Draaihoek Lodge, Elands Bay

The private Nature Reserve reaches from the Atlantic ocean inland to Sandveld’s mountain range and across to the Verlorenvlei, a RAMSAR classified site, south of Elands Bay.
The coastal border of the Reserve stretches along an undisturbed sandy beach, hugged by rugged dunes and favoured by flocks of birds typical to the West Coast. The uninhabited bay area is frequented by whales, seals and playing Heaviside dolphins.

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Nature Reserve reaches from the Atlantic ocean


Draaihoek Lodge offers accommodation in 8 luxury suites, each fronting the scenic strandveld and dunes of the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore we have the Manor House with its 3 luxuriously appointed bedrooms overlooking the vlei with its unique flora and bird life available.

We can also offer you a honeymoon suite with customized special treats.

Each of the eight luxury suites are double (or twin) with a private patio overlooking the Reserve and within walking distance of the beach with the sound of the ocean in the background.

The luxurious Manor House boasts deluxe bedrooms, a spacious lounge area fitted with open fireplace and a sleek kitchen — all with access to a large wrap around stoep with exquisite views of the vlei and rugged dune landscape surrounding.


The wildlife reintroduction programme undertaken in the reserve has seen the return of the magnificent Eland, Bontebok, Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Kudu, Gemsbok, Impala, Cape Mountain Zebra and Ostrich.

A huge diversity of birdlife is thriving in the Reserve, both in the unspoiled, deserted veld and beach as well as closer to the Lodge. Keen birders are welcome to the Bird Hide, erected at one of the dams close to the Lodge, frequented by resident waterfowl.


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