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 Dear Appreciated Avani Guests & Friends

We hope this message finds you in good spirits and filled with the warmth of cherished memories from your previous visit to Avani. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and we trust that the time spent here was nothing short of magical.

A Symphony of Seasons:

As the seasons change, so too does the enchantment of Avani. Witness the Fynbos adorned in vibrant blooms during spring, the golden hues of autumn, and the crisp embrace of winter. Each visit is a new canvas of beauty waiting to be explored.

The last week of September went down in history as the time of the biggest flood our area has ever experienced. Oyster, Hen of the wood and Pine Ring were damaged by fallen trees and the low water bridge connecting Avani to the N2 was completely washed off its foundations. All units have been restored but the bridge is still under reconstruction. Guests receive easy to follow directions to safely reach us. Life is an adventure after all.

During a challenging period with water all around but not in the taps and no electricity, etc., we want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all our gracious guests. Thank you for your magnanimous handling of the unavoidable extension of your stay until the roads were safe enough to depart.

Adventure & Trails of Tranquility:

For those with a penchant for adventure, the mountain biking trails, some which form part of the Cape Epic, around Avani promise an adrenaline rush like no other. Feel the wind in your hair as you navigate through lush Fynbos and breathtaking vistas.

If you prefer a slower pace, our hiking route crisscrossing Avani and down to the river is a journey into nature’s embrace, where every step is a dance with serenity. Ewald is in the process of providing little seating & table spots for resting or picnics along the way as well as upgrading the bright red painted rock markers to help guests along their way and to get back to the the swimming pool and their welcoming Hot Tubs.

The original routes serve as nature’s monument to Ewald and Coreen’s beloved son who used to walk it whenever he was home from University. It has been more than a year since Ewald Jr. passed away on 23 September 2022. His memory continues to live on. Since his passing, Ewald immersed himself in work and has diligently upgraded all the units, achieving more in one year than in the two previous years combined. You are sure to appreciate the wonderful changes.

Upgraded Private Hot Tub Units for Elevated Comfort:

We are thrilled to announce our newly upgraded units, designed to cocoon you in peaceful comfort.

Pine Ring now has its Hot Tub on a deck, enclosed under a sheltering roof next to the new Fireplace/Braai.

Private Hot Tub - Pine Ring Unit at Avani

The original communal kitchen has been converted to the Hedgehog unit. It is a spacious enclosed unit with a sunken, under-roof Hot Tub and spacious kitchen and fireplace/Braai.


Magic is our first unit to sport a Pizza Oven. It also now has a lovely spacious, private and enclosed patio, new Fireplace/Braai and the outside star gazing Hot Tub on a slightly elevated deck. (The new sliding doors and Pizza Oven had not been installed yet at the time of this photo.)

The patio floor at Hen of the wood has been covered with terracotta tiles, there is an outside privacy screen in front of the shower and a new deck in front of the Hot Tub. The patio will also be enclosed with sliding doors in the next few weeks.

Parrastoel gained a long outside family & friends table on cobblestones and 6 comfortable chairs overlooking the beautiful vistas and endless unpolluted starry skies.

The Skuins Huis is in the process of being developed into a facility for larger groups and special functions like weddings etc. Completion is expected by October 2024. 

 Each wood-burning Hot Tub unit is a sanctuary, offering privacy and essential amenities that elevate your Avani experience to new heights. The unique, enchanting and quirky style at Avani inspires relaxation and appreciation for the surrounding nature and tranquility.

Sebastian Sebastiaan The Cuddly Cat King.

Sebastian requested his own Instagram profile where his fans can shower him with adoration. He remains a lovable furball, living life on his terms and aspiring to inspire guests to relax and do the same.

Ewald’s Doggy Entourage

It is often raining puppies at Leeurivier, Ewald’s adjacent farm. His soft-natured Springer Spaniels follow him everywhere and the reciprocal love is a heart-warming sight to behold. It is their kingdom too and the reason why we do not allow other pets.

As we look forward to welcoming you back, we wanted to share some delightful news and insider tips for an unforgettable experience in the Avani region:

Culinary Adventures Await:

Once at Avani, most guests relish the silence, privacy and Hot-Tub-lounging but for those who want to experience more of the area, an array of nearby delectable dining, lunch and breakfast establishments beckon! Our little corner of paradise offers a medley of gastronomic delights. Be sure to try the popular Manny’s Kitchen Madeiran/Portuguese restaurant , the Botriver Hotel, Ecology Lifestyle Farm, Wildekrans, Shuntin Shed, Beaumond restaurant, and Gabrielskloof. You are sure to find delectable food and good times.

 Bon appétit!

Wine Wonderland:

Wine enthusiasts, take heed! Avani is neatly nestled amidst some of the finest vineyards in the region. Plan a visit to some of the vineyards listed on
Cheers to new discoveries!

Book Your Breakaway:

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the unrivaled tranquility of Avani. Come, breathe in the virgin oxygen, embrace the fynbos, and let the vistas steal your heart. Secure your spot for a getaway that promises to be quirky, elegant, and utterly unforgettable.

We eagerly anticipate your return to Avani, where every moment is a chance to create memories that last a lifetime. Book your escape and let the magic of this hidden gem captivate your soul once more.

Don’t forget about our midweek special – now extended until the first week of December – where you can save up to 20% off our regular rates. It’s our way of saying thank you for your continued patronage.

Our commission-free, lower direct booking rates and availability can be found on

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to Avani! 
With warm regards
Ewald and The Avani Team

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