Perched on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains, with sweeping views across the Overberg from the Akkedisberg to Gansbaai, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is a place for you to unwind and explore. The reserve, around 250ha in size, is dominated by the pointed summit of Phillipskop and covered with almost pristine fynbos. It is situated just 10km outside Stanford, overlooking the Klein River Cheese Factory.
The reserve has a number of hiking trails, suitable for all ages. It is one of the few places where anyone can access the heights of the Klein River Mountains this side of Hermanus. These paths are open to day visitors (for a small charge) as well as residents and take you to visit a small waterfall, impressive rock stack or even the summit of Phillipskop itself. You can also visit Phillipskop Cave, a local heritage site with the only recorded rock art on the Cape Whale Coast. Guided walks can be arranged on the reserve with Chris, an expert on the fynbos. https://www.phillipskop.co.za/activities/hiking-trails/
The spacious chalet-style cottages have 3 bedrooms: a double en-suite and two twins with a shared bathroom containing bath and shower. All towels and bedding are provided. The main living area is open plan with plenty of room so that you are not getting under each other’s feet. It comprises a dining area with large 8-seater table; a kitchen with fridge-freezer, gas stove, microwave and other essential items; and a comfy sitting area with views up to Phillipskop. The sitting area has a log-burning stove for the cooler months, and the cottage is supplied with solar hot water, including electric back-up so that you never run out. There is the essential braai area on the mountain side of the cottage and a large deck on the valley side, so that you can take in the views.
Accommodation: R1200 per night for cottage and first 4 people (Friday & Saturday nights must be booked together)
• R200 per additional adult per night
• R100 per additional child per night
Reduced prices are available during the week (excluding school and public holidays). High season rates apply in December & January. Please see website for further details.
Day visitors: R40 per adult, R20 per child
Opening times for Day visitors: Monday to Sunday, 08:00 – 17:00. Advance booking recommended for groups larger than 10. Honesty box available.