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Reflections Eco Reserve
Ranked #24 of 56 Wilderness B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 6 Contributor
222 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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“Tranquility Personified”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

The property was once covered with pine trees, Tim and Angelique had a vision and have transformed the property, removing most of the pines and replanting indigenous vegetation. This is a long-term project, but having visited last year, we were amazed at the transformation and the growth that had taken place.

We stayed 4 days at the end of February. We could not have loved our stay more. From the moment we arrived we fell in love with our spacious cabin and its surroundings. We sat on the stoep from pre-dawn to nightfall and just absorbed the natural sounds of the wildlife around us.
If you want to just stop, this is the place to do it. Let nature take you over! Oh and then there is the night sky - stars a plenty and the steady hoot of nearby owls.

The cabin had two bedrooms, 1 x double and 1 twin room, a mezzanine level with a further 2 single beds. A separate toilet and a bathroom with toilet. Then an open plan living/dining/kitchen area. The large outside area - where we spent most of our time - included a large shaded wrap round stoep with large dining table and chairs and a comfy chair on one side of the stoep and another seating area with comfy seating on the other. There was also an outside shower. Power is solar/wind generated as is the water. The fridge and cooker are gas. You are off grid! The accommodation was spotless on arrival. The cabin is well equipped with plenty of crookery and cooking utensils.

There are 4 cabins in total, we were in No 1 - you are not aware of the other cabins from there - only passing them on your way in and out of the property.

Tim kindly took us up to the forest on our second morning (5.30 start) to do a guided walk in the forest. Even if you are not a bird watcher this is a fabulous opportunity to go out with someone, who is so knowledgable, not only on birds and wildlife, but fauna and history too.

From cottage No 1 you have access to a raised platform that overlooks the lake and reed beds. This is a wonderful place to watch the sun rise over the lake each morning or take your book, binoculars, camera and a drink and just lap up the activity on the lake. One afternoon we sat and watched a pair of African Fish Eagles hunting over the lake, catch a fish and then drop it! Oops!

Talking of Fish Eagles, there are a pair that sit on the property, what a wonderful way to see the day in listening to their haunting calls.

For birdwatchers there are plenty of places to go. On the unmade road from the main road, you cross a small cut between two lakes, I spent many happy hours here, getting close up views of Pied Kingfishers, Malachite Kingfishers, Little Bittern (one flew out from beneath me), various swallows and a skulking Warbler at the base of the reeds that I could not identify. Numerous birds fly overhead between the lakes, I have also seen Spoonbills at the same location in the past. On Rondevlei Lake there is an excellent hide (area in front has been cleared since our last visit) This offers great views over the lake - Glossy Ibis were feeding in front of use, together with Reed Cormorants sitting on perches. You can actually walk to this hide from the property down the railway line - again offering great birding opportunities. Talk to Tim and Angelique for more information.

We were fortunate to have a chance meeting with Tim last year when we were out birding, he stopped, invited us to view the Fish Eagles from his property and he also took us birding in the forest the following day. Tim, thank you for stopping that day, we would never have found you and your wonderful property otherwise. Your vision for the future of your land, the work you have already achieved and the incredible grow that we noticed in just one year is amazing. Talking with you inspires us so much and gives us such hope that this small part of the Western Cape is in very good hands.

Thank you Tim and Angelique for creating such a special environment. Your commitment, passion and hospitality are second to none. We both look forward to returning. 4 Days was not long enough in paradise.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Beautiful spacious lodge with wonderful deck and all mod cons - and the pleasure of knowing your hot water and lighting are naturally sourced! Seeing and hearing about the ongoing transformation of this piece of land makes you realise the potential for and enjoyment of eco tourism. Once in the reserve / your lodge, next to a lake and surrounded by vegetation and birdsong it's difficult to believe you are only minutes away from the "standard" garden route developments. The reserve is also sandwiched between two SANP lakes with bird hides as an additional bonus.Tim and Angelique enthusiastic and warm hosts and a bird walk in the forest with Tim was an especial treat. Look forward to returning and seeing how the trees and fynbos have grown!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We had a most amazing time at Reflections. The birds, tortoises and other wildlife are incredible. You wake up with the fish eagles singing in the trees. We stayed three nights and that was definitely too short. It was rainy, then windy, then sunny and in all of these weathers Reflections is the perfect place to be. I can only imagine how romantic it can be in the winter in front of the fireplace. The kitchen has all the necessities. We thorougly enjoyed the braai. This is the perfect relaxing getaway and I would recommend it to everyone. Tim gave us lots of tips on hiking trails in the area and told us interesting things about the wildlife. We will definitely go back!! Just a tip: Remember this is nature, there are ants and other insects. Take mozzie repellant just in case. It seemed to keep the ants from climbing on me when walking in the field. Also do take the time to walk to the deck overlooking the lake. Have a sundowner. THANKS to Reflections Eco-Reserve for a most wonderful time.

Room Tip: Nr1 is definitely the best, closest to the lake as well as most private. Perfectly suited for a coup...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Wonderful stay, generous accommodation and wonderful hosts. Space and nature surrounds you and it is hard to believe it was a pine plantation and that you are off the grid. A lot of vision and love has gone into making this a lovely escape into nature. Tim is a fantastic guide and brings even tiny things to life with his vast knowledge of South Africa and all who inhabit it and Angelique has the ability of making one feel immediately at home. Well done and we will be back.

Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Knysna, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Highly recommended accommodation. The cottages are built between the trees and tastefully decorated and clean. The surrounding nature and lake is breathtakingly beautiful. We went for a walk and enjoyed the bird life. I am coming back and will visit this prime location. Thank you Angie and Tim for the friendly warm welcome.

Room Tip: All cottages are beautiful.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

I have literally travelled all over the world and stayed in many beautiful places but this one stands out. The houses are beautiful wooden houses which are maintained so that they look as if they were built last week. The place is immaculately clean - not a speck of dust anywhere. The houses are spacious both inside and outside. Each house has a lovely deck with a couch and chairs as well as a large table for having your meals outside when desired. The houses are far apart to provide absolute privacy and quiet. While there we saw all sorts of birds that you don't often see in the city. In addition to all of this, the place is totally eco-friendly without causing any inconvenience. Gas oven and everything else is solar powered. I can not recommend this place enough - I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Reflections Eco Reserve does not get any electricity or water from the municipality, it is all generated on the property with solar panels, wind turbines and water reservoirs. The result is an amazing experience in nature that is unforgettable. We watched fish eagles in a nearby tree every morning and saw a big variety of other birds. It is quiet and peaceful and also very private.

The road to the property is not tarred, but don't let it dissuade you from staying here. It is well worth the drive. The reserve is close to Sedgefield where you can enjoy the Saturday morning market. The cottage is well equipped and can comfortably sleep 6 people. It is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Reflections Eco Reserve
Address: Rondevlei, Wilderness, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
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Ranked #24 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Wilderness
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Number of rooms: 4
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