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.
Greenies are offered self catering accommodation in a comfortable, wooden 3 bedroom lodge. It is fully equipped, bedding and towelling is supplied. Designed to be unobtrusive, the low-profile wooden home has spectacular sunrises and sea views, ideal for whale watching. Southern Rights come close inshore to calve at Ballot’s Bay. Playful schools of dolphins feature regularly in this ocean circus.
The open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge and the bedrooms open up onto a large deck facing the Bay below. The main and second bedroom have bathroom on suite. The back of home has a super wooden sitting and braai area.
The home and reserve is secure having an alarm system in home and boomed access to 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.
The entire road to and within the reserve has bricked lanes (no sand roads) however a car is essential in order to access the reserve.
The town of George – George Mall has shops, restaurants and cinemas
George airport with flights to and from Cape Town and Guateng’s Oliver Tambo Airport
The swimming and surfers paradise of Victoria Bay and the blue flag statue beach of Wilderness.
Wilderness also offers Canoeing, Tandem jumps off Map of Africa, a Friday Village Market and
Game Parks where one can walk with Lions or ride an elephant
Top golf courses such as Fancourt and Oubaai.
16 Jan 2016 to 6 May 2016
7 May 2016 to 30 Nov 2016
1 Dec 2016 to 15 Jan 2017