An escape to the 4-Star, 160-year-old Zuurberg Mountain Village, in the Eastern Cape’s magnificent Addo region – in proximity to Port Elizabeth, is actually the perfect option for those looking for physical distancing-inspired vacations.
Enjoy the beauty of the wide-open African bushveld, its rich wildlife and spectacular landscapes, with limited contact with other people. In addition, your hosts have also put in place various health protocols to protect you, your spouse, family or travelling group and their staff, from the pandemic.
So, if you are looking for an escape to a place offering the best of Africa, try the Zuurberg Mountain Village. Like many of their previous guests, you are bound to leave with many fond memories!
Accommodation at Zuurberg Mountain Village
When it comes to accommodation, there are two types of luxuriously-appointed options on offer. The Zuurberg Manor is the original part of the hotel dating back to 1861. It comprises of four spacious family suites.
These family suits offer guests the comfort and space to relax and unwind. Each room comes furnished with either a double or twin beds; a full bathroom with shower, bath, free toiletries, towels, hair dryer; wardrobe; desk; sitting area; a mini-bar with drinks / tea and coffee maker. You will love your private patio, which offers views of Zuurberg mountain range.
You can also opt for the Zuurberg Village, whose Edwardian Village Cottages were designed for more discernible guests. The cottages are arranged so that guests can enjoy both the spectacular mountain and valley views. The cottages come with private entrances; double or twin beds; wardrobe; desk; sitting area; and two patios on the east and west side where you can enjoy magical sunrises and sunsets.
Inside you will also find a mini-bar; tea and coffee maker; Black-wood floors; climate control; under-floor heating in the bathroom as well as freestanding bath, indoor and outdoor showers!
Facilities at Zuurberg
Guest facilities at the Village include The Lounge, a gracious and high-ceilinged room dominated by an immense stone fireplace with classic indigenous wooden furniture typical of the period. Aperitifs can be enjoyed around a log fire on cool winter evenings.
The Cycad, the hotel’s main dining area is enhanced by several features – the counter hand-crafted by the 1820 Settlers, fireplaces & French doors leading to the pool where alfresco dining may be enjoyed on balmy summer nights.
Woodfields Bar named after the engineer of the Zuurberg Pass, is one of the few remaining genuine English pubs in the country, where refreshments can be enjoyed in a relaxing atmosphere.
For your added convenience, they also have currency exchange facilities and a tour/sightseeing desk to help you plan your day exploring the area. Wi-Fi access; secure parking for vehicles and laundry services. You will be happy to hear that their facilities are wheelchair friendly.
There are also Wedding Packages on offer including the facilities available to make your ‘special day’ a celebration. This includes extensive manicured gardens, with an evergreen Lapa to host your guests under, a wellness spa for last minute wedding touch-ups and your wedding party can all be accommodated in 30 hotel rooms with catering.
Activities at Zuurberg Mountain Village
With physical distancing in mind, you can still enjoy several activities at Zuurberg Mountain. Aside from game drives – the Addo Elephant National Park entrance is just 18km away; you can enjoy a game of tennis or pool, swimming, horse-riding, bird watching, hiking trails, and many other outdoor activities.
Day visitors are always welcome. Take your family out and enjoy meals under a shaded sun-lit veranda overlooking the pool and enjoy a meal from their new Terrace Menu. From perfectly grilled steak, Homemade Gourmet Burgers, Pasta’s, Salads, Calamari Steak, Lemon Battered Hake, Mussel Pot and for the not so hungry something light like a Ploughmans Platter. Lunch is served from 11:00 – 14:30. Reservations essential – especially due to the pandemic. Book your table on 042 233 8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Reviews from previous Zuurberg Mountain Village guests
“We have been visiting Zuurberg Mountain Village more or less once a year for some 4 decades. We have never been disappointed and we will keep on visiting in future, the primary reason being constant excellence at all levels,” wrote erik2021 on their TripAdvisor page.
Beverkly D added; “This past week-end my husband and I celebrated our Ruby anniversary at Zuurberg Mountain Village – and what a fabulous experience it was to return again, having visited it in the early years of our marriage. Located just over an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, we followed the clear directions given us and once of the tarred road travelled16 kilometres into the mountains to the hamlet on a very good gravel road. What an exquisite location, extremely hospitable staff, stunning room with magnificent vistas and scrumptious food and service! We couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you Zuurberg Mountain Village. We will come again.”
Zuurberg Mountain Village is located along the R335, in Addo. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 42 233 8300; email email@example.com or visit them online at zuurbergmountainvillage.co.za. Follow them on Facebook HERE.