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Zoete Inval "Sweet Drop In" in Dutch

Drop in and stay a while to experience the warm Hermanus hospitality of Zoete Inval Travellers Lodge.


Jan & Marilyn van der Velden have owned and operated Zoete Inval Travellers Lodge since 1993. One of the only 5 accommodation establishments in the community at the time, the business has gone from strength to strength. It still offers the same “home from home” atmosphere, as it did when it opened.

Jan (Dutch born) retired doctor and former rock climber and pilot…has a passion for the environment and conservation. He enjoys reading, writing, research, baboons and history.

Marilyn (Canadian) …. is passionate about gardening and the whole subject of RE. Her sunrise swims in the sea have been replaced by walks now. She has a passion for community empowerment and is the founder of the “Recycle Swop Shop for Kids”  that operates in various ways across the country.



The Zoete “Family”:

  • Roseline
    Domestic manager and long time member of our “family”. She has one child and one grandchild and Max the dog as well as surrogate mother to all the children in her neighbourhood. Her melodious whistled tunes and bright smile illuminates any dull day.
  • Luzuko
    Part-time maintenance man.
  • Marianna
    Bookings co-ordinator, bookkeeper and receptionist. She has 4 children and 7 grandchildren and is the wife of Andre. She works tirelessly for her church and enjoys swimming and walking.
  • Rina
    Receptionist and chef. She has 2 sons and 3 grandchildren… she knows how to feed a group. Her delicious meals are a feast for the eye as well as the tastebuds.
  • Vuvu
    Domestic worker and breakfast service. Assist Rina with pre-booked evening meals for groups. Married with 2 children. Always eager to help.
  • Thelma & Cynthia
    Part- time domestic workers and breakfast service