Coombs Lodge

Situated just 20 minutes on the East London side of Grahamstown, half-way between Capetown and Durban, Coombs Lodge is a unique and special bush-camp that can accommodate up to four guests.

The main complex is a stone and thatch bush lodge, with two bedrooms set adjacent to the main Lounge and Living area, connected by thatched walk-ways. Nestled in amongst Eastern Cape valley-bushveld the Lodge teems with a variety of bird species and small game. The core living area has a comfortable lounge and dining-room, an open-plan kitchen, a sheltered braai area and a shaded deck looking onto the Lodge pool.

Accommodation comprises a twin and double room with en suite showers and toilets at the main Lodge.

The lodge is set on 80 ha and is stocked with small game. We are not a Big 5 type reserve with lions snapping at your heels, champagne game drives and the like - it's do-it-yourself territory. We are self-catering only, and guests are responsible for all their own cooking and entertainment around the pool and braai.

The Lodge is easily accessible to Grahamstown and its schools and University and it is an ideal venue for hosting small special functions and family gatherings.

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Reviews

  • "Absolute slice of heaven"

    02 April 2015

    "Wow. What an amazing hidden gem. Beautiful lodge, cottage and bush camp, buried in the bush, surprisingly close to Grahamstown. I will definitely be staying here again, next time as a holiday destination rather than simply a stopover. Wonderful warm welcome, everything you could possibly need, child friendly, reasonably priced - could not ask for more!"

  • "A beautiful place to unwind"

    16 February 2015

    "A beautiful place to unwind and enjoy nature in luxury and would highly recommend it. Jeremy ensured at all times that we were comfortable, safe and secure which was greatly appreciated."

  • "A must to visit!"

    08 July 2014

    "We had a wonderful stay at Coombs Lodge - it was such a treat to see Nyala eating close by, as well as viewing black springbok and white blesbok. Jeremy was a wonderful host. The place was spotlessly clean. We will DEFINITELY be back!"

  • "Pleasant stay"

    12 February 2014

    "The luxury tent accommodation was great."

  • "Wonderful!"

    20 September 2013

    "A wonderful place, in the middle of nature. We went for a walk and enjoyed the sight of the gnus, springboks, blesboks, etc. Perfectly quiet and pleasant.The house has everything you need, to cook, etc.We wished we could stay longer than one night. But, well, please keep the place in order to let other travellers enjoy it !"

  • "Awesome"

    05 February 2013

    "Fabulous weekend spent in the bush, the camp, kitchen, lapa, safari tents and bathroom are pristine and clean. Jeremy is a caring and courteous host who went out of his way to help us. I suggest more signage to find the tented camps, and making the steps down from the kitchen into the lapa a bit more pedestrian friendly, but otherwise, this was an awesome and highly recommendable place to stay."

  • "Really enjoyed it"

    24 December 2012

    "The seclusion is amazing and the morning hike fantastic. Except for some exceptional spider activity getting us full of spider webs the whole time, it was a fantastic experience."

  • "Really enjoyed it"

    24 December 2012

    "The seclusion is amazing and the morning hike fantastic. Except for some exceptional spider activity getting us full of spider webs the whole time, it was a fantastic experience."

  • "Great"

    17 December 2012

    "Fantastic!"

  • "Great location, great lodge"

    03 April 2012

    "Highly recommend staying here. We had a lovely room, enjoyed use of the braai and endless supply of firewood. We drove around the game farm and enjoyed the animals and the amazing sunset."

  • "Understated luxury"

    03 January 2012

    "We had a fantastic time staying at Coombs Lodge. It is truly excellent value. A real gem."

  • "Very nice place"

    24 October 2011

    "We stayed overnight and rested very well!"

  • "Tranquility"

    03 October 2011

    "What a wonderful stay! Coombs is set in a peaceful environment, is tranquil, and is a wonderful place to get away from it all. All amenities are provided for. This is a place where you can connect with your family and spend quality time without the buzz of modern living. You leave feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and content."

  • "Well run"

    22 May 2011

    "Very well run and Jeremy was a charming host. We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Very peaceful."

  • "Wow!"

    12 April 2011

    "To have no cellphone reception or TVs blaring away was the best thing I experience for the past five years on holiday. I stayed in a tent which was wonderfully clean and well serviced. The drive to the main road each morning was like a mini game drive and what a way to start any day? The areas were well equipped and always clean. Highly recommended and I am sure to stay there again."

  • "A Real Budget Bush Experience"

    29 September 2010

    "Wow what a fantastic place, they have the most awesome safari tents with a deck overlooking the African bush each with a separate safari tent shower, straight out of a African Safari Guide book. A real budget bush experience that oozes class and luxury.We only booked one night as a stopover on our honeymoon to break up a long drive and were really impressed. To our surprise we had the lodge to ourselves as it was out of season and being unusually cold were kindly offered an upgrade t ... more"

  • "Recommended"

    09 March 2010

    "Great p[lace for the nature lover."

  • "Enjoyable"

    22 September 2009

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights and would use it again - Jeremy was very pleasant and helpful"

  • "Great"

    20 July 2008

    "Great place and fantastic self catering facilities.Wish we could have stayed longer."

  • "Facilities are superb"

    09 April 2008

    "Coombs View was recommended to us by a guest returning from a stay at the lodge. We immediately booked - unfortunately only for two nights. The lodge is fantastic and the facilities superb. We are already making plans to return, for a longer period, with friends."

  • "Fantastic"

    31 March 2008

    "- what a hidden treasure! We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty and quality of the place, and wished we could stay for longer. Definitely worthwhile- but go for longer than a night!"

  • "What a fantastic place."

    30 March 2008

    "Full marks to the team. We had an Australian visitor with us and has still not stopped talking about it.The Lodge is out of this world as is the Housekeeper, Angel and the sleeping accommodation. Our Australian guest loved his "Tree House" as he called it. If you want peace and quite, no cellphones, internet, TV or radio this is the place for you. In the bush away from everything.Jeremy your host is really great."

  • "Absolutely wonderful "

    30 March 2008

    "This is the most fantastic place!Absolutely wonderful original design and layout, everything has been thought of in terms of , well , everything!. The owners are extremely helpful and very welcoming . Ireally cannot rate this establishment highly enough. We spent the most wonderful 2 nights there. Next time it will be for longer."

  • "What a fantastic place. "

    30 March 2008

    "Full marks to the team. We had an Australian visitor with us and has still not stopped talking about it.The Lodge is out of this world as is theHousekeeper, Angel and the sleeping accommodation. Our Australian guest loved his "Tree House" as he called it. If you want peace and quite, no cellphones, internet, TV or radio this is the place for you. In the bush away from everything.Jeremy your host is really great. "

  • "Very good"

    10 December 2007

    "Coombs Lodge was a pleasant surprise to us.(3 archers) I can not understand how one can stay in a reserve and such a beautiful environment for the price. Coombs Lodge served all my needs and I will stay there for all my sports tournaments in Grahams Town in future. Special thanks to Jeremy Allan whom made us feel welcome. The tranquility of Coombs lodge and the Archery targets provided by Jeremy contributed to the Gold and Silver medals taken by us in the Senior Mens Recurve Archery Division.(National Indoors Archery Tournament)Thank you very much! "We'll be back...soon"RegardsJohan Steyn"

  • "Very good"

    10 December 2007

    "Coombs Lodge was a pleasant surprise to us.(3 archers) I can not understand how one can stay in a reserve and such a beautiful environment for the price. Coombs Lodge served all my needs and I will stay there for all my sports tournaments in Grahams Town in future. Special thanks to Jeremy Allan whom made us feel welcome. The tranquility of Coombs lodge and the Archery targets provided by Jeremy contributed to the Gold and Silver medals taken by us in the Senior Mens Recurve Archery Division.(National Indoors Archery Tournament)Thank you very much! "We'll be back...soon"RegardsJohan Steyn "

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