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Set in an exclusive corner of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, this modern eco-lodge puts its guests at the heart of an extraordinarily historic and scenically beautiful location. Most famous for its land-based whale watching, De Hoop bursts with life from baboons, ostriches and giant eland antelope to dolphins, tortoises and sea birds – all against a backdrop of flower-filled fynbos vegetation and distant purple mountains. It is as the southern Cape coast once was: one of the most biologically diverse in the world.

There are only seven chalets at Lekkerwater (translated as ‘the place of good water’), positioned along six kilometres or four miles of pristine white-sand beaches. Stroll out onto your private deck and have the turquoise-coloured southern Indian Ocean in front of you – and between about July and November, it may well be a view of whales breaching as they migrate from Antarctica. This is a place to immerse yourself in nature, and you can sit back and let your expert guides open up the landscape for you. There are rock pools to discover, rare plants and birds to tick off, walks and history talks to enjoy, all in a safe, malaria-free environment.

Lying less than a 4-hour drive from Cape Town or the Winelands, open all year round and with mod cons right down to the Wi-Fi connection, Lekkerwater makes a highly rewarding stop on a Cape Town-Garden Route-Eastern Cape itinerary for all types of travellers – from couples, honeymooners and families with young children to wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers and nature photographers.


  • Magnificent setting in an extraordinary nature reserve
  • Phenomenal, land-based whale-watching (about July to November)
  • Guided walks in the stunning Cape Floral Kingdom
  • Explore tidal pools and caves on marine walks
  • Luxurious en suite accommodation with ocean views
  • Cooking on the beach and fun, interactive kitchen
  • Easy access – ideal for a South Africa self-drive holiday
  • Family-friendly – best for children over six years old


  • Bird watching
  • Day tours
  • Sundowners
  • Whale watching
This is an exciting offering in one of Africa’s most spectacular coastal nature reserves. The fully inclusive Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is guaranteed to impress with its effortless style and unsurpassed ocean views.
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Standard Double Room

Lekkerwater has seven rooms – six with twin or double beds and one family suite. Each is set on the dunes overlooking a long swathe of private beach and the Indian Ocean through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The décor is warm and natural, made even more so by the wood burning stove. Convenience comes in the form of a well-appointed en suite bathroom as well as Wi-Fi and battery recharging points. Sit back on your private veranda and watch the marine life in the ocean below.


The main lodge is home to a large communal lounge with a fireplace and indoor dining areas. With a pleasing design incorporating clean, modern lines and traditional building materials, the lodge radiates an effortless elegance and floor-to-ceiling windows fills it with natural light. Panoramic views of the Indian Ocean greet you at every turn and you can enjoy them from a comfortable chair on the viewing deck or even from the lodge’s plunge pool.


The lodge’s interactive kitchen is part of the indoor dining experience at Lekkerwater, but you are just as likely to sit down to your meal on the beach with white sand between your toes. Served communally at the large dining table or at individual tables outside, meals are simple and hearty and feature a fusion of local and international dishes. Nearly all Lekkerwater’s ingredients come from suppliers within a 40 mile radius of the lodge – and that includes the excellent wines.

General facilities

  • Kitchen
  • Wi-fi available


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Dates Board Price
2022-07-15 — 2022-12-15 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $445
2022-12-16 — 2023-01-08 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $555
2023-01-09 — 2023-04-30 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $320
2023-05-01 — 2023-07-13 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $445
2023-07-14 — 2023-12-14 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $320
2023-12-15 — 2024-01-07 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $555

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
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