Whale Coast & Overberg Accommodation

Whale Coast & Overberg Accommodation

Malgas Accommodation

Tides River Lodge

Self Catering in Malgas

Tides River Lodge (sleeps up to 27) offers multiple self catering accommodation options in Malgas, on the banks of the Breede River in the Overberg and Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. A short two and a half hour trip from Cape Town and only half an hour from Swellendam on the way to the Garden Route. Tides is an oasis in the dry wheatlands of the Overberg, an 'off the beaten track' destination for those who enjoy something different. Tides is without doubt one of the most unique and pristine locations on the Breede River. Relax on the lawns, fish off the river bank, explore the river, waterski, canoe or visit the bush pub. For the more adventurous there are 4x4 trails just minutes away. Tides offers three self catering cottages and one Boathouse all are right on the banks of the river and have stunning views, verandahs and braai areas. Bedrooms have Queen size beds, 100% cotton linen. Kitchens are fully equipped. There is wireless internet available, and cell phone reception throughout. ZEBRA LODGE (sleeps 9): Four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fireplace, bar, shaded verandah, fully equipped kitchen. DSTV. (Zebra Flat can be rented as an add on to Zebra Lodge only - Sleeps 4). COB COTTAGE (sleeps 8): Cob Cottage is closest to the water, cosy and full of charm, Cob has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, The kitchen is fully equipped, There is a braai and wonderful river views. HERON HOUSE (sleeps 7): Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, large lounge, open plan kitchen, DSTV, log fireplace, river views, braai area. THE BOATHOUSE (sleeps 3): Cosy thatched loft unit, right on the waters edge, lovely deck overlooking the river, kitchenette, DSTV, separate Bathroom. Wireless Internet is available and there is cell phone signal throughout.
Tides River Lodge (sleeps up to 27) offers multiple self catering accommodation options in Malgas, on the banks of the Breede River in the Overberg and Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. A short two and a half hour trip from Cape Town and only...
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Malgas (previously Malagas) is a small historic village, 35 km inland, en route to Swellendam from Infanta on the coast. It lies on the west bank of the Breede River and is home to South Africa's only river pont, which still serves as a vital link between the east and west bank communities of the Breede River.

Malgas is an ideal base for exploring the Overberg and the nearby De Hoop Nature Reserve. The river is recognised as the best fishing estuary in South Africa and supports an abundance of fish, which in turn attract a number of birds, such as the fish eagle, osprey, fish owl, kingfisher and oystercatcher, making Malgas a popular bird watching destination.

The beauty of Malgas is that this serene, mountainous, fynbos-rich escape is largely unspoilt and was, until the recent property boom, relegated to the back end of beyond. Even now, Malgas provides an idyllic weekend escape only two and a half hours outside of Cape Town and 30 minutes from Swellendam.

Malgas, located in the Overberg/Whale Coast region of the Western Cape, South Africa, offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and historical charm.

Here are five things to see and do in and around Malgas:

  1. Malgas Pontoon Ferry:

    • Historic Ferry Ride: Experience a ride on the last hand-operated pontoon ferry in South Africa, which crosses the Breede River at Malgas. This historic ferry provides a unique and scenic way to cross the river, offering beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes.
    • River Views: Enjoy the picturesque views of the Breede River and its lush banks. The ferry ride is a charming and nostalgic way to explore the area and its natural beauty.
  2. Breede River Activities:

    • River Cruises: Take a leisurely boat cruise on the Breede River, where you can enjoy the tranquil waters and scenic surroundings. Cruises often include opportunities for birdwatching, fishing, and spotting local wildlife.
    • Fishing and Boating: The Breede River is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities, with species like cob, grunter, and garrick. Rent a boat or join a guided fishing trip to experience the river's rich aquatic life.
  3. De Hoop Nature Reserve:

    • Hiking and Wildlife: Visit the nearby De Hoop Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its diverse ecosystems, including fynbos, wetlands, and coastal dunes. Enjoy hiking trails that offer stunning views and the chance to spot wildlife such as bontebok, eland, and Cape mountain zebra.
    • Whale Watching: During the whale-watching season (June to November), De Hoop Nature Reserve is an excellent spot to see southern right whales from the shore. The coastal dunes and cliffs provide perfect vantage points for observing these majestic creatures.
  4. Wine Tasting and Farm Visits:

    • Local Wineries: Explore the wine farms in the surrounding Overberg region, known for producing excellent wines. Enjoy wine tasting sessions at estates like Sijnn Wines, where you can sample unique wines made from locally grown grapes and learn about the winemaking process.
    • Farm Experiences: Visit local farms for a taste of rural life in the Overberg. Some farms offer tours, fresh produce, and even farm stays, allowing you to immerse yourself in the agricultural heritage of the area.
  5. Potberg Mountain and Vulture Colony:

    • Hiking Trails: Explore the Potberg Mountain in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, which offers challenging hiking trails with rewarding views of the surrounding landscape. The Potberg Trail is particularly popular, providing panoramic views from the summit.
    • Vulture Colony: The Potberg area is home to a colony of endangered Cape vultures. Hike to the viewing spots where you can observe these impressive birds in their natural habitat. This conservation effort is crucial for the survival of this species, and seeing them up close is a unique experience.

These attractions provide a mix of historical charm, outdoor adventures, and natural beauty, making Malgas and its surroundings a wonderful destination for visitors looking to explore the Overberg/Whale Coast region.

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