"All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking" - Nietzsche
The Theewaterskloof Dam just meters away from the Lake Lodge verandah provides a host of activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding, paddling or a simple dip on a hot day. Please bring your boats and jetskis if you have them to enjoy on the dam. Details of launching are below.
There are lovely walking, running and cycling trails you can explore on the farm as well as on the mountain behind the farm. In apple season (late January to mid-May) you are welcome to pick apples for your own consumption.
The Theewaterskloof Golf Club is less than ten minutes drive away which hosts one of the best 9 hole courses in the country with its picturesque setting on the edge of the dam.
The Cape Canopy tour is a fantastic thing for the whole family to do and has been voted one of the best things to do in Africa. It is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery and provides a bit of an adrenaline rush. It is well worth it and less than a 20 minute drive from Lake Lodge.
There are a few wine routes nearby which you can explore. Villiersdorp has one or two wine farms, including Stettyn where you can enjoy a delicious tasting and cheese platter. The Botriver valley is a stone's throw away as is the beautiful Elgin valley where a number of restaurants await. We recommend lunch at Gabrielskloof near Botriver, or at the Pool Room at Oak Valley in the Elgin valley. Stopping for a light bite to eat on your way to or from the Lodge at Tuk Tuk Brewery in Franschhoek is a fantastic way to start or finish your visit.
Please ask if you would like any advice on activities for your stay at Lake Lodge, we'd love to help.
The Pool Room - 021 859 2510
Gabrielskloof - 028 284 9865
Tuk Tuk - 021 492 2207
Kelkiewyn - 028 840 1151
Theewaterskloof Golf Club - 028 840 2213
Theewaterskloof Sports Club - 028 840 1334
Helderstroom Alpacas - 082 662 9670
Cape Canopy Tours - 021 300 0501
Stettyn Vineyards - 023 340 4220
Mont Rochelle hike at the top of Franschhoek pass - 021 876 2861
Nuweburg trails including Suicide Gorge guided route - 028 841 4826
Elliot Art Gallery & Courses - 028 840 2927
Boats can be launched in front of the lodge (at your own risk) but there is no ramp so there is a risk of getting stuck. Check your entry point carefully. All craft must be registered with the Theewaters Sports Club (TSC)and skippers must be licensed. TSC (028) 840 1334. There is a slipway at TSC.
PROTOCOL FOR LAUNCHING BOATS ON THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM
All boat owners are required to register boats at Theewater Sports Club before venturing on the dam. At registration you need to show proof of valid COC (Certificate of Competance) and Skippers license. You will be given a boat registration number that you need to affix to the side of your boat before launching.
After registration of your boat, you will be directed to the Wash Bay, where your boat will be sprayed by a wash bay official. This is a directive from Department Environmental Affairs, to avoid transmission of invasive water plants. This rule is not negotiable.
When registering your boat you will receive a Water Safety Booklet. Skippers are requested to acquaint themselves with all the Rules and Regulations stipulations before venturing onto the dam.
You need to ensure that you have all the stipulated safety equipment, life jackets, etc. on board, whilst on the Theewaterskloof dam
Failure to observe the above will result in your removal by the Safety Officer, SAPS or Nature Conservation official.
We ask for your assistance in helping keep Theewaterskloof dam free from ALIEN species and observing the Rules of the dam.
Please note: In the event of an emergency whilst on the water, please call the following number: 060 884 6497