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

Old Olive Cabin

- Self-Catering Accommodation at Platbos Forest -
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No outside fire wood is permitted at the Reserve!
We have put strict restrictions in place to protect the forest from the Shot Hole Borer Beetle which is currently killing trees and forests in other parts of the country. Wood is for sale at Platbos for your braai needs.

Thank you for helping us to protect this precious 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: Any time after 2pm | 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 – R50 per bag – please collect from the Freezer Room in the fire break 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

The Forest is

Platbos Forest Reserve is off-grid and our accommodation units are serviced with river and dam water. Although our area is not yet receiving stringent water restrictions like those in Cape Town, we encourage our guests to always use natural resources mindfully. Four of our five accommodation units use environmentally-friendly composting toilet systems, and all the water that is used in the accommodation units is recycled back into the forest which is why we supply biodegradable, non-harmful washing up liquid for our guests.
Ancient wild olive tree
White stinkwood flowers