Last weekend, I had the privilege of staying in the Oudebosch eco-cabins, nestled in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve which can be found in the southern stretch of the rugged Boland Mountain Range in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is managed in compliance with the international standards set out for a biosphere reserve, therefore retaining its abundant floral wealth with minimal human disturbance. All this is a mere 100 km from the Mother City

Arriving in the dark, we made our way along wooden walkways to our cabins, unaware of the beautiful scenery which surrounded us. Erica was to be our home for the wintery weekend, situated in an area declared a World Heritage Site. Each of the five cabins, has a spacious communal area and comfortably accommodates four people. The cottages’ tranquil colour palette and the light wood furniture blend in harmoniously with the landscape. The rooms are decorated with ‘chandeliers’ made from recycled beer bottles. Large windows and sliding doors ensure not to hinder the natural backdrop. There is a spacious outside entertainment area for guests, to enjoy a traditional South African braai whilst overlooking the 100 000 hectares of reserve.

Photo credit: Scott Ramsay

We woke up to a crisp winter morning, with exquisite panoramic views. In the daylight we could now appreciate the setting of these exclusive cabins, connected by wooden walkways meandering between flowing streams and indigenous fynbos. The plants weren’t limited to the ground; they adorned the roofs, providing natural insulation to keep rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. The cabins were made from locally sourced timber and rock, camouflaging them well in their natural surroundings.

#CPTBucketList photo credit to Craig Rhodes-Harrison

With over 29 different day-hike trails, adventurous souls are left with much to explore. One of these trails led us to the 26 km long Palmiet River. We were amazed with the breath-taking views of numerous waterfalls, as well as the cascades which cause raging rapids in wet months, where white water kayaking is enjoyed by the daring few.

Oudebosch is a holiday destination, which can be enjoyed by the whole family at any time of year. The magical views, beautiful location, relaxed environment and proximity to Cape Town, leave it as the perfect getaway with a minimal ecological footprint. Whether you need a restful time away from the city or wanting to explore new territory, Oudebosch will not leave your #CPTBucketList disappointed.

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