Coastal Bliss is a beautiful log home (sleeps 6) situated in the private nature reserve of Ballots Bay, situated in George South Africa. The reserve has many indigenous plants and fauna and animals such as Zebra, Wildebeast, Springbok, Impala...
Welcome to Earth Wind & Ocean 33. This amazing self catering home (sleeps 6) in Ballots Bay is tucked away on the cliffs overlooking the Indian ocean within the George Private Nature Reserve in Ballots Bay. Situated mere minutes from the city of George,
Welcome to Earth Wind & Ocean 8, a luxury self catering home in Ballots Bay, on the outskirts of the popular town of George. This beautiful self catering home with breath-taking views (sleeps 6) will take you away from the trappings of the rat race...
Serendipity Coastal Lodge offers self catering accommodation in Ballots Bay, Wilderness, Garden Route. Located in a Private Nature Reserve in Ballots Bay, between George and Wilderness. Serendipity Lodge is a luxury log home with spectacular sea and moun
Cliff Top Houses - The Bees Knees provides self catering accommodation in Ballots Bay, near Victoria Bay, in the Wilderness area, Garden Route. (Sleeps 4). "The Bee’s Knees" is situated in a protected nature reserve surrounded by sea, forest and fynbos. T
Cliff Top Houses - The Cat's Whiskers provides self catering accommodation in Ballots Bay near Victoria Bay in the Wilderness area, Garden Route. (Sleeps 6). This spectacular self catering home was designed by multi-award winning architect Henry Paine, th
Seaside Cottage offers beachfront self catering accommodation in Wilderness, Garden Route. Our self catering accommodation is situated right on the beach in Wilderness, with breathtaking views of breaking waves. Let the sounds of the sea lull you to sleep
At Rest provides self catering accommodation in Wilderness, Garden Route. Our charming self-catering log cabin at Pirates Creek, in the heart of the Garden Route in the Wilderness National Park, close to the beach. It is a popular weekend and holiday brea
The Fairy Knowe Hotel, affectionately referred to as 'the grand dame' of Wilderness in the Cape's Garden Route has been welcoming guests since 1924. This landmark hotel was renovated in 2021 and is looking gracious and glorious once again!
Cape Footprints offers self catering accommodation in Kleinkranz in Wilderness, Garden Route. Cape Footprints is a modern and spacious self catering house constructed using sandbags. Located conveniently between Knysna and George on South Africa's unique
The Oubaai offers self catering accommodation in the seaside town of Herolds Bay near George in the Garden Route, Western Cape. (Sleeps 4). Located in the secure Oubaai Golf Estate in Herolds Bay and boasting an Ernie Els designed course.
Oakhurst is one of the original large properties of the Garden Route situated in the Wilderness district, near George. There are 11 different self catering units available.
Herolds Bay, SeeVier 1 is a seafront apartment in Herolds Bay on the Western Cape's Garden Route, and offers self-catering accommodation for 6 guests, making it ideal for a break with the family or friends.
African Sun Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering accommodation in George, Garden Route. African Sun offers a relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful view of the Outeniqua mountains, it is a small holding where guests can walk
Ibis Place Guesthouse provides bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation in George, Garden Route. Overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains, it is situated in the middle of the Garden Route only 10 minutes from the George CBD and 8 km from George Airpor
Bird Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield in the Garden Route. Bird Cottage is spacious and comfortable with all mod-cons including an automatic washing machine. The bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. Also a lounge/dining room with slee
Seaside Bliss provides self catering accommodation in Glentana between Great Brak River and George in the Garden Route, Western Cape. This magnificent beachfront self catering home, is ideally situated in the seaside village of Glentana and close to...
40 Montage Village offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. This is the perfect holiday house (8 sleeper) to spend a relaxed carefree holiday. Overlooking a bird sanctuary and in a secure complex this modern holiday house is central
Outeniqua On C offers self catering apartment accommodation in Glentana in the Great Brak River area near George, Garden Route. Our accommodation sleeps a maximum 2 adults and 2 children (under 12); minimum 2 guests. If you want a relaxed holiday in peace
Elfranse Beach Cottage provides self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Situated on the front row of Myoli Beach, 150m from the main swimming area and whale-watching platform. This 90 square meter two-bedroom Sedgefield cottage is...
Tucked away between steeply falling green hills, lies Ballots Bay, a small beach carved out of the rugged Southern Cape coastline. Sheltered from most winds it is the perfect retreat for angler, beach lover or nature enthusiast (not naturalist). Ballots Bay is a place where yesterday and tomorrow are said to blend into today, a place where time doesnt matter at all.
Originally known as Christina Bay, Ballots Bay was renamed after Ds. J.S.S. Ballot. Cape born Ds. Ballot served the community of George and district for 35 years, from 1827 till 1862. It was his first and only church parish, and on retirement he stayed on, eventually to die in the area he so much loved. Ballots Bay was part of his special dream for the area and he hoped it would become a harbour for George. He also wanted to develop a self sufficient fishing village there to help uplift the Coloured community. One of the oxcarts used to transport fresh fish for sale to George is now in the town Museum. Ds. Ballot was a man of energy and foresight. Just as he had himself supervised the building of the first NG Church in the face of tremendous financial stringency, so he built the stone road down the steep hillside to the little bay, using his own funds to make his dream a reality. He even had a township Ballotsdale, the plans of which can still be seen, laid out above the Bay. Near bankruptcy, lack of experienced anglers, small boats and strong currents lead to the eventual abandonment of the indefatigable ministers plans, but individual fishermen still find the area a paradise, as yet completely unspoiled.
The old saying has it that all true happiness is touched with sorrow, and Ballots Bay also has its sad memories of fishermen drowned and even memories of boats such as the Mabel Young, which foundered outside the Bay. Seven of those on board drowned trying to reach shore, others were given shelter by the kind people of Sandkraal, one of the historic old farmsteads at the top of the hills. Pieces from that wreck were washed to shore and are still memorials to the power of the sea, as are the little graves in St. Marks Cathedral grounds in George. Ds. Ballot while he had the academic advantages of theological training at Leiden, was obviously a man of practical talents and a man willing to take a chance. Happy memories of Ballot abound, such as the time when the shocked the traditionalists by inviting a brass band to play at the conscecration of the church, but he won the day when all agreed to finding their music as spiritually moving as any organ.
Ballots Bay retains something of the spirit of its early developer. It is not for the person who only wants to follow the stream. It is a place of powerful beauty and great tranquility. Its unspoilt simplicity is its special charm. New development will take all this into account and Ballots Bay will continue to share its timeless joys with all those who respect and love Natures uncompromising patterns.