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Welcome To Elim Retreat

If you want a getaway in nature, then Elim is precisely what you need.
Hidden away amidst the Gamkas mountain, snugged in the ravine is this small Klein Karoo gem.

Ideal for a group or family, the cottage can accommodate 5 adults and a child, as well as 3
additional guests on request, for camping.
The additional 3 guests please need to bring their own camping gear, to camp on the deck in front of the cottage or under the surrounding thorn trees.

Two 4×4 trails are available, at an additional cost. A short route will take you to an spectacular lookout
point of the Gauritz River ravine and a short walk to the remains of the old Mosselbay to Cape Town wagon route,
the 2nd and longer route will take you to the roof of the Klein Karoo with breath taking views of the surrounding mountains.

Elim Retreat is powered 220V solar power only.
A 4×4 trail is available, at an additional cost.

Please close all the gates properly on your route to Elim Retreat, or when exploring the surrounds.
Please note, there is a gravel road leading to the accommodation. Guests are required to enquire about the condition of the road,
before arrival, as it could be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2


Swimming Pool Area

The climate is generally to moderate with an average summer temperature of 30oC. The swimming pool disguised as a farm dam makes it bearable when temperatures rise up to 40oC, winter temperatures can drop to 5oC.

Braai Area

The braai is one of a kind. The round braai/fire pit located on the wooden deck is constructed from natural rock. It is ideal in that guests can sit around the fire to enjoy the exceptional view during sunset. During the rainy season, the sound of the water cobbling over the rocks below the deck contribute to the tranquillity.

Stargazing at night is at is best from the deck area where you can watch the Milky Way and starry sky undisturbed. Guests will be pleasantly surprised especially if their visit coincides with dark moon as light pollution is minimal in this area.


For larger groups (more than 5 persons) the natural thorn trees around the cottage makes ideal camping spots for camping with a 4x4 trailer. Alternatively the deck area is large enough to accommodate 2 x 3-4 person tents. Campers should bring their own camping gear. Bathroom facilities are shared with cottage.


The outdoor kitchen is equipped with a gas hob and wood stove, a dining table, and overlooks the firepit and surrounds. The under sink cupboards contains pots, pans, cooking tools, cups, plates, wine and beer glasses, coffee mugs and utensils for up to 8 persons.



We loved our time at Elim Retreat. We were looking for somewhere quiet, out of the way and good for children and dogs. The spot was perfect! We came home feeling rested and ready to take on the world again.

Ons hondjie het lekker die area “explore”. Huisie is uitstekend uitgele and baie goed toegerus. Alles wat mens nodig het. Baie afgeleë wat wonderlike was, niks mense eers van geweet nie. Al ons tyd op die “deck” spandeer en het ook lekker geswem.

Alles was regtig 5 ster en ons het dit so geniet. Elke aand het ons die perfekte weer vir sterrekyk en vuurmaak gehad en soggens begin met ‘n heerlike koel luggie wat jou verfris en wakker maak saam met die voelgesange. Ons kan vir die eerste keer in ‘n lang tyd sê, wow, nou voel ons uitgerus en sien nou weer kans vir die res van 2020! Ons sal verseker julle plekkie aanbeveel en in die toekoms weer kom besoek.

What a gem of a destination. The tranquillity of the area was refreshing and the amenities were 5 star. Our kids got to have a bit of freedom in an untainted environment and Oudtshoorn’s tourist attractions are close enough for a day trip. Can’t wait to go again.

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