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“Wonderful break from city life!”

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Stanford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Phillipskop Mountain Reserve protects 246ha of beautiful fynbos on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains. It is also home to Phillipskop Cave, an important local heritage site due to the presence of rock art - the only recorded rock art on the Cape Whale Coast. There are a range of hiking trails for all abilities leading to a small waterfall, the peak of Phillipskop itself, interesting rock formations, such as the David and Goliath Rock Stacks, as well as lots of magnificent views. The trails can be combined into longer circular routes. WATERFALL HIKING TRAIL (3.5km) An easy, more or less level, hike to a small waterfall with a popular picnic spot underneath a beautiful rock candlewood tree. This is also the route to take to access Phillipskop Cave. ROCK STACKS HIKING TRAIL (3km) A short climb up to admire the two rock stacks, David and Goliath, with great views on the way back across the fields of the Overberg. This trail is good to combine with the Waterfall Hiking Trail for a circular route. SADDLE HIKING TRAIL (4km) A chance to reach the highest parts of the reserve. Beautiful views from the Saddle into the hidden valley behind Phillipskop. You can go from here up to the peak itself or onto the ridge of the Klein River Mountains to look down on Tesselaarsdal.
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Second time visiting the reserve. Such a stunning, quiet place! The cottages are beautiful and spacious, ideal for lazy family days; the addition of games on the loft floor made us all incredibly happy. When we shook off our laziness, we hiked up to the waterfall and the cave, admired the rock paintings. We'll definitely be back!

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Ariane - sounds like a good mix of relaxing and enjoying the reserve. Look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

If you love nature, mountains and fynbos this is the perfect place! The self catering houses are well equipped in the most beautiful, peaceful environment, yet close to civilisation and good restaurants if you do not feel like cooking. The hiking trails are well laid out (we did some trail running) and the views are incredible.
Our nephew and niece visited and loved the "treasure hunt" geocaching - what a treat!
We will definitely be back!

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Carolyn - we too love living here as we feel away from things but close enough to Stanford to enjoy all that has to offer too.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Can definitely recommend to nature lovers and seekers of peace and tranquility. Standford Valley has an abundance of restaurants and wine farms if feel the need to explore. Walks in the reserve was amazing.

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Anna-Mart - Stanford does indeed have a lot to offer and there is more each year, so do consider a return trip one day.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

A hiking weekend to remember. Beautiful mountains, views, fynbos and good company. We hiked to the highest point overlooking Teslaarsdal and just sat and enjoyed the views. We summited Phillipskop on the way back. On the second day we did a shorter route to the summit of Klein Phillipskop. The accommodation was five star which was the cherry on the top

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thanks Geoff - glad you enjoyed the range of different hikes for the weekend. I agree if one gets to the highest point the 360 degree views are spectacular - from Sir Lowry's Pass to Swellendam on a clear day.

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We were a group of 14 hiking friends and utilised 3 cottages. Philipskop Mountain Reserve is an excellent spot for hiking, photography and generally for just chilling and enjoying the splendid views that this reserve offers one, both on top of the mountain and on the deck of your cottage. The cottages are very spacious, comfortable and well equipped with attention to detail. We had a great time and all of us are keen to return!

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Christopher W, Owner at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thanks Lyn, yes the views can be enjoyed whether you are a keen hiker or just happy to sit on the deck. Look forward to welcoming you back.

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