Welcome to the direct booking site for Ngahere Vermaaklikheid
African Spaces is the appointed caretaker of this property, guests booking direct are guaranteed a meaningful discount off the rates quoted on accommodation sites.

What makes this property special?

In a land far away… happiness is a hamlet of Vermaaklikheid – “entertainment” is the translation. A four-bedroom Cape Dutch style house located on the Duiwenhoks river with a private jetty. Max. capacity 6 adults and 3 children. Your perfect sanctuary in the southern cape!

Unpretentious, traditional country style architecture with a generous indoor living area including a large indoor fireplace. For afternoon sun, guests can chillax in the cool, covered porch / stoep facing the river. For starry nights set up a braai in the east facing courtyard. There are three bedrooms on the lower floor; one ensuite bathroom and two sharing a bathroom. Two of the rooms have double doors leading to outside areas. The airy loft is best utilised as a “kids’ bedroom and contains 2 x single beds + 1 queen mattress. 

More Info

  • Children utilising the mezzanine level must be able to navigate a staircase without safety railings.
  • Ground Floor shared bathroom contains a bath, shower & toilet.
  • Ground floor ensuite bathroom contains a shower and toilet.
  • Gas stove with electric oven and fridge. Wine fridge.
  • Rudimentary slipway to launch a small boat off / on a trailer.
  • Braai / firewood can be ordered in advance of arrival.
  • Bottled water for drinking purposes is recommended.

Vermaaklikheid is 3 ½ hours’ drive from Cape Town, 1 ½ hours from the garden route area, without stops, without traffic. The distance can make a weekend getaway seem a little too far. Try to find the time for 3 nights or longer and take advantage of our long stay and weekday discounts.

Vermaaklikheid does not have food shops – Guests are required to bring all groceries / purchase at food retail outlets along the N2.

Please have expectations to that of a traditional, country house with the common maintenance challenges associated with sea air, rural climates, and nature settings. Guests wanting contemporary design with high end finishes and other fancy gear … shall not find it. To see a harmless spider in the top corner of a room is certainly possible, and yes, we try to eradicate.

Guests with expectations of a rural town e.g. MacGregor or Greyton will find Vermaaklikheid to fall far short. The hamlet is a collection of quaint country cottages, devoid of a town centre. Many artists but no galleries, many cooks but no restaurants! Come to Vermaaklikheid to “kuier” with your favourite people, make potjies / hearty stews, play in the river, breath the country air and tune out!

  • Kayaking and Canoeing: Explore the tranquil waters of the Duiwenhoks River by kayak or canoe. Paddle through pristine estuaries, mangrove forests, and winding channels while taking in the breathtaking scenery and spotting diverse birdlife.
  • Fishing: Cast your line and try fishing in the Duiwenhoks River or along the coastline. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, there are plenty of opportunities to reel in a variety of fish species, including kob, mullet, and various types of bream.
  • Birdwatching: Vermaaklikheid is a paradise for birdwatchers, with its diverse ecosystems supporting a wide variety of bird species. Grab your binoculars and camera to spot resident and migratory birds, including kingfishers, herons, African fish eagles, and more.

Experience the essence of indulgence at Balleia Wines, where every sip and drizzle tells a tale of South African splendor. Nestled amidst rolling vineyards and ancient olive groves, Balleia’s wines and olive oil embody the region’s rich terroir and artisanal craft. Savor velvety reds bursting with sun-kissed fruit, crisp whites alive with coastal breezes, and delicate olive oil infused with the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. Immerse yourself in guided tastings amidst breathtaking scenery, where each pour and pour transports you on a sensory journey. Discover the allure of Balleia, where the spirit of the land dances in every drop and dollop.


Discover the captivating allure of Blombos and Stilbaai, where history and adventure converge in a tapestry of natural wonders. Blombos Cave, nestled amidst coastal vegetation, holds secrets of ancient humanity, inviting you to delve into the origins of our species.

Indulge your senses at The Press Room Café, a culinary haven nestled just a few kilometers from town. Explore Olyven Houdt Olive Farm, a picturesque oasis boasting a charming white stone building where you can savor delectable cuisine, freshly pressed olive oil, and legendary Anderson pale ale.

Embrace the spirit of innovation at Inverroche Distillery, pioneers of South Africa’s craft gin scene. Delight in their original fynbos-fused gins and discover the allure of aged rum, all crafted with passion by the Scott family.

For thrill-seekers, world-class surfing awaits just a short drive away. Ride the waves of Blombos and Jongens, where uncrowded breaks and a welcoming local community promise an unforgettable experience. Respect the locals, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the ultimate surfing adventure.