The Beach Shack is a small simple fisherman's holiday cottage situated right on the beach on a coastal farm on the South Cape Coast. It is about 3,5 hours away from Cape Town and lies halfway between Witsands and Stilbay. It is situated on the edge of a small private beachy cove down a short steep path from the car park above.

In front of you at low tide there are 101 small rock pools ready for exploring. At high tide they are covered and ready for fishing (Kob, Galjoen, Elf and Musselcracker are the favourites). It has been a favourite fishing spot for literally thousands of years. There is an easily recognisable ancient San stone fish trap to the one side and numerous shell middens along the beach.

The farm, Koensrust, is quite large (1000ha) and is a magnificent example of Southern Cape and Limestone fynbos. An active program of alien removal over the past 15 years has ensured that the farm is free of rooikranz and other alien vegetation that infests much of the area. The farm has also been re-stocked with indigenous game. There are numerous interesting walks and game drives to chose from. The river is on the very far side of the farm and although it offers wonderful swimming and fishing, while you are staying at the shack you are unlikely to go there as it involves a 15 minute drive and a 10 minute walk down the much bigger hill.

The Beach Shack consists of four buildings and can accommodate 8 people in the four bedrooms with two double beds and 4 single beds.

Bedding is provided. The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge/freezer, a gas oven and hob. There is an inside dining room but we expect however that you will eat outside on the large braai deck for most meals.

There is a picnic table and a huge umbrella on the braai deck and we will provide you with forewood. If you want more you will need to purchase it from the staff.

The path to the beach shack is very steep and you and your guests will need to be fit enough to walk up and down the path. We provide a daytime porter service to carry your things down to and up from the beach shack. If you arive after hours the staff will carry your things down the next morning.

The farm currently lets out The Beach Shack on the beach, Two cottages on the yard and a campsite on the river.

  • beach (absolutely on the beach)
  • beach (less than 500m)
  • boat / marine slipway (within 5km)
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • canoeing (less than 5km)
  • fishing onsite
  • game drives onsite
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • nature trail onsite
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • rock art (less than 20km)
  • whale watching onsite