If you are looking for a short / weekend getaway out of Cape Town (similar departure points) please consider the fact that the drive is 3 1/2 hours excluding stops and traffic. It’s just going to feel like too much of a mission especially on the return drive. Wait for a gap and take 3 days and longer. Pls. request a discount for long stays!
If you feel uncomfortable staying in a fairly remote area. This is not a place where you can smell what your neighbours’ are cooking for dinner! You may encounter a passing car at the entrance; you are likely to see folks on the river in the festive season. You are within 5-10 minute walking distance from three residences if you need some assistance. The area (Oshoek Valley) is very safe.
If you have expectations of a small / rural town e.g. MacGregor or Greyton. Nearby Vermaaklikheid will fall very short. This hamlet is a collection of quaint country cottages, devoid of a town center, restaurants and shops. A trip to Stilbaai or Riversdale or Heidelberg is required to get groceries and a restaurant.
If you can’t handle the site of a spider, insect or bat. The property is thoroughly maintained but “house spiders” do find their way in from time to time. Bats are active in the evenings (they eat fruit and insects). There is literature on this website (and a brochure in the cottages) entitles “snakes, spiders and scorpions”. The risks of being harmed by any of these creatures is probably less than having an accident on a South African road. If anyone in your travelling party is hypersensitive to these kinds of occurrences (e.g. seeing a spider) then they shouldn’t make the trip.
You have intentions of racing a boat up & down the river; water skiing and wake-boarding….. the river authority enforces a restrictive / low speed-limit. You can ride a large or small motor powered vessel at moderate (planing) speed. Please DO bring your favourite watercraft so you can fully explore this river.
The Off Grid System is set to a maximum capacity of 2 KW. Hairdryers and electrical appliances such as dishwashers cannot be used. The system does operate a washing machine and guests are free to delegate standard cleaning tasks to the housekeeper. The system can handle tablets, IPad, PCs and small / portable sound systems.