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Lodge, Self Catering

McBains, Eerste Tol, R301, (summit of) Bainskloof Pass - South Africa
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Rating: 5/5
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Welcome to McBains. A retreat from the city, a retreat into nature.Self-catering cabins and lodge-style living at the summit of Bainskoof Pass. Come and chillax in style at McBains - just 1.5 hours outside of Cape Town.

With a variety of cabins and rooms available to suit your specific holiday needs, a river with healing powers just 100m away, and a hiking trail into a valley so happy it’s called Happy Valley, McBains is the perfect getaway for you and your lover, your friends and your family.

We take extra care to provide our guests with a clean room, linen, cooking surfaces, toilets, and showers —  as well as easy access to river and mountain trails. With our many nooks, books, and crannies you can make use of our immediate facilities and the wide expanses of nature that abound in every direction. Upon return from your wanderings, you can enjoy our high-spirited communal space — relaxing around a fire or soaking in one of the two communal hot tubs.

Our priority is providing a space for you to unwind - without us tending to your every need. We encourage you to take some time off from your phone, to jump in the river, to explore all the nearby natural attractions (waterfalls, hiking trails, and rock-hopping galore), and spend time enjoying a truly unique, Western Cape adventurous and relaxing vacay. McBains offers a range of eclectic rooms and cabins to rent.

If you come with good vibes, you’ll have a good time. We make no apologies for the weather. Bring your own head torch - the paths are dark at night so that we can see the stars! If you’re staying with us you’ll have your own clean bed in an awesome room.

We supply a duvet, pillow, and blanket as bedding. There are shared kitchens, an outdoor lounge, and a communal deck area with fabulous views of the mountain and easy access to the river below. 

Please bring your own towel as well as firewood if you can. Ice is available for R20 per 2L ice cream tub, and wood is available at R120 per bag (firewood) and R100 per bag (hot tub). Please bring cash for ice and wood.

The nearest shops are in Wellington at the bottom of the pass, 15 minutes away. There is a Woolworths and Checkers at Welgelee Plein, plus a SPAR on Main Road on the way up the pass from Wellington side, which is probably the best spot to get any last-minute supplies.

We have full-time managerial staff on-site 24/7 to assist you during your stay.

  • Wood Fired Hot Tub
  • Wifi Internet
  • Secure Parking
  • Satellite/Smart TV
  • Pet Friendly
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Family Friendly
  • Barbeque Facilities
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