We welcome you to the Thulani River Lodge in Hout Bay.

Hout Bay is the hidden gem of Cape Town. Our property is located in a secure and tranquil suburb just a stone’s throw away from the Mother city. The thatched main house offer you a lot of space and luxurious comfort. Our 8000m² African garden and our crystal-clear pool made of natural stone rocks offer you the perfect recreation in close proximity to wonderful restaurants, local street- and food markets, beaches and of course the renowned excursion destinations such as the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope.

The name Thulani originates from the Zulu language and means tranquility, peace, calmness and balance, integral features of your stay with us. Our award-winning Lodge is lovingly managed by us. We hope you enjoy your stay in our breathtaking Deluxe and Comfort rooms with modern en-suite bathrooms and a private balcony or terrace. The property also includes secure inside parking. Our tasty breakfast is the perfect start to your day, offering a wide range of organic products including our freshly prepared egg dishes, different cheeses and cold meats, ham, vegetables with dips and a big variety of local fruits, fresh juices and our home-made Kefir, crunchy bread rolls, cakes, different homemade jams, honey and Nutella, muesli, cornflakes, swiss porridge and much more.

Most importantly, we hope you feel at home in our little piece of paradise.

Let us help you create an unforgettable holiday, Claudia and Hartmut v. Lemm

Room and rates

Thulani River Lodge provides you  the best comfort for your perfect satisfaction.
The King Size beds with orthopedic mattresses comes standard with each room. Every guest is provided with a high-quality duvet, filled with fluffy downs, as well as two differently sized pillows. On request, we can also accommodate you with twin beds. We offer hypo-allergenic bedding upon request. Every guestroom has a stunning terrace or balcony which is furnished with comfortable Wicker furniture and provides you with a breath-taking view of our garden, the 12 Apostles, Table Mountain and Constantia Mountain.

The modern, en-suite bathrooms are equipped with hand-crafted washbasins and a shower with special massage or waterfall features. You will find a hairdryer and selected luxury toilet articles in every bathroom.

All our rooms provide cozy under-floor heating, a safe, as well as tea and coffee facilities.

We offer water all year round and Wi-fi  in all rooms and facilities.

Social engagement and environment

The Environment and environmental protection are very important to us.

The Thulani River Lodge is built in harmony with nature and made from many natural materials. African slate, old wood and natural stones, combined with our thatched roof in the main house gives you the feeling of a cozy home. We also take care of the local fauna and flora. We only cultivate plants which are originally from the western cape.read more

Cape Town and Hout Bay

More than once, Cape Town has won the award for the most beautiful city in the world. You will fall in love with the special atmosphere of our rainbow nation, the breath-taking sunsets, the colourful craft markets, fresh restaurants and the spirit of friendly and cheerful people.

You will get your first impression at the V & A Waterfront, with its great art and craft shops, the new Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the restaurants and food markets while enjoying the typical street music and the lovely harbour atmosphere. Directly at the aquarium you will find the first stop of the Hop on Hop off bus tour, a great opportunity to sit back and enjoy Cape Town and its surroundings. The busses offer multiple routes through which you can discover the sights of Cape Town including different museums, the unique Longstreet and Kloofstreet with their old cape Dutch houses and the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest stone building of South Africa, which hosts a gallery with travelling exhibitions. District Six museum offers you an insight into the history of Apartheid South Africa. For children, the Two Oceans aquarium and the Iziko museum with its planetarium offer interesting exhibitions and activities for the whole family.read more

About us

We are originally from Germany. But many years ago, on our very first trip to South Africa we fell in love with the Western Cape, especially with the Cape Town region. In Hout Bay we found a home far away from home and are still grateful for every day that we get to spend in our little paradise. In Germany, we owned a Catering Company, so we have many years of experience in this line of business. We value the compliments from our guests, about our lodge, our style, our property and of course the very best breakfast in town J. Please feel free to contact us. Simply send us an e-mail to info@thulani.de . We would love to recommend the perfect room for you and we will answer all your questions with pleasure.

Hartmut and Claudia


It always seems impossible until it’s done. „Nelson Mandela“