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Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

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R326, Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa
+27 73 621 1808
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"Take a walk to the cave to see thousands of years' old Bushmen Paintings"

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is situated on a beautiful mountainside covered in unspoilt Fynbos... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
LinMorris
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Stanford, South Africa
A wonderful weekend escape

This is a lovely place to head for a peaceful weekend away. We were blessed with beautiful May... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
candiceroyal
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Phillipskop Mountain Reserve protects 246ha of beautiful fynbos on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains. It is also home to Phillipskop Cave, an important local heritage site due to the presence of rock art - the only recorded rock art on the Cape Whale Coast. There are a range of hiking trails for all abilities leading to a small waterfall, the peak of Phillipskop itself, interesting rock formations, such as the David and Goliath Rock Stacks, as well as lots of magnificent views. The trails can be combined into longer circular routes. WATERFALL HIKING TRAIL (3.5km) An easy, more or less level, hike to a small waterfall with a popular picnic spot underneath a beautiful rock candlewood tree. This is also the route to take to access Phillipskop Cave. ROCK STACKS HIKING TRAIL (3km) A short climb up to admire the two rock stacks, David and Goliath, with great views on the way back across the fields of the Overberg. This trail is good to combine with the Waterfall Hiking Trail for a circular route. SADDLE HIKING TRAIL (4km) A chance to reach the highest parts of the reserve. Beautiful views from the Saddle into the hidden valley behind Phillipskop. You can go from here up to the peak itself or onto the ridge of the Klein River Mountains to look down on Tesselaarsdal.
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“lily pond” (5 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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R326, Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is situated on a beautiful mountainside covered in unspoilt Fynbos about 10km's outside Stanford off the R326. The walk to the cave takes about an hour, depending on your level of fitness, and about another hour back. I would recommend a sturdy...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to head for a peaceful weekend away. We were blessed with beautiful May weather so made the most of the stunning views from the chalet decks, fabulous hikes and a (brief) swim in the lily pond. The reserve delights with...More

Thank candiceroyal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked all five houses for 6 families (11 kids between 4 and 8) and all had an amazing time. The houses are so spacious and clean, and I loved the views and light. Sunrise was spectacular (especially from Erica) and after hiking the 5km...More

Thank L M
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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sounds like you had a great time at Phillipskop. We love it when families get together and make the most of the reserve during their stay.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the views and the environment at this unique spot in Stanford. This place is paradise for both kids and adults alike with its fynbos, hikes, lily pond, rope swings, trees to climb, cave art and beautiful and tranquil surroundings. Cottages were spacious and...More

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Belinda - an action packed weekend was clearly had by all. We do find the size of a the chalets a real bonus for families or groups when they come together.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

Spent a lovely weekend there with friends, neat and clean with lovely views. We were fortunate to have wonderful weather and enjoyed the hike to the cave. Far enough away that you felt you were getting away from it all, but also close enough to...More

Thank Karen O
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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Karen - we like to think we have the best of both worlds with beautiful mountains and views, but Stanford only just down the road

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We (6 ladies, 4 with a fair knowledge of plants) booked the half-day guided botanical hike with Chris. Real value for money! He is a fountain of knowledge regarding our Western Cape fynbos and flora. Our pace was quite slow, as we asked so many...More

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the walk with you all too. Wonderful having an interested group asking lots of questions. It is fun to do guided walks when people are keen to learn.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Phillipskop is a private nature reserve close to Stanford. We enjoyed hiking the trails, riding our mountainbikes and watching birds.

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thanks Res - sounds like you made good use of your weekend.

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Loved getting out into the country, so peaceful, beautiful views, lovely walks and the lily pond was an awesome swim spot for the kids. Standford is close and has great breakfast / coffee spots.

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thanks Scott! Our boys love swimming at the Lily Pond too.

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Pretty and peaceful reserve nestled amongst the fynbos. Exquisite, new and affordable accommodation, neat as a pin. Just for the views alone we will return

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thanks Heather - the views are always changing with the weather, so you won't get bored of them.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

The owner has managed to provide the perfect balance for a nature lover's getaway destination: Comfortable accommodation with lots of space and everything you need, even to cook up a little storm (!) as well as as it is in heaven outdoors, on your doorstep....More

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Thanks for the review Ina - we are pleased the whole family enjoyed their stay. The windows do enable guests to enjoy the views with the minimum effort in the morning!

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