Skilpadkos

Skilpadkos is a lovingly restored enchanting fisherman’s cottage. Original doors and frames were given a second chance and relive as stunning bespoke handmade furniture.

Skilpadkos cottage is tucked in behind the dunes overlooking the saltpans with its rich birdlife. The sound of waves washing up onto the beach constantly reminds one of the ocean, a mere 500m away. The distant mountains of Aurora and Piketberg form the perfect backdrop to the scenery. Skilpadkos cottage is a popular summer and winter retreat.

The story of Skilpadkos

While exploring the veld (bushland) your eyes will suddenly catch sight of a striking red velvety cats’ claw which the local people referred to as Skilpadkos (hyobanche guinea). 

This plant attaches itself to the roots of other plants in order to draw water and nutarians from its host.  During early times the flowers were dried and diluted for use as ink.