Kaaimans River Cottage

Only accessible by rowing boat or canoe (provided by us), our holiday cottage offers direct access via boat or canoe to the beautiful secluded Kaaimans beach, to the Kaaimans waterfall and to unique river kloofing.

The cottage has three bedrooms sleeping 6 people.
The main bedroom has a king size bed, and two remaining bedrooms have two single beds each.
There is a bathroom downstairs with a bath and shower above the bath and a small upstairs bathroom with a bath.
The cottage also has a lounge, a kitchen with the basics, a covered stoep and an open deck with a braai/barbecue.

We also supply a rowing boat and 2 canoes.

We are not on the electricity grid – a generator provides light during the evening. Our stove and fridge are run off gas, as is the hot water system. For additional lighting visitors should bring torches. We don’t allow open flame ie candles and paraffin lanterns or gas lamps due to close calls in the past with visitors.

Pet Friendly

The cottage is pet friendly by prior arrangement. Well behaved pets are most welcome. Note that the property is not fenced, however the river provides a barrier so that dogs cannot reach the road unless they swim. The holiday cottage backs onto the mountain.


The cottage kitchen has a gas stove/oven, a large (single) sink, cookware, cutlery and crockery, and a gas fridge. Gas fridges seem to be temperamental so please expect this and realise that there isn’t too much that can be done about it.


We get Vodacom 3G. Some days better than others but it is normally not an issue to access the internet.


There is a braai on the outside deck. We have a grid and tongs for guests use.


The parking is on the dirt road diagonally opposite the cottage just off the N2. It gets very busy in peak season so sometimes if you arrive wanting parking in the middle of the day, you may have to wait for a spot to become free. Otherwise it is not normally an issue.

Guests frequently ask whether the parking is secure. So far my family has been going there for over 50 years and we have not experienced a break in of our cars. We do not leave anything inside the cars whatsoever and so far it has been fine. There was a break in of a neighbour’s car in 2008 but from what I understood there were items visible in the car. So basically it appears that the security is the same as anywhere else when parking in a public spot.

Will you Enjoy this Holiday?

The cottage is rural and for those who enjoy being in the outdoors. If your prefer luxurious hotel settings, then this is definitely not for you. People who like camping and hiking will love it here.

If leaves fallen from trees onto the outdoor stoep will bother you, or some mud on your feet now and then, then you are probably not suited to the holiday. The cottage is basic and its attraction is its rural, “away from the world” location. This simplicity and natural beauty, and lack of Eskom electricity make for its charm, but also mean that visitors must understand the associated limitations.