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Fynbos on Sea

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OVERVIEW

This eco- paradise awaits…

Situated above the quaint town of Sedgefield, along South Africa’s Garden Route, this eco paradise awaits, offering sweeping views over beaches, mountains, lagoons and a fynbos wonderland.

Our nine room lodge and self-contained cottage are perched high on the dunes overlooking the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a 600 hectare pristine fynbos reserve. The estate abounds with plains game such as eland, zebra, bushbuck and waterbuck so there is plenty to see in all directions.

Immerse yourself in scenery to revive both mind and soul. Sedgefield has a tortoise as its emblem to remind visitors of the joy of ‘slow travel’. So meander along our nature trails, lie and watch the clouds or sit with binoculars. Enjoy a picnic or sundowners overlooking Gerickes Point. When you fancy a change of pace, take a mountain bike and choose from a variety of off-road trails. 

Close to but off our own property, discover lovely fossil dunes and beaches, kayak on the Swartvlei and Sedgefield lagoons, visit the neighbouring protea farm. In summer at low tide, snorkelling in the rockpools can be a treat. More excitement still? This area is a big draw for advanced paragliding. Whilst invigorating sunrises and romantic sunsets will make this an unforgettable stay.

Why we love it

Nature

Breath-taking views in a fynbos paradise

Activities

Adventure on your doorstep

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Relax

Heated Pool with a View

Family

Child friendly holiday

ROOMS

Classic Suites offer varied views

Three Classic Suites have king beds (or twin) with beautiful views over the Outeniqua Mountains and lagoon, or the fynbos and the Indian Ocean. Each has an en suite bathroom with generous shower, and French doors opening to a small seating area in the garden.

 

 

Simbavati Fynbos - Classic suite

Top Reasons to Visit

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Spectacular Setting

The setting is unexpected and truly spectacular. The town of Sedgefield lies far below in adjacent to the lake. But Fynbos is up on a headland above the town.

To the north of the lodge are the Outeniqua Mountains with the lakes that the Garden Route is known for shimmering with light below you. To the east and south of the lodge lies the Indian Ocean with a lovely view of the sandy Goukamma Beach and the endless rolling waves. And to the west lies the natural fynbos of this verdant area, which is particularly rewarding in the spring and early summer months. 

Everywhere you look there are views to enjoy.

Adventurous and Memorable Experiences

Enjoy Nature

There is an array of activities and excursions to enjoy from the exhilarating to the leisurely. These take place both on the estate or nearby.

On the estate, enjoy guided or self-guided walking, guided mountain-biking to suit all abilities, fynbos nature drives and visits to the protea farm. And, of course, sundowners at unique locations.

Our activity centre also opens the door to activities on the lakes and rivers with canoeing, kayaking and boating. Finally Fynbos on Sea offers one of the best paragliding settings on the whole of the Garden Route.  

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Delicious Food

We’re all about sustainable sourcing and conscious consumption at Simbavati Fynbos on Sea. We focus on making delicious food that is home made, healthy, locally sourced and full of flavour. We gain inspiration from our natural surroundings with all its scents, textures and tastes. Our food is diverse, contemporary and creative to connect guests on an emotional level.

Romance

Special Moments

The unique setting of Fynbos on Sea is a natural drawcard for all romantics. Enjoy special moments such as canapes and sundowners overlooking Gericke’s Point. Or a private picnic overlooking the mountains within our Fynbos Reserve. Wake up early to experience the sunrise overlooking the ocean, mountains and lakes.

These are memories that will stay with you forever.

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REGIONS

Getting There

Fynbos Ridge is very easy to get to. (See our downloadable directions below.) It will take approx 5 hours from Cape Town, 45 minutes from George Airport and 3 to 3½ hours from Port Elizabeth.

Directions from George Airport /Cape Town – from the West

From George Airport, you take the road signposted to the N2. Then take the N2 in the direction of Knysna. You pass through the town of Wilderness.

Travel 27.8 km from the airport (from the airport or when you get onto the N2?) and turn right at the Sedgelinks signboard onto the Swartvlei Beach Road.

(Please note that if you find yourself travelling across the lake and into the town of Sedgefield, you have gone too far and you need to double back.)

Once on the Swartvlei Beach Road, you immediately turn right into the Sedgelinks parking (i.e. after only 90 metres). The entrance gate into Fynbos on Sea is on the right-hand side of the parking area.

Follow the paved road up the headland for approximately 3km and you arrive at Fynbos on Sea

Directions from Port Elizabeth/from the East

Take the N2 towards George. Once on the N2 highway, drive approximately 293 km passing the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Sedgefield.

You will pass the Engen One-Stop Garage on your left as you leave the small town of Sedgefield. You drive over the bridge that crosses over the Swartvlei Lake and then turn left at the Sedgelinks/Swartvlei Beach Road.

Drive for only 90 metres and turn right into the Sedgelinks parking area. The entrance gate into Fynbos on Sea is on the right-hand side of the parking area.  Follow the paved road up the headland for approximately 3km and you arrive at Fynbos on Sea

Classic Suite

Our entry level suites have king beds (all convertible to twin with beautiful views over either the Outeniqua Mountains and lagoon, or the fynbos and the Indian Ocean. Each has a seating area in the room, desk and en suite bathroom with generous shower. French doors open to a small sitting out area in the garden to enjoy the views.

Please notes that two of the classic suites have space for an extra bed for a child.

Luxury Suite

Three beautiful luxury suites offer superb views over the fynbos and the Indian Ocean. Each has an en suite bathroom with generous shower, and an outside terrace opening onto the garden.

Two of these could be combined to make a two bedroom family suite as you enter from a private foyer which can be closed off for these two rooms. One of these luxury suites has a small lounge area that could easily accommodate an extra bed for a child. However all the luxury suites have enough space for an extra bed for a child.

Superior Suite

Two air-conditioned superior suites offer unparalleled views over the Indian Ocean, lagoon and Outeniqua mountains. They both enjoy unbelievable sunrises, if you manage to stir from the comfort of your bed. In summer air-conditioning ensures a good nights’ sleep.

Each has an en suite bathroom with double vanity, indoor and outdoor shower. , and a private terrace opening onto the garden and with superb views.

2-Bedroom Superior Suite

This upstairs Suite is perfect for those looking for the best accommodation and views. it has an expansive main bedroom with a sitting area. Outside your private deck offers a truly majestic wide-angle view over mountains, lakes, ocean and fynbos. Air-conditioning ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. The bathroom offers a double vanity, bath, shower and separate enclosed toilet.

This suite can easily be enjoyed by a couple. But it is also perfect for families with a smaller second air-conditioned bedroom with twin beds (which can be converted into a King). This has its own en suite shower room.

Note: The second bedroom is off the main bedroom, and smaller. So it is suitable for for children, teenagers or young adults in a family. But not two couples travelling together.

In- room Facilities

  • Private seating area inside and outside
  • King-sized beds (convertible to twin on request)
  • Air-conditioning – Superior Suites & Two-bedroom Superior Suite only
  • Underfloor heating in Classic and Luxury Suites
  • Portable fan – available on request
  • Minibar with drinks
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • En suite bathrooms with shower, except for the Two-bedroom Superior Suite which has a bath as well. Superior Suites also have outdoor showers.
  • Complimentary eco-friendly amenities
  • Bath robes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Electric blankets for winter
  • Mini-safe for storing valuables
  • Laundry service – laundry bag in room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Lodge Facilities & Good to Know

  • Main lodge with sitting room, bar, library area and restaurant
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and in main guest areas
  • Convivial bar at the nearby Bistro
  • Restaurant with wall of glass overlooking the mountains, ocean and lagoon
  • Alfresco dining on the deck
  • Sitting room with fireplace, books, board games
  • Generous 15m solar-heated lap-pool and pool terrace within indigenous garden
  • Wide range of activities and excursions on offer
  • Various walking and mountain bike trails on the farm ( Bikes available to hire)
  • Small curio shop

Fynbos Cottage

This charming self-catering cottage has a lovely secluded setting away from the main lodge. But it’s within easy walking distance if you wish to enjoy any of your meals at the lodge or at the Bistro. It enjoys spectacular views of both the Ocean and the lakes behind.

It comprises two en suite bedrooms with king-beds (convertible into twin if you prefer) and a loft area with two extra single beds. Each bedroom has en suite bathroom with shower. Wildlife can often be seen whilst lying in bed enjoying your early morning coffee or cup of tea.

The cottage has a stylish double volume open- plan sitting, dining and kitchen area. French doors lead out to a wraparound covered deck area with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean as well as mountain, lake and fynbos views.

It’s furnished with sun-loungers, a hand-carved lovers’ bench, alfresco dining area and comfortable wooden furniture for enjoying the spectacular views.

Finally, to ensure a truly enjoyable stay, there’s a private heated splash pool overlooking the Indian Ocean.

It is serviced every morning with a general clean-up and washing up. But it comes equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

OUR DETAILED

2021-22 Rates

Intro Offer until April 22 excl Festive Season – 20% off below rates for a 2+ night stay. Or enquire about our SA Resident Offers for 2021, as well as our flexible booking conditions.

Per Person Sharing15 Oct to 20 Dec 2021
10 Jan to 30 Apr 2022
1 Aug to 20 Dec 2022
21 Dec 2021
to 9 Jan 2022
1 May to 31 July 2022 21 Dec 2022
to 8 Jan 2023
CLASSIC SUITE
Dinner, B&B (DBB)R2 475R2 700R1 900R2 700
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R3 475R3 800R2 850R3 800
LUXURY SUITE
Dinner, B&B (DBB)R2 700R2 975R2 100R2 975
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R3 700R4 075R3 050R4 075
SUPERIOR SUITE
Dinner, B&B (DBB)R2 900R3 200R 2 300R3 200
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R3 900R4 300R3 250R4 300
SUPERIOR TWO BEDROOM SUITE
Dinner, B&B (DBB) for first 2 guestsR3 300R3 625R2 700R3 625
Dinner, B&B (DBB) for 3rd and 4th guestsR1 000 R1 000 R1 000 R1 000
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R4 300R4 675R3 650R4 675
FYNBOS COTTAGE
Self-catering (for up to 4 persons)R5 400R7 000R3 800R7 000
Per extra childR250R250R250R250

Singles – 33% supplement on the Per Person Sharing rate shown above
DBB – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, FBA – Full Board & Activities (see below for more info)

FINE PRINT

Full Board & Activities – accommodation, all meals, two daily activities or one full day excursion per day, self-guided walks and mountain bike trails, use of mountain bikes, beach kits in room (comprising of an umbrella, two loungers, two beach towels and a beach game), transfers to and from the beach and Wi-Fi. (Activities may include guided walks, guided mountain bike trails, protea farm visit, guided beach and marine walks, guided kayaking, river cruise, farm drive in open vehicle. Paragliding is excluded).

Half Board – Accommodation, breakfast, dinner, self-guided walking and mountain bike trails, complimentary Wi-Fi. Half Board guests may book activities at the Lodge Activity Centre only (at an extra cost) subject to availability of vehicles/guides/boats etc. For guests wishing to partake in any activities, it is strongly recommended to book the Full Board & Activities, to guarantee activities.

Exclusions

All other drinks, private transfers, gratuities, laundry service, other items of a personal nature. Conservation levies and gate entrance fees – see note below

Drinks Supplement

R250 per person per night NETT supplement – Includes house wines, beers, ciders, soft drinks, water & local spirits. (Excludes reserve wines, champagne and premium spirits).

Child Policy

We accept children of all ages.

  • Children under 12 pay 50% of the per adult sharing rate if sharing with parents
  • Children in their own room pay adult rates
  • Children in the 2nd bedroom of the two-bedroom Superior Suite pay the 3rd/4th person rates for that suite.

Two of the Luxury Suites can be combined for families or friends travelling together, as they share an indoor foyer. They can accommodate an extra bed for a child in each room.

Some of the other Classic and Luxury suites can accommodate an extra bed, but it is subject to availability.

Notes/Other Rates

We can book private transfers from George Airport on request. Contact us.

Festive Season: 20 Dec 2021 to 09 Jan 2022 – minimum 2 night stay, no special offers

We understand that these are very uncertain times. So we have put flexibility at the heart of everything we do. We want you to feel comfortable booking with Simbavati, knowing that your money is safe if Covid-19 circumstances change.

Free cancellation up to 15 days before arrival

Flexible Covid-19 Payment & Cancellation Policy – (valid until 20 Dec 2022*)

• Applies for all individual bookings excluding the Festive Season
• All Direct reservations require a 10% deposit upon booking confirmation, to be paid within 7 days. (This is fully refundable if you need to cancel up to 15 days prior to travel. Or in the case of last-minute Covid-19 issues.)
• Final payment is due 15 days prior to your arrival
• For last minute reservations, full payment is required upon confirmation.
• Up to 15 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fees (Any deposit is refundable, minus bank charges.)
• Less than 15 days prior to arrival: 90% cancellation fee – see Last Minute Covid-19 Changes.
• Please note that a 100% cancellation fee will be charged if you decide to depart early while staying with us, unless for a bona fide Covid-19 reason – see below.

Covid 19 Payment and Cancellation Policy for Festive Season & Groups (5 rooms or more)

As above but with the following changes:
• Final payment is due 30 days prior to arrival.
• Up to 31 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fees (Any deposit is refundable, minus bank charges.)
• 30 days prior to arrival: 90% cancellation fee – see Last Minute Covid-19 Changes.

Other Info

• All requests, confirmations and cancellations are only valid if in writing. Please ensure you receive acknowledgment of cancellation from our Reservations Department.
• Provisional bookings will only be held for 7 days; or 48 hours within 7 days of arrival or if Reservations specifies due to high demand. Thereafter the booking will automatically be released.
• We reserve the right to cancel the booking if deposit or final payment is not received at the appropriate time.
• We reserve the right to amend/change rates on this website without prior notice. Or to request 2 nights’ minimum stay during our Festive or other Peak seasons.
• We strongly recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights throughout the year.
• We accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards. Alternatively, you can settle via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Unfortunately, we don’t accept American Express or Diner’s Club.

Last Minute changes (within 15 days) due to Covid-19*

We are aware that, occasionally, last-minute changes may be needed due to Covid-19, such a suddenly-imposed ‘travel decree’ or personal covid-19 diagnosis. Please outline the specific circumstances to us.
Please note: In the case of an SA travel ban, an official ban in country of residence, or personal Covid-19 diagnosis, we will offer 100% refund or postponement.
In the case of other personal Covid 19 issues, please chat to us. We are happy to hold your payment as a credit towards future travel.
Please see our detailed Flexible Covid-19 Policy for what constitutes a Travel Ban.

*We reserve the right to amend the Covid-19 cancellation policy earlier if WHO declares the pandemic is over. However T&Cs will not change for any existing bookings and due notice will be given.

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in is from 14:30. You are welcome to arrive earlier, and make use of our swimming pool or other facilities. We try to accommodate early arrivals, subject to room availability. Unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed, of the room was occupied on the previous night.

Check-out is prior to 11:00 on the day of departure. Again, we try to accommodate late check-outs, subject to room availability. Unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed, if the room is booked for the evening. If we are unable to accommodate a late check-out, we will happily store your luggage whilst you enjoy our facilities.

All rooms & suites are non-smoking

However you are welcome to smoke on your terrace or deck. Please request an ash tray. However please be careful to dispose of cigarette snubs as our vegetation is often dry and quick to burn!

Fynbos Cottage
  • The Fynbos Cottage consists of two en-suite bedrooms and a loft. The loft is not recommended for children under the age of 8 due to the access ladder. Guests in the loft are required to share a bathroom with one of the main rooms.
  • Fynbos Cottage guests can make reservations at the main lodge for their meals at an additional cost.
Superior Honeymoon Suite

Takes a minimum of two people (no singles). This room has two rooms and two en-suite bathrooms. There is an extra price for 3rd/4th people. Note that the second bedroom is much smaller than the main bedroom.

Lunch

The Full Board & Activity/Game drive price includes lunch (served from 1pm to 2.30pm) either on the day of arrival or on departure. If you wish to have lunch on both arrival and departure days, there will be an extra charge for the second lunch.

All rooms & suites are non-smoking

However you are welcome to smoke on your terrace or deck. Please request an ash tray. However please be careful to dispose of cigarette snubs as our vegetation is often dry and quick to burn!

No pets allowed

Families

We happily accept children of all ages. Children under 12 sharing with parents pay 50% of the per adult sharing rate.

Fynbos on Sea and the surrounding farm are the perfect environment for older kids.

The reserve offers the perfect location to discover and immerse your child into a wilderness wonderland.

Walking, cycling beach walks, kayaking amongst many others are the perfect activities to engage with the amazing surrounds.

At the Lodge

  • Range of board games
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Kids menu on request
Child Accommodation

The following rooms can take extra children:

The Two-bedroom Superior Suite sleeps two adults and two extra family members in a 2nd bedroom. These can be children, teenagers or young adults. However we recommend children over 6 years as it is upstairs with a hard stone staircase.

Two of the Luxury Suites can be combined for families or friends travelling together, as they share an indoor foyer. They can accommodate an extra bed for a child in each room.

Some of the other Classic and Luxury suites can accommodate an extra bed, but it is subject to availability.

  • Children under 12 pay 50% of the per adult sharing rate if sharing with parents
  • Children in their own room pay adult rates
  • Children in the 2nd bedroom of the two-bedroom Superior Suite pay the 3rd/4th person rates for that suite.

Health/Travel

The Garden Route is not a malarial area. Given the sea breezes, mosquitos are not usually an issue but we do offer anti-insect repellent in the rooms (just in case). There are no other health issues here. The sun can be strong in summer so use a hat and sunscreen.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Get in Contact

Managers: To be Advised

Lodge telephone number: To be Advised

Reservations: +27 87 151 4520