Travelling Tortoise



De Rust / Western Cape / South Africa


 Small guest resort  //  Self-catering  //  Farm stay


Travellin Tortoise is a off – the – grid eco retreat situated only 10km from the pretty town of De Rust in the Western Cape. The resort is set in natural Klein Karoo veldt with stunning views from the decks of our mountain chalets.

The pastoral, green Middelplaas valley is in front, the Red Stone Hills to the right and the inspiring Swartberg behind. The perfect places to come and wind down, like the tortoise does – wind down slowly.

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Accommodation at the Travelling Tortoise comprises of a variety of option to cater for different needs and group sizes.

The Angulate: This very comfortable and well-equipped chalet has 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and en-suite, the other with 2 single beds. The kitchen is designed for a long stay with a stove with hob and oven, and a large fridge freezer. There is a second bathroom with shower, a family sized lounge and a big deck with braai. The comfortable sleeper couch means that a large family can be accommodated. There is a private wood-fired hot tub close to the chalet – perfect for a glass of wine and star gazing. Sleeps 5 people.

The Geometric:  This is a cosy one bedroom chalet in a quite private position. The kitchen is well equipped with bar fridge and stove with hob and oven. There is bathroom with shower, solar powered but with a gas back up for winter, lounge and big deck with braai overlooking the pool. There is also a sleeper couch in the lounge. Sleeps 3 people.

The Hinge-Back: This Chalet opened in August 2017. Being higher up the hill it has outstanding views. It is aimed at the larger family with space a main feature. The bedroom downstairs has a double bed, the upstairs, accessed by a unique spiral staircase has 2 single beds. The large lounge has a double sleeper couch. It also has a well equipped kitchen, a bathroom with shower, and a deck with braai. Sleeps 5 people.

The Torthouse: Ever wanted to spend a few nights in a giant tortoise? Well’s now your chance. The Torthouse is on our campsite, you would soon know that, you can’t miss it. There’s comfort – a double bed, and a small kitchen with a fridge. It’s minimalistic, but huge on character. The outside cooking area is complete with braai and a gas cooker. Bring your own bedding  and camping equipment and enjoy this unique experience.

The Hare’s Lair: This Hobbit-style home is the latest addition to The Travelling Tortoise. It is built around the continued rivalry between the Hare and the Tortoise. This earth-sheltered burrow, tucked away, private, and almost unseen is fitted out with every comfort you could want. It is fully self-catering, open plan with a large living space. The double bed is nestled in a corner of the pine walls and poplar trees which hold up the curved reed roof. There is a sleeper couch, so the burrow will also sleep 2 young leverets. You will be warmed in the winter with its cast-iron fire and cooled in the hot Karoo summer, well insulated by the cool earth. The braai is on the sheltered stoep, which has wonderful views of the valley and Red Stone hills. Altogether something that you have never experienced before – it is quite unique! Sleeps 3 people.

The Jackals Den: This  is the most recent addition to The Travelling Tortoise Retreat.    It is situated just on the brow of the hill overlooking the vally below, with it’s many ostrich, and the stunning Redstone hills in the distance. Like any Den it’s hidden and like a Hobbit home part underground – you can just stumble upon it.    The familiar Hobbit style round door leads you onto a wooden floor and a curved reed ceiling giving the home a soft and warm feel. The Den is very well equipped, the kitchen has all you need including a large fridge/ freezer, and a stove with oven. The double bed rests in the corner next to the poplar trees that hold up the roof. The bathroom is spacious and has a shower. Come and visit the Den. It needs a pretty good vehicle to get to it, if you haven’t got one I will take you up

The Padloper: The Padloper is named after the smallest Tortoise in South Africa. This cabin may be smaller than the others, but it is large in character. It sleeps 2 people. Set high over the hill it is the perfect private getaway. It is almost hidden by bush and surrounded by the most beautiful views. Newly refurbished and retro in style, it has all the features and feel of living in a cabin built 60 years ago. It does have a few modern additions, like hot water on tap, lights and a fridge powered by the abundance of the Little Karoo sunshine. It’s only about 500m from the bottom of the hill but a 4×4 is essential for the climb. By prior arrangement with Jeff, he can transport up there.

Camping:  The bush camp site is on level ground at the foot of the mountain. It has grassy pitches and an excellent ablution block.

STAYenRoute says:

If you want to relax and forget about the hustle and bustle of the work week, this is the place to go. Quite, safe, no internet or cell phone. Friendly reception.


From R895.00 for 2 persons sharing

Booking enquiry:

If interested in this STAYenRoute accommodation option, click link  Booking / Enquiry Form  or send us an E-mail

You can also contact us at +27 (0)82 921 4455


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