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About GlenDonald Cottage

Concealed in the heart of the Cederberg mountains near Ceres in the Western Cape, GlenDonald Cottage is a scenic retreat surrounded by the wonders of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Situated on a property protected through a partnership with Cape Nature, the cottage is surrounded by rare endemic floral, bird, and freshwater species. Originally constructed in 1965 and renovated in 2014, Glendonald Cottage offers a unique experience, overlooking the crystalline "Visgat" river pool, serving as the focal point for the stay.

The property comprises GlenDonald's Main House and Swallows Croft, rented together, accommodating up to 13 guests. This isn't a typical mountain retreat; Glendonald goes beyond, offering activities like fly-fishing, hiking, and the exhilarating experience of kloofing through the river's gorges and canyons. From birding to exploring ancient Bushman paintings, Glendonald ensures there's something for everyone, making it a haven for those seeking a unique escape in the lap of nature.

GlenDonald Cottage Setting

Located in the remote Witzenberg Valley of South Africa, Glendonald Cottage spans 4200 hectares of pristine landscapes, separated by the Olifants River Gorge. The area, predominantly Table Mountain Sandstone, showcases stunning rock formations. As a biodiversity hotspot within the Cape Floral Kingdom, it hosts rare floral, avian, and freshwater species. The Olifants River system boasts the country's richest collection of endemic fish species, emphasising the property's ecological significance. GlenDonald Cottage offers visitors a chance to not only enjoy its beauty but also contribute to the conservation of this unique natural haven.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Tubes, inflatables & “Pool-pillows”
  • Goggles, snorkels and fins
  • Boule, board games & puzzles
  • Books & field guides

Frequently asked questions

  • Are there plug points?

  • Is loadshedding an isue?

  • Do I need a 4x4 to get there?

  • Do we need to bring our own towels?

  • Is there cellphone reception?


  • Magic close to Cape Town

    We had the most magical few days here - completely switched off!

    Conservio.com review

    R. Foster

  • A Must Visit

    We will back time & time again. The cottages offered an amazing getaway!

    Conservio.com review

    T. Van Der Merwe

GlenDonald Cottage impact highlights

Cradling the headwaters of the Olifants River, Glendonald Cottage showcases the Cape Floral Kingdom's splendour. In partnership with Cape Nature, the property has been declared a protected environment and biodiversity hotspot, safeguarding rare endemic floral, avian, and freshwater species. The property's commitment to conservation extends to the Witzenberg Valley, encompassing 4200 hectares of pristine landscapes. Through initiatives like protecting the Olifants River system, Glendonald Cottage not only provides visitors with unparalleled nature encounters but also plays a pivotal role in preserving the region's rich biodiversity, benefiting both conservation efforts and the local community. The property is powered by solar energy, ensuring that visitors can enjoy their stay while minimizing their environmental impact, benefiting both conservation initiatives and the local community.

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