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4.8 out of 5from 254 reviews for The Travelling Tortoise Retreat
Cleanliness
4.8/5
Service
4.9/5
Location
4.7/5
Safety
4.9/5
Value for money
4.8/5
Adele V - Feb 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Adele V
With spouse/partner

Quiet, nice stay. Would definitely recommend.

What a lovely place to stay! Everything you will need in a self-catering chalet. We really enjoyed the peaceful area and both swimming pools were well made use of in the heat. Thank you for being a great host.

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Chanellnicole B - Feb 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Chanellnicole B
With spouse/partner

Relaxing and peaceful.

Amazing stay, nice and peaceful. Would definitely recommend driving with a bakkie/SUV instead of a standard car.

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Thank you Chanell for your review, the word 'amazing' is always welcome. I'm sorry that you had a problem. I suppose if you aren't used to travelling a gravel road I can see your point. Maybe the municipality hadn't graded it. We are only 7km down the road and cars have always made it. One guest remarked that I should have my off the grid eco retreat in the middle of town - I think that's taking it a bit too far though.

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Hanna V - Jan 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Hanna V
With spouse/partner

"Way above the rest".

Peace and tranquility. No TV. No music. No cellphones. The best breakaway from it all! Thank you and staff for a squeaky clean and comfortable stay.

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Denise M - Jan 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Denise M
Individual traveler

Alles is in harmonie met die natuur. Creativity at its best.

Baie lekker gebly. Muskiete het ietwat gepla.

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Everything is in harmony with nature. Creativity at its best.

Very nice stay. Mosquitoes were a bit of a bother.

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Sorry Denise, that the mosquitoes were a bother - it's very rare that they get a mention here. I'm glad that the rest of your stay was nice though.

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Gary H - Jan 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Gary H
With spouse/partner

Was kos vir die siel gewees. Baie lekker gerus.

Baie lekker gebly. Mooi uitsig gehad en lekker gerus.

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Was food for the soul. Very nice please.

Very nice stay. Had a nice view and rested well.

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Thank you Gary,
3 things that we always aim to do for a guest

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Sibusiso N - Jan 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
1/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Sibusiso N
Individual traveler

An enchanting experience in the Klein Karoo.

I initially worried about the heat, but Mother Nature proved me wrong, and the real gem turned out to be the exceptional host, Jeff. He's not just a host; he's a perfect and humane gentleman who transformed my stay into a delightful adventure. My visit included an unforgettable tour to Meiringspoort Waterfall, thanks to Jeff's thoughtful planning. The room's facilities were top-notch, and Jeff's impressive library of literature in the Angulate left me spoiled for choice. I cherish the entire experience and would gladly relive it without a second thought!

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Yes Sibusiso, we did spend quite a bit of time together, and I know we struck up a friendship. Very often in these circumstances, some shortcomings are negated. As it is, I probably had the poorest ratings that I've ever had. Not to worry, who knows, you might return one day.

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Willem M - Jan 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Willem M
With spouse/partner

Jeff was great, baie mooi ligging.

Ons het lekker gebly ja.

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Jeff was great, very nice location.

We had a nice stay yes.

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I'm very pleased, William, that you were happy with all aspects of your stay - thank you.

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Liezel D - Jan 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Liezel D
With spouse/partner

Dit was net wat ons nodig gehad het. Baie nice!

Baie rustig, prentjie mooi en baie netjies en skoon. Vriendelike eienaar. Goeie geriewe.

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It was just what we needed. Very nice!

Very peaceful, beautiful picture and very neat and clean. Friendly owner. Good amenities.

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It's rewarding, Liezel, to read your comments and your excellent ratings. Thank you.

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Peter-david D - Nov 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Peter-david D
With spouse/partner

Tops.

Net een woord die beste vakansie.

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Tops.

Just one word the best holiday.

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Thank you Peter. I hope that you and your wife will return in the Autumn with your first child.

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Comine D - Oct 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Comine D

Dit was ongelooflik lekker. Die plek was ruimer as wat ons gedink het. Ons het heerlik gebraai en op die stoel gesit om die natuur te bewonder. Die eienaar het vir ons hout afgelewer, sowel as vuurhoutjies en goed om vuur aan te steek.

Dit is 'n heerlike, privaat en veilige wegbreekplek waar jy kan gaan stap in die mooi natuurskoon. Die eienaar was gaaf en behulpsaam. Ek sal enige tyd weer daar gaan oornag.

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It was incredibly fun. The place was more spacious than we thought. We had a delicious barbecue and sat on the chair to admire the nature. The owner delivered us wood, as well as matches and things to light a fire.

It is a lovely, private and safe getaway where you can go for a walk in the beautiful scenery. The owner was nice and helpful. I would stay there again anytime.

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What can I say Comine about your visit. You did experience quite a problem that you took in your stride and decided to help rather than criticise, I really appreciated that.
Some companies ask the host to rate the guest - if that was the case here I would give you 5 stars.

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Yolandi D - Oct 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Yolandi D
With spouse/partner

Awesomeness.

If I could, I would rate it a thousand stars or even more. Thank you, Jeff, for having us. Thank you also for being a great host and an awesome person. We will definitely be back soon.

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So kind, Yolandi, for you to voice you very complimentary opinion of us so enthusiastically
.And yes, come back soon

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Christa S - Oct 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Christa S
With spouse/partner

Thanks Jeff. Baie lieflike plek. Uiters skoon!

Stel net 'n beter braaiplek voor en die hot tub was nie beskikbaar nie - geen water en buite werking. Groot teleurstelling. Daarom 'n 4 vir waarde van geld.

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Thanks Jeff. Very lovely place. Extremely clean!

Just suggest a better barbecue area and the hot tub was not available - no water and out of order. Big disappointment. Therefore a 4 for value for money.

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I'm sorry Christa, I obviously didn't gauge how much you wanted the hot tub, too late I know but you could have made it more obvious to me. I often add in my info that the hot tub is only available for 2 nights, the costs for 1 night - 1000 litres of water and a great deal of fuel can be spread, the next night the water is warm
Another factor is what time guests arrive. The tub takes 2 hours to heat up, prior knowledge of the time of arrival helps, or I can have a very late night.

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Shanice T - Oct 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
2/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Shanice T
Family with young children

Rustig, natuurskoon en avontuurlustig.

Die uitsig was baie mooi. Die blyplek was skoon en leefbaar. Die eienaar was gesellig, maar het geen sin vir humor nie.

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Peaceful, scenic and adventurous.

The view was very beautiful. The accommodation was clean and livable. The owner was friendly but had no sense of humor.

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The Travelling Tortoise Retreat 's response

Your opinion was formed by this chain of events: When you arrived I asked if you had read the house rule, that we are a peaceful place, so no music. You said that you had.
As you were a large party, a bit later I asked if they were all aware of the house rule. You said yes.
Then what did you do. You played music, then didn't like it when I asked you to turn it off.
My location is my main selling point. The Little Karoo had experienced the wettest winter on record.
Some roads were flooded. I constantly updated you, so you had no problems. It was wet, but I won't be held responsible for the weather.

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Jean D - Sep 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Jean D
With spouse/partner

A very pleasant overnight stay in unusual accommodation.

The peaceful Hare's Lair offered a beautiful view over the valley which was ablaze with vivid coloured wildflowers.

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You only had a short stay Jean, but described your visit perfectly.

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Mercia D - Sep 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Mercia D
With spouse/partner

Unparalleled views. Peaceful.

Would have liked to stay longer because of the location.

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It's always strange to me that one person appreciates our location, the next despises it.
Anyhow, so please that you did appreciate where we are and the views.

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Nastassja V - Aug 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Nastassja V
Family with young children

Pragtige uitsig in interessante huisie.

Die huis is baie goed toegerus en die kaggel is 'n groot plus.

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Beautiful view in interesting house.

The house is very well equipped and the fireplace is a big plus.

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The Travelling Tortoise Retreat 's response

Thank you for your review, and appreciation or the fireplace.
Sorry that we disappointed you in other areas.

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Steve M - Aug 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Steve M
With friends

Magnificent views, charming and characterful venue.

Describing this place as a little rustic log cabin in the mountains does not do it justice. It's compact, characterful, clean and well-appointed with magnificent views and a splendid hot tub to boot. Jeff the owner is the most gracious and attentive host, a competent author and a real character to boot. We spent only two nights but wished we'd booked a week. We'll be back.

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The Travelling Tortoise Retreat 's response

Thank you so much, Steve, for your comprehensive and extremely flattering review, much appreciated.

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André C - Aug 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
André C
With spouse/partner

Die beste wegbreek wat ek in 'n lang tyd gehad het.

Jy sal nie spyt wees nie, dis verseker.

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The best getaway I've had in a long time.

You won't regret it, that's for sure.

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Thank you, Andrew , for your ringing endorsement of our accommodation and what we offer.

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Eric J - Jul 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Eric J
With spouse/partner

Dit is waarde vir geld en het alles wat nodig is vir 'n lekker verblyf.

Die ontvangs was vriendelik en die verblyf baie lekker.

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It is value for money and has everything needed for a nice stay.

The reception was friendly and the stay very nice.

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Many thanks Eric for your very friendly response, we also appreciated you being here.

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Susan V - Jul 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Susan V
With spouse/partner

What an experience! Will definitely visit again!

Great venue, great atmosphere, great host. Loved the "Hobbit House" which took me to JRR Tolkien's middle earth, so creative!

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The Travelling Tortoise Retreat 's response

I communicated at length with Mr Tolkien when constructing The Hares Lair, he is pleased the way it turned out.
And I hope that you will visit again.

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Roger P - Jul 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Roger P
Family with young children

Exactly what the doctor ordered!

A beautiful, quiet, and relaxing venue with a lovely playground for the kids. The chalets are clean and tidy with ample space and as Jeff promises, no loadshedding. A perfect place to unwind for the whole family. Thank you, Jeff, for your hospitality!

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The Travelling Tortoise Retreat 's response

It was heartening, Roger the way you and your family adapted to our environment, which I think wasn't your usual holiday destination.
You dealt with our shortcomings with kindness rather than criticism. Thank you all for your visit.

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Uysela D - Jul 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Uysela D
With spouse/partner

Bitter lekker.

Ons het so rustig gebly, 'n lekker snoesige hobbit-huisie.

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Bitterly delicious.

We had such a peaceful stay, a nice cuddly hobbit house.

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The Hares Lai, with its fireplace, is so popular in the winter months, thank you for expressing your appreciation of it.

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Shirley M - Jun 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Shirley M
With spouse/partner

Cute, cosy and comfortable off-grid country stay.

Jeff has created beautiful, eco-friendly living spaces in the heart of the karoo. We stayed in the Hare's Lair and were delighted with the round front door, the curved bamboo-covered ceiling and the creatively imagined living space. Everything you may want or need is there and every home comfort has been provided for. There is a lovely fireplace, and Jeff supplied plenty of wood. We were without power a few times, because of the constant cloud cover, but it was no worse than load shedding. Please be aware: this farm is off-grid and there's virtually no cell phone signal, and no TV (thank goodness), so read a book, play some games, take a walk and chill in the old-fashioned way. This is the perfect place for that.

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The Travelling Tortoise Retreat 's response

Many thanks, Shirley, for showing your appreciation of the Hares Lair and recognizing all that I've tried to achieve.
I'm sorry about the solar system leaving you occasionally in darkness. The long period of cloudy/rainy days was unique to a normally sunny De Rust - I have 8 buildings to power and it was a very worrying time.
Cell reception in The Hares Lair is poor, but most of the other chalets reception is fine.
Just over the hill in line with the site of the Vodacom tower, it is perfect.
Thank you once again for your visit.
Jeff.

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Liesel H - Jun 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Liesel H
With spouse/partner

It was a blissfill experience.

We had a wonderful break away. It was cold and rainy but we slept warm and comfortable. The hot tub was super nice even in the cold winter weather. Most definitely recommended.

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Thank you Liesel for your visit and appreciation of our hot tub.
Even throughout the bad weather hardy souls brave the hot tub, once in its very good, getting out is another matter.

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Maryke H - Jun 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Maryke H
With friends

Wens ons kon langer bly!

Daar is baie wat The Traveling Tortoise bied waarvoor ons nie tyd gehad het nie. Die speelplek vir kinders, swemplek en private hot tub het absoluut lieflik gelyk en ons was baie spyt ons kon dit nie verken nie. Ons huisie slaap 7 en was goed toegerus, netjies, skoon, ruim sitkamer, badkamers en alles wat mens nodig het in die kombuis - en 'n heerlike bottel wyn van Jeff. Baie baie dankie! Ons het baie laat daar aangekom en Jeff was baie behulpsaam en het ons gehelp om goed in te settle. Nota: Mens kan beslis nie met 'n normale voertuig by die huis kom nie en die opvangs is baie beperk. Perfek vir 'n ontspanne, off-the-grid kuier. Ons sal beslis teruggaan. Die trappe in die huis, sou ek sê, is 'n risiko met babas.

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Wish we could have stayed longer!

There is a lot that The Traveling Tortoise has to offer that we didn't have time for. The children's play area, swimming area and private hot tub looked absolutely lovely and we were very sorry we couldn't explore it. Our little house sleeps 7 and was well equipped, neat, clean, spacious living room, bathrooms and everything you need in the kitchen - and a delicious bottle of wine from Jeff. Thank you very, very much! We got there very late and Jeff was very helpful and helped us settle in well. Note: One certainly cannot get home with a normal vehicle and the catchment is very limited. Perfect for a relaxed, off-the-grid visit. We will definitely go back. The stairs in the house, I would say, are a risk with babies.

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Very sorry Mary for this late reply, it was just an oversite
I'm please that you appreciated all the aspects of your chalet, it's pleasing to know that we have done something right.

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Lesley B - Jun 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Lesley B
With spouse/partner

Great experience, safe and very cosy!

Stayed in the Hare's Lair that sleeps two. The design is so different and so interesting. All the amenities are great. We greatly appreciated the wood provided for the inside fireplace! The bookshelf is filled with books to read and I can recommend the novels written by the owner (also an author, Jeff).

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To light the fire and close the Hobbit round door puts you in a different space.
And thank you for buying a book, a starving writer lived for another day.

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Victoria G - May 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Victoria G
With friends

Very peaceful and charming.

The house was lovely with an amazing view.

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Very sorry for the late reply, I must have missed you, but it wasn't deliberate.
Many thanks for your comment of both house and view, something that we never tire of

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Cabri V - Apr 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Cabri V
With spouse/partner

Rustige, privaat verblyf.

Die Jackal's Den is so pragtig en privaat. Wonderlike uitsig. Die kaggel is 'n wenner. Jeff het ons vriendelik ontvang. Alles was skoon en netjies. Dit is beter as wat die foto's lyk.

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Peaceful, private accommodation.

The Jackal's Den is so beautiful and private. Wonderful view. The fireplace is a winner. Jeff received us kindly. Everything was clean and tidy. It is better than the pictures look.

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The Jackals den is hidden and rather shy, only the right guests appreciate it's position and what it has to offer.
Thank you for your kind review

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Faan P - Apr 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Faan P
With spouse/partner

Uitstekende geriewe, baie behulpsame eienaar!

Verseker een van die beter geriewe wat ons nog besoek het. Gaan verseker weer daar aandoen. Baie beïndruk met die speelplek/geriewe vir kleiner kinders! Die eienaar is baie behulpsaam en die chalet was absoluut netjies, skoon en baie goed toegerus! Wil sê 5-ster!

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Excellent facilities, very helpful owner!

Ensures one of the better facilities we have visited. Will definitely go there again. Very impressed with the playground/facilities for smaller children! The owner is very helpful and the chalet was absolutely neat, clean and very well equipped! Want to say 5 star!

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5 stars says it all, very much appreciated, I'm pleased that you appreciated all that we offered and the condition that we try to keep it in. Always welcome.

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Shaun E - Apr 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Shaun E
With spouse/partner

Although off the grid the owner/host has gone to great lengths to make his establishment way above average for this type of accomodation.

I would recommend The Travelling Tortoise to anyone who is looking for something out of the ordinary and just needs to kick back and relax away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The host is very helpful and friendly, so do not give The Travelling Tortoise a miss if you're looking for something different in accommodation in this area, be it overnight or for a few days.

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Thank you, Shaun, for your excellent review. Your comments make the running of TTT worthwhile.
I hope that many heed your advice not give us a miss.

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Raymond A - Apr 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Raymond A
With spouse/partner

Die uitsig is mooi.

Die rustigheid en stilte was salig. Jeff was 'n baie vriendelike en behulpsame gasheer.

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The view is beautiful.

The peace and quiet was blissful. Jeff was a very friendly and helpful host.

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Thank you Raymond for your visit and appreciation of peace and quiet. I hand pick guests who also appreciate it.

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Charmaine S - Mar 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Charmaine S

Rustig, mooi uitsig.

Dit was baie netjies en baie rustig, vriendelike ontvangs ons het lekker gekuier en sal vir seker weer daar gaan bly.

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Quiet, nice view.

It was very neat and very peaceful, friendly reception, we had a great time and will definitely stay there again.

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Pleased that you appreciated your stay Charmaine.
Very often friendliness starts from the guest, as it did in your case.

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Maureen K - Mar 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Maureen K
With friends

Rus op die plaas!

Ons het vreeslik lekker gebly en die kinders was meer weg as tuis. Baie dankie vir vriendelike diens en alles wat ons nodig gehad het was daar. Die "hot tub" was 'n baie groot bederf en rond die dag op 'n ontspanne noot af.

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Rest on the farm!

We had a really nice stay and the children were away more than at home. Thank you very much for friendly service and everything we needed was there. The "hot tub" was a great treat and rounded off the day on a relaxing note.

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Thank you Maureen for bringing your family and friends.
I'm glad most of you visit went well. Sorry that we didn't meet all your requirements.

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Elanie V - Jan 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
3/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Elanie V
With spouse/partner

Oornagstop.

Die mooiste uitsig en sterre. Baie oulike 'hobbit' huisie met alles wat jy nodig het. Die eienaar het baie moeite met ons gedoen en ons sal vir seker teruggaan.

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Overnight stop.

The most beautiful view and stars. Very cute 'hobbit' cottage with everything you need. The owner made a lot of effort with us and we will go back for sure.

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Sorry Elanie that you found our location, not to your liking it is generally our main selling point.
Also, we cannot do better, however hard we try.

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Tienie S - Jan 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Tienie S
With spouse/partner

Puik.

Absoluut fantasties. Alles baie skoon en netjies. Huislike atmosfeer en gerieflik. Lekker yskas en baie spasie. Niks om te kritiseer nie.

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Great.

Absolutely fantastic. Everything very clean and tidy. Homely atmosphere and comfortable. Nice fridge and lots of space. Nothing to criticize.

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Nothing to criticize is a very welcome sentence, my staff will appreciate that. Thank you Tienie

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John K - Jan 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
John K
With spouse/partner

Wonderful and peaceful.

The place to have a rest and what a view.

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As you can see your ratings are a departure from the norm. I must have done something wrong, although at the time you seemed quite happy

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Leon K - Jan 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Leon K
With spouse/partner

Pragtige en ruim chalet tussen die berge.

Gerieflike ruim chalet met pragtige antieke meubelment. Baie huislike atmosfeer met oorgenoeg leesstof. Nie afhanklik van ESKOM nie. Die swembad was 'n lafenis tydens die hittegolf. Jeff is 'n baie aangename en goed-ingeligte gasheer.

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Beautiful and spacious chalet between the mountains.

Comfortable spacious chalet with beautiful antique furniture. Very homely atmosphere with ample reading material. Not dependent on ESKOM. The pool was a lifesaver during the heat wave. Jeff is a very pleasant and knowledgeable host.

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Pleased that you appreciated our chalet, it's atmosphere and pool, thank you for that.

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Gideon B - Jan 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Gideon B
Family with teenagers

Rustic en rustig.

Kinders het dit geniet. Daai hot tub was net wat nodig was. Al die nodige geriewe was beskikbaar en Jeff was 'n goeie gasheer. Great breakaway from everything.

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Rustic and peaceful.

Children enjoyed it. That hot tub was just what was needed. All the necessary amenities were available and Jeff was a great host. Great break away from everything.

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Our hot tubs are quite a draw card. and its always rewarding to see the kids play in them.
Yes, we have a beautiful view, I am never tire of it. Thank you for your appreciation.

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Tarryn B - Dec 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Tarryn B
Family with young children

Relaxing.

Lovely, relaxing stay with beautiful view. Jeff is a great host. Wonderful play area for children.

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Thank you Tarryn, for your kind review and your appreciation of our adventure playground.

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Chris S - Nov 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Chris S
With spouse/partner

Dié plek vir die Karooliefhebber.

Ons is lief vir berguitsigte en die Karoo-atmosfeer. Dit is presies wat The Traveling Tortoise jou aanbied en dan in mooi skoon verblyf met alles wat jy nodig het. Daar is nie eers beurtkrag nie, want sonenergie gee die krag wat nodig is.

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This place for the Karoli fan.

We love mountain views and the Karoo atmosphere. This is exactly what The Traveling Tortoise offers you and then in nice clean accommodation with everything you need. There is not even load shedding, because solar energy provides the power that is needed.

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Thank you, Chris for your visit, and I'm lucky to live in The Little karoo and experience it's atmosphere all the time.
And yes, guaranteed no loadshedding.

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Gerald P - Nov 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Gerald P
With spouse/partner

Jeff is a great host. We got on as if we've known each other for years.

Perfect Getaway for Body mind and Sole, It's just beautiful! Miss the place already, felt like Home, just better! Thank you Jeff for a great stay!

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Yes Gerald, we did have an instant rapport, thank you, and thank you for your review and kind words.

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Petrus Johannes B - Nov 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Petrus Johannes B
With spouse/partner

Baie lekker, stil plek met kol-kol warmbad by elke huis en nog 2 swembaddens.

Jeff, die eienaars is baie vriendelik, en die plek is baie skoon en niemand pla mekaar nie.

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Very nice, quiet place with spot-spot hot tubs at each house and 2 more swimming pools.

Jeff, the owners are very friendly, and the place is very clean and nobody bothers each other.

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Thank you so much for staying with us and your complimentary review greatly appreciated.

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Frikkie S - Nov 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Frikkie S
With spouse/partner

Asemrowend mooi gewees.

Ons was baie vriendelik ontvang met 'n verrassing van 'n bottel wyn en ys. Dis 'n baie aangename persoon gewees om mee te gesels. Ons sal enige tyd weer terug gaan.

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It was breathtakingly beautiful.

We were very kindly received with a surprise of a bottle of wine and ice cream. It was a very pleasant person to talk to. We would go back again anytime.

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Frikkie I wasn't quite prepared for you and you had to wait. You were very understanding and kindhearted, I will remember that.

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Reinhardt G - Nov 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Reinhardt G
With spouse/partner

Rustigheid vir die siel in die bosveld.

Heerlike plek om weg te breek om uit die besige lewe te ontsnap.

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Tranquility for the soul in the forest.

Great place to break away to escape the busy life.

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I'm glad that we achieved what you were looking for.

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Johan V - Oct 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Johan V
With spouse/partner

Baie gasvry ontvang, pragtige uitsig, voldoende geriewe, heerlike stilte.

De Rust en omgewing is 'n pragtige toerisme-bestemming.

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Very hospitable reception, beautiful view, sufficient facilities, lovely silence.

De Rust and surroundings are a beautiful tourism destination.

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Thank you for your visit, albeit short. I'm glad that you appreciated the silence.

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Lynette Conradie C - Oct 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Lynette Conradie C
With friends

Baie rustig.

Pragtige omgewing. Die eienaar is baie gaaf en betrokke. Die huisie is goed ingerig.

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Very calm.

Beautiful surroundings. The owner is very nice and involved. The cottage is well furnished.

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Our main aim is to have guests that are satisfied with what we offer. I'm glad that we managed this with you.

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Riaan J - Sep 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Riaan J
Family with young children

Baie lekker en rustig.

Lekker stil en rustig.

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Very nice and peaceful.

Nice quiet and peaceful.

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Even with young children it was still nice and quiet.

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Morné M - Sep 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Morné M
Individual traveler

Heerlike verblyf in die platteland, baie vriendelike gasheer.

Jeff is vriendelik en tegemoetkomend en die akkommodasie is skoon en die omgewing rustig. Heerlike naweekkuier!

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Lovely stay in the countryside, very friendly host.

Jeff is friendly and accommodating and the accommodation is clean and the surroundings peaceful. Great weekend visit!

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Thank you for your visit and your review. Sorry that we weren't quite up to speed on several points.

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Aidan P - Sep 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Aidan P
With spouse/partner

Lovely romantic getaway.

Came and spent a night specifically to test drive the woodfired hot tub. Wife and I both loved it. Great place. Quiet. Lovely to sit in the simmering water and watch the stars. Will happily return and recommend.

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I seem to remember your enthusiasm about out hot tub and for what we offered in general. Thank you.

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Peter H - Sep 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Peter H
With spouse/partner

Great value for money break with 5 star service from our host Jeff. Quiet and safe.

We stayed 2 nights in chalet at Travelling Tortoise. Loved our stay. Quiet at night with wide open views. The new addition of a private wood fired hot tub was one of our highlights. The other chalets had guests, but you do not see or hear anyone. Jeff was always around yet not in your face. We will be back and certainly recommend the Travelling Tortoise.

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Thank you Peter, I'll ask you to do the copywriting for my website and be our ambassador.

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Danie T - Aug 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
3/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Danie T
With spouse/partner

Uitsonderlik.

Pragtig rustig en veilig en in natuur.

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Exceptional.

Beautifully peaceful and safe and in nature.

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I'm sorry Danie, that our location disappointed you.
The picturesque valley and the backdrop of the Redstone hills are our major selling points.
We are easily found provided my directions are followed.
I always point out that GPS will take you down a closed road.

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Nelis V - Aug 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Nelis V
With friends

Beste waarde in die Suid-Kaap!

Fantastiese akkommodasie - my 2de keer hier en ek sal weer en weer terugkom! Daar is geen beter waarde-vir-geld as hierdie nie! Hoogs aan te beveel!

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Best value in the Southern Cape!

Fantastic accommodation - my 2nd time here and I will be back again and again! There is no better value for money than this! Highly recommended!

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What can I say Nelis, other than thank you for a wonderful review. Not only is it good for potential guests, and it gains ranking points but it is heartening for me.

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Rob V - Jul 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Rob V
With friends

Recommended!

Beautiful houses. We rented the Hobbit House and the large 3 bedroom house with a hot tub! Very well furnished. Hobbit House had a stove with free wood. Easy to reach when you follw the instruction of the owner. Nice hospitable owner.

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Thank you Rob for your visit, and show of appreciation of what we offered you.
I'm always pleased when guests make themselves at home so easily.

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Hayley K - Jul 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Hayley K
With spouse/partner

Beautiful views. Homely. Hot tub heaven.

Jeff was a great host. Lovely to hear his story and was very accommodating. We loved the views and spent time lots of time in the hot tub. The cottage was homely and equipped with everything you need.

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We appreciate your positive feedback Hayley.
It matters a lot when guests feel enough about their experiences to share them.

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Ronell L - Jul 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Ronell L
With spouse/partner

Natuur en rustigheid onbeskryflik.

Sien sterre.

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Nature and tranquility indescribable.

See stars.

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Piet H - Jul 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Piet H
With spouse/partner

Alternative Accommodation.

The Hare's Lair at the Travelling Tortoise was exactly as advertised and expected. Cosy on a cold winter's night with many unique features not found in "normal" self-catering chalets. To find out more, I recommend that you make a reservation!

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Thank you Piet, the unique Hares Lair is proving to be a popular Hobbit home, I'm glad that you appreciated it.

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Llowellyn G - Jul 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Llowellyn G
With spouse/partner

Uitstekend! Was 'n ongelooflike ervaring.

Alles was tops. Die uitsig was besonders mooi, sal dit vir enigeen aanbeveel wat soek na stilte en mooie natuur.

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Outstanding! Was an incredible experience.

Everything was great. The view was particularly beautiful, would recommend it to anyone looking for silence and beautiful nature.

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Thank you Lowellyn. To have the words excellent, and incredible to be used to describe us is wonderful.

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Willem V - Jun 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Willem V
With spouse/partner

Heerlike wegbreek net om die lewe weer te waardeer.

Die beste was die laaste aand, het vir Jeff gevra of ons die hot tub kan gebruik en dit was wonderlik, buite was dit 4 grade C en ons sit in 'n hot tub met mussies op, so lekker.

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Great getaway just to appreciate life again.

The best was the last night, asked Jeff if we could use the hot tub and it was great, outside it was 4 degrees C and we sat in a hot tub with mice on it, so nice.

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Thank you, Willie, for your appreciation of the star of our show.

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Johann M - Jun 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
5/5
Johann M
With spouse/partner

Verken omgewing.

Ons het twee nagte oorgeslaap. Dis baie rustig, stil en gerieflik met 'n pragtige uitsig. Naby aan De Rust en hoofroetes.

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Explore environment.

We stayed two nights. It's very peaceful, quiet and comfortable with a beautiful view. Close to De Rust and main routes.

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Pleased that you had a quiet and comfortable night - one of our main aims.

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Lorriane M - May 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Lorriane M
With spouse/partner

The most beautiful view and setting. Very peaceful with everything one would possible want for convenience. No TV nor radio, lots of books to read and just relax after the trail run and then to enjoy a steaming hot Jacuzzi outside to top the wonderful stay.

Great venue, service and value for money. The owner is an author of short stories and the developer of the property. Well done Jeff!

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Anonymous Guest - May 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
2/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Anonymous Guest
With spouse/partner

Lovely peaceful stay.

A bit unfortunate with the path up to the cottage, would not recommend anyone with a normal car to drive up there, I can't remember if the website mentions that it is almost completely inaccessible with a normal vehicle. There was no swimming place at our little house, and because the road is so bad you can't just drive up and down to get to swimming places.

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Mone V - Apr 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Mone V
Family with young children

Best restful visit, absolute heaven!

Myself, my husband and son of 8 visited in April. Had the best time. Nothing but peace and quiet. Just nature. What a spectacular view. The unit was very cosy. The unit has everything you need. Beautiful view from the bedroom as well. The wood-fired tub was a great added bonus. Thank you Jeff for making us feel so welcome! We will hopefully be back soon.

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Good reviews are always appreciated, very good ones valued so much. Thank you.

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Vaughan Y - Apr 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Vaughan Y
With spouse/partner

Tranquil, relaxing and stunning scenery.

Being able to braai on the deck and view the Karoo stars at night. Visiting De Rust is a must.

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Thank you for your visit - I take the opportunity to promote our busy little town.
It has 5 restaurants, 2 pubs, an art gallery, an antique shop and several gift shops.
Allow 2 days at least for visiting.

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Ethney G - Apr 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Ethney G
With spouse/partner

Pragtige uitsig en omgewing.

Ons het net een nag oorgebly maar mens behoort langer daar te kuier. 4x4 miskien nodig indien mens in Jackal Hut tuisgaan.

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Beautiful view and surroundings.

We only stayed one night but one should visit longer. 4x4 maybe necessary if staying in Jackal Hut.

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They all say that one night is never enough.
The track to The Jackals den is now passable with a standard car.

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Franci S - Apr 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Franci S
With spouse/partner

Wat 'n heerlike rustige twee dae!

The Travelling Tortoise Retreat is die ideale plek as jy rus en vrede wil hê. Pragtige uitsigte.

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What a wonderfully peaceful two days!

The Traveling Tortoise Retreat is the ideal place if you want peace and quiet. Beautiful views.

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Thank you for visiting us and your kind words.

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Safiye Y - Apr 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Safiye Y
With spouse/partner

It was a very lovely, peaceful and safe stay. Hottub was lovely. Scenery was amazing. The birds and rain woke us up, no need for an alarm.

It would be great if the network issue was resolved. Other than that, it is a lovely place for holiday. Thank you.

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So glad that you enjoyed your stay, but I can hardly be held responsible for Vodacom's shortcomings.

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Lene V - Mar 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Lene V
Family with teenagers

Beeldskone omgewing, rustige atmosfeer.

So stukkie hemel net buite De Rust. Jeff was hulpvaardig en vriendelik. Hy het ons baie welkom laat voel. Verblyf was uitstekend met pragtige uitsigte oor die berge en 'n stoep om die sonsondergang te geniet. Huis was goed ingerig en mooi onderhou. Hoogtepunt was die private warmbad lang die huisie asook die verhitte swembad. Daar is 'n oulike speelpark vir die kinders en mooi plaaspaaie om te gaan wandel. Ons sal altyd met lof van The Travelling Tortoise praat.

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Picturesque surroundings, peaceful atmosphere.

Such a piece of heaven just outside De Rust. Jeff was helpful and friendly. He made us feel very welcome. Accommodation was excellent with beautiful views of the mountains and a veranda to enjoy the sunset. House was well furnished and well maintained. The highlight was the private hot tub along the cottage as well as the heated swimming pool. There is a cute play park for the children and nice farm roads to go for a walk. We will always speak highly of The Traveling Tortoise.

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Thank you, what a wonderful show of appreciation for us, it makes it all worth while.

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Henriette D - Mar 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Henriette D
With spouse/partner

Pragtige plek. Ons was na ses nagte se verblyf, nog nie gereed om te vertrek nie. Kon gerus maar nog gebly het. Dit was waarlik 'n heerlike ervaring om by Travelling Tortoise te kuier.

Van die uitsig vanaf die balkon, en feitlik elke vertrek, kan mens nooit genoeg kry nie. Dit bly asemrowend. Die heerlike sonverhitte swembad, met dieselfde uitsig as van chalet af, was werklik 'n onverwagte bonus. Ons was ook bevoorreg om boeke, geskryf deur Jeff Glazier (die eienaar) te koop, wat hy vir ons geteken het - lekker verrassing om die skrywer te ontmoet. Ons sal enige tyd weer by Travelling Tortoise gaan woon, wat ook baie sentraal geleë is na Meiringspoort, Swartbergpas, Prins Albert en alles in, en om Oudtshoorn. Nege uit 10 vir hierdie vakansieplek. Dankie, heerlik gewees.

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Beautiful place. We were not ready to leave after six nights' stay. Could have stayed longer. It was truly a delightful experience visiting Traveling Tortoise.

One can never get enough of the view from the balcony, and practically every room. It remains breathtaking. The lovely solar heated swimming pool, with the same view as from the chalet, was a real unexpected bonus. We were also privileged to buy books written by Jeff Glazier (the owner) which he signed for us - nice surprise to meet the author. We would stay at Traveling Tortoise again anytime, which is also very centrally located to Meiringspoort, Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert and everything in and around Oudtshoorn. Nine out of 10 for this holiday spot. Thank you, it was great.

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Thank you, Henriette for expressing your appreciation of what we offer and where we are.
And yes, you will are welcome here again.

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Piet H - Mar 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Piet H
With spouse/partner

Baie mooi, en netjies.

Sal moet kyk vir lugversorgers. Het baie sleg geslaap a.g.v. te warm in die nag.

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Very beautiful, and neat.

Will have to look for air conditioners. Slept very badly because of too hot at night.

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I'm sorry Pete that you slept badly because there wasn't an air-conditioner.
We are on a solar system, almost impossible to run one.
It clearly states that we don't have air-conditioning, it's just a pity that you missed that.

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Ben S - Mar 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Ben S
With spouse/partner

Rustig en ontspannend.

Dit is weg van die geraas van stadsverkeer. Die gasheer is baie vriendelik en behulpsaam.

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Peaceful and relaxing.

It is away from the noise of city traffic. The host is very friendly and helpful.

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Thank you, Ben, for visiting us, sorry that I fell down in a few departments.

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Schalk V - Mar 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Schalk V
With spouse/partner

The best view ever.

Beautiful cottage with a beautiful view and sunset - everything 100% - will visit again. Thank you Jeff.

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Thank you for your 100% Schalk, and we look forward to you visiting us again.

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Lene Dyrbak H - Mar 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Lene Dyrbak H
Individual traveler

If you need peace and quite, go here. A wonderful place.

Beautiful views, a pleasant hut with all the things you need and not more. Good service from the host. I wish I stayed longer.

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Sorry Lene for not replying sooner. Thank you for your kind words. I also wish that you could have stayed longer.

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Natalie W - Feb 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Natalie W
With spouse/partner

Tranquil and the most beautiful surroundings.

Definitely will return again.

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Thank you for staying with us, we await your return.

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Bernard W - Feb 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Bernard W
With spouse/partner

It's the closest experience to nature you will ever experience.

When the mountains and the stars meet and they allow you into their space to show off their beauty. The swimming pool was a treat to cool you from the summer heat. An all-round holistic experience.

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Thank you Bernard, for your expressive review. I've been living here for 6 years and always appreciative of what you describe.

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Lilanie S - Feb 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Lilanie S
With spouse/partner

Baie rustig.

Dit is baie still. Beste deel is om op te staan en ontbyt te eet op die buitedek en die mooi buitelewe te sien.

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Very calm.

It is very quiet. Best part is getting up and having breakfast on the outside deck and seeing the beautiful outdoors.

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Thank you for expressing your appreciation for us.

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Madelaine M - Feb 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Madelaine M
With friends

Rustig en kalm vir die siel. Hier kan die jy die sterre sien in die nag.

Vroegoggend sal jy wilde hase sien. En die 2 swembaddens klaar gereed vir uitspan en genoeg vir kinders om hulself ook besig te hou. Daar is geen ding wat die uitsig van die huise kan afsteek nie. En De Rust-dorp is nie te ver nie.

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Peaceful and calm for the soul. Here you can see the stars at night.

In the early morning you will see wild rabbits. And the 2 swimming pools ready for relaxation and enough for children to keep themselves busy too. There is nothing that can obstruct the view of the houses. And De Rust town is not too far.

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Thank you Madelaine for your review. I'm sorry that I wasn't as attentive as I should have been.

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Liz M - Feb 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Liz M
With spouse/partner

Fantastic.

Jeff was extremely helpful. We ended up staying a second night and enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Very glad that you changed your plans to stay another night, it must have been more of a good thing.

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Anonymous Guest - Jan 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Anonymous Guest
With spouse/partner

Truly a special experience. We will definitely go there again.

Jeff made our stay absolutely fantastic. Traveling Tortoise is a hidden gem. Our stay was just too short, but we will definitely visit there again as soon as possible.

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Magdaleen S - Jan 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Magdaleen S
With spouse/partner

Fantastiese 'hobbit'-huisie. Alles is so keurig gedoen.

Jeff, die eienaar, het daarin geslaag om die tema regdeur te voer, sonder om gerief in te boet. Die plaas is baie netjies en die uitsig onverbeterlik! Hoogs aan te bevele!

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Fantastic 'hobbit' cottage. Everything is so well done.

Jeff, the owner, managed to carry the theme throughout, without sacrificing comfort. The farm is very tidy and the view unbeatable! Highly recommended!

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Many thanks for your review and your appreciation of what we try to achieve.

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Jessica A - Jan 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Jessica A
With friends

One of the best locations to unwind and get away from the day-to-day buzz. A true gem!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very friendly host, Jeff. The cabin was clean, neat and everything was easy to find. Once you walk out onto the patio the view will take your breath away. Get ready to fall in love with a colorful sunset. Young or old, you will feel rejuvenated after a few days here, especially after a soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi.

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Jessica, I don't think that I could have read a better review if I'd written it myself. A thank you is not enough.
Also thank you for your 5-star rating.

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Jodi B - Dec 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Jodi B
With spouse/partner

It is a unique place to stay. Very quaint and beautifully put together.

It also gives you a taste for off the grid living. You have an amazing view and if you're feeling hot there is a pool you can swim in. Jeff, the owner was also very helpful.

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Thank you Jodi, for your excellent review. I'm glad that we got everything right for you.

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Anna D - Dec 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Anna D

Phenomenal.

Our stay was an absolute bliss. We have thoroughly enjoyed the quietness, the safety, walks, fresh air and a very friendly host willing to assist any time.

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Louise V - Dec 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Louise V
With spouse/partner

Breathtakingly beautiful.

Very kind and helpful host.

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Many thanks louise for your comment and rating. Much appreciated.

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Janet M - Dec 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
1/5
Value for money
5/5
Janet M
With spouse/partner

Uitstekende ligging. Netjies en skoon.

Die Travelling Tortoise is beslis die ideale wegbreek vir familie. Wonderlike ligging vir bergfietsryers. Ons het die akkommodasie en natuur vreeslik baie geniet.

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Excellent location. Neat and clean.

The Traveling Tortoise is definitely the ideal family getaway. Great location for mountain bikers. We enjoyed the accommodation and nature very much.

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I'm sorry, Neo, that you felt insecure here. Both our strong doors lock. The only improvement that could be made is to put bars on all the windows. But that would detract from what we are trying to achieve.

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Mitch L - Nov 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Mitch L
With spouse/partner

Baie aangenaam.

Ons hou van die rustigheid, stilte, swembad, staproete. Vriendelike gasheer.

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Very pleasant.

We like the peace, quiet, swimming pool, hiking trail. Friendly host.

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Gradwill C - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Gradwill C
With spouse/partner

Peace and quite, beautiful views.

Friendly hosts.

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Thank you for your visit Gradwill, and your kind review.

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Sanja C - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Sanja C
With spouse/partner

Baie oulike verblyf! Die huisie is baie oulik ingerig.

’n 4x4 is ’n wenner by Jackal's Den.

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Thank you Sanja, glad that you gave a mention that a 4x4 is necessary.
Also thank you for your star ratings.

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Tania S - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Tania S
With spouse/partner

Wonderlike avontuur.

Heerlike gebly in ons haashuisie. Baie oulike plekkie, die grond pad was bietjie rof met ons motorfietse, maar ons was daaroor ingelig voor die tyd. Baie oulike, gerieflike, netjiese plekkie.

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Wonderful adventure.

Lovely stay in our bunny house. Very cute place, the dirt road was a bit rough with our motorbikes, but we were informed about it ahead of time. Very cute, comfortable, neat little place.

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Thank you Tania for your visit, it goes to prove that motorcycles can get here without incident.
Also many thanks for your review.

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Chloe H - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Chloe H
With spouse/partner

Great place to relax with good views of the red mountains.

Perfect place to enjoy a holiday with a loved one or family. You can take walk around the grounds or swim in one of the few pools. The cottages are well equipped with everything you need, a perfect getaway from the city life. The owners a sweet and accommodating.

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Thank you for your description of The Travelling Tortoise, and your stay here has prompted a high star rating.

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Bennie W - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Bennie W
With spouse/partner

Aangename ervaring.

Dit was lekker om na 'n uitdagende rit deur die Karoo by hierdie huisvesting te arriveer. Ons was aangenaam verras deur die aandag wat gegee is aan elemente om die kleiner geslag te vermaak en sal beslis ons kleinkinders daarna toe neem. Die eenheid, Hares Lair, was baie netjies en goed toegerus.

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Pleasant experience.

It was nice to arrive at this accommodation after a challenging drive through the Karoo. We were pleasantly surprised by the attention given to elements to entertain the younger generation and will definitely take our grandchildren there. The unit, Hares Lair, was very neat and well equipped.

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Hi Bennie,
I'm so glad that your surprise was pleasant and you were able to relax. And do please bring your grandchildren. The adventure playground had expended since you came.

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Miche P - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Miche P
Family with teenagers

Breathtaking location, awesome host by far!

Host Jeff is an amazing guy. Location and surrounding settings is the best place ever if you want a peaceful weekend in nature far away from the busy lifestyle like mine in Cape Town. Clean Cabin, very earthly and authentically designed.

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What can I say Miche to such a glowing review, it makes what we do worthwhile.
Jeff.

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Ruan V - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Ruan V
With spouse/partner

'n Moet-besoek.

Die plekkie is baie afgesonder van die dorpe. Ons het dit baie geniet om die swembad en warmbad te kan gebruik met die pragtige uitsigte. Ons blyplek was ook baie mooi en netjies.

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A must visit.

The place is very isolated from the towns. We really enjoyed being able to use the pool and hot tub with the beautiful views. Our accommodation was also very nice and tidy.

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Hi Ruan,
Many thanks for your review, glad that you enjoyed our facilities.
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Jurgen B - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Jurgen B
With spouse/partner

Baie kreatiewe verblyf opsies! Baie stil en rustig.

Die huisies het almal 'n tema met 'n storie, alles rondom haas en skilpad en jakkals, wat dit baie interessant maak. Dis ook uitstekend toegerus. Alles werk met sonkrag en gas, so hulle is "off-grid" wat elektrisiteit gebruik betref. Die fasiliteite is uitstekend. Daar is 2 swembaddens, een selfs met sonkrag verhit. Daar is ook 'n lieflike speelpark vir kinders. Dis 'n fantastiese plek om stilte en rustigheid te geniet. Ons sal beslis weer gaan en beveel dit openhartig aan.

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Lots of creative accommodation options! Very quiet and peaceful.

The houses all have a theme with a story, all around rabbit and turtle and fox, which makes it very interesting. It's also excellently equipped. Everything runs on solar power and gas, so they are "off-grid" in terms of electricity use. The facilities are excellent. There are 2 swimming pools, one even solar heated. There is also a lovely play park for children. It's a fantastic place to enjoy peace and quiet. We would definitely go again and wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Jurgen, what a lovely description you have given, in essence what we try to achieve. Thank you.

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Annika N - Sep 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
5/5
Annika N
Individual traveler

Pragtige plek met mooi uitsig.

Netjiese, kreatiewe plek met vriendelike ontvangs.

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Beautiful place with a nice view.

Neat, creative place with friendly reception.

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Many thanks for your review and ratings.

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Richard L - Sep 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Richard L
With spouse/partner

Absolutely stunning!

Nice and quiet with a great view. Amazing experience with a wood fired hot tub. Would definitely recommend!

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Thank you, Richard, for your complimentary review and appreciation of our hot tub.

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Alan H - Sep 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5