WATCH | This is one of the most tranquil and isolated glamping spots in the Western Cape

The age of social distancing - a time when we find out how much we really like our own company. 

But some people thrive on this kind of isolation - and if you follow the dirt roads into the Koo and Keisie Valleys near Montagu, you'll come upon Wolwehoek Private Reserve - a single-unit glamping experience where you will be aggressively engulfed by tranquillity - with not a soul for miles. 

sign to wolwehoek and stargazing

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

The concept was dreamt up by Roux and Robin - they loved to travel and was always looking for the remotest place to stay. But they always found these places to be lacking one thing or another, and decided to start hunting for a piece of land still untouched by human encroachment where they build their dream escape. And once you drive up to the main viewpoint overlooking the valley, it's easy to understand why they fell in love with the place. 

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Roux and Robin who own Wolwehoek - the site of the second unit to be built. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman) 

But after a bumpy 4x4 drive (the only way to access the accommodation unit) into Leopard's Kloof, you will see what their passion wrought out in the middle of nowhere. 

A safari-style tent pitched on top of a wooden platform, you might think you've just stepped into some lofty glamping unit out in the Kruger. But the more you wander around the more it feels like a Pinterest board come to life. 

On the side a long net-hammock offers the perfect spot for reading, napping or gazing at the clouds during the day, and the millions of stars at night. 

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(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

bathroom in tent

(Photo: Gabi Zietsman) 

Just above, nestled among the fynbos, is the braai area with comfortable seating, but this isn't just your normal braai area - it also boasts a pizza oven complete with everything you need to make your own from scratch. In their guide book you will even find a recipe for pizza dough, with yeast and flour waiting in the cupboards. 

When you find your time stretching out before you without any digital distractions, waiting for the pizza oven to heat up is quite a pleasant endeavour.

Another way Wolwehoek keeps you occupied is with its hot tub - cool spring waters flow through it so that you can cool off during the day, but when the kloof gets colder when the sun says adieu, it takes four hours to heat it up for sizzling night dips.


Not sure if a book of Victorian ghost stories was the best book to bring on an isolated weekend alone. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman) 

And when you're tired of lazing about - the whole of Wolwehoek is yours to explore. You can trek the 4x4 road, hike up the ridge behind the tent or bundu-bash like a real explorer. The reserve also isn't devoid of other life - it has a resident female leopard, though it has only been seen with camera traps. However, you can look out for her tracks while exploring.

Other residents include steenbokkies, dassies, a plethora of birds and a troupe of baboons - which might give you a bit of a fright with their shouts late at night. 

There are also plans to build another two-bedroom unit overlooking the valley on the other side of the reserve, which will still retain that perfect isolation atmosphere (although you will have cell phone signal with this one).

Either with a loved one or by yourself if you're looking for a social detox, Wolwehoek is a unique stay that will help you disconnect and reconnect with the world around you. 

Just don't forget the wine.


(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

*Disclaimer: Gabi Zietsman from Traveller24 was hosted by Wolwehoek.