Whether planning a family reunion or just looking for a fun getaway with a group of mates, the Elgin Valley – with its charming towns of Elgin and Grabouw – offers a wealth of places for larger groups to gather. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this is an ideal destination to spend some quality time relaxing and reconnecting in a place that has been termed “The Centre of the Great Outdoors”. From wineries and fruit farms to ziplining and mountain biking, there is plenty on offer here. Young, old and anyone in between will thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to explore this stay-and-play destination with its spectacularly beautiful landscapes and wide-open spaces.
Old Mac Daddy specialises in fun. This place is designed specifically for families and groups who in the fresh country air will find adventure aplenty to keep everyone happy. Set amongst the apple orchards, Old Mac Daddy is a unique oasis, offering open spaces, mountain paths, a lakeside beach, vintage trailers, and other family-friendly accommodation in their tented camps, villa, and Daddy’s Den. Old Mac Daddy was designed with kids in mind, and all too often parents will only see their offspring at mealtimes… unless, that is, they also want to partake in the tractor rides, the giant zorbing balls, the bike rides, trampolining, the waterslide, and fishing. Old Mac Daddy has thought of everything, even babysitting services, so Mom and Dad can be out and about with the bigger kids, on their own, or have some well-earned time out.
Oak Lane Cottages offers self-catering accommodation on a working farm in the Elgin Valley, giving friends and family groups the opportunity for an affordable, convenient and refreshing country break. Set in a garden amongst oak trees, the accommodation consists of seven fully equipped farm cottages each with their own indoor fireplace, garden and braai area. The function hall – with its kitchen, indoor fireplace, flatscreen TV and restrooms – is ideal for small weddings, parties, conferences, and team-building activities.
Activities on the farm include mountain biking on the Lebanon mountain bike trails, jogging, hiking, bird watching, and swimming in the dam. There is much more on offer in the beautiful Elgin Valley, well known for its locally grown fruit, great wine and gardens of roses. Guests have the option to explore the Elgin Wine Route or visit the Elgin Railway Market and gourmet venues for casual and fine dining. Mountain biking trails abound, as well as zip-lining and hiking for the energy enthusiasts.
Wildekrans offers warm hospitality, country accommodation, friendly attentive service, and the finest in food and wines. Among its many features are breathtaking views and a tranquil atmosphere. Situated just an hour from Cape Town and half an hour from Hermanus, Wildekrans is the ideal base for exploring the picturesque Overberg region and the many attractions of the neighbouring towns. For those wanting a complete escape, there’s as much, or as little to do on the estate as you please, without having to venture out at all. Its nine country cottages (8 x 2 bedroom and 1 x 3 bedroom) are situated between the vineyard and the plum orchard on the banks of the Botrivier. For those who simply want to lie back and relax, the stunning mountain views are enough to soothe away any urban worries. For the adventurous there are plenty of activities at hand right there on the farm including trail running, mountain biking and horse riding. And those needing a little wind down can take part in a wine tasting or simply take a seat at the river and enjoy the prolific birdlife on display.
Wildekrans Wine Estate is a great place to use as a base for exploring the Overberg coast at Kleinmond, Onrus & Hermanus, or even popping in to visit the penguins in Betty’s Bay or hiking in the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens.
Trail’s End Bike Hotel, Mountain Bike & Trail Running Accommodation is Africa’s first bike hotel. It’s also the perfect base to relax, have fun and explore all the delights the Overberg has to offer whether you come as a family or a group of friends. For those hungry to catch some fresh country air and unwind after a week of city life, this should definitely be on the Destination List. Of course no Bike Hotel would not be complete without a custom-built pump track and flow trail, and the one at Trail’s End has proven over and over again to be a great hit for all age groups. Other on-site activities include a climbing wall, a swimming pool, and a studio that offers pilates, yoga and spinning classes. For those wanting to venture out and explore more of the Elgin Valley, options include quad biking, trail running or hiking on the breathtaking trails of the neighbouring reserve. And for those who don’t have a bike, rentals are available. Other services available on request include a physiotherapist, a beautician and a chiropractor.
Cherry Glamping is ideal for any size get-together, catering for groups from 12 to 200 people. Its luxury tented accommodation is located in two different forest camps, each of which have beautiful, spacious 5m Bell tents permanently set up amongst the trees. Both camps offer sundowner areas and panoramic views of the Elgin valley, and each has a lapa, a central community venue, and a fully equipped kitchen. Whether you choose to relax in a hammock, or chill next to the fire pit, or follow a trail amongst the free-roaming zebra, springbok or bontebok, the two camps at Cherry Glamping are the perfect place to celebrate life and love with friends, family or colleagues. Only group bookings are allowed, so the whole camp is taken over by one group, regardless of that group’s size. The area offers no shortage of attractions to be enjoyed by the whole family. Elgin has plenty of adventurous activities and sightseeing destinations close by to Cherry Glamping, and there are also many wine farms and restaurants both in Elgin and the neighbouring towns of Bot Rivier and Grabouw.