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A Journey of Discovery awaits!

This is a story of discovery for a toad, in a clapped out van on a dust road meandering through the orchards and vineyards of the Elgin Valley on an adventure to unearth the next hidden treasure.

It was a warm summers day and Toad had stumbled upon a place that was just too perfect and beautiful. He couldn’t believe his eyes, and ears!!! He sat for a while as he soaked in what he had found. “A piece of heaven only one hour from my HQ in Cape Town, is this possible?” he continuously asked, pinching himself persistently. He brought the message home, and it was decided, we had to get involved.

Elgin River Lodge is a place you need to see to believe. It’s wild, yet comfortable – convenient, yet far – peaceful, yet busy. This is a place for city slickers who yearn for the outdoors. Kids can go wild and moms can chill out, dads become boys again and families just come together. It is an operating apple farm with orchards and tractors. It’s what we yearn for nowadays in a world of tech that is racing away from us all. Here the clock stops and we get back to being families and doing family things.

Our wooden chalets are raised tree houses overlooking the daily activities of the lodge with sweeping mountain and river views. And for those wanting tented options, we can accommodate there too. Breakfast is part of the deal and an essential ingredient in making every effort to ensure your stay with us is as memorable as possible. Accommodation includes super-comfortable mattresses, cotton linen, and quality down-filled pillows so that you wake up fully rested. Our self-catering villa sleeps four families in three bedrooms, a pajama lounge loft and a wood cabin garden cottage. It is privately situated two kilometres from the main lodge and comes with fully equipped kitchen and linen, a great escape.

At Elgin River Lodge we aim to please. After all we are hospitality people with our leader, The Toad, unearthing all sorts of gems for us to look after and host. A romantic breakfast on your cabin porch overlooking the river or just lounging on our lush lawn, sitting on the river deck sipping something cold, or watching your kids play from our willow dressed barn, it’s the variety that intrigues.

So come and soak in the African skies, whilst tucking into something delightful. And when the sun begins to dip, head for the roaring fire and share your stories. After a day in the sun and water it’s just what you need to recharge your soul.

And if you are ever wild enough to decide to throw a party, we can help there too. Our larger-than-life natural scenery and full-service facilities means that hosting ultra-special weddings and business getaways are a breeze – and best of all, it really is just so close to Cape Town!

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Elgin River Lodge on the banks of The Mighty Palmiet River. Here time, sort of, comes to a halt…