LOOKING FOR luxurious yet affordable Eastern Cape bed and breakfast accommodation in an exclusive guest house offering sincere and friendly hospitality? Elandsrivier Guest House, situated in the heart of the Tsitsikamma, offers upmarket bed and breakfast as well as fully equipped self catering accommodation. We want you to be relaxed and feel at home, without compromising on luxury and professional service. A unique opportunity to experience the joys and tranquility of life on a dairy farm surrounded by nature. Relax with the most breathtaking view of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, indigenous forests and plantations. Early risers can enjoy a beautiful sunrise and visit our working dairy. There is a dam for the keen bass fishermen and the rest of the company can relax at the swimming pool, inhaling fresh country air.
About the area
The development of the Witelsbos area was fuelled by the establishment of a forestry station by Captain Christopher Harrison in 1846. Thanks to the contribution of Harrison and Fourcade, who later succeeded Harison as Conservator, many foresters’ residences were built and the influx of new residents later led to the demand for a postal agency and general dealer. The offices of Cape Pine can be found a few metres from the original building which still stands today. Veering left as you exit Witelsbos will take you down Robbehoek Road, an untarred road, which if followed to the end, will lead to the cliffs overhanging the ocean.
It is not recommended to explore this road unguided, as the prevailing rain often makes it quite treacherous. If the road markers are correctly followed two private, owner-operated hiking trails can be reached. The Bloubaai and Elandsrivier trails are not for the faint of heart and provide a level of exhilaration along the rocky heads of the rugged coastline. Continuing with the R102 surrounded by lush, limitless green pastures, a small clearing to the right of the Elands River Bridge provides a parking space for those wishing to venture down the steep stairway to the river itself. This is one of Tsitsikamma’s best- kept secrets, right on our doorstep, which you can explore at leisure without any cost involved. Otters and many species of bird are often spotted here, and the view of the bridge from below provides an interesting new perspective. A waterfall feeds a large pool ideal for swimming in summer. (Written bySian Kruger)