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THE TRAVELLING TORTOISE, DE RUST
CONTACT DETAILS
Contact Person: Jeff
Mobile: +27 (0) 84 281 4305
E-mail: jeff@scwireless.co.za
Website: www.travellingtortoise.net
Location: De Rust
Facilities
Self Catering Accommodation Self Catering Accommodation Chalets Chalets Camping Camping
Braai facility Braai facility Child Friendly Child Friendly Swimming Pool Swimming Pool
Activities
Bird watching Bird watching Game Viewing Game Viewing

The Travelling Tortoise - Off-the-grid Eco Retreat offering Self Catering cabins & Camping near De Rust in the Klein Karoo, Route 62, Western Cape, South Africa

Welcome to the Travelling Tortoise! We are a new off - the - grid eco retreat situated only 10km from the pretty town of De Rust in the Klein Karoo, Western Cape. The resort is set in natural Klein Karoo veldt with stunning views from the decks of our mountain chalets.

The pastoral, green Middelplaas valley is in front, the Red Stone Hills to the right and the inspiring Swartberg behind. So weary traveller, visit us and wind down.

Guaranteed no Power Outages!!

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The Travelling Tortoise Accommodation

Chalets

Our elevated chalets have been built largely from renewable materials - farmed pine trees being the main material. Although rustic, comfort hasn’t been compromised.  The chalets are self - catering - sleeping 4 or 6 guests. Solar power provides electricity and hot water. There is a gas oven and hob for cooking, and of course a braai on the deck.: 

The Padloper

The Padloper is named after the smallest Tortoise in South Africa. This cabin may be smaller than the others, but it is large in character.  Set high over the hill it is the perfect private getaway - sleeps 2 guests.

It is almost hidden by bush and surrounded by the most beautiful views. Newly refurbished and retro in style, it has all the features and feel of living in a cabin built 60 years ago. It does have a few modern additions, like hot water on tap, lights and a fridge powered by the abundance of the Little Karoo sunshine. It’s only about 500m from the bottom of the hill but a 4x4 is essential for the climb.

The Hare's Lair

This Hobbit-style home is the latest addition to The Travelling Tortoise. It is built around the continued rivalry between the Hare and the Tortoise.​ This earth-sheltered burrow, tucked away, private, and almost unseen is fitted out with every comfort you could want. It is fully self-catering, open plan with a large living space. The double bed is nestled in a corner of the pine walls and poplar trees which hold up the curved reed roof. There is also a sleeper couch for children.

You will be warmed in the winter with its cast-iron fire and cooled in the hot Karoo summer, well insulated by the cool earth. The braai is on the sheltered stoep, which has wonderful views of the valley and Red Stone hills.

Camping

The bush camp site is on level ground at the foot of the mountain. It has grassy pitches and an excellent ablution block.

Camping Rates:  R75 per person/per night

Chalet Rates

  • JAN - NOV: From R275 per person/per night
  • DEC:  From R350 per person/per night
  • CHILDREN 4 - 10yrs: From R100 / 11 - 16 yrs: From R150

Camping Rates

  • JAN - NOV: From R85 per person/per night
  • DEC:  From R95 per person/per night​

Activities / Amenities

  • New additions to our facilities are eco-friendly hot tubs. They are in the bush and very private to The Angulate and The Hinge-back chalets. Perfect for a cold winters night while stargazing with a glass of wine. Also don’t light the fire and you’ve got a cool splash pool for the hot summers.​
  • The generous sized pool is near the camp site, and is a must in the hot Karoo sun.
  • A short family hike meanders up the mountain. Apart from many varieties of tortoise there are frequent sightings of his arch rival, the hare.
  • Small shy game can also be seen. The bush is untouched, and boasts the fascinating and colourful fynbos, cacti and succulents. This is also an attraction for many colourful birds.  

Directions

From De Rust: Take the first right past the town (R341) to Willowmore. After 2km turn right to Middleplaas. After 3km follow the signs to The Travelling Tortoise.  
GPS Co-ordinates: 33°31'03.0"S 22°32'02.0"E

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Please contact your host Jeff at the Travelling Tortoise directly for bookings & enquiries.

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THE TRAVELLING TORTOISE, DE RUST
CONTACT DETAILS
Contact Person: Jeff
Mobile: +27 (0) 84 281 4305
E-mail: jeff@scwireless.co.za
Website: www.travellingtortoise.net
Location: De Rust
Facilities
Self Catering Accommodation Self Catering Accommodation Chalets Chalets Camping Camping
Braai facility Braai facility Child Friendly Child Friendly Swimming Pool Swimming Pool
Activities
Bird watching Bird watching Game Viewing Game Viewing