Due to a disorganized bus service I arrived in Plettenberg Bay around 1:30am and caught a taxi from the bus stop to African Array Lodge. At first I was a bit nervous making my way down the long dirt-road. It was dark, I had never been in South Africa before, and my first interaction was a few quick words with Matthew before I got my keys and dove straight into bed.
When I woke in the morning I was surprised to find beautiful blue skies, the dogs playing in the bush (extremely friendly dogs -- they make a lot of noise when you show up, but don't be afraid, that's what they're supposed to do!) and one of the most amazing views I have ever seen in my life. Matthew and Vicky were quick to offer me breakfast and allowed me get my bearings by letting me have a few quiet moments to take in the cliff side view.
The rolling hills meet a small freshwater pond and the only openings to the forest are farms or horse ranches. You can see the Robberg Peninsula off in the distance and lush green golf course/driving range just below. There are multiple hammocks placed around the backyard, overlooking the view, that you can lay in and count the clouds as they go by.
All the worries that the darkness had given me had been alleviated by the light. All of the meals I had at African Array were properly cooked and every time I was ready to hit the sheets I had a neatly cleaned bed to fall asleep in. The dogs were gentle and over the time I spent here they actually helped me feel more comfortable (esp because I'm traveling alone).
Oh and don't forget about that dark, "long dirt-road." When I traveled it in the morning with Matthew into town, I realized that there was nothing to be worried about. Their property sits nicely within their electric fence that wraps their property and the forest adds a nice balance to the small town of Plett. It's intriguing to see forest and farm from the property and then within a minute you're sitting on the beach.
Overall, I would say, take a chance and live. Don't let one little road scare you away, don't let the word "guard" dog frighten you, and leave behind high-end "luxury" accommodation. African Array Lodge has everything you need for your stay in Plettenberg Bay. Matthew, Vicky, their children, and their staff provide a quality place to rest and play. Town is only a short drive and the lodge is located off a main road that will take you anywhere you need to go in South Africa.
I had an amazing time and I hope that my stay can help you make a sound decision on where to stay -- Enjoy your time at this wonderful place and I hope you look forward to being surrounded by wonderful people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This one of a kind hostel and lodge is nestled between an array of Fynbos(Wild flowers)on a cliff with a 270 degree panoramic view overlooking a lake all the way to the warm Indian ocean and the Robberg Peninsula. We believe we have the most fantastic view on the Garden Route and seeing is believing. A true hidden GEM.Relax with a book in the garden on one of the hammock under the trees or surf the net on our free WIFI. The building is a beautiful Villa with high ceilings and large windows so you never miss out on the view where ever you are in the Lodge. All our bedrooms have a fantastic view with lots of natural light at anytime of the day. The atmosphere is homely and we pride our self on giving our guest the VIP treatment at all times. Fancy catering for your self, our kitchen is well equipped and you will need nothing else to prepare any meal. If you feel like having a braai(BBQ) then we will light up the fire and provide you the spices. The beers is always cold and the fires always hot so why not spoil your self and pay us a visit. ... more less
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