Platbos indigenous forest | Africa´s Southernmost forest | Baviaanspoort Hills, Grootbos Road between Gansbaai and Hermanus

Old Olive Cabin

- Self-Catering Accommodation at Platbos Forest -

Old Olive Cabin at Platbos

Situated nearby to one of Platbos Forest's most ancient trees - a Wild Olive of over 800 years old - The Old Olive Cabin offers you a wonderful opportunity to retreat for a weekend (or more) of peace and tranquillity in this magical forest.

Old Olive is the perfect "get away" for couples or a small family of four. Like the Forest Camp, Old Olive is totally off-grid. The cabin is situated right in the forest, and to minimize impacts to this sensitive environment, the cottage is accessed by a short, beautiful walk through the forest.

Facilities: (sleeps a maximum of 4)

Bedroom & Living Areas:

  • Bedroom with double bed
  • Open plan kitchen/sitting room with a sleeper couch that folds out into a double bed (duvets, pillows provided)
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with pots, pans, cutlery and crockery
  • Double gas plate for cooking (Note: no oven, microwave or fridge as cabin is off-grid. There is a communal freezer for use at the Info hut)
  • Indoor and outdoor fireplace, braai grid provided
  • All linen, towels and bedding provided

Open Air Shower:

Looking out onto a stately white stinkwood tree, this hot water shower is a magical experience all of its own!

  • Hot water fuelled by the old fashioned Donkey Boiler
  • Wash stand

The Composting, Waterless Toilet:

  • Wonderful views into the forest
  • Great efforts have been made to make this a cut above the traditional "long drop"!


Please note: A 50% deposit is required to reserve your booking.

Rates per night: R850 for 1-2 guests; R950 for 3 guests; R1050 for 4 guests.

Single night stays: By arrangement only; an additional R200 surcharge is applicable. Not optional over weekends / Public Holidays

In Season (16 Dec - 5 Jan): Minimum of a 3 night stay is required.

Check-in: Between 2pm and 5pm | Check-out: 10am (unless otherwise arranged).

Old Olive is a wonderful setting to enjoy a personal retreat - and it is especially suited to writers … for stays of over 4 nights, guests are welcome to recharge their laptops at the Platbos Forest Homestead (solar-powered).


  • Solar lanterns and candles are provided; please bring along extra flashlights.
  • Wood is provided for the "donkey boiler", extra braai and fire wood may be purchased at Platbos - R30 per bag - please collect from the Info hut and leave your money in the honesty box. No wood may be cut or collected from the indigenous Platbos Forest.
  • Please bring along your own fire-lighters / blitz.
  • Please bring along a Cooler Box and Ice Trays (re-freeze your ice bricks and ice trays in the communal freezer).
  • Old Olive is off-grid; this means no electrical plug points or fridge (but as already stated, there is use of the communal freezer).
  • While the water at the cottage is fine for boiling and using in food preparation, you might like to bring along your own drinking water.
  • Please do not use "Doom-type" pesticide sprays, etc, but DO bring along insect repellent during the summer months for mosquitoes.
  • Please respect the peace and tranquillity of the forest and keep noise levels down; no music is allowed.
  • Cellphone receptivity varies in the forest and Vodacom receives better reception.
  • Platbos is a wilderness area; please treat all aspects of it with the utmost respect.
  • Platbos is unfortunately not pet-friendly therefore NO dogs are allowed.

… take only pictures and leave only footprints …

Platbos grows in an exceptionally beautiful valley -
once you have finished exploring the forest, discover the Uilkraal Vallei:

Activities beyond the Uilkraal Vallei
(but still in our neck of the woods):

  • Boat-based whale watching with Dyer Island Cruises -
  • Commune with the Southern Right whales from the rocky shoreline of De Kelders
  • Visit the Klipgat caves - home to our collective ancestors over 100,000 years ago
  • Enjoy a beach outing at the family-friendly Stanford's Cove, De Kelders
  • Play putt-putt and have a ride down the super tube at Uilenkraalsmond Resort
  • The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route -
  • Bread-making workshops with artist Niel Jonker -
  • Take a drive to Wolvengat and visit the local artists
  • Visit the beautiful town of Elim, with its historic church and mill

For all accommodation enquiries please call:
during office hours,
Monday to Friday or email
Ancient wild olive tree
White stinkwood flowers
White stinkwood