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CAMPSITE  From R90 /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 R90 /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 but a 4x4 is essential for the climb. 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 Jackals Den  From R350 /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 but a 4x4 is needed to reach it.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

From R350 /night

 

THE HINGE-BACK  From R450 /night

Sleeps 5 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. **R50 extra for use of Jacuzzi

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

Bedroom 2

2 Single

From R450 /night

 

The Angulate  From R450 /night

Sleeps 5 people, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms.

Our elevated chalets have been built largely from renewable materials ... with farmed pine trees being the main material. 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.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

Bedroom 2

2 Single

From R450 /night

 

The Geometric  From R450 /night

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

Our elevated chalets have been built from renewable materials with ... farmed pine trees being the main material. Although rustic, comfort hasn’t been compromised. There is a large fridge, gas oven and hob and of course a braai, on the deck. A recent addition is a private wood - fired hot tub close to the chalet. There is a private wood-fired hot tub next to the chalet.

Rate Basis: Self catering (no meals included)

Bedroom 1

1 Double

From R450 /night

 

The Hares Lair  From R450 /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 R450 /night

 

The Torthouse  POA

Sleeps 1 person, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom. 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

POA

 

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

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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

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
Samantha du Toit
06 August 2018

Awesome stay, perfect getaway for two, just what you need to get from the hustle of town life.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Monique Moolman
28 May 2018

Perfect break away. Stunning views.

Superb. 5 out of 5

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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