Aan De Kanal Guest House

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Aan De Kanal Guest House

Aan de Kanal Guest House, with its 15 self catering rooms is centrally located in the quaint little country town of Heidelberg just off the N2 highway in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Heidelberg is a sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, bikers, birders, and the like.

Look for the houses with the green tin roofs in Fourie Street next to the Voortrekker Bridge crossing the canal – the houses with the row of flags and many old, tall palm trees.

We offer clean comfortable and affordable accommodation for singles, couples, families, and businesses. We have accommodated various groups travelling on the N2, exploring the Garden Route.

Overnight or longer term stays, weekend stays, business stays or holiday makers, no matter the purpose you need accommodation for in our town, you are equally welcome.

Aan de Kanal’s 15 self-catering rooms can also be reserved on a Bed & Breakfast, or Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis. Guests receive their booked meals in their rooms, with larger groups served in the Lapa.

The Lapa comes with a built-in braai and can be utilised for functions and and conferences. It is equipped with Wi-Fi internet access and a TV. There’s also an outside Boma with a fire pit surrounded by seating.

We offer ample free on-site parking. The property is fully fenced and under constant CCTV surveillance and our border collies are on duty!

We are Pet Friendly – please advise us in advance.

Aan De Kanal

The Rooms

All 15 rooms have a TV, free access to Wi-Fi (find the password in the file), direct private access, as well as a private bathroom with a shower. Each room is unique. We will always try to match a room/rooms to your needs.

Each bed is provided with an electric blanket during winter times. Hair dryers are available from reception. The same applies for irons, ironing boards and we will always try and assist, whatever your needs.

Bed & Breakfast Rooms


Room 9 - sleeps 2
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Wind Flower

Room 5 - sleeps 2
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Self-Catering Rooms

Self-Catering Unit

Room 1 - sleeps 2
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Room 2a sleeps 3 & Room 2b sleeps 3. Rooms can be rented as a whole, or as two separate lodgings.
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Room 3 - Sleeps 4
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Room 4 - Sleeps 2
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Room 8 - Sleeps 1
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Room 12 - Sleeps 3
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Heidelberg - Western Cape

The small town of Heidelberg is located between Riversdale (30 km) and Swellendam (60 km) and is a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Grootvadersbosch (44 km) with its indigenous forests offers many hiking trails and is an excellent birding destination (196 species recorded). It has mountain bike trails and adjoins the Boosmansbos Wilderness area. Barrydale (44 km) is reached via the scenic Tradouwpas, or take the more adventurous Gysmanshoek Pass (4×4 vehicle recommended). Visit the coastal towns of Witsand (40 km) Still Bay (70 km), or Jongensfontein (80 km). Or take one of the last operating Pont’s in South Africa at Malgas (53 km), stopping at the quaint hamlet of Vermaaklikheid (35 km) with its unique patterned thatch roofs.

Heidelberg - Hessequa - Western Cape

“The Explorer’s Garden Route”

Small Historical town between Swellendam and Riversdale just off the N2 highway
running along the Indian Ocean coast

from river to canal

A century and a half ago the Doorn River ran through the newly established (1855) town of Heidelberg causing havoc when in flood. A second flood in 1875, a mere 20 years later, destroyed 43 houses which might have been nigh on the entire town. After that the Heidelberg Canal Law was passed and the canal was built in a deep straight line replacing the natural course with a hard cement shell. The canal starts at Van Aardt Street and runs parallel with Eksteen Street all the way through town to eventually spill into the Duivenhoks River. More than a century later on 24 December 2005 the river flooded again without any major damage to permanent structures. We derived our name from this canal since our establishment is located on its banks right where the Voortrekker Bridge crosses the tamed Doorn River.

multifunctional lapa

We have a versatile thatch roof Lapa or braai room with two wood framed glass doors letting in lots of light. It is furnished with a table and eight comfortable chairs and a built-in braai place. Our Lapa serves a variety of purposes, e.g. when a group of people make use of our breakfast or dinner service, we serve the meal in the Lapa. The Lapa can also serve as a conference facility and is equipped with a TV for PowerPoint Presentations. Wi-Fi internet access is also available. Furthermore it can be utilised for functions for which we will cater on request. For instance, a group of women makes regular use of the Lapa for Zumba dance exercise. In front of the Lapa under tall palm trees we have constructed a boma with seating around a fire pit.

Heidelberg / Mountains & Vast Open Spaces

The area north of Heidelberg WC is a stretch of unspoilt nature, rugged mountains and indigenous forests that many an eco-tourist hankers after. It’s an extraordinary piece of wilderness for nature lovers, hikers, birdwatchers and mountain bikers.

Our town might be small, but in the country we go big! We just love our festivals, music and sport, such as the Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival, the Annual Hessequa Harmonie Music and Arts Festival, the Annual Vlakte Marathon, and many more.

Variety / Art, Sport & Festivals

Heritage / Historical Homes & Buildings

Follow the Historical Walking Route to view the most important historical landmarks in our beautiful town, e.g., the oldest house, Fourie House/Doornboom Opstal (1728), the Old Magistrates Building (1882), the Dutch Reformed Church (1890), etc.

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