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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 Her sunrise swims in the sea have been replaced by walks now.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”. Her whistled tunes and bright smile illuminates every dull day.
  • Luzuko
    Jack of all trades – takes care of repairs and maintenance…with the creative skills that built our retirement furniture.
  • Cynthia
    Domestic, laundry and baker of kefir enriched muffins.
  • Thelma
    Part-time domestic service.
  • Hermien
    Reception and office services shares her creative talents in her cartoon characters and arranging flowers.
  • 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.
  • Thelma & Cynthia
    Part- time domestic workers and breakfast service