Budget Getaways Review
Now, this looks like a baie mooi spot. Safely tucked away above Wilderness (16km) in the Hoekwil area, this 86ha macadamia nut farm offers a happy blend of clean and comfortable timber chalets on a wonderful alpine-like lake, in a pretty frame of open farmlands and distant mountains.
The direct lakeside setting is what really gives Toorbos the edge, because while your fellow Wilderness holiday makers are waging war with traffic, boerewors vendors and the beach crowds, you'll be kicking back on the deck, or navigating the lake (putt-putt boat provided) in the hope of hooking a prize bass (no, not for dinner, as the fishing is strictly catch-and-release).
All four timber chalets sit virtually in the water and occupy a quiet corner of the farm. Your choice is between one- and two-bedroom units that can accommodate four to six guests, if you include the sleeper couch in the lounge. The only small downside is that the larger units lie close together - on the other hand, book both and this becomes an upside.
The one-bedroom chalets lie about 100m out (on either side) and are therefore more private. The interiors appear exceptionally well equipped, with top-drawer appliances in the fully-kitted kitchen, wide-screen telly, DSTV and DVD players in the lounge, electric blankets and oil heaters in the bedrooms, Weber gas braais on the deck, air-con, soaps and lotions, all linen and towels, tea and coffee, as well as firewood and a daily cleaning service... The list goes on forever! Heck, there's even an outside shower and loo at the two-bedroom chalets.
We imagine that most guests who stay at Toorbos have to be dragged from the lake by their mosquito-bitten ankles. But those who do muster the energy will be rewarded by good walks and mountain biking on the farm and picturesque Hoekwil surrounds. Plus, of course, there's Wilderness only 16km down the drag, with its beach and mixed bag of offerings. Like we said, Toorbos looks like a baie mooi spot.