About Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

Steeped in rich history, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge in the Overberg region of the Western Cape is suited to the traveller who enjoys life’s simple luxuries - time spent together, embracing the natural beauty of their surroundings, and immersing themselves in true tranquillity. The lodge focuses on a new type of luxury; disconnecting from the everyday. With just seven available suites, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge provides guests with an intimate experience shared among travellers from all over the world.

Every corner of the lodge, including each suite’s private deck, provides the perfect place to marvel at the ocean and embrace the spectacular views of the untouched wild shoreline and crashing waves. Between July and November, whales can be seen breaching and lob tailing as if putting on a show, while playful dolphins, seals, and an array of sea birds can be seen year-round – all best seen from the private sea-facing hot tub (just book your slot at the main lodge at enjoy!)

The lodge is unique in its ability to create togetherness with its guests - arriving on the same day (either Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) allows the group to go through the Lekkerwater experience together, providing the feeling of enjoying a home away from home. Meals are served in the gorgeous main area, creating a community spirit whilst interacting with the chefs in the open kitchen. The passionate, warm staff are the cherry on top and truly add to the magnificent experience.

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge Setting

Journey to an exquisite, exclusive concession in De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, South Africa, to experience the magic of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge. Known as the birthplace of all humankind, the reserve is steeped in ancient heritage and an abundance of spectacular natural beauty. Its coastal position provides a unique combination of ecosystems - from flora and vlei to dunes and the ocean. Located just four hours from Cape Town, it’s the ideal first stop along the Garden Route, or as an escape from the city for those looking to connect with nature, and other like-minded guests.

As part of the lauded Cape Floral Kingdom, there are countless species of flora throughout the reserve. While fantastic for botany enthusiasts, it also creates the perfect conditions for bird-watching with around 260 species recorded in De Hoop Nature Reserve. Passionate and extremely knowledgeable guides lead the two immersive activities, including a tidal rockpool walk and gorge walk – both designed to promote the unique magic of the two adjacent ecosystems. If the weather permits, an evening G&T station at sunset and lunch on the beach are a truly special experience.

Accommodation options at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

  • Lekkerwater Suites

    Min 1 guest - max 4 guests
    7 Lodge Suites

    With just seven suites, Lekkerwater offers an intimate guest experience. Each off-the-grid suite is designed with tranquillity and comfort in mind - in place of…


    from R 9500 / per-person-per-night-sharing


    R3250 SA Resident Rate Low Season

    Indoor Shower
    Indoor Shower
    Double Vanity
    Double Vanity
    Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
    En-suite bathroom
    En-suite bathroom
    Private Deck
    Private Deck

What's included

  • All meals
  • Select drinks
  • Daily activities



How to get there

  • 3 hrs

    Cape Town International Airport

  • Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

    De Hoop Marine Protected Area, South Africa, Overberg DC

  • Check in at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

    14:00 on day of arrival

  • Check out at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

    10:00 on day of departure

Frequently asked questions

  • How long should we stay?

  • Is Lekkerwater wheelchair friendly?

  • If we have flights to catch can we leave before 10:00?

  • Is it safe to swim in the ocean?

  • Are there alternative activities if weather is bad?

  • Is there anything else to do in the area before/after our stay at Lekkerwater?

  • What is the dining experience?

  • Are there heaters in the room for winter?

  • How much is the CapeNature fee?

  • Which activities are additional and which are included

  • What is your child policy at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge?

  • Is there wifi?


  • A perfect slice of nature all to yourself

    It is rare to find a place that is so isolated, yet so entirely nurturing. Perched up on the dunes, this intimate lodge offers a glimpse in to the Indigenous people who once subsisted here on this rich coastline.

    Conservio.com review

    J. Petersen

  • An oasis close to Cape Town

    We had been wanting to go to the De Hoop Reserve for a long time and were so blown away by the experience. The whole feel of Lekkerwater is about being at home and it feels that way! We also enjoyed the fynbos walk, and the beach walk, which were very informative.

    Conservio.com review

    N. Denys

  • Simply Outstanding

    Lekkerwater was more than just lekker. From being greeted at the parking area to our departure the staff were simply outstanding. Location, facilities not to mention the spectacular views were next level. So glad we were able to experience this exquisite Lodge and part of our beautiful country. Thank you for a very smooth booking process as well - I have already recommended Lekkerwater to many of my friends ;) and hope to be back.

    Conservio.com review

    H. Shouwink

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge impact highlights

While Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is all about contemporary coastal charm, this stretch of the De Hoop coastline also boasts a rich and ancient history. A short distance east of the lodge lies Klipdrift Cave. Renowned for its paleontological significance, the cave shows evidence of human habitation dating back 64,000 years. This predates similar discoveries in Europe and North America by more than 20,000 years. In essence, some of our earliest ancestors walked the shoreline and dunes that surround Lekkerwater. Further evidence shows that the indigenous Khoi Khoi pastoralists lived in these hills long before the first European explorers sailed around the southern tip of Africa to begin centuries of settlement and colonisation.

But we have one Bill Green to thank for the dramatic location of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge. It was Green who built his family’s holiday home on this site in 1939. In later years it was appropriated by the state for a military test range, then later set aside for the modern-day De Hoop Nature Reserve. More recently, between 1990 and 1994, Lekkerwater became the coastal escape – South Africa’s ‘Camp David’, if you will – for the former South African President, FW de Klerk. It was here that he contemplated how to move South Africa from apartheid to democracy, no doubt finding inspiration in the solitude and beauty of this remarkable coastline.

We trust visitors to Lekkerwater will find similar inspiration here, soaking up the natural beauty and remarkable history of this unique corner of southern Africa. The lodge recognises the importance of its place in a Marine Protected Area and as a custodian of the Cape Floral Kingdom. As such, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge's conservation efforts are geared towards maintaining the Reserve’s extraordinary natural beauty. In addition to their private efforts, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge ensures De Hoop is preserved with a contribution to Cape Nature’s funding. Finally, the Natural Selection Foundation receives a 1% donation of all Lekkerwater bookings to go towards local projects aimed at clearing alien species and managing the area.

Are you unsure of where to stay? Contact us to help plan your nature-based travel.

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