Blue Hill Escape GPS Coordinates: -33° 35' 31.4268", 23° 24' 22.5036" or -33.592063, 23.406251
We are 40 km from the small town of Uniondale and 60 km from Willowmore, on the border of the Western and Eastern Cape. Sufficiently off the beaten track to avoid the crowds and still close enough to some of the Cape's major tourist attractions.
Blue Hill Escape is accessible by sedan vehicle in dry weather. However, heavy rains can damage the roads to an extent that a high-clearance vehicle or even 4 x 4 may be preferable.
Travelling on the N9 between Uniondale and Willowmore: 11 km north of Uniondale turn right onto gravel road at sign “Hartbeesrivier”. Drive for 18.8 km to Hartbeesrivier (cluster of houses).
At the Y-junction follow the main road left. Drive for 6 km. Turn right onto a small gravel road (“Blue Hill Escape” is signposted from here). You still have 4.6 km to go. Drive past several buildings and through two gates. Y-junction: turn left and cross a small stream. Third gate: our property. Drive up to the houses.
Consider driving as “from Uniondale” if you have a sedan vehicle. The gravel road from Willowmore is not always in a good condition.
Travelling on the N9 between Willowmore and Uniondale: About 3 km south of Willowmore turn left onto gravel road towards Baviaanskloof. Drive for 29 km. Turn right towards Uniondale. Stay on this road for 27.3 km. Ignore the Uniondale turn-off to the right after 14.3 km and continue straight towards Hartbeesrivier. After 27.3 km turn left onto a smaller gravel road (“Blue Hill Escape” is signposted from here). You still have 4.6 km to go. Rest see above (From Uniondale).
Once you are out of the Baviaanskloof turn left towards Uniondale. Stay on this road for 27.3 km. Rest see directions from Willowmore.
Download driving instructions and maps in a word document here.
The closest airport is in George, a 2 hour drive away. There are domestic flight connections to and from most of South Africa’s big cities.
Seven domestic airlines service the country, including South African Airways (SAA) and its sister carriers, Airlink and South African Express; British Airways (operated by Comair); and the low-cost airlines of Mango and Kulula.com.
From George travel on by car or arrange with us to get picked up.
A bus journey can be a good way to meet the locals. There is a good inter-city bus network in South Africa with the main companies being Greyhound (www.greyhound.co.za), Translux (www.translux.co.za) and Intercape (www.intercape.co.za). Greyhound and Translux stop in George and Oudtshoorn, Intercape in Willowmore, Oudtshoorn and George. Arrange with us to be picked up from there.
If you are not travelling by car we can pick you up in Willowmore, Oudtshoorn or George. A transfer needs to be arranged at the time of booking and is not included in the price of your accommodation.
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