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Beneath a spectacular kloof in the Marloth Nature Reserve and within walking distance of historic Swellendam, lies Gaikou Lodge, an upmarket country lodge.

In a beautiful river valley, Gaikou Lodge has been created offering luxurious Swllendam accommodation.

The luxury units with their great feeling of space will invite you to relax to the cooling sound of bird song and running water. From your private veranda you will have breathtaking views of the mountains, river and forest. Tranquillity and fresh air in an artfully landscaped setting will ensure that you will want to linger.

Conferences & Weddings
The spacious airy veranda and stylish reception area with facilities for guests and fully equipped kitchen will provide elegantly for the wedding banquet. And you can book the entire facility for your honeymoon night and for your guests.

Gaikou Lodge has it all for your business conference: a spacious reception area for seminars and discussions, the wide veranda for al-fresco breakfasts and lunches, and overnight accommodation for the entire team delegates and speakers.

Accommodation at Gaikou Lodge:
Gaikou offers 12 units, comprising the eclectic reception area, managers house, and 5 free-standing villas, each comprising 2 adjoining units.

The luxury lodge accommodation comprises double units with spacious lounge, two double bedrooms and bathrooms, with wide private veranda.

The single units have one double bedroom, bathroom and veranda. All units are open plan with high ceilings and air-conditioning/heating that provide for ultimate comfort.

The most up-to-date styling creates a sense of space and the soothing toffee and cream furnishings complement the Cape vernacular architecture. Each unit includes luxury bath and shower and a flatscreen TV.

Internet facilities are available.

Breakfast is served on the veranda or inside at the eclectic reception area. The traditional reed ceiling of the veranda and stunning views of the natural surroundings will charm you.

In cooler weather breakfast is enjoyed in the spacious dining area with its African art.


Visitors can enjoy hiking and walking trails on foot or on horseback at Marloth Nature Reserve, which adjoins Gaikou.

There are two attractive dams at Gaikou; the lower pond stocked with fish and surrounded by indigenous flora. Visitors will be able to indulge in lure or fly fishing a pace away from their villas, and there is a river trail on the property.

The nearby 9-hole golf course, Drostdy Museum, historic church and Bontebok National Park are all easily accessible.

Easy day excursions are to Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa, and De Hoop Nature Reserve, where you can view game and explore the seashore.

A day trip to Witsand via Malgas on the Breede River offers an opportunity to cross the river on the only man-powered pont in the country!

Rooms and Units Available:

Family Villa
The Family Villa consists of a spacious lounge area and two seperate bedrooms, one with a King Size bed and the other with 2 single beds; both bedrooms are en-suite.The rooms are all open plan with high ceilings in an air-condition/heated environment.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 4 Adults

Luxury King Room
The luxury suites, with King size beds are all open plan with high ceilings, allowing for ultimate comfort in an air-conditioned/heated environment. The beds are dressed in the finest linens and the oval baths spell supreme indulgence.
Amount of similar units: 5
Sleeps 2 Adults

Luxury Twin Room
The luxury suites, with 2 single beds are all open plan with high ceilings, allowing for ultimate comfort in an air-conditioned/heated environment. The beds are dressed in the finest linens and the oval baths spell supreme indulgence.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Laundry Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Dining room
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Hiking / Walking Trails
Horse Riding
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed
Mountain Biking
Horse Trail
Historic Sites

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of notification of cancellation, the following cancellation fee shall apply on the full booking:
More than 30 days prior to arrival : 10% cancellation fee
More than 7 days prior to arrival : 50% cancellation fee
Less than 7 days prior to arrival : 100% cancellation fee


Travelling on the N2 (Cape Town - Garden Route):
Take the Swellendam East turnoff (Swellengrebel Street).
Turn right into Berg Street and travel all the way to the top of Berg Street until you arrive at the gates of Gaikou Lodge.

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 24
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM