Fodor's Expert Review Traveller's Rest

Off Pakhuis Pass, Clanwilliam, Western Cape, 8135, South Africa

If you're on a tight budget, this farm is the place to stay; there are no frills at these basic but comfortable cottages, but the surrounding mountain scenery is spectacular. It's also where all the climbers come to hang out when they've had enough of conquering the nearby rock faces and need to beef up with a burger. The Sevilla Rock Art trail starts at Traveller's Rest. You can take a guided tour or explore on your own with a book (R85) that describes all the rock art on the farm. Owner Haffie Strauss is a mine of information and a force to be reckoned with. During the flower season in spring, Haffie opens her restaurant, Traveller's Rest Restaurant, where she serves typical boerekos, including curried offal, robust stews, roosterbrood (bread cooked on the coals), oxtail, and lamb cooked on the spit. Her rich malva pudding is perfect for cool Cederberg evenings, and her ice cream made with homegrown granadilla is sublime. If you want in on Haffie's fabulous cooking, make sure to book well in advance.


  • nearby rock-art route
  • cottages have self-catering facilities
  • very reasonable rates
  • the owner is a real character


  • amenities are basic
  • service at the restaurant can be annoyingly slow




Phones: 027-482–1824


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