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Exclusive Table Mountain Retreat With Private Pool And Magnificent Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Exclusive Table Mountain Retreat with Private Pool

Mbali Lodge is a luxurious private family home set in the serenity and breathtaking beauty of Table Mountain’s nature reserve, yet it is just minutes from the Cape’s famous beaches, vineyards, restaurants and exclusive shopping. There is plenty to suit all tastes here. Set in a 50 acre private estate with 24 hour security, Mbali (meaning ‘flower’ in Zulu) has scenic mountain trails to explore on the doorstep and the country’s oldest vineyards just down the road, as well as Hout Bay’s long sandy beaches. Meanwhile the buzz of Camps Bay, the V&A Waterfront and central Cape Town are all within easy reach. Excellent cafés and restaurants abound nearby in case you do not feel tempted by Mbali Lodge’s fully equipped modern kitchen or its smart built-in braai (barbecue) by the private lap pool. Three beautiful bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), and stunning open plan living and dining give on to a wide wooden deck - the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of the Cape's best.

Security - house alarmed inside and beams outside. ADT connected directly. metal shutters on all french doors/windows in the house. Security at main gates and elec fence around estate. our manager is available 24/7 if needed. Fast, reliable internet system available.

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lorna king
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
July 30, 2017

About lorna king

Having spent my childhood in S.Africa, i left as a young woman to travel the world and did not return for many years. However, when the opportunity to build came along, it seemed that the time was right to go back.

Mbali lodge for me, each time i go there, is my own "Out of Africa experience". Its very much my dream and i have tried to make it into a comfortable, stylish and fun place to share with my own family and friends. I would like to welcome my guests to this very private home, and hopefully you too will enjoy the magic of this beautiful relaxing place.

What makes this villa unique

If you would like to experience Africa, then mbali lodge is for you. Although we are minutes away from beaches, vineyards, cape town is 30 minutes away and constantia and hout bay 10 minutes. Sitting on the deck with a glass of local wine and watching the eagles flying, sometimes, below our level, but always close by, is very special.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful holiday in a stunning location. The house is beautifully maintained and furnished with everything one could want for a comfortable and memorable stay. Waking up to views of Table Mountain outside my window was one of the highlights. Others were visiting wineries, great restaurants, friendly cafés, lovely beach close by and fun shopping. I would definitely recommend this property.
Feb 2015
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Hout Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • master bedroom has en-suite bathroom with wc, bath plus private outside enclosed shower area. 2nd bedroom has en-suite bath, wc. 3rd bedroom has wc and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with king size bed, 2nd bedroom with queen size and 3rd bedroom with 2 double beds.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Please note that two of the bedrooms are on different levels. Parents be aware that there are stairs and the pool is close the the front of the house. Outside: Private solar heated 12m swimming pool with 2loungers, small dining table and two chairs, 4 rattan exterior comfy chairs with cushions and coffee table barbecue area on side of house, serving both decks. On main deck south side (view side of house) dining table 6 chairs, exterior benches, coffee table, cushions. Utility Room: Garage has laundry wash machine and dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Maid service is included 1 x week for housecleaning, further time can be arranged at a small cost for laundry service etc. Bed linen and bathroom and pool towels are changed 1 x week. Other: Master bedroom on same floor as living/dining area, 2nd bedroom up a flight of stairs to a mezzanine area with queen size bed, 3rd bedroom with 2 single beds down a flight of stairs. Heating panels on walls, 2 gas cylinder heaters,wood burning fireplace.


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Exclusive Table Mountain Retreat With Private Pool And Magnificent Views
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Cosy home

  • 4 of 5

Despite appalling weather, we managed to spend a very happy week in Mbali Lodge. It is very well appointed and well designed. The living area, open plan, though with distinctly separate areas, was comfortable and cosy ( with all the radiators on). For a couple of precious hours the sun came out, and the swimming pool garden area was a natural delight. It is a well situated and secure estate. Sadly no wifi, though its possible to purchase a package, but its very slow. Very good bed linen and pillows and well equipped kitchen. We have already booked again for next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so nice to have guests returning, glad to hear your holiday was a success, evan though the weather was appalling. Sorry about the internet, which we have struggled with, however, the good news is, that we should have a fast internet service running soon. I am installing a Telekom system which i am told will be reliable and fast. Lorna
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Mbali lodge

  • 5 of 5

Mbali lodge is beautifully positioned with breathtaking views towards the back of Table Mountain. The house was just as described . It was hard not to feel relaxed in the serenity and privacy of the pool area surrounded by beautiful flowers , wild birds and lizards . It was well equipped and we enjoyed walking up to the Tree House restaurant at the back of the hillside; we didn't quite get what we ordered but it was so delightful , we didn't mind! We were all very sad to leave and would have no hesitation to recommend .

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad to hear that your family enjoyed staying at Mbali Lodge. Our guests often comment on the serenity and privacy of the setting, the mountain seems to have a special quiet magic about it. Thank you for your kind words, it would be a pleasure to have you return sometime in the future. Lorna
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Spectacular Views

  • 4 of 5

MBALI is a wonderful place to rest and relax, the surroundings give you a sense of seclusion, yet you are close to the Constantia Village and to Hout Bay. Even in Winter the scenery is spectacular mist rolls down over the mountains and hovers in the valley, the winds can be fierce-some, but exhilarating. And when the sun shines, its simply breathtaking.

The accommodation is very good, during our stay we had the fire blazing every day and it felt more homely than a rental, the kitchen is well kitted-out for staying-in and cooking, I loved the open-plan attic - so very cute and cosy, we slept in the master suite which was good and used the shower-room in the twin room at ground level as we weren't able to use the open air shower as it was way-too chilly but the shower and pool looked great.

We requested an extra day per week of housekeeping which worked well for us and was done without any difficulty, even when we left for a days outing early in the morning.

There are great wine estates close by and some fabulous eateries, so you have choice and when we needed to call a cab, it pretty straightforward.

I would thoroughly recommend Mbali.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Walks on mountain from the house into Vlakkenburg mountains/table mountain.

Great vineyards very close to house, Glen Constantia, Groot constantia, steenburg, klein constantia etc some with spas etc.

i can recommend restaurants, car hire, tours and a driver to take you around.


Hout bay beach is 10 minutes drive away.


see our map with driving distance from airport, approx 30 minutes.


constantia shopping approx 5 minutes driving.

Further Details:

Shops, banks, restaurants, supermarkets etc etc all within a short drive away.

We are very close to some wonderful old vineyards, which now lovely restaurants and wine tasting.

I am happy to send our guests with a list of where to go and what to do in the area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
1/3 deposit to be paid in south african rands to reserve the house needs to be paid within one week of signing the rental contract, 2/3 deposit to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. Tax is included in the rates. There is a refundable breakage fee of R5000.00.
Please do call me i am happy to provide more information etc on the phone or skype.

Changeover Day:
Flexible arrival and departure times.

Notes on prices:
Local tax of 14% is included in the rental rates.
rates are negotiable depending on the season.
Please do telephone if you would like to discuss the
house or rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.