Welcome to the Haven Hotel
Transkei’s Best Kept Secret
The Haven Hotel is a family and adventure destination located within the Cwebe/Dwesa Nature Reserves on the Transkei Wild Coast of South Africa. Blessed with sea, sun and endless things to see and do, it offers a way of life that lets you forget the rest of the world and relax in the most secluded and unspoiled surroundings.
Established over 80 years ago, the Haven comprises of 38 spacious en-suite chalets scattered within a tranquil, garden-like environment. Located at the mouth of the Mbashe river, the Haven has long been renowned as one of the prime fishing destinations in South Africa.
But that is only one of the many reasons to visit this unique Transkei Wild Coast resort. Some of the other activities you can enjoy include hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, swimming, birding, exploring, canoeing, tennis, golf, whale and dolphin-watching, snorkeling, 4x4ing.
The favourite past-time of guests, however, seems to be ………simply relaxing.
The Hotel Layout
The hotel accommodates 80 guests. There are 25 “chalet style” cottages with a “fishermen’s cottage” feel to them. Some cottages are sea facing while others are set further back in a garden-like setting around the mashe golf course. Most consist of 2
Most consist of 2 en-suite bedrooms with a common veranda/stoep. Some have interleading doors suitable to those with young children. There are also 5 thatched rondavels designed in traditional Xhosa style.
All the beds, pillows and linen have recently been replaced and most rooms have been upgraded.
Water is obtained from the local Wild Coast municipality. While it is clean, drinking it is not recommended. Ample drinking water is provided. Coffee and tea is available in the rooms. There are no tv’s or air conditioning in the rooms.
Things to Do & See
The Haven Hotel has spectacular views of the Wild Coast sea and its not uncommon to see pods of dolphin or migratory whales passing by. BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS Occur all year round in small groups of 30-60 animals. COMMON DOLPHINS Occur in the winter months...
The Wild Coast’s Haven Hotel has long been considered one of the prime spots in the country for catching Kob and Pig-nosed Grunter. Many of the fish caught in this area have become part of fishing folklore. The Mbashe river mouth and surrounding Wild Coast...
The reserve is probably most valuable for its flora, There are many species of trees plants and grasses which are under pressure. Farming, harvesting of natural resources and fire contributes to a shrinking environment in which many species are able to grow. The...
There are 2 estuaries and the Mbashe river which are accessible from the hotel. Canoes are available at the Mpenzu estuary and Mbashe River. You are likely to see fish jumping, may encounter a leguaan (monitor lizard) or hear the call of a fish eagle. The...
The Haven is bordered on the one side by the Indian Ocean and on the other by rugged grasslands of the Dwesa and Cwebe Nature Reserves. Both Wild Coast reserves are primarily covered by lowland forest but closer to the shore the forests give way to acacia...
We have 5 well trained and good-natured boereperd geldings at the hotel. Our rides take you thru the magnificent forests and along the endless deserted beaches of this pristine Cwebe Nature Reserve. Being on a horse gives one a different perspective of the...
The area surrounding the Haven Hotel has some of the most dramatic and beautiful coastlines along the Wild Coast, with sandy and rocky beaches, coves, lagoons, cliffs, rock formations in the sea, mangrove swamps as well as coastal grasslands. It provides...
The hotel and surrounds are a kid’s paradise. The Haven is a place where childhood memories are created. We have acres of lawns and endless beaches for kids to play and explore. The expansive lawns allow for kite flying, frisbee, football, cricket...
The reserve and surrounding areas offer excellent cycling opportunities with a variety of routes to choose from. Take a gentle cycle down to the Mbashe river and up the road to the grassy banks. The forest road to Breezy point is a very popular route....
Food & Drink
Our kitchen prides itself on producing fresh and tasty meals.
A full bar service is available and the cosy bar boasts a full size billiards table and dart board.
The hotel has a carefully selected wine list with a variety of tastes and prices to suit a wide range of palates. We also have a selection of single malt whiskeys to be savoured.
There are no self catering facilities although the chef is always willing to cook your fresh catch. For those who wish to get away or go hiking, lunch packs can be pre-ordered from the kitchen. Cooler boxes are also available for sundowners on the river or on our beautiful Wild Coast beach.
Rates and Specials
Rates are per person per day and include meals. DB&B includes dinner, bed and breakfast
A 30% single supplement is charged in season
In Season Rates 2017
Mar 25 – Apr 13
Mar 25 – Apr 13
June 26 – July 20
June 26 – July 20
Dec 9 – Jan 15
Dec 9 – Jan 15
In Season 7 Day Specials
|Easter Holidays||June/July Holidays|
|Sea Facing Cottage||R685.00||R685.00|
Out of Season Rates
|Daily Rate||DB&B||7 Day Specials|
|Sea Facing Cottage||R725.00||R685.00||R685.00|
Weekend Special (Out of Season)
|R1,095.00 Per person – includes 2 nights’ accommodation and all meals including Saturday night seafood.|
Pensioners Discount – 10% (Card essential)
What our guests say . . .
Nice place to unwind – laid back atmosphere.!
Speak to Nicola, Sylvia or Phumla
Cell: +27 (0) 83 996 5343
Landline: +27 (0) 47 576 8904
Fax: +27 (0) 47 576 8905
Postal Address: Haven Hotel, P.O. Elliotdale, 5070