora to keep you busy.

Superb. 5 out of 5
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Johan Bornman
10 August 2022

Beautiful and serene and just a great breakaway with adequate amenities.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Lize-Mari Rautenbach
02 May 2021

Lovely place to stay. So peaceful and beautiful view over the mountains. My wife and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary and I had some special requests. I asked the owner for some roses and a box of chocolates as well as rose petals in the shape of a heart to be placed on our bed. This was all taken care of and my wife was pleasantly surprised when we got there and to add to the occasion, there was also a ice cold bottle of wine in the fridge for us. Then there is the jacuzzi which was a real bonus. Enjoyed it thoroughly and watched the stars and counted 3 satellites in just a few minutes. Will definitely recommend this place to others.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Johan Grobler
12 April 2021

A wonderful retreat from city life and device addiction. Jeff's (owner, manager and author) passion for this establishment is tangible: attention to detail with even a touch of whimsy. Would certainly go again and then for much longer. We absolutely recommend the Traveling Tortoise Retreat.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Carene Malan
06 July 2020

Our stay at Traveling Tortoise was an amazing experience!

We loved sitting in the Kol Kol hot tub while gazing at the beautiful cosmic landscape and breathtaking stars at night.

Jeff is a fantastic host & contributed to our delightful stay.

The unit was neat and clean & equiped with all we needed for the weekend.

The fact that there is no tv, helped you to relax and rather enjoy the panoramic views of the Klein Karoo.

We would God Willing definitely be returning to Traveling Tortoise soon! Thanks Jeff!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Lida Lindeque
05 March 2020

Lovely and quiet. Beautiful view from "The Padloper. " Will go here again when I get the opportunity and hope it is real soon.
Thank you too all!

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
gareth campbell
15 April 2019

Great views of the sunset and sunrise. Inspirational use of the land and scenic on all sides. Perfect secure getaway for the Dog and cozy accommodation meant for relaxation. The working farm life not far off in the distance, blends in with the rugged beauty of the Swartberg area.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Wim & Anna-Marie de Waard
25 August 2018

We had a really lovely two night stay at The Travelling Tortoise.

Superb. 5 out of 5

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De Rust Reviews

Annemarie Marais
28 February 2024

Small town full of gems and beautiful places to visit

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Mary-Joe Emde
02 April 2022

Pluim restaurant, wonderful food.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Chris De Wet
08 September 2020

So peaceful, the house is very well equipped.
Loved the braai pit and lovely view from the patio
Definitely worth every cent

Superb. 5 out of 5
Salmon de Kock
08 July 2020

The Karoo is a beautiful place. We visited THE TRAVELING TORTOISE for a weekend. We were welcomed by the owner, Jeff, who took us to our chalet. The chalet is very neat. Jeff showed us around and light our wood-fired hot tub.
I will recommend this trip for young and old. Our kids enjoyed the freedom of roaming around and the 'older' enjoyed the nature and quite.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Philda Morris
06 July 2020

Here with a friend.

Superb. 5 out of 5
GRIZéLL LUXTON
02 August 2018

It was only an overnight stay but we love the place anyway.

Superb. 5 out of 5