On the banks of the tidal Touw river, surrounded by the Garden Route National Park, Moontide is both a romantic retreat
and the perfect base from which to explore the region.
Choose from nine individually-decorated rooms, each with private garden entrance and their own outdoor seating area.

An intricate tapestry of habitats – rivers, lakes, forests, fynbos, estuaries and beaches – the Garden Route National Park offers so many ways to play... Wilderness offers easy access to all of it, and we are here to help you experience the best of it.

Idyllic Setting

Shaded by 400-year-old milkwood trees, with several private sun decks that overlook or float on the river, which is protected and part of the National Park. The beach a mere four-minute stroll away; the indigenous forests 10 minutes by car. So much to do and see, but sometimes all you need is a day on the deck.


Built in the 1920s, Moontide was one of the first residences to be built in Wilderness. It fell into disuse in the 1980s but was lovingly restored in 1984 by Maureen Mansfield, who used it as her private home. In 1994 she opened the guest lodge, with just four rooms. The guest house has expanded but the atmosphere is still very much that of a warm and welcoming home... We hope you will soon experience it for yourself!


We are a small team, but each member is dedicated to making you happy, because your time here is as precious to us as it is to you. On arrival you will be welcomed by Gerald, the manager; Judge, the assistant manager, or Maureen, the owner. The rest of the staff, some of whom have been with Moontide for more than 20 years, are the bedrock of the lodge: Doris, in charge of housekeeping and breakfast, is aided by Antjie and Yolande. Rock and Sidwell are our gardeners and maintenance men.


We serve breakfast on the terrace overlooking the shimmering lagoon, so you can watch dabchicks and ducks slip between the reeds and kingfisher and cormorant fish. This is when plans for the day and dinner plans are discussed. We advise, make bookings as requested. Picnics are available for guests wanting to enjoy the serene surrounds of Moontide, or we will lay a table for you and recommend the best available take aways in the village.


We have been blessed by many local and international awards over the years, culminating in being crowned Luxury Lodge of the Year at the LTG Awards in London. That said, we are not a full-service lodge; our prices reflect our desire to offer generosity, comfort and good value rather than five-star perfection. And our very best reward is hearing the words, “we are back!” ... Some of our guests have been revisiting us for 20 years, and this is truly what makes our hearts soar.

Beachfront Cottage

In addition to our riverside idyll we manage a self-catering cottage located directly on Wilderness beach. A well-equipped kitchen, four bedrooms sleeping 7 persons, 2 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor dining and lounge areas, and direct access to the beach. Rates vary depending on time of year but offers exceptional value given the location.

City Pad

In Cape Town we manage a studio apartment in arty Woodstock. The block shares hotel amenities that include Pool, Gym, Bar, Lounge, 24/7 Doorman, Uncapped WIFI. Designated secure underground parking. A well-equipped grocery store and restaurants on the ground floor; 5 minutes from the city and 10 minutes from the Waterfront.


South African Winter Resident Rates:

Has there ever been a better time to explore your own country? The Garden Route is marvellous in winter, and to ensure you enjoy it we offer a 10% winter discount for direct bookings: R877 pp sharing, including a full breakfast.

The Staycation Special

Why keep moving, when Wilderness is the perfect base to explore the whole Garden Route?
From 1 May to 30 Sept, book for 4 nights
and pay for 3. T&C's apply.

Want to make Moontide home? We are happy to negotiate weekly or monthly rates for our four self-catering units: Moon River, Stone Cottage, Kingfisher and The Nest.

Romantic Getaway

We are putting together a fabulous package to reignite the romance - 2 nights with breakfast ... + 60 minute couple massage ...  dinners at our favourite Wilderness restaurants ...  - Call us to discuss and we will tailormake your getaway!

COVID19 Update

With cottages and rooms scattered across the garden all with their own separate entrances, social distancing is part of the territory. In addition we have all recommended health and safety protocols in place to welcome guests during this challenging time. This includes:

⦿ Hand sanitizers available throughout the guest house
⦿ Rooms will cleaned and sanitized to the highest standard, with extra care given to light switches and door handles
⦿ Amenity bottles disinfected between every stay
⦿ Staff on rotation and thoroughly briefed on sanitizing protocols

Our focus is on ensuring your total peace of mind and the safety of our guests and our staff.

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Contact us for Trip Plans

Call or mail us to discuss discounted rates for longer stays or direct bookings specials. We work with travel experts to create a bespoke great-value programmes from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape, with super special surprises for honeymoon couples, thrilling adventures for solo travellers, and making unforgettable family memories...

Call us on +27 44 8770361 or email info@moontide.co.za for more.

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