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Platbos, a private forest reserve, offers rustic, off-grid accommodation for eco-tourists and nature lovers: this is 'glamping' at its finest! Set beneath the canopy of this ancient forest, each unit is private and exclusive. The accommodation is self-catering; bedding and linen provided, fully-equipped kitchen units. The perfect get-away to restore the soul and re-connect to nature.
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KeithR wrote a review Dec 2023
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My wife and I along with two friends from Zimbabwe spent 4 nights in the Honey Bush and Bush Buck suites. We loved the location, the forest surrounds and the peace in a rustic setting. We enjoyed the walks in the forest and the amazing old trees, esp the Celtis and Melkbos. The owners have done a tremendous conservation job there which is well worth supporting. Our friend from Zim was in her element as she loves trees, and here she had a new experience. The bushbucks were regular visitors. Also there were interesting places to visit a short drive away. The accomodation was very comfortable, well provisioned. We had to work for our hot showers which was fun. [Lighting the donkey boiler]. The information office was very interesting with info on the area and trees etc.. We will definitely come again in the future.
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Responded 01 Jan 2024
Thank you so very much for your wonderful review and write-up - we are so pleased to hear too that you all resonated with this special forest and surrounding area, and that the bushbuck were regular visitors :) We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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Reyhana S wrote a review Oct 2023
Cape Town Central, South Africa3 contributions1 helpful vote
What an experience! If you're looking for peace, quietness and tranquility, then a magical adventure at the Old Olive Cabin is the place to be. At Platbos, the forest has different hiking trials that take you on incredible journeys. I cannot wait to go back to the mystical land of the Platbos Forest!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 09 Oct 2023
What a magical review on our Old Olive Cabin and the forest itself - thank you so much - it made our day :)
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rouxfoto wrote a review Sept 2023
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A magical forest experience. Pristine forest. Vibrant birdlife. Comfortable camping. Peace and quiet. A labyrinth. This worthy reforestation project also revitalises body and soul. Will definitely return.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 06 Sept 2023
Thank you so much for this 5 star review - it really fills our hearts to hear of your appreciation for this most wonderful forest, our conservation work here and that you enjoyed your stay in our accommodation :) - we look forward to your return!
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Jaco T wrote a review May 2023
Hermanus, South Africa1 contribution
This was a great experience to be a part of. Seeing reforestation in progress was unique and learning about the importance of saving our indigenous forests coupled with a tranquil get away not far from home, relaxing off the grid is something that is few and far between nowadays. We stayed in the Old Olive cabin and will definitely be back to try out the camping and other amenities in the near future. Saving a forest is a noble thing to do, so thank you Platbos!
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Responded 09 Oct 2023
Thank you so much! So good to hear too the appreciation of our conservation and reforestation work here at Platbos!
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JenStrydom wrote a review May 2023
Cape Town Central, South Africa3 contributions
Loved every second of our stay in Platbos Forest. This magical reserve is a very special place We were mesmerised by the trees, moss, tree bears, mushrooms and wildlife. Cannot recommend a stay here enough!
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Responded 10 May 2023
Thank you so very much for this delightful review of your stay with us at Platbos - we appreciate it enormously :)
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QuarryLakeInn wrote a review Apr 2023
East London, South Africa55 contributions40 helpful votes
We loved our stay, in Bushbuck Suite. being at peace in the forest under the ancient Stinkwood Tree. The forest paths are well marked, with wonderful birds, and beautiful bird-call. It is a truly unique experience! Only suggestion is perhaps a new mattress as we found it a little too soft.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Responded 18 Apr 2023
Many thanks for this sterling review of our Bush Buck Suite and your stay in our beautiful forest reserve! Thank you too for the heads-up on the mattress. House-keeping will do a quality check.
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andremeeske3 wrote a review Mar 2023
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
My girlfriend and I went for a 2 day camping at Platbos Owl camp where I proposed to her. We had an amazing time in the bush where we enjoyed the nature in a complete relaxed environment. I would recommend Platbos to anyone who wants to break away from a busy and rushed lifestyle. We felt completely safe and completely relaxed.
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Responded 21 Mar 2023
Thank you so much for this lovely review of our Owl Camp, and congratulations from all at Platbos on your engagement!
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gavbrom wrote a review Feb 2023
Cape Town, South Africa2 contributions
Awesome Campsite, which is small enough to not intrude into the natural surroundings. We had a wonderful two night stay...the walks are beautiful and informative...the campsite is serene and private. Thank you for being such wonderful custodians of the forest.
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Responded 24 Feb 2023
Thank you so much for this wonderful review of our Owl Camp, the Forest Trail and our conservation work here in the forest - it is hugely appreciated :)
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Carolyn Neville wrote a review Jan 2023
Cape Town64 contributions39 helpful votes
Platbos Nature Reserve is an inspiration. Walking around the well signed routes in the reserve is a spiritual experience. Sitting next to a milkwood tree that is over 1 000 years old is deeply moving. The accommodation is simple but functional. We never saw anyone else for the whole weekend. It is very relaxing. Thank you Platbos for a wonderful weekend away.
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Responded 05 Feb 2023
Thank you so much for this beautiful review - it was a joy to read :)
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keeba8broly wrote a review Jan 2023
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
I'll keep this brief and honest. The whole setup at the honeybee is lovely and intimate for couples. The place is clean and rustic. The hot tub is magical (use the candles). I want to speak about what i don't like. The composite toilet took awhile to get use to but that wasn't the issue. The issue is the location of the bathroom. Right by the only road. In sight of the freezer hut. Ah yes the freezer hut, the building that has it all. A fridge, bags of wood and USB charging. The most annoying part of the whole stay at the Honeybee. Early stages of the morning or late at night. Other guests from the other locations slamming that wooden door or being loud. Worst is when you're on the composite toilet and all you can hear are people discussing whether they are going to leave money for wood or not. Besides that i cannot fault this place. I will stay for a week on my next visit. Perhaps during the off season.
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Responded 18 Jan 2023
Thank you very much for your terrific review of our Honey Bee Suite and also for sharing a noise issue that we were not aware of. We are going to put up a sign at the Freezer Hut so other guests can know to keep their noise level down to a minimum in order not to disturb guests staying at the Honey Bee and Forest Camp - other guests may be unaware of the existence of Honey Bee for example as its location is screened by the forest trees. Also the issue of the slamming door (there is a hook to keep it latched and open but this is easily missed and then the door will close loudly on its own which is annoying). I must address / correct a few points made in your review here so future guests do not get the wrong impression about the layout / privacy of the Honey Bee facilities. Our bathroom facilities (shower and washbasin) are located separately from the composting loo. The shower is set beneath the forest canopy and well away (and anyway screened) from the firebreak/freezer hut/ 'road'. The Honey Bee's private composting loo is set on the edge of the forest canopy/firebreak because it works on a system that needs sunshine and heat to speed up the composting process. It is about 10 metres from the Freezer Hut and nobody can see you unless they were to creep up and peep over the screening walls. We will however put up a sign to alert potentially nosey guests that it is a private loo for our Honey Bee guests. The 'only road' mentioned above passes the Freezer hut and gives access to Honey Bee parking and then shortly thereafter, parking for our Bush Buck Guests. Nobody else has any need to use this gravel track other than our staff when they need to clean the units or drop off donkey boiler wood in preparation for new guests arriving. The Freezer Hut is located where it is so it is convenient for Forest Camp, Honey Bee and Bush Buck guests. It also needs to be on the edge of the forest canopy / firebreak as our solar system there needs sun for the solar panels. We do appreciate your feedback and will be addressing this noise problem which we were until now unaware of - thank you and looking forward to your future stay with us :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Platbos Forest Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Platbos Forest Camp?
Nearby attractions include Klipgat Caves (7.0 km), Owl's Pub (5.4 km), and Strandveld Museum (7.0 km).
Is parking available at Platbos Forest Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Platbos Forest Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Schneider's Cape Floral Kitchen, Benguela Restaurant De Kelders, and Coffee on the Rocks.