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Exclusive Table Mountain retreat with private pool and stunning views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Peaceful location, in beautiful private home close to vineyards.

Mbali Lodge is a luxurious private family home. Set in the serenity and breathtaking beauty of Table Mountain’s nature reserve, it is just minutes from the Cape’s famous beaches, vineyards, restaurants and exclusive shopping. There is plenty to suit all tastes here. 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. Mbali lodge is owned and managed privately.

Inside: Bedroom 1: has a king size bed and access to main deck. Its en suite bathroom has a free standing bath, glass roofed shower room with a view to the sky, WC and basin.

Bedroom 2: comes with double size bed on a mezzanine floor with its own deck, own bath, WC and basin.

Bedroom 3: is on a lower level, has a queen size bed with access to a deck and garden, its own shower, WC and basin.

On the main floor, there is a spacious open plan living room with elegant stand-alone fire place, large comfortable sofas and arm chairs, television . The dining area has a table to seat 8. There are extensive views and sliding doors to access the main deck. The fully equipped modern kitchen comes with cooker, electric hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, full dinner service for 8, glassware, utensils, cooking pots and water filter, and is directly off the dining area. Downstairs, there is internal access to the garage (with remote opener) and washing machine and tumble dryer.

Please note families with small children, that there are stairs, a large deck and an open pool.

Outside: Mbali Lodge has its own landscaped garden and pool. There is outdoor furniture on both decks, a built in braai (barbecue) by the 12m solar heated pool.

Additional Services: Towels and linen are included. The property is cleaned on a weekly basis and all linen changed. Additional house keeping service is available on request. Gardener and pool maintenance are also included.

The estate is an exclusive gated property with 24 hour security. Mbali Lodge also has its own user-friendly alarm system and connected to ADT.

More Details

Lorna King
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Lorna King

Having spent my childhood in Africa, i left as a young woman to travel the world and never went back. However, when the opportunity to build a house at the back of Table Mountain came along, it seems that the time was right to return. Mbali lodge is for me, each time i go there, my own 'out of africa' experience. Its very much my dream and have tried to make it into a comfortable, welcoming and fun place to share with my family and hopefully yours as well.

Lorna King purchased this house in 2010

Why Lorna King chose Hout Bay

Mbali lodge is set high up on the back of Table mountain, the view is stunning. It feels as though we are miles from anywhere, when in fact we are within a short drive from the city, 20 mins to central cape town, 10 to beaches and 3 minutes to the oldest vineyards in the cape.

What makes this house unique

We can walk from our back door up the mountain, or drive a few minutes to the beach. We are also on the Constantia Wine Route, only minuets from our door. If you are really feeling lazy, the pool is a great place to relax around.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just back after lovely trouble free holiday. We grew to love your house. A little trouble mastering alarm, but very nice chap came and sorted it out. All your team were very good and helpful. we did lots of your suggested things. Delicious meal at Beau Constantia, they have an irish chef. Kind regards John
Jan 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hout Bay in Cape Town

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • master bedroom has en suite bathroom with bath, basin and toilet, this connects via sliding doors to a private enclosed outdoor shower area.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , in mezzanine area steps up from main living area.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , king size bed
  • There are three luxuriously appointed bedrooms each with their own en suite. Bedroom 1 with king size bed access to main deck. Bedroom 2 with double size bed on mezzanine with own deck. Baby cot available if needed. Baby gates on stairs will be installed if needed. Bedroom 3 with 2 single bed with access to deck and garden. The 3 bedrooms are on different levels of the house.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The large swimming pool is not enclosed, the master bedroom is on the ground level, the other two bedrooms are located at different levels. We have parking for two cars outside the house and for one car in the garage. The house has a good security system, both inside and outside the house, connected to a central station, as well as having security at the gated entrance to the estate.


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Exclusive Table Mountain retreat with private pool and stunning views
average rating of 4.9 based on 17 reviews

a slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

we had a fantastic stay here for a week with our kids..lovely house..well appointed and clean..always a prompt reply to queries etc..the house is in a lovely location with breath taking views all is quiet and is close to everything and has many shops and restaurants within a 10 min drive..ideally located in CT in my opinion..and i mentioned that it was my youngest daughters birthday and asked if they could get me a cake and that was organised with a lovely card too..really friendly and helpful people...we would highly recommend this house to everyone! thanks Lorna for sharing your house with us!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review of M'bali Lodge. Your feedback is much appreciated by our team who are happy to go that extra mile for our guests. The house offers a quiet and serene environment, but is very close to beautiful vineyards and great restaurants in the area. We understand what a big part of staying in a lovely house, adds to the enjoyment of your holiday and have taken away wonderful memories of our african home. Lorna
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a great place to be

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at M'bali Lodge and hope to be back soon!!

The Securities and cleaning stuff had been very friendly and the view from the terrace is amazing - you think you are nearly alone in nature.

The three bedrooms have their own bathrooms whereat one you only have a bathtub and the property is located on the back of Table Mountain so you sometimes have the well-known tablecloth around the area.

All in all M'bali Lodge is a perfect and beautiful place to be especially if you like it quiet and want to come down from a stressful daily life.

PS.: Lorna if you ever think of selling this beauty let us know ;-)

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure for us to have you stay at M'bali Lodge. We really do appreciate hearing back from our guests. Your feedback helps us to understand how we can make any improvements in the future. My staff try very hard to be helpful, as we all want to have a happy well run house. Thank you so much for your kind words, i do hope we can welcome you back soon. Lorna
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A sublime treat

  • 5 of 5

There are very few places that can compare with the‎ beauty of the setting, sense of security and the luxurious excellence and comfort of Mbali Lodge. It is‎ special. ‎The personal touches really do make you feel at home‎ and ‎wish you would never leave.‎

The three king sized bedrooms are beautifully appointed and very comfortable. As is the ‎spacious open plan living area‎ which opens up to a large deck ‎and view of the mountains. The en-suite bathrooms are modern and the outdoor shower in the master bathroom is very cool.‎‎

‎Surrounded by forest and vineyards, and set against the backdrop of the Constantiaberg Mountains, Mbali offers the perfect rural escape, while still providing easy access to quaint Hout Bay,  the exquisite Kirstenbosch Gardens and the ‎best the Cape Peninsula has to offer: walking on the sandy beaches and up Table Mountain, Rhodes Memorial, world class restaurants‎ and wineries all within 20 minutes. Chapman’s Peak, the Penguins at Boulders Beach, Camel Rock and Cape Point are not more than an hours drive away.‎‎

Mbali Lodge provides an unforgettable experience and ‎all that can be asked for a relaxing, enjoyable and luxurious holiday - a sublime treat. 

Thank you Lorna.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How very kind of you to take the time to write a review. So glad to hear how much you enjoyed the house and surroundings in this very special position. We offer a warm welcome to our guests, comfort and security are high on our list. I am fortunate to have a great management team who help to run the house and are on call 24/7 if needed. Thank you for being such delightful guests.
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First trip to Capetown

  • 5 of 5

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.

Jill Ziemer

  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for Mbali Lodge. It was a pleasure to have you stay at the house and to have your feedback. We do try to go that extra mile to please our guests and make sure that they are comfortable and feel at home. Glad you enjoyed the wonderful vineyards near us, as well as the beach and of course the great restaurants. We would love you to return someday. Lorna
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A truly 5 star retreat

  • 5 of 5

It is difficult to overate the retreat as it has so many outstanding features. The tranquil site, superb 'boutique hotel' facilities, the panoramic views, great walking trails all make Mbali a wonderful base for a restful holiday. An added bonus is that the house is situated just forty minutes drive from the international airport. The close proximity of Hout Bay, Kirstenbosch, the vineyards and Cape Town provides a huge range of cultural and culinary delights to enjoy. Mbali is a beautifully furnished and immaculately maintained property. We would have no hesitation in recommending it to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: March 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mbali, its always so nice to hear back from our visitors. Thank you so much for your very kind review, it really was a pleasure having you stay at the house. Lorna
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Comfort with style and amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

Mbali Lodge couldn't be in a better location if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in the midst of beautiful enchanting mountain scenery, good restaurants within easy reach in and around the vineyards of Constantia Valley and in a gated nature reserve. It is very comfortable and well-equipped, stylish and very well-maintained. I would readily recommend it to friends and family without doubt.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, its nice to hear that our guests have enjoyed staying at the house. The vineyards and restaurants close to us are not only very beautiful, but also serve delicious food. As Mbali Lodge is our private family home, i have tried to make is as stylish and well equipped as i expect our guests would have in their own homes. My hope is that our guests will go home relaxed and happy. Lorna.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Cape Town
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Constantia or hout bay
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Steenberg Golf Club
Nearest Train
16.5 Kilometres
Cape Town
Nearest Motorway
10.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Metres
la colome
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Hout Bay
Car: necessary

The safe, sandy swimming beaches of Hout Bay are just 10 minutes drive from Mbali Lodge in one direction. Meanwhile, the Constantia Wine Route starts at the bottom of Silvermist Estate where Mbali Lodge is situated. There is exclusive shopping, boutiques and banking available in Constantia while Hout Bay has a wide range of High Street stores, supermarket, banking and a small mall (where you can purchase credit on the PAYG phones readily available on arrival at Cape Town airport.) The vibrant V&A Waterfront and Cape Town central city is an easy 20 minutes away while there are plenty of scenic routes to follow too - Chapman's Peak being one of the most dramatic.

Nature trails and hiking are literally on the doorstep of Mbali Lodge, on the Table Mountain Nature Reserve.

Other Activities: clifton is 20 minutes drive kirstenbosch botanical gardens is 5.5km

Golf: Steenberg Golf Club is rated as one of the top 3 golf courses in South Africa.

Alternatively, the Royal Cape and Westlake Golf Courses, also highly rated, are very nearby to Mbali Lodge.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £220

33 1/3% deposit to be paid to confirm booking. To be paid immediately on receipt of booking form.
The balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to arrival.
rental rates are in South African Rands.
Please enquire for longer or shorter stays.
Monthly rates are negotiable.

The booking form will have details of our cancellation policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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