Tucked away between steeply falling green hills, lies Ballots Bay, a small beach carved out of the rugged Southern Cape coastline of the Garden Route in South Africa, between Victoria Bay and Heralds Bay. Ballots Bay is sheltered from most winds, it is the perfect retreat for angler, beach lover or nature enthusiast, it is a treasure chest of nature. Contained within the narrow 50 hectare confines of the valley itself are five distinct ecological zones, supporting a wealth of flora and fauna.
The bay and its surroundings, cover 500 hectares, officially named Ballots Private Nature Reserve.
This “Back-to-Eden” has succeeded in retaining natural conditions and vegetation and making it accessible to wildlife enthusiasts. Hiking trails lead you through indigenous forests raucous with bird song including the magnificent Knysna Lourie’s, across grasslands with free roaming Zebra, Buck, Ostrich, karakul and tortoise. There is a trail to a water hole with a bird hide and another to a forest lapa. There is even a little stone church which can be hired for weddings, it has rural charm and was used for an “Irish wedding” scene, featured in a TV ad for Cadbury’s chocolate.
At the Bay are 2 braai areas with an ablution block. Here the Meulen river meets the bay, which has a pretty pebbled beach and rock pools, ideal for paddling, it also has a large area for playing ball games.
Rates from R1100pn low season to R2500pn high season for the entire home
Ballots Bay is just before Victoria Bay in George - Taking the Victoria Bay turn off the N2, the entrance at Carmel/Ballots Bay - leads you along an adventurous snaky road over a railway line, 2 small bridges with waterfalls and sharp incline to the George Nature Reserve and Ballots Bay entrance.
23 Turn Again Road, Ballots Bay
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