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Kaaimans River Lodge


Accommodation options

River Villa
Max 4 Guests
1 double, 2 single

from R 1650 / per person per night sharing

Deck House
Max 16 Guests
3 double, 1 bunk, 8 single

from R 2500 / per person per night sharing

Rustic View
Max 4 Guests
1 double, 1 bunk

from R 1650 / per person per night sharing

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About Kaaimans River Lodge

Kaaimans River Lodge is a unique and immersive self-catering hideaway tucked away in lush trees, overlooking the picturesque Kaaimans River near the beautiful Garden Route town of Wilderness. The lodge, with its rustic charm, comprises three distinct accommodations – the Deck House, River Villa, and Rustic Views – each offering stunning views, expansive outdoor spaces, and well-appointed private facilities. Guests can take advantage of included kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), providing an opportunity to explore the enchanting Kaaimans River linking to the sea. A highlight of the experience is a leisurely 15-minute paddle to the majestic Kaaimans River waterfall, adding an adventurous touch to the retreat. For those seeking a perfect blend of nature, outdoor activities, and a hint of adventure, Kaaimans River Lodge stands out as an ideal getaway option.

Kaaimans River Lodge Setting

The Garden Route, a renowned scenic route in South Africa, encompasses a diverse blend of natural beauty. With its unspoiled coastlines, breathtaking landscapes, charming towns, and majestic mountains to explore, it is truly a haven for nature enthusiasts. Kaaimans River Lodge provides a refreshing and cosy environment that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding nature. Throughout your stay, there's a chance to encounter various wildlife, such as rain spiders, frogs, or even the occasional genet (wild cat). If the idea of embracing nature, outdoor activities, a bit of adventure, and the occasional rugged experience excites you, then Kaaimans River Lodge is calling your name.

What's included

  • Accommodation (self-catering)


How to get there

  • 4 hrs

    Cape Town

  • Kaaimans River Lodge

    Kaaimans river, Wilderness, 6560

  • Check in at Kaaimans River Lodge

    15:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Kaaimans River Lodge

    10:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions


  • Great Retreat

    We loved our time at the Kaaimans River Deckhouse. Travelling back and forth by rowing boat and kayak added a nice twist. The house is enormous and ideal for a large group of people. Super braai and kitchen. The outside shower was an unexpected bonus. A real African experience. review

    A. Dawn

  • Superb

    Amazing location!! We loved the views from the decks. What a cool place!! Very unique stay, definitely recommend. review

    R. Venter

  • Wonderful

    We had a lovely stay at Gustav's place. The views and surroundings are beautiful and the house has enough space and we loved the outdoor kitchen. I highly recommend the place for a group of friends :) I would also like to point out how amazing Francis is!!! He helped us a lot and made the stay, check in and check out extremely easy! He was also really cute with our dog :) review

    V. Denny

Kaaimans River Lodge impact highlights

Situated in the embrace of nature, the entire property operates exclusively on solar power, with a backup generator ensuring a seamless experience even on cloudy days. Accessible solely via the river, this unique lodge intentionally eschews traditional roads, leaving an almost untouched wilderness that envelops the site.

Dedicated to reducing its environmental footprint, the lodge employs locally sourced materials, primarily timber, for its construction. The buildings boast a rustic charm that seamlessly integrates with the natural surroundings. In a commitment to sustainability and responsible consumption, all furniture, with the exception of beds, is sourced second-hand, contributing to a circular economy and minimizing the environmental impact of new production.

The main house, with its roots tracing back to 1910, serves as a living heritage on the property. Remarkably, the original walls and wooden floors have endured the test of time, preserving the historical essence of the lodge. With an open design philosophy, the lodge strategically situates itself amidst the indigenous fauna and flora, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment.

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