Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat

Location for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat

Country: 

South Africa

Province: 

Western Cape

City / Town: 

Uniondale

Street Address: 

De Hoop Road
Directions: GPS LOCATION (WGS84): S33º 39' 51.6" E023º 21' 14.4"
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Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat is situated 100km from George, 30km from Uniondale of which 10 km is tar and 21km is on a good gravel road (see directions below). (Please phone us as you get onto the gravel road to let us know how far you are as there is no cell phone reception once you’re on the gravel road).
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DIRECTIONS FROM CAPE TOWN/GEORGE:

Take the N9 out of George. Over the Outeniqua Pass continue for approximately 90 km. 15 kilometres before Uniondale take the R62 turnoff towards Joubertina/Humansdorp. You will pass Avontuur on your right hand side.

There are two routes to take to get to Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat. The first is the De Hoop Road from the Uniondale Pass side and the other is the De Hoop Road from the R62 Bo Kouga Turnoff side.

The De Hoop gravel road is in fair condition and can be traversed by ordinary vehicles although we do recommend that you travel at a low speed (50 km) as there are some roughish areas enroute. Also keep an eye out for the helpful distance markers along the road (image below):

-> FROM THE UNIONDALE PASS SIDE:

Distance markers along the Road - 21kmContinue passed Avontuur, straight on the R62, drive over the bridge and turn left onto the R339 in the direction of Uniondale.

After about 3 km along the R339, turn right onto the De Hoop Road. Continue along this gravel road for 21 km passing through two gates (which must be opened and closed). When you see the sign for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat, continue with this servitude, pass through the gate and you will arrive at the Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat reception.


-> THE ROUTE VIA THE BO KOUGA R62 TURNOFF:

Continue passed Avontuur, straight on the R62 also going past Haarlem and Ongelegen. Just after the Ongelegen River look out for the Bo Kouga Turnoff as it is easy to miss. Turn left at the Bo Kouga turnoff (you will see large blue gum trees) and continue for 10 kilometres to a t-junction. Turn left at the t-junction and continue for another 13 km until you reach the sign for Bo Kouga. When you see the sign for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat, continue with this servitude, pass through the gate and you will arrive at the Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat reception.

DIRECTIONS FROM PORT ELIZABETH:

Take the R62 towards Joubertina. Pass Misgund. Just after the Eastern Cape Border, Look out for the Bo Kouga turnoff. Turn right and continue for 10 kilometres to a t-junction. Turn left at the t-junction and continue for another 13 km until you reach the sign for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat. When you see the sign for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat, continue with this servitude, pass through the gate and you will arrive at the Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat reception.
Description for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat
Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat offers a sane alternative to the Knysna and Plett December mayhem. Tucked safely inland, among the rolling Kouga Mountains, this 300ha farm lies just 30km from sleeply Uniondale and not far from the start of the beautiful Prince Alfred Pass - which many an intrepid Karoo to Coast mountain biker will remember for its twisty climbs and bone-rattling descents. Heading further inland leads you into the amazing Baviaanskloof and the Eastern Cape.

The general area is typified by dramatic mountains covered in perfumed fynbos, hot still days and sultry evenings under incredible skies, cool streams cutting through bouldered gorges... Taken as a whole, the experience is unique and far removed from the crazy outside world.

There are five cottages to enjoy it all from; two of these (Springbok and Gemsbok) date back to the 1860s; Gemsbok Cottage (our favourite, based purely on the pics) is especially rich in traditional character, with Cape Dutch furnishings to match. Buffalo and Zebra Cottage are attached to each other (think about booking both) with all the mod-cons, including telly and DVD (but no reception), dishwasher, washing machine etc. So, depending on personal preference, your choice is between old world traditional and more modern. Eland Cottage has a dedicated garden area and is the pet-friendly option if you want to bring your pooch along.

The cottages sleep 2-3 (Springbok), 4-5 (Gemsbok), 4 (Eland) and 2 (Zebra), respectively. They all appear well equipped, the decor and furnishings are practical and comfortable, there are plenty of little extras thrown in, and all have a brilliant outlook over the surrounding valley and mountains. In other words, you're unlikely to go wrong booking a couple of days at Kouga Mountain Retreat.

Mountain bike (whatever you do, dont forget your bike at home!), walk (a third of the farm is unchartered mountain, plus there is a 45-minute walk through the game camp), swim, laze around doing nothing, braai, take a cruise into Uniondale, venture onto Prince Alfred Pass or even Baviaanskloof... The choices are vast and yours to enjoy.
Info for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat

Pet friendly for

Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, Cats, Caged Birds, Horses

Accommodation Type

Self Catering, Guest Farm

Activities

Dogwalking, Bird Watching, Hiking, Game Viewing, Swimming, Quad-biking, Mountain Biking

Other Activities

Peace and Quiet

Pet Accommodation Types

Sleep inside

Pet Bedding

Bring your own

Pet Bowls

Bring your own

Pet Food Supplied

No

Enclosed Garden Option

Yes

Nearest Vet Name

Garth Ryder

Vet Phone Number

0834174251
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Requirements for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat
Pets must be kept on a leash when visiting us: No Pets must be treated for ticks and fleas before they get here: Yes

Name tags are important for all visitors: 

No

Rules for all our Best Friends visiting: 

Upon arrival, please keep your pets secured in your vehicle until our Manager has established communication with you. | All pet owners are responsible for their pet faeces and clean up afterwards. | Poop scoops will be available at the office. | During your stay with us, your pets are not to be left alone in the car or the room. | Please inquire about our Pet Sitting Services at the office. | Please ensure your pets have sufficient food and water at all times. | No pets are allowed to climb onto or sleep on any of the beds or furniture. | Enclosed garden (great for your dogs!) and easy access to walks. | Dogs must be leashed at all times when outside of enclosure. | Consideration must be given to resident dogs, cats, birds, horses, farm animals and wildlife. | If your dog is barking continuously please attend to it and have consideration for other guests. | No Doggie Damages deposit required, however you will be held responsible for any significant damage done to the cottage or furnishings by your pet. | PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR PETS AT ALL TIMES!
Cost for Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat (Subject to change)

Cost for human guests

R600 per unit

Small Dogs Cost Per Day

R30

Medium Dogs Cost Per Day

R30

Large Dogs Cost Per Day

R30

Cats Cost Per Day

R30

Birds Cost Per Day

R30

Horses Cost Per Day

R50  
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