About This Center
Your retreat takes place at Jakkalsfontein Private Nature Reserve. Jakkalsfontein is a naturally beautiful location and a haven for many writers. It is a 1 700 hectare with a four kilometer stretch of untouched coastline and beach. It is less than 70 kms from Cape Town city center and an easy 45 minutes drive. The Reserve consists of architecturally designed homes carefully located to blend into the environment and arranged in separate clusters on the beach, with uninterrupted views of the ocean, table mountain, lionshead and devils peak. Here you can swim, play tennis and squash, cycle, horse ride, walk and hike.
The West Coast of the Cape is wild, certainly, but with a reticent and austere beauty which stems from sand, sea and sky, the patterned mosaics of fynbos, and the rolling inland hills. Some Jakkalsfontein mornings are made magical by banks of early fog, through which loom the dimly perceived dune-shaped roofs. These drifting mists leave behind them sparkling spider webs like diamonds in the salvias, and a sudden sight of vast blue sky. Our evenings may glow with the brilliance and splendour of scarlet sunsets, dissolving into the cold, green sea. In due season, the not-so-distant desert heat burns into bush and beach, with shimmering mirages trance-dancing over Dassen Island and stunned stillness in the veld.
The scents and sounds of Jakkalsfontein add other dimensions to the pleasures of this special place. There is the sharp sensuality of breeze-borne shore smells, all salt and seaweed, contrasting with the gently accented perfumes of sun-warmed fynbos. The nights are filled with frog, owl, other night birds and cricket song and the changeless yet ever-changing roar of the restless sea forms the background of our days and nights.
A great variety of birds inhabit this area – some such as the Cape Sugarbird and Orange Breasted Sunbird are only found in this environment. The reserve is also hone to osriches, spring buck, wild cats and rabbits, a lynx or two, porcupines, seals sunning themselves on the beach and dolphins and whales frolicking in the ocean.