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Blue Hill Escape

on the Blue Hill Nature Reserve

Western Cape, South Africa

“Welcome to our escape from stress, pollution and noise. Welcome to wilderness, nature and tranquillity!”

Self-catering accommodation options


Swartberg self-catering flat

R1000 base rate (2 adults)

Ideal for 2 adults and 2 children

This thatched self-contained flat offers private accommodation with a view north towards the Swartberg mountains. The double bedroom is large and bright, with easy access to the lounge area and kitchen facilities. A smaller room contains a bunk-bed, suitable for children. The modern bathroom (with shower and bath) has a view of Bloukop mountain and the nearby sand-olive slopes. Braai facilities are available in the garden under the Belumbra tree.


  • First-floor accommodation next to owner's house
  • One bedroom with 1 Queen-size bed
  • One small bedroom with bunk-bed
  • Open-style kitchen / lounge; with large fridge, microwave, small-stove, couch, armchairs and kitchen table
  • Bedrooms are divided by pinewood panels (not soundproof). Lounge is located between bedroom and bathroom
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Mains power electricity
  • All linen and cutlery provided

    Baviaans cottage

    Ideal for 2 adults

    R800 per night for 2 adults

    Baviaans Cottage is perfect for those who want to get away from it all. Electricity hasn't been laid on, gas lamps, candles and stars light up the darkness. A gas stove, fridge, and geyser offer all the modern comfort you need. There is a double bedroom, lounge with fireplace for cold nights, kitchen, and a bathroom with shower. Braai facilities are available on the private veranda. Please see details below.


  • Ground-floor accommodation away from all other houses
  • One bedroom with Queen-size bed
  • Lounge with open fireplace and additional single bed
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Kitchen facilities: small gas fridge, two-plate gas stove, braai facilities on the veranda
  • Gas geyser for hot water
  • Lighting: gas lamps, as well as LED lamps in lounge and bathroom
  • All linen and cutlery provided.

  • Kammanassie dormitory-style room

    On open style room with single beds in private cubicles, this room has traditionally been used by students and volunteers. Facilities are shared and basic, but include posters and photographs of the history of research at Blue Hill. No frills accommodation suitable for those on a budget. R300 pppn.

    View from the main door.

    View from the back of the room.

    Simple bedroom.


  • A large room in the main house
  • 4 single beds
  • Combined kitchenette/lounge area, with book exchange
  • Bathroom with shower and toilet
  • Kitchen facilities: small fridge, two-plate oven, microwave, kettle
  • All linen and cutlery provided
  • Stairway access.
  • No Restaurant facilities available.
  • No wi-fi, cell-phone reception or TVs.