Imagine a resting place for your body and soul, a place that revitalises you and inspires you to enjoy the natural beauty you will wake up to each morning. That place is Papyrus Lodge, a true paradise set in the heart of the spectacular Cape Winelands.
The estate's magnificent guest lodge is set on 12 hectares of private land that includes an enchanting garden. Visitors to Papyrus Lodge can spend time on the lush lawns, comfortably seated in loungers shaded by umbrellas or taking in the view from a traditional "strandkorb" (a conventional German beach chair) from the German East shore that offers protection from sun, wind or rain. Spending time on the lawn gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the splendid views and serenity of the shady palm trees.
The estate also has its very own lake fit for swimming, fishing or rowing activities. Rowing and pedal boats are available to guest free of charge to allow them to explore the lake that is fed with fresh water from the nearby Helderberg mountain (Helderberg translates to "clear mountain", referring to the spectacular views it offers across the entire Cape Peninsula on a clear day.)
Avid anglers can hire fishing rods and spend a lazy day in the sun this way. The fresh-water lake is stocked with a variety of fish. These include black bass, some trout and Tilapia (also known locally as "Blue Kurper").
Birdwatchers have as much to enjoy during their stay at Papyrus Lodge. The estate offers access to and views of an immense variety of different indigenous birds that can be spotted on and around the lake.
The area is also home to a variety of indigenous and other plants and visitors can savour the floral abundance it offers. Papyrus Lodge lies in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom botanical region that is rich in "fynbos". Only five other floral kingdoms are internationally recognised, and these cover huge areas such as the whole of Australia and most of the northern hemisphere. The Cape Floral Kingdom is the world's smallest and richest floral kingdom and has the highest known concentration of plant species: 1 300 per 10 000 km².
To accommodate younger visitors, Papyrus Lodge has created a colourful and safe playground with a trampoline. Children can enjoy themselves in the playground without disturbing other guests who take pleasure in the tranquility Papyrus Lodge offers.
Scrumptious "sunny side up" breakfasts are served on the garden terrace overlooking the garden and the lake or in the sun-drenched breakfast room on chilly days. Guests can enjoy a mouthwatering breakfast buffet on offer, the perfect start to yet another magical day at Papyrus Lodge and surrounds.
All the chalets and the elegant suites are also equipped with a small kitchenette that will allow guests who prefer to stay in their own space for meals, to prepare light meals. A nearby superb restaurant with several national and international accolades to its name is a very short walk away with many other top class eating establishments also within close distance. All of this will ensure that guests will also remember Papyrus Lodge fondly for the culinary delights they enjoyed while staying there.
Given all its superb and personalised facilities, it's no wonder that Papyrus Lodge has been nominated as South African "Resort of the Year" several times during the past few years. This is proof of the establishment's first-rate quality standards.
Papyrus offers the discerning visitor an unbeatable combination of breathtaking and unspoilt nature and a true taste of the leisurely South African lifestyle combined with the exacting and welcoming standards of its Swiss owners' hospitality.