In the majestic Slanghoek Valley on the slopes of the Badsberg conservancy, Slanghoek Mountain Resort is a holiday retreat just an hour’s drive from Cape Town. With self catering chalets, a tented campsite and the Platbos Log Cabins on offer, it’s a weekend retreat that is unmatched. For a romantic, soulful escape from civilization and other holiday makers, the Platbos cabins are a must. The three self-catering cabins sit on the edge of a small dam and overlook the immersive valley.
Check in at Slanghoek Resort before making your way by 4X4 to the cabins (the resort will supply you with one if you, like me, drive a tiny car). The cabin is comfortably furnished and caters for a maximum of six people. There’s no electricity – no fear of load shedding – but a fully equipped gas kitchen ensures the evening’s mandatory braaivleis is taken care of.
Walk the fynbos clad mountain trails, take a dip in the dam that the cabins overlook and soak in the last of the day’s rays as the mountains turn pink with the setting sun. Fall asleep to chirping crickets and croaking frogs, awaken to the sound of birds before relaxing with a book on the jutting balcony. Amidst the relaxation, this area is a prime spot for birdwatching, fly-fishing and hiking to further immerse you in nature.
Slanghoek is on the Breedekloof wine route so spend a day tasting the area’s Chardonnay and Chenin, with wine reasonably priced and of excellent quality.
From start to finish Platbos is exceptional, and you will leave feeling refreshed and longing for a few days more.
Cost R1280 for two people per night, R430 pp after, max 6 people per cabin (prices will increase in March 2015)
Words and photographs Lisa Wallace