Activities & Attractions
This is a commercial farm: Sheep, Cattle, Lusern and Carrot Seed.
Various routes to walk, here is beautiful unspoiled nature! Just let the owner know if you walk in a direction – for your own safety!
- Swim in our dams allowed, but children under adult supervision!!!
- 4×4 route for the adventurer
- Flowers (Proteas)
- Mountain Bikes
- Fishing gear (Black Bass nearby or Karp futher)
- You are welcome to bring your 4 wheeler or adventure bike but please leave it on our main farm to not disturb the neighbour.
- We do have horses but not all is tamed. Maybe the children can sit on horse back but no riding alone allowed…
We cater for big groups up to 80 in camp site. All bring own tent, bushwagon, rooftoptents, campers etc. We do meals for groups of 10 and more.
Chops, bread, wood and ice can be arranged, please indicate it on the confirmation form if interested.
Bring your camera for the memories… this is a fauna and flaura paradise!
Camp under the blue gum trees or find a spot on the grass.
REMEMBER: NO ELECTRICITY – BRING LAMPS AND LIGHTS!
The surrounding towns are Ladismith (48km), Calitzdorp (58km) and Laingsburg (65km) where you can experience the rich tourism culture, ostriches, wine, cheese making and even a flood route.
Gamkapoort Dam is also a trip worth making. Down the awesome Bosluiskloof Pass, it is only 32km away!
Hierdie pad bestaan al van die vroeë 1900’s. Glo gebou deur Tom Zimba – met sy hande… Pik, graaf en ‘n krywa was al hulp – die klipwerk is van die beste… Mens kan nie help om te wonder hoe lank die bou van die pad moes geneem het nie…
Op die plaas Sandrivier sien mens ook baie oorblyfsels van die klipmure wat gebou is as skeidingsmure en krale. Dit is nou een ding – hier is nie ‘n tekort aan berge, klip en sand nie.
Diegene wat al hierdie 4×4-roete gery het, het dit baie geniet en hou veral van die uitdaging met die terug kom slag. “Jammer dat dit nie ‘n sirkelroete is nie… Maar genoeg om te sien en te waardeer!” Was van die kommentaar. Die uitsig van bo-op-die-berg is finominaal en mens kan die Klein Swartberg waardeer in al sy glorie. Links Seweweekspoort Piek, En regs Towerkop. Die berge wat oral jou omvou laat jou so tuis en veilig voel.
Dit voel amper asof jy nooit weer wil weg-gaan nie. Die plantegroei kan jou asem wegslaan, veral die proteas wat jy hier kry!
Die roete is al gery met 4-wiel trek motorfietse en die mense geniet dit ook om hul bergfietse te toets hier.
Die pad word privaat instand gehou so ons vra ‘n geringe koste vir die gebruik van hierdie pad. Hierdie pad word op eie risiko gebruik, soos al ons ander paaie en staproetes op die plaas.
- The poort itself.
- Gamkapoort dam via the scenic Boschlyskloof.( the dam was build in the late 1960 for the farmers near the Gamkariver in Calitzdorp. By finishing the dam the route to Prince Albert from here was closed.
- See the wide variety of plantspecies on the farm and area. A wide range of birdlife an also be spotted. Cape pheasant, stork, Egyptian Goose, African Coot. Predatory birds like owls, black eagle, Fish Eagle
- Other predators in the area like Leopard, Jackal, Lynx, and Cape Wild Cat. Other animals like Baboons, Rock Hare and Rock Rabbit is frequently seen.
- Get physical and go for a hike on the farm.
- Bring your mountain bike along. Cycle part of the route of the 7Weekspoort Mountain Bike Challenge that is running over a part of the farm.
- Stay up for stargazing. Clean, clear skies that you just want to reach out and touch.
- Anysberg Nature Reserve – offers walking trails, abseiling
- Laingsburg (65km) visit the Flood Museum and Dutch Reformed Church and see what happened to this little town 25 January 1981. Laingsburg also have a Golfcourse next to the Buffelsriver that washed the town almost away.
- The Anglo Boer War Blockhouse
- Matjiesfontein Village
- Ladismith (45km) – visit the Cheese Factories Golfcourse, 4 x 4 routes, nice restaurants, SPAR
- Calitzdorp (50km) well known as the Port Capital of South Africa. Visit the local wine cellars, the Dutch Reformed Churh Hall with handmade wall-hangings of Life of Jesus. The warm water SPA, Hennie Cloete Nature Garden with a wide variety of succulents (vetplante)
- Scenic Groenfontein Route along the Swartberg Mountains that leads you to Cango Caves
- World reknown Red Stone Hills
- Oudtshoorn (100km) Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch with cheetas, tigers, crocodiles, Safari and High Gate Ostrich Show Farm, Wilgewandel for Camelrides.
- George (150km) nearest big Airport
What To Do During Your Stay
There are many activities for the whole family to enjoy at our farms: hiking, birding, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, star gazing, or simply kicking back with a good book and relaxing around a fire at night.
From hiking trails on the farm and into the Elandsberg mountains, to the famous Seweweekspoort peak which towers behind the farm, there is lots to explore and discover. There are some unique rock art (bushman) paintings preserved on our farm, scenic views to find, and interesting rock formations. Add in rivers to swim, waterfalls to climb and our wide variety of Karoo fauna and flora…
Seweweekspoort Peak is at 2325m the highest peak in the Western Cape and situated in the Klein Swartberg mountain range. A description of this reknowned route can be obtained
Activities For Children
This is working farms, which means that children can experience farm life in every season. Children can interact with farm animals with owners consent. Watch a tractor ploughing, or explore the fields. If you are lucky you might spot an elusive koedoe/ribbok/duiker/grysbok grazing in the early morning or late afternoon on the hills surrounding the farm.
Give the owner a call and find out when the cows are milked, or time your visit to coincide with the lambing or shearing season.
Pet Friendly Getaways
You are welcome to bring your dogs to Op-die-Plaas KAMP/Stone Cottage/Bergzicht Cottage, which is remote from the main farm, and share your holiday with your family’s best friends. They’ll enjoy the wide spaces, swimming in the dams and the wider farm.
Cycling & Mountain Biking
If you leave your bike at home, you might really regret it! The pristine and quiet Seweweekspoort pass starts 4-7 kilometres from the farms, and is amazing to cycle through. Thomas Bain is the architect of this narrow and exceptional poort.
The natural rock formations make for inspiring surrounds, animals tend to treat you as part of the scenery and continue daily routine undisturbed as you cycle past towering cliffs and over the gurgling Huis River which crosses the kloof no fewer than 23 times.
Gamkaskloof Dam is also a worthy explore (it used to be the through-road to Die Hel) and there are numerous trails into the back of the farmlands and into the range beyond.
Check out the webpage of the MTB route: http://www.mtbroutes.co.za/seweweekspoort-mtb-trail-closest-city–town-amalienstein–ladismith.html
Birdwatchers love it here! Best photos ever!!!
Download Printable List of birds in the area.
For the intrepid, there are new routes to open and lots of trad climbing possibilities. Chat to the owners about the private kloofs on the farm.
Although we are not Sutherland, Koueveld’s starry skies are beautiful and super clear on moonless nights.
We do have horses on the farm – guests are welcome to visit the horses and experienced riders can enjoy exploring the farm on horseback – please note, only experienced riders!
You are welcome to bring your own horses too – some of us have private secure paddocks close to the main farm house for your use during your stay.