Comfortable, affordable self-catering accommodation at Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers

Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers

Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers offers affordable authentic family and pet-friendly self-catering accommodation on the banks of the Bushman’s River, in quiet Kenton-on-Sea.

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They also offer getaways and with an informal facility for small group leadership camps too.

Individuals or families stopping over at Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers have been pleasantly surprised by the facilities and the excellent hospitality they received from the owners and their staff.

Accommodation at Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers

There are 15 comfortable accommodation options at Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers with amazing views of the Bushman’s River and the surrounding area.

You will find the Main House furnished with all the amenities you will need for a comfortable family stay.

The Hideaway can sleep a family of four and it comes with large, comfy beds, a private bathroom, a rustic outside bath, braai area, as well as a Private Kitchenette. Or you can choose the Hornbill, 2 separate rooms which has a similar offering except for the rustic outside bath.

The Loerie, Boma Cottage, Bush Cottage and Ngwenya can sleep two people and offers a private bathroom, some with a rustic outside bath, braai area and a private kitchenette.

Choose the Mambele or the Garden Flat, which have a similar offering, but can sleep a group or family of up to five people. So does the Potters, which, however, sleeps up to eight people.

There are three Family Rooms (see room 1, room 2 and room 3), which sleep up to four people in each one and boast private bathrooms, shared Braai areas, and shared kitchenettes. There is also a Camping area with camping amenities available for individuals, families and groups.

Make an online booking HERE.

Facilities at Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers

Laze at the shared pool on hot summer days or enjoy table tennis, pool, darts, your favourite sports on a big-screen TV and Wi-Fi in the lounge. Let your kids go wild on the jungle gym and rope course setup in the trees.

The Goat Shed Bush Bistro is a local favourite because of its famous fish and chips on fridays – in season and on request for groupls including pizzas and Sunday Lunches. It’s also the venue for live music and a bush pub. The restaurant is also available for private family and corporate functions.

Other amenities include luggage storage and laundry facilities. Guests may also use a roundtrip airport shuttle and free, secure parking.

See their interesting organic farming project here.

Activities at Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers

Woodlands Cottages offer immediate access to the Bushman’s River, which is a birder’s paradise and offers many activities such as  river cruises, kayaking and hiking.

You can also engage in hiking, mountain-biking, sandboarding, cultural tours, horse-riding as well as corporate team-building activities.

Or you can go on a Big 5 safari at nearby game reserves or take on their Cast Away Hike! 

Reviews from previous guests

“We were so pleasantly surprised with our beautiful little cottage, hideaway. It was even serviced daily! Thank you to all the staff for going the extra mile daily! The Basson gang loved every moment of our 8 nights spent with you,” wrote m’lani B on their TripAdvisor page.

Julepe d added; “Woodlands in Kenton-on-Sea is an amazing place with interesting ecological projects like the aquaponics agriculture. The whole property is super green and through a short hike is possible to get to the river.”

Woodlands Cottages & Backpackers is located along Grahamstown Road, in Kenton-on-Sea. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 82 808 5976; email / or visit them online at Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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