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Flamingo Lake Self Catering
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

The beach, the wetlands, and the lake combines to give this place an air of complete tranquillity. The fresh wind that blows off the sea, and wild horses (yes, we did see them...7 in fact) is like a soothing balm to the soul.

We loved it! It was a close to Cape Town (so an easy drive in), yet far away enough for it to feel like a complete break from the hum-drum of the work week.

The rondavel was well equipped, and comfortable. We stayed in no 5, and it was situated to the side facing the wetlands. There was also a seating area for watching the brilliant sunsets.

We will definitely be back - matter of fact, we have already booked 6 days for the end of the year!

Room Tip: The rondavel No 5 is situated towards the wetlands.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

We enjoyed this tranquil lovely spot and were lucky enough to see the flamingoes and one of the wild horses whilst walking around the estuary, and a whale lobtailing from the table outside the rondavel. The accommodation was comfortable and attractive and well equipped.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Our last minute decision to get away prior to a long weekend seemed impossible.
When I found Flamingo lake on the internet and e-mailed Lee (who was on a boat cruise thousands of kilmetres away), it was destiny.
This get away was so good for me and my husband who have been going through a difficult time.
I have never seen such natural beauty. When we walked on the beach, it would only be our footprints in the sand. The visits from the birds, the peace and quiet. The cosy warm, well equipped rondawel.. We will definitely be back :-)

Thank you Lee for making this trip possible even while u were away on holiday.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

The location and access to the lagoon with its beautiful, breath taking scenery and birdlife is just amazing - tranquillity right at your doorstep. We captured some spectacular pictures. Good for the soul.

Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

If you want to doze off and wake up to the sound of the sea rather than traffic, this is the place for you. (Not to mention countless birdsongs – ranging from the easily identifiable to the downright strange!) Get away from it ALL here, taking time out to walk the beautiful beach at sunset, sunrise and in between…

We have visited Flamingo Lake Rondavels about five or six times over the past few year, as a ‘romantic’ couple and as a family with my two teenage sons, and every time has been more special than the last.

So much so, that I am almost reluctant to rave about the place – else it is inundated with bookings, preventing us from visiting our favourite spot by the Hermanus coast!

We have stayed in two of the owner’s rondavels; both clean, bright and substantial for either a weekend away or longer. All is provided…lovely bedding on comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchenette, braai area, outside tables and chairs, small garden with AMAZING sea views across the lagoon – just a short walk to the immense (and mostly deserted – bliss!) beach.

This isn’t a beach for swimming, but the nearby village, Onrus, is perfect for that. Instead, revel in the fact that you can walk for miles without seeing another soul – well, maybe a whale (in season), wild horse or some of the aforementioned birds (flamingoes included, of course!)

If I am honest, I cannot recommend the place enough – just please don’t be there when I want to book! Lee, the lady-owner, is most welcoming and will accommodate you should you forget a towel or two.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

My wife and I are just back from our second stay in a rondavel at Flamingo Lake. We stayed here in 2012 and just now January/February 2013. The location is stunning being situated on a lagoon just five minutes walk from the ocean. The sunsets here are stunning and the beach is crowded...........with seagulls and terns, it is a most magical spot. The rondavel we stayed in has benefitted by a velux window in the roof which allows good light in and a ventilation. The rondavel was comfortable and had all the self catering facilities that you would require. With Hermanus 15 minutes drive away there are many restaurants within easy reach (you can even get take away fish and chips from Fisherhaven itself, the local town) and it is an excellent location to explore the Overberg. The large double bed was very comfortable and the rondavel is decorated in an appealing style. Whilst I feel the braai facilities could do with updating this did not detract from our 3 week visit.
If you do not relax in this spot you will not relax anywhere.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2013

This is simply just most special spectacular place so close to Cape Town. What an amazing getaway, remote and so incredibly peaceful. The deserted beach with the wild horses and all the other wild life was spectacular. The little self catering huts were quaint and incredibly comfortable and catered for all of our needs. Out of this world! If you want a relaxing getaway in nature that is close to Hermanus for the wale watching or just outside of the husel and bussle fo the city, then this is perfect!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Flamingo Lake Self Catering

Property: Flamingo Lake Self Catering
Address: 14 Flamingo Road | Middlevlei Estate, Fisherhaven, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a magical lake and sea setting at the mouth of the Botriver Lagoon, just outside Hermanus - the best land-based whale-watching site in the world! Situated in a private Nature Reserve, our Self-Catering Accommodation provides the ideal getaway in an exceptionally beautiful, tranquil holiday environment. Take a stroll on the pristine white sandy beach, soak up the scenery of the lake and mountains or watch the spectacular sunsets and feel your stress disappear. This is a Nature Lover's Paradise! ... more   less 
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