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ABOUT US

Nestled in the Kouga Mountain range, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat provides the ultimate getaway from the chaos of modern city living.

On this 300 hectare mountain retreat you can explore nature at its best. Your stay promises laid back days of tranquility amidst fauna, flora and starlit nights. Here you will find a dramatic landscape, sensational panoramic mountain views and cool streams.

Nature lovers will love Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat where birds fly in abandon, wild flowers carpet the countryside and the occasional leopard roams the mountain ravines. We offer peace and quiet where you can set your own pace. Swim, walk, hike, bike or just relax around your cottage, the choice is yours. A third of the farm is unexplored mountains, which is ideal for hiking and discovering other vegetation and streams.

Hiking

A wonderful experience is the excellent 45 minute walk though the Game Camp (with Springbok and Zebra), the spectacular views of the Kouga Mountains and the secluded permanent waterfall where you can enjoy your own picnic, swim and relax surrounded by nature.

Comfort

The farm buildings and accommodation have been extensively renovated and include one pet-friendly cottage. The interiors are well appointed with your comfort in mind. Some of the out buildings date back to the 1860’s including one of the five cottages.

COUNTRY VACATION AT ITS BEST!

Bikers Paradise

Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat is ideally situated between the Garden Route, R 62 and the Baviaanskloof. The area is a mountain bike’s paradise! A beautiful scenic cycling route (approx 45 km), safe with minimal traffic (approx 3 vehicles per day) and great for the whole family.

Enjoy a country vacation in the heart of the Karoo to Coast valley, only 30 km from Uniondale and close to the Prince Alfred’s Pass.

ACCOMMODATION

At Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat we have the main house and 4 well-equipped and comfortable self-catering cottages.

The Gemsbok Cottage (Cottage 2) dates back to the 1860’s and has been beautifully renovated. The Eland Cottage (Cottage 3) which is pet-friendly, the Zebra Cottage (Cottage 4), perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon and the Buffalo Cottage (Cottage 5) – our largest unit, are more modern and luxuriously equipped.

Cottage 2 – Gemsbok

This free standing cottage dating back to the 1860’s, is stylishly renovated and decorated. It is ideal for 4 guests but can sleep 5  …….

Cottage 3 – Eland (Pet Friendly)

Sleep four people and a 5th if necessary on a sleeper couch. We’ve also made this cottage pet friendly with a dedicated garden area ……

Cottage 4 – Zebra

A newly built stylish cottage awaits you. It is ideal for 2 guests and offers you a comfortable and enjoyable stay. ……. 

Cottage 5 – Buffalo

This is the largest of the cottages with two bathrooms (one en-suite), two bedrooms, one with Queen bed and the second with ……..

Main House

This house was purposefully built for its location and view of the beautiful mountain range and valley views. The house can accommodate 10 ……

DAILY RATES

Rates Schedule

 

Please Note: Child Policy
0 - 12 Years 13 - 18 Years
Free 50% discount

ONLINE BOOKINGS

manage all Online Bookings on behalf of Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat. To view availability and rates or make a booking - please enter your proposed arrival and departure dates and click the "Search" button, which will take you to the Bo Kouga Nightsbridge Online Booking Page.

 

FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Terms & Conditions of stay?
  • Deposit required within three days of enquiry to secure your booking.
  • Prices Subject to Change without prior notice.
  • Deposit slip to be emailed to bookings@bokouga.co.za
  • Cancellation Policy: At Owners Discretion.

Please note that the management and staff hereby indemnify themselves of any loss, injury or damage caused to yourselves or your property during your stay at Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat. Terms & Conditions subject to change at owner’s discretion.

What is the Payment Policy?
  • Bookings are essential.
  • A 100% deposit is payable to confirm your booking.
  • We regret no Credit Card facilities available and cheques are not accepted.
  • A minimum two (2) night stay is applicable, unless by prior arrangement.
  • Right of admission reserved.
  • All activities are done at your own risk.
  • Prices subject to change without prior notice.
Are there any planned activities?

Unfortunately the farm doe not provide a daily program of activities, however, there is lot's of on-site activities: -

  • Walking and hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Quad Bikes (bring your own)
  • Secluded waterfall and dams
  • Swimming
  • Bird Watching
  • Farm Animals
  • Game Camp

For more information visit the "Attractions Page"

What is your Policy regading Pets?

Pets only allowed in Eland Cottage.

  • All dogs, cats & caged birds welcome all year round.
  • Pets sleeping inside - bring own pet beds and bedding.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the furniture and beds.
  • Dogs and cats must be free of fleas and ticks on arrival.
  • Enclosed garden and easy access to walks.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times when outside of enclosure.
  • Consideration must be given to resident dogs, cats, birds, farm animals and wildlife.
  • If your dog is barking continuously please attend to it and have consideration for other guests.
  • No Doggie Damages deposit required, however you will be held responsible for any damage done to the cottage or furnishings by your pet.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR PETS AT ALL TIMES! Please note that in line with our Terms and Conditions the management and staff hereby indemnify themselves of any loss, injury or damage caused to yourselves, your pets and/or your property during your stay at Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat. Terms & Conditions subject to change at owner’s discretion

What tourist attraction are on offer?

Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat is well situated just off the R62 (also known as Cape Route 62) which forms part of a tourists alternative and a suggested, more scenic route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town or visa versa. Bo Kouga Moutain Resort is close to: -

  • Prince Alfred Pass (Scenic alternative Plettenbrg Bay and Knysna)
  • Baviaanskloof
  • Meiringspoort
  • Langkloof
  • Aloe Factory
  • Historical sites (5 Forts from the Anglo Boer War)

See the "Attractions Page" for more detail.

What about DSTV and Cell Phone reception?
  • DSTV only available at the Main House.
  • There is no cell phone reception at the cottages and main house, however, cell phone reception is available on one of the hills
What's the weather like?

Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat is located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Summers are warm to hot with mostly cool evenings. Occasionally we enjoy winter snowfalls sending icy cold weather up north. We also enjoy winter rainfalls and much of the Cape weather.

Note: The data for the above charts are taken from 2000 to 2012

What facilities does Uniondale offer?

The town of Uniondale is just 30 km away. It offers: -

  • Banking (Standard, ABSA, FNB)
  • Petrol and Diesel
  • Medical facilities and hospital
  • Police Station
  • Post Office
  • Food Suppliers (OK Bazaars and Foodzone)
  • Uniondale Golf Course
How do we find you?

print COORDINATES to Farm Gate Turnoff:- GPS - S33º 39' 51.6" E023º 21' 14.4" or Google Maps: -33.664333,23.354000 Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat is situated approximately 130km from George, 29km from Uniondale and 62km from Joubertina. The last stretch is on gravel roads, where you will start to lose cell phone reception. There are two approaches to the farm on the R62. One is from George / Uniondale and the second from Joubertina. APPROACH FROM GEORGE

  • Take the N9 out of George and travel over the Outeniqua pass for +-93km from the foot of the pass at the Engen garage to the turnoff on the right to R62 (Joubertina).
  • (DO NOT TURN LEFT OFF THE N9 TO OUDTSHOORN). Carry on with the N9 in the direction of Uniondale until you reach the R62 turnoff to the right.
  • Travel 12.3km from the N9/R62 turnoff to the R62/R339 turnoff to Uniondale on the left.
  • Travel 2.35km down the R339 towards Uniondale and turn right into DE HOOP ROAD (dirt road)
  • Travel 21.4km from the R339/DeHoop road turnoff to the turnoff to the farm on the left. (You will pass through two farm gates. Please close them once you through)
  • There is a South African flag and a sign indicating the farm name – Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat.
  • Travel 400m down this road to the farm gate.
  • The Reception is on your left as you pass through the farm gate

APPROACH FROM PORT ELIZABETH/JOUBERTINA

  • Taking the R62 through Joubertina in the direction of George, approximately 44km from Joubertinia turn right into BO KOUGA ROAD (dirt road).
  • Opposite the turnoff is Ongelegen Primary school. There is also a large tree at the turnoff on the right of the road.
  • Travel 10.3km down this dirt road until you get to a T junction.
  • Turn left at the T junction.
  • You will now see a small church on your left.
  • Travel 8.2km down the road from the T junction and the turnoff to the farm will be on your right hand side.
  • Travel 400m down this road to the farm gate.
  • The Reception is on your left as you pass through the farm gate

TRAVEL SAFELY

Attractions in and about the farm

Bird watching

There are some amazing species to be seen. The Black Eagle and our national bird the Blue Crane are frequently spotted here.

Game Camp

Take a walk through the Game Camp and spot Springbok and Zebra as they graze.

Mountain Biking

With minimal traffic enjoy the cycling route along the De Hoop road. Take in the amazing surrounds and clean mountain air.

Farm Animals

As we are in a farm setting, we have a flock of sheep, a rooster and his hens, a gaggle of geese and cats.

Quad bikes (4x4)

You are welcome to bring and use your own quad bikes (silenced bikes only) and enjoy amazing scenery (designated areas only).

Walking and Hiking

For your enjoyment there is a gorgeous mountain road where you can walk and for the odd escarpment for those wanting a more strenuous hike.

Waterfall/Dams/Swimming

Cool  down by having a swim in crystal clear mountain pools and dams, or just enjoy the soothing sound of our waterfall.

Winter Frolics

It can get pretty cold in winter, sometimes we have snow. An exciting time especially for the kids.

Nearby Facilities and Activities

Uniondale

The town of Uniondale is situated just 30km from your destination and perfect for an afternoon drive through the Uniondale Pass to the little town. It has its own Hospital and medical facilities, Police Station and Post Office.

Facilities and Shopping

Absa, Standard and FNB Banks are situated on the main road. Petrol and diesel are available there. There is also a “Foodzone” and an “OK Bazaars” shop, should you want to stock up on basic supplies

Golf

A round of golf at the Uniondale Golf Course is a unique experience and worth a visit for the keen and not so keen golfers.

Gideon Scheepers Memorial

On the corner of the De Hoop turnoff on the R339 between the R62 and Uniondale is a memorial to what is rather grandiloquently termed “Gideon Scheepers Last Battle”. This skirmish took place on 19th August 1901.

Rock Art

There are over 500 Rock Art paintings found in the Uniondale area ranging from 1500 to 6000 years old. The rock art of this region has a very deep spiritual dimension.

History Enthusiasts

For history enthusiasts there are 5 Forts from the Boer War which were manned by British Troops & Town Guards from 1900-1901. Two can be found on the hill above the town, 1 East, 1 West and 1 North.

Route 62 Tourist Attractions

Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat is well situated just off the R62 (also known as Cape Route 62) which forms part of a tourists alternative and a suggested, more scenic route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town or visa versa. (Select the logo for a map of Cape Route 62, from www.route62.co.za)

We are close to the Prince Alfred Pass an alternative and very scenic route to Plettenburg Bay and Knysna on the Garden Route. The Baviaanskloof, Meiringspoort and the Langkloof are all within easy reach.

Prince Alfred Pass

Meiringspoort

The "Lost Shepards" Baviaans Kloof

Plettenberg Bay

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Baviaans Kloof

Cango Caves

Karoo to Coast and extreme
Trans-Baviaans Mountain Bike Races

We are seasoned hosts to riders of the Karoo to Coast MTB Race and the extreme Trans-Baviaans who use our gravel roads and paths to practice on in the build up to the races. The K2C route starts in Uniondale and ends in Knysna, navigating the challenging Prince Alfred Pass. It is held September and is growing in popularity year on year.

The Trans-Baviaans, usually held in August each year, is a 24 hour mountain biking marathon. It starts in Willomore (about an hour and half drive from us) and takes place across the magnificent Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve. It is not only the longest single stage MTB team event in the world but also one of South Africa’s premier mountain biking events.

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Cooling Off

100km Challenge

For Lions International

24 Hr Endurance - Trans-Baviaans

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Directions

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COORDINATES to Farm Gate Turnoff:

GPS – S33º 39′ 51.6″ E023º 21′ 14.4″ or
Google Maps: -33.664333,23.354000

Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat is situated approximately 130km from George, 29km from Uniondale and 62km from Joubertina. The last stretch is on gravel roads, where you will start to lose cell phone reception. There are two approaches to the farm on the R62. One is from George / Uniondale and the second from Joubertina.

APPROACH FROM GEORGE

  • Take the N9 out of George and travel over the Outeniqua pass for +-93km from the foot of the pass at the Engen garage to the turnoff on the right to R62 (Joubertina).
  • (DO NOT TURN LEFT OFF THE N9 TO OUDTSHOORN). Carry on with the N9 in the direction of Uniondale until you reach the R62 turnoff to the right.
  • Travel 12.3km from the N9/R62 turnoff to the R62/R339 turnoff to Uniondale on the left.
  • Travel 2.35km down the R339 towards Uniondale and turn right into DE HOOP ROAD (dirt road)
  • Travel 21.4km from the R339/DeHoop road turnoff to the turnoff to the farm on the left. (You will pass through two farm gates. Please close them once you through)
  • There is a South African flag and a sign indicating the farm name – Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat.
  • Travel 400m down this road to the farm gate.
  • The Reception is on your left as you pass through the farm gate

APPROACH FROM PORT ELIZABETH/JOUBERTINA

  • Taking the R62 through Joubertinia in the direction of George, approximately 44km from Joubertinia turn right into BO KOUGA ROAD (dirt road).
  • Opposite the turnoff is Ongelegen Primary school. There is also a large tree at the turnoff on the right of the road.
  • Travel 10.3km down this dirt road until you get to a T junction.
  • Turn left at the T junction.
  • You will now see a small church on your left.
  • Travel 8.2km down the road from the T junction and the turnoff to the farm will be on your right hand side.
  • Travel 400m down this road to the farm gate.
  • The Reception is on your left as you pass through the farm gate

TRAVEL SAFELY

More Info

You can contact us on the details below. For GPS co-ordinates and helpful, printable directions please scroll down:

Contact: Marius de Lange

Tel/Fax: +27 (0) 44 763 1409
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 879 8570

Please note:

  • If no reply, please leave a message and we will call you back ASAP.
  • There is no cell/mobile phone reception at the main house and cottages. A short hike up the mountain will get you a signal.

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1320, Somerset West, 7129

Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat

Contact: Marius de Lange
Tel/Fax: +27 (0) 44 763 1409
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 879 8570
Reservation: bookings@bokouga.co.za