Draaihoek Lodge is situated within a coastal nature conservation area south of Elands Bay on the West Coast about 170 km north of Cape Town.
This coastal area forms part of the longest relatively undisturbed portion of sandy beach along the West Coast, a bird watching paradise with a wilderness ambiance.
The favourable climate, the essentially unspoiled Fynbos vegetation with its colourful display of spring flowers, the open vistas, expansive white beaches, the world renowned Verlorenvlei wetland habitat next door and the San Rock Art in caves overlooking Verlorenvlei make Draaihoek Lodge and surrounds the place to explore.
Whether you are after unique spring flowers, yearning for endless beachwalks in company of seals, whales and dolphins, magnificent sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean or just want to relax in the most luxurious way ... a warm welcome awaits you.
Accommodation is offered in either the luxury en suite rooms of the Manor House or similar in individual lodges.
All spacious rooms consists of a lounge cum bedroom with a luxurious king sized bed and open fire place looking out over a private terrace with views of the dunes of the Atlantic Ocean.
The bathroom en-suite are equipped with heated towel rails and a separate dressing area.
The Homestead houses a gourmet, fully licensed restaurant, communal lounge area with satellite television and fire place and a covered terrace overlooking the dunes of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Homestead houses a gourmet, fully licensed restaurant, communal lounge area with satellite television and fire place and a covered terrace overlooking the dunes of the Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant serves gourmet fare complemented by an extensive selection of South African wines.
Draaihoek Lodge offers a unique beach and nature experience, being situated in a nature reserve.
The 3 km private sandy beach allows for extended beachwalks, a game of beach volleybal or footbal, fishing and spotting dolphins, seals or whale watching during the season.
Fishing is allowed on the beach or alternatively can be arranged off site - both fresh- and saltwater fishing available.
The Draaihoek Nature Reserve, 5000 hectares, is the home of many African mammals and birds. You will find Cape Mountain zebra`s, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Black Wilderbeest, Springbok, Steenbok, Gemsbok, Kudu, Bontebok, Impala, Baboons and many other species of mammals and birds.
Strandveld, Renosterveld, Coastal, and Arid Fynbos as well as Karroid vegetation types occur within the reserve. Annual spring flowers abound in old disturbed areas and provide a splendid spectacular, for which this area is world reknowed.
In the reserve you will find some beautifully shaped rock formations of which some contain prehistoric art. It will be our pleasure to take you on Rock Art excursions.
The setting, rooms and other facilities of Draaihoek are stunning. Do feel that the dinner menu could be improved by adding greater local focus and some daily menu variation. This would turn a 3/4 star experience where a two night stay was enough into a 4 star experience, where longer stays would be an option.