Family-friendly farm with three thatched rondavels, a larger eight-sleeper cottage, and a ten-sleeper thatched lodge
Budget Getaways Review
Frog Mountain is a popular family getaway, which we first came across in the form of a glowing review in The Big Issue.
The farm is ideally appointed in a rural cul-de-sac; this means even the most hyperactive child is able to roam safe and secure - in fact, the only vehicle you're likely to come across is the farm's tractor as it grinds through its daily chores. Since Frog Mountain is an 80ha breeding farm you'll also hear the occasional moo from host Peter's indigenous herd of Nguni cattle - in our view the most beautiful of all bovines.
Adding to the weekend appeal is a stretch of Buffeljags river cutting through the farm, and offering canoeing, swimming, a fishing dam stocked with bream - there's even a kid-friendly foefie slide. Further up the way, about a 20-minute walk through indigenous forest, you'll discover an amazing perennial waterfall; extending your walk to a 1.5hr hike leads through mountain fynbos and spectacular views across the Overberg.
Back at basecamp reward yourself with a late afternoon dip in the Frog Mountain's swimming pool, then head to the TV lounge to see what's happening in the real world. Another great one for the whole family is a sunset cruise on the Buffeljags Dam.
Turning to your lodgings, these come in the form of three comfortable, thatched rondavels, spaced adequately apart, and sleeping four to five guests (preferably in the form of two parents and their kids, as access to the bathroom is through the main bedroom). The larger Nguni Cottage can accommodate up to eight guests (four adults and four kids), while the recently added 10- sleeper, Willow Lodge, is a spacious abode perfect for large families (four adults and six kids).
All the units come fully equipped with linen and towels, not to mention complimentary tea, coffee, rusks, sugar and milk - plus special little extras like fresh farm roses, fresh farm eggs and free firewood. Drinking water comes courtesy of the local spring - so no need to bring the Perrier. A central thatched boma with braai area is a useful add-on in rainy weather, as well as a gathering point for group bookings.
As a getaway tailored specifically to frazzled parents and their offspring, you're unlikely to go wrong with Frog Mountain.
Getaway Facts: Frog Mountain Getaway
|Where||18km from Swellendam|
|GPS co-ords||S 34°00'02'' E 20°35'39''|
|Sleeps||Rondavels 4-5; Nguni 4 adults, 4 children; Willow Lodge 4 adults, 6 children|
|Meals available||no |
|Activities||birdwatching, canoeing, farm animals, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, stargazing, swimming, walking, wine routes|