Dave Shackley Cooking Breakfast at ImpangeleThe sun drenched deck, overlooking the Langeberg mountains, is where guests are served a legendary breakfast. Nothing is too much trouble for your hosts, who go out of their way to ensure that special dietary requests are met, and that no-one leaves the table hungry. Everything is freshly prepared – the oranges squeezed to make juice, fantastic fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, muffins, croissants, freshly baked bread, cheese, cold meats, ‘proper’ coffee, a choice of teas – all these are just in preparation for David’s stunning full English Breakfast: bacon, sausages, locally picked forest mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, free range eggs prepared exactly to your own preference and occasionally that English speciality – fried bread!

bird at breakfast at Impangele guest houseYou will share the experience with the multitude of birds who love Impangele’s bird friendly garden – Cape sugarbirds, sunbirds, weavers, bulbuls, Cape white-eyes and drongoes will give you plenty of entertainment as they feed from the nectar feeders on the deck. Not to be outdone, the sparrows will hop in to your bread basket and help themselves, given half a chance.

And – to top all that – you can choose whatever time you would like it!

The Garden

While you feast on your sumptuous breakfast, you can enjoy the beautiful garden, full of indigenous plants, which  is a sensory experience of note – the fragrance, colours and lush growth, all set against the backdrop of the Langeberg mountain range, makes the garden a haven for birds – and guests!  Binoculars and a bird book are always a close at hand to settle curiosity about unusual visitors to the garden.


The braai area at Impangele Guest House, SwellendamThe Braai Area

Braai facilities are available for guests who love a traditional South African barbecue – indeed we have the original indoor wood burning oven for cooler nights.

The Plunge Pool

An ingenious transformation of a water storage dam has created a plunge pool, integrated into the back stoep – not enough space to get into training  (it’s only 2.2m in diameter)- but perfect for cooling down after your hot days of exploration


Beauty’s Xhosa Feasts

By prior arrangement, guests at Impangele can try traditional Xhosa food prepared for

Beauty in her traditional Xhosa dress

them by Nobuhle (Beauty), the housekeeper.  This is her own initiative, and the funds she raises as a result of these evenings are set aside for the education of her youngest daughter. Occasionally these evenings are accompanied by dancers and singers from Meisie Bokwana’s township project, or alternatively, prior to the feast guests can go on a walking tour of the local township – an unforgettable experience for those who would like to know more about the lives of many South Africans.

Free Wi Fi and use of Internet

All rooms have access to Wi-fi – which is offered free.  If you don’t have a wireless contraption, then you are welcome to use a guest-dedicated computer to check your e-mails (and write reviews!)