the perfect escape

Western Cape Adventure Seekers’ Paradise

McBains is a family-owned property, offering lodge-style living in a variety of eclectic rooms and cabins. A ‘backpacker meets an overseas Airbnb guest for a braai with a local South African family on holiday’ type vibe. We pride ourselves on affordable accommodation in a truly unique part of the world.

As unique South African experiences go, the McBains offering is right up there! Enjoy a variety of waterfall hikes, rock-hopping adventures, and nature trails right on our doorstep.

a bit about us

General Info

Our priority is providing a space for you to unwind – without us tending to your every need.

You’ll have your own clean room and a shared kitchen and outdoor lounge area with fabulous views of the mountain and river below.

We have a wide range of books in the rooms and upstairs studio and we encourage you to take a gander while you are here.

We usually light the two communal hot tubs at around 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and this is a great way to rinse off the day and soak away your worries.

We are at the top of a mountain. We make no apologies for the weather – which may include howling gales, and freezing cold. In our experience the weather is always the same as whatever is going on in Cape Town, just dialled up a notch.

The nearest shops (Spar, PnP, Checkers, and Woolies) are all in Wellington at the bottom of the pass, 15 minutes away. We do not recommend popping down to the shops while you’re here – so pack wisely.

We have no cellphone reception, but you can get from the road. We have WiFi if you need.

We are a little bit rough around the edges – just how we like it. And if you come with good vibes, you’ll have a good time.