Review of Kuru Lux Safari Cabin
In our previous post, we’ve told you about our adventurous road trip from the Tankwa Karoo (you can read about it here).
We’ve now arrived at another stunning place where we will stay for 2 nights … and our main reason for staying here, is to do the Heuningvlei Hiking Trail in the Cederberg Mountains (but more about this amazing hiking trail in our next post).
You will find that our accommodation for the next two nights, (De Pakhuys), are perfectly placed in the Cederberg Mountains. It’s about 26km from Clanwilliam and on route to the historic village Wupperthal (while driving over the beautiful Pakhuis Pass).
You can either choose to camp or to “glamp”. There are beautiful cabins, cottages and camping grounds for either tents or caravans. For a change, we’ve decided to go the “glamping” route and booked the Kuru Lux Safari Cabin. In this post, we will show you just how beautiful this accommodation is – a real gem in the Cederberg Mountains!
This (self-service) cabin is literally surrounded by big rocks and you don’t see (or hear) anybody else, except for the sounds of animals.
Although De Pakhuys is a popular accommodation option for people who are active in bouldering (rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials), they also welcome other tourists (like us, who wants to enjoy some of the splendid hiking trails). We’ve seen a couple of energetic youngsters (maybe also some older ones) who were camping. They were out in the mountains, bright and early every morning, to enjoy the stunning rock formations for some bouldering.
But let’s get back to our accommodation! I’m sure you would love to see the inside of Kuru Lux Safari Cabin. Let us take you on a tour …
The kitchen is fully-equipped with everything you may need while staying there. Everything was super clean and to our delight, we’ve also discovered a fancy coffee machine.
By now, you know how easy it is to impress us ☺️. A special touch in any accommodation always puts a smile on our faces. And that was exactly what we’ve got here at De Pakhuys … home-baked rusks and a wonderful selection of Rooibos tea (we are in Rooibos tea world after all).
And if you thought I was impressed with our bed and the kitchen, you must have seen my face when we’ve walked into the bathroom! The sight of that bath made me very happy (and you will understand my connection with the bath even more after our long hike the following day …).
After my excitement over the bath, I saw a curtain which I thought was leading to the back yard of the cabin …
It was indeed the back of the cabin … but then I saw the shower that is built into the rocks (an outside shower)!
I think this is a brilliant idea for the hot summer months to cool down! But definitely not high on our list as it was quite chilly during our two-day stay. Maybe we should come back in 4 months’ time to test this outside shower!
To prepare dinner, we’ve spent both evenings outside and next to the fire to have a “braai” (you know, a barbeque). It was quite amazing to sit here, in total seclusion, just enjoying the fresh mountain air and hearing night noises of different animals.
Another beautiful spot close to our cabin, was a colourful bench that was placed against a rock. I can imagine how peaceful this must be to sit here in summer time with a book or just to relax … as it is now spring, it was surrounded by pretty little wildflowers.
On the day we’ve left (after we’ve done our hike), it was overcast and started to rain. But the view as we’ve left our cabin, was still beautiful with the Cederberg Mountains shrouded in low clouds.
And to our surprise, we could still see a carpet of wildflowers, even though it was a grey and misty day. I bet this must be a beautiful sight on a bright and sunny day!
Great, we’ve discovered another amazing gem on one of our road trips! We’ve enjoyed it so much, that we wanted to book another night, but unfortunately it was already fully booked. It seems De Pakhuys is quite popular and we will have to come back at another time … in summer to test that outside shower!
In our next post (the last one of this series), we will take you on an incredible hike to the Cederberg Mountains – the Heuningvlei Hiking Trail … get your hiking poles and backpack ready, we’ll see you there!