Escape to nature: Get rid of life’s stresses at the Kelvin Grove Guest House


Being a nature lover, staying on a farm is one of my favourite things to do. It affords me a chance to get away from the stresses of the cities and an opportunity to just relax surrounded by wonderful natural landscapes – which is what you will find at Kelvin Grove Guest House.

Hidden away in the heart of the beautiful Sundays River Valley, Kelvin Grove is one of the oldest citrus farms in the region. About 16 000 citrus trees surround the guest house, which makes for a magnificent scene for anyone staying on the property.

Kelvin Grove is a 3-Star establishment offering the option of a stylish guest house on a bed and breakfast basis, or a stay at one of their comfy river cabins which are tucked in the bush along the bank of the Sundays River.

Each river cabin offers self-catering facilities with a gas fridge, gas stove, coffee/tea facilities, crockery and cutlery. There is no electricity supply; however, there is solar lighting for the convenience of guests.

All three cabins can sleep up to 14 people, making them perfect for large groups or family outings.

From the cabin deck, you can simply relax and enjoy the magnificent river scenery, which also offers many photo opportunities. The decks are also perfect for bird watching – if you are you are lucky enough, you can catch glimpses of otters playing in the water!

On a recent visit I stayed at the main guest house which has four smartly decorated bedrooms - one of these is a family room, which can sleep between four to six people. Each room is en-suite and has a private patio, which leads onto a beautiful garden. Two rooms have double-beds; one has twin-beds, while the family room has a double-bed and a set of bunk beds.

Kelvin Grove is in the vicinity of Addo’s famous game reserves and other exciting weekend activities, you can unwind at their glimmering swimming pool, braai and picnic area or take a canoe trip down the river.

As the weather permitted, the following morning, I enjoyed a delicious, homemade breakfast in the garden immersed in citrus smells and early morning birdsongs ahead of a busy day of exploration.

For bookings, call Kelvin Grove Guest House on 072 289 8798 or visit