Benmore Lodge

Kei Mouth is one of the best-kept holiday secrets in South Africa. This charming village on the southern bank of the Kei River is a delightful holiday destination. Wide clean beaches, fringed with wooded dunes lead inland to subtropical bushveld. Now visitors to this delightful hamlet can combine a Wild Coast seaside holiday with the tranquillity of the bushveld at Benmore Lodge.Benmore Lodge is situated above Kei Mouth, in rugged, steep, bushveld countryside. It nestles in typical Transkei rural scenery with scattered dwellings in the distant rolling Transkei hills. There is an amazing variety of birdlife. Game viewing features eland, impala, bontebok, kudu, bushbuck, wildebeest zebra and many others. Benmore Farm, on which Benmore Lodge is situated, is a delight to explore on foot; from a short stroll to the Strelitzia fields to an adventurous circle route on foot and boat via the Kei River to the village of Kei Mouth.Tranquillity and privacy are keynotes of your stay at Kei Mouth when you visit at Benmore Lodge. December has daily activities for children of all ages on the beach; lifeguards on duty in holiday season. For the teenagers and adults there is lots to do between Christmas and New Year including a great music festival with South African bands. Membership of the popular Kei Mouth Country Club can be arranged. The club has great golf competitions, such as the famous Kei Mouth/Morgan Bay Challenge in December. The club also features a popular restaurant and bar. The Shed, a pub n grub, hosts Kei Mouth's most popular New Years Eve party as well as milestone dates throughout the year. Once a cow shed on historic Benmore Farm, The Shed is a real haven of tranquillity. It is a short walk from the chalets of Benmore Lodge. Combining Benmore Lodge and The Shed you have an ideal party venue for those special occasions; no driving necessary after the party. We give special rates if you are staying at Benmore Lodge and using The Shed as a party venue. In season it is open daily for drinks and pub meals. There is a fully stocked bar with a varied cocktail and shooter menu. Pub meals include mouth-watering calamari and chips, traditional fish and chips, fresh salads, wraps and many more dishes. Every Friday night is "braai night" and we supply a variety of braai packs, salads, pap&sauce and our ever famous vetkoek!There are spacious, comfortable braai facilities which are at the disposal of guests, and braai packs can be bought from the pub. Life doesn't get much better than sitting on the deck outside The Shed, enjoying a sundowner and watching the birds and buck. It is an ideal venue for families. Children can roam around and experience farm life, see the wild ducks on the dam and the guinea fowl, chickens and bush buck. In the morning, our resident blue crane graces the farm with his regal presence. Peace and quiet, friendship and good times are all part of life at The Shed and Benmore Lodge.

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  • "Getting back onto the tar road"

    17 February 2020

    "You really need to improve the road towards the lodges...not everyone has a 4x4...went be back"

  • "Great place worth visiting again with family"

    17 August 2018

    "We were accommodated in a very spacious, clean and beautiful chalet. We were unfortunate to have arrived on a night when there was power failure but the 'Braai Friday Night' (if that is what it is called) brought some ease to this situation. Joanne, the host and her husband were welcoming and friendly.I would recommend a generator or, at the very least, extra blankets for the chalets so as to have a back up when there are power cuts. It is difficult for visitors who often traveled afar to make their own plan in such power failure situation. Thanks to the Eskom team that managed to restore power, albeit at about 23:40 when we have already gone to bed."

  • "Quietness and sunrise view"

    24 May 2018

    "Basic and enroute our next destination."

  • "the area"

    10 March 2018

    "All was Very nice,the best was the BBQ"

  • "Die rustigheid"

    05 January 2018

    "Ons het heerlik gebly. Alles was skoon en netjes en dit was baie rustig en stil"

  • "Was not impressed"

    01 May 2017

    "Cleanliness need a lot of improvement. I had to clean out old cheese from the cheese grater. Linen torn and curtains stained. Shower-curtain covered in mould. Some of the cutlery was broken, mismatch plates, glasses and cups. Would not book again."

  • "Away from the crowd"

    02 March 2017

    "Pleasant and spacious cottage. Beautiful views, also on the animals of the neighboring game park. Tasty braai on Friday. Very friendly owners."

  • "Brillian Holiday"

    05 January 2017

    "The stay at Benmore Lodge was superb. Joanne and Brent are fantastic hosts and nothing was too much trouble for them!<br/>We will definitely return to enjoy their hospitality and friendship.<br/>"

  • "Excellent place to stay"

    03 April 2016

    "Beautiful setting. Accommodation is clean, spacious and modern. Service is friendly. We felt at home. Will definitely be coming back."

  • "Excellent value and well recommended"

    09 November 2015

    "Everything about Benmore Lodge is more than you would expect. Warm and friendly hosts, lovely accommodation in a beautiful area and great hospitality and food at "The Shed". Our group of 9 thoroughly enjoyed our overnight stop with you - thank you everyone and we hope to be back."

  • "Nelje Roux"

    07 April 2015

    "<p>Very clean and nice. Very friendly people.</p>"

  • "Perfect for a peaceful weekend away"

    30 April 2014

    "Great getaway over the Easter weekend. The chalet was very clean. The rooms are a very decent size. The beds were also very comfortable. Kitchen had everything we needed. It felt like a home away from home. Joanne was very friendly. Thanks so much for a lovely weekend. :)"

  • "Amazing"

    04 January 2014

    "We had an awesome time at Benmore Lodge. Will defineltly go back!"

  • "Relaxing weekend"

    18 October 2013

    "Thanks for a relaxing weekend."

  • "Brooks"

    06 August 2013

    "Great hospitalityFriday night in The Shed GreatThe loo with a view I will rememberPity the Information as to the TV decoder and towels was not clearly made as a requirement to new visiting guest and should be prominent information supplied when booking."

  • "Disappointed"

    02 April 2013

    "Furniture and fittings very tired. Linen was questionably clean or had been put away damp as it didn't smell fresh. Bath was surrounded by black mould. Of all the sa national parks and B&B's we stayed in this was expensive and did not represent value. A pity as setting is lovely."

  • "Fantastic location"

    07 February 2010

    "The lodge is well presented. The views and location are fantastic. We enjoyed watching the birdlife from the verandah. The drawback: no extras such as tea and coffee."

  • "Great"

    14 January 2010

    "Had a relaxing stay"

  • "Benmore Lodge"

    03 November 2009

    "Wonderful experience"

  • "Benmore Lodge"

    03 November 2009

    "Wonderful experience"

  • "Thanks"

    03 October 2009

    "Neat, clean and friendly."

  • "Thanks "

    03 October 2009

    "Neat, clean and friendly. "

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