103 The Dunes, Keurboomstrand
Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This attractive villa is situated on the Southern Cape coast along the spectacular Garden Route with its kaleidoscopic scenery, array of attractions and unprecedented beauty. Perfectly sited in a secure resort in the unspoilt, natural environment of Keurboomstrand, close to Plettenberg Bay. Access to the Keurbooms Beach (7km of pristine, unspoilt beach and home to one of the largest seagull breeding colonies) is a few hundred meters along a paved walkway through the indigenous dune vegetation. Watch the whales and dolphins from the viewing deck on the beach front.
The villa forms part of a secure estate known as The Dunes Resort. It is one of the closest units to the beach front. The top floor has a main bedroom with king sized bed, a second bedroom with two single beds and a bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. The bottom floor has an open-plan, equipped kitchen with dining area and lounge. There is a sleeper couch in the lounge which can be used to sleep an additional two young children. Two sets of double doors open out onto a private garden, outside entertainment and dining area. There is a built-in barbecue (braai) and carport.
Facilities at the resort include a restaurant, a bar, a shop, a hairdressing salon, a play ground for the children with swings and trampolines, a coin-operated laundromat. A collect and return laundry service and cleaning services are available by prior arrangement as optional extras.
Due to its length, the Keurbooms Beach has various access points, namely ...
* Enrico's Beach with safe parking, ablution facilities, a kiosk serving take-away refreshments and a restaurant with a magnificent sea view. At low tide guests can take a walk east along the boardwalk to the nearby Matjies River Rock Shelter which contains artefacts from the Bushmen dating back to the Neolithic period 11,000 years ago and is a National Monument . The shell middens at the site is one of the largest in the world being 10 metres high, 15 metres wide and 30 metres long, but have been degraded. Guests can also view Arch Rock.
* The Waves Beach with blue flag status has a safe parking area, easy access to the beach, built-in barbecues (braais), life guards on duty during peak periods and ablution facilities.
* The Dunes Resort has a whale and dolphin viewing deck, a fish cleaning facility, ablutions and life guards in peak season. Take a walk west for a few kilometers and view one of the largest seagull breeding colonies in South Africa.
Spend the day visiting the natural beauty of Nature's Valley (approximately 30km east of Keurbooms) with its various hiking trails, spectacular blue flag status beach with ablutions, safe parking areas, restaurant and shop.
Guests can remain in the resort and enjoy all the facilities and the beach or explore the Garden Route from George in the west to the Tsitsikamma forest in the east.
Things to do and places to see include but are not limited to ...
Close-by to Keurbooms:
Visit the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve.
* Take a hike on a fairly easy trail through fynbos and indigenous forest.
* Have a barbecue (braai) or pack a picnic lunch and do some river fishing along the banks of the river.
* Hire a canoe for a day trip up the river or launch your own boats.
* Do some water skiing (in demarcated areas only).
* Take a guided trip on the river ferry or rent a motor boat.
In and around Plettenberg Bay (7km from Keurboomstrand):
Plettenberg Bay has numerous beaches to visit, i.e. Solar, Robberg, Beacon Island, Central, Hobie and Lookout. All with safe parking areas, ablutions and life guards on duty in high season. Shop at the various malls, exclusive boutiques, arts and design studios and outdoor markets. Fine dining or casual dining. Take your pick from the array of restaurants and eateries available.
Eagle Encounters at The Heath is a birds of prey rehabilitation centre.
Skydive Plettenberg Bay offers tandem jumps and courses.
Fresh produce, arts, crafts and entertainment at Harvestime Saturday Farmer's Market, N2, Harkerville or the Wednesday farmer's market at Old Nick, N2.
Various whale and dolphin watching excursions by boat.
Deep sea fishing excursions.
Guided sea kayaking, no previous paddling required.
Visit the various animal parks and sanctuaries in the area ...
Knsyna Elephant Park (Harkerville)
The Elephant Sanctuary (The Crags)
Monkeyland - the world's first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary.
Walk among thousands of birds on decks among indigenous forest at Birds of Eden.
Get up close and personal with wild cats at Tenikwa Wildlife Centre.
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary.
Take a guided township tour, cultural music and more.
Lunch among the vineyards of the country's first Sauvignon Blanc bubbly at Bramon Wines.
Enjoy live entertainment at The Barn theatre (The Crags).
Arts, crafts, weaving, mohair, pottery and a good restaurant at Old Nick Village off the N2.
Enjoy a game of golf at the Plettenberg Bay Country Club or the Goose Valley Golf Estate.
Take the kids to Adventure Land, the Plett Puzzle Park, a horse ride through indigenous forest or let them take a few surfing lessons. Boards and wetsuits provided.
Nature's Valley (approximately 30km from Keurboomstrand):
Spend the day visiting the natural beauty of Nature's Valley nearby with various hiking trails, spectacular blue flag status beach ith ablutions, parking and a local restaurant.
Tsitsikamma National Park (approximately 50km from Keurboomstrand):
Trails, Stormsriver Mouth suspension bridge and river cruises at Tsitsikamma National Park.
Treetop Canopy Tours and Woodcutters Journey at Stormsriver Adventures.
Take a walk on the wild side and jump from the world's highest bungy jump from Bloukrans Bridge.
Knysna and surrounds (between 35km and 65km from Keurboomstrand):
Mine tours, ruins and tearoom at Old Millwood Mining Village.
Take a ferry around the Knysna lagoon.
Shopping and restaurants at Thesen Harbour Town.
Fancy a game of golf? Spoit for choice. Knysna Golf Club, Simola Golf and Country Estate or Pezula Golf Estate.
Buy fresh produce, taste the local food on offer or generally just have some fun at the Wild Oats Community Farmers' Market in Sedgefield on Saturday mornings.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Plettenberg Bay Airport 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Western Cape region
Packed with marine life, lined with long beaches and buzzing with daytime activities and nightlife, it's easy to see why visitors flock to the Southern Cape coast.
Keurboomstrand derives its name from the Virgilia oroboides or choice tree. It is a small beach village on the Garden Route with mountains to the north, 7km of beach to the south, the hustle and bustle of Plettenberg Bay to the west and the Tsitsikamma forest to the east. Visitors are attracted to the area for its natural and unspoilt beauty.
Families can enjoy visits to the wide range of wild animal and bird parks in the area. Hiking and nature lovers can walk through the Tsitsikamma National Park, Keurbooms River and the Robberg Nature Reserves. Hire a boat or canoe or take a ferry ride up the Keurbooms River. Picnic sites and barbecues are available on its banks. For the adrenalin junky bungy from the world's highest bridge at Bloukrans or experience the rush of a 35 second free fall tandem sky dive.
Southern right whales visit Keurbooms and Plettenberg Bay from about June to November. Migratory humpback whales can also be briefly seen from May and June and then, on their return trip, from about November to January. Bryde's whales or orcas are occasionally seen, and bottlenose and humpback dolphins are in residence all year. A breeding colony of Cape fur seals completes Plettenberg Bays' impressive array of marine mammals.
On the Keurbooms peninsula, Lookout Beach and Robberg peninsula, interns and students of the Nature's Valley Trust in partnership with BirdLife Plettenberg Bay and Cape Nature, work on the Kelp Gull and African Black Oystercatcher colonies that share our beaches.
There are also a variety of special places located just outside Keurboomstrand that must be visited. These include the Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland and the Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world.
Elephant Sanctuary: www.elephantsanctuary.co.za
Birds of Eden: www.birdsofeden.co.za
Adults and children alike can enjoy can enjoy the new and unique attraction Plett Puzzle Park - www.plettpuzzlepark.co.za. It features the first amazing life size 3-D Maze in South Africa, as well as an exciting forest puzzle walk which meanders through the natural forest, and a fun rope maze for the kids. This is a place for visitors of all ages to exercise their bodies and minds in an entertaining, educational and affordable way. No more boring days when not on the beach! Light refreshments are available in a lovely garden setting, and the puzzle gift shop has games and puzzles for all ages. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat! Another great place for adults and kids alike is Adventureland set between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay www.adventurelandplett.co.za. Have a picnic, enjoy a barbecue and ride on the various waterslides.
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