1. Overseers Cottage
Situated close to de Villiers Dam on the Back Table Jeep Track, this is a stone built facility providing accommodation for up to 16 people, in two cottages. Klipspringer, the main cottage, sleeps 10 and Disa, just next door sleeps 6. The venue has to be booked for a minimum of 6 people, providing the group with exclusive rights for the time booked. We feel that 12 people is a good number, as the dining area is very cramped with more than that. But if you are a composite group that don’t mind being packed in, it’s workable.
The cottage is fully equipped with gas stove and fridges, braai facilities and all cutlery, crockery and kitchen equipment sufficient for most needs. Beds have comfortable mattress, duvets and pillows; linen and towels are provided. All the beds are single. The bunk metal bunk beds in two of the rooms are a bit creaky if there is someone on the top and bottom bunk. There are two hot showers and two toilets in Klipspringer and a single toilet, but no shower in Disa. There are external showers and toilets but they are usually locked and there is no gas supply, so no hot water. There is also an outside, cold water shower.
Access is via the various routes from Constantia Nek, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cecelia Forest, Camps Bay or from Table Mountain itself. There is no vehicular access for guests, unless a special permit is arranged with TMNP management. A permit is seldom granted. Transport of luggage and food by TMNP is included in the cost, but has to be arranged. Except for the actual trek up to the cottage, it is not necessary to do any hiking once you are there. It is not linked to any specific hiking trail or route, although it can be used as a stop- over for various routes to and from Table Mountain. For more detail see the information on the Table Mountain Hiking Trail.