Travel Review: Dirtopia Lodge in Stellenbosch a true gem!

My son recently turned 5 years old. He’s growing up too fast… #GrowingUpMustFall

To celebrate his birth, a week before his birthday we went on a mom-son bonding weekend away. We travelled about 45min- 1hour outside of Cape Town to a relatively small Afrikaans’ town of Stellenbosch in the Winelands of the Western Cape, down the famous Garden Route.

I’m still not sure if it was about celebrating him or more my success of somehow managing to keep him alive and healthy for this long…

This place was definitely what the doctor ordered and all the reviews do not do it justice. It is so tranquil, beautiful and it catered for both our needs and tastes so perfectly. And we can both be fussy.

From the sparkling swimming pool, to the lovely rooms with WiFi( yes this is a pre-requisite for a travel getaway). I don’t even consider a place without. For me this is as important as the crisp white linen on the bed.

The lodge is called Dirtopia lodge, located in the wine estate of Delvera. It offers so many activities, from wine tasting, beer tasting, olive tastings to running and mountain biking trails, to carts, jumping catsles, jungle gyms and pottery classes for the kids.

We’ve actually been here before to do a trail run last winter. It was cold, raining and the hills of the trail that felt like were going up forever properly kicked my butt. So when I saw the lodge on ‘’, I was excited to go back. But when it came down to it, I decided to abondon the trail running experience for a beer tasting rather… it was a very hot day in my defence. Hydration should be a priority in such conditions, ha ha ha.

The country side setting with wide open spaces and natural vegetation is capturing. You have no choice but to kick back and relax.

Highly recommended with affordable room rates at R550 for both of us sharing, with everything you need. Definitely value for money. This price also comes with a very comprehensive breakfast and highly friendly and very trustworthy staff. This was put to the test when I forgot my hand bag and shoes on the shared patio overnight…

Did I mention good coffee!

Truly amazing place.

Definitely will be back again, very soon.

Rated 9/10 on my scale. Only reason it’s not 10/10 is because of the shared bathroom that came with our room.

Please do take the whole family for a weekend of pure fun and relaxation. The kids will definitely be entertained and running around doing different activities, while you enjoy yourself too. The rooms do very well for families.

Pictures tell a thousand words, check them out if you don’t believe me.

Inside the shared lounge and room with views of the garden and pool…

Amazing breakfast and cafe on the premises…

Some of the activities…

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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  1. Hope your son appriciate it. I also love stellenbocsh i never really stay night there, i just pass that side when im visiting my brother who locate there. but i would love to soend a night there.


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