Do you enjoy walking, reading, farm activities, birding, mountain biking, fishing, photography, running, relaxing, braaing, swimming or star gazing? Then you've come to the right place!
Enjoy a quiet early morning stroll around the farm. Be sure to keep a lookout for fresh otter spoor in the vineyards and our resident hare. Enjoy a full farmhouse breakfast and then take on the day. Enjoy the buzz of daily farm activities, or simply find a nice shady spot to enjoy a good book. Relax on the stoep or laze under the willow trees, wherever you are you will be surrounded by majestic views. Feel free to pack a picnic and find a quiet spot on the farm to enjoy it.
For the avid photographer there are a host of opportunities to capture the beauty and essence of the farm and its surroundings. The dam has a healthy population of bluegills, perfect for kids to catch their first fish, or on a quiet day, enjoy the kingfishers catching a meal. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the dam in the heat of the day, or quietly drift around on a tube. A lovely spot for birders, you need move no further than the stoep to start ticking off the more than 130 species that frequent the farm. Guinea fowl and fish eagles are frequently seen.
For the exercise conscious, strap on the running shoes or clip into your mountain bike for a modest 7km circuit that will take you past dairy farms, vineyards, orchards, renosterveld and alfalfa fields. A wonderful way to experience the area, we highly recommend it during the late afternoon and early evening. Sundowners are not to be missed and are best enjoyed from the stoep with a nice glass of wine, while you enjoy the colours playing on the Langeberg opposite you. Keep an eye out for the vast flocks of sacred ibis passing over on their way to roost. As darkness sets in enjoy that uniquely South African experience of socialising with friends or loved ones around a genuine wood braai, or quietly enjoy the night skies as only the Klein Karoo can deliver.
In the Immediate Vicinity
To be arranged beforehand, please speak to your hostess. For the avid bass fisherman we have river launching access through private farms to a 3km beat of pristine water on the Breede river. You must have your own kayak to fish this stretch as it is very wooded, but the effort is well worth it. The beat starts at the tail of a long, deep pool, then enters riffles, fast runs and smaller pools ranging in depth from knee deep to 3 or more metres. After 1.5km it enters a 2km long pool, home to some enormous bass and carp. It is a modest 10 minute walk from the exit point across our neighbours pastures back to the cottages. Drop off and collection MUST be arranged.
Not for the faint hearted, this entire beat routinely takes 4 or more hours to cover, and a day is easily spent on it. The experienced fisherman is virtually guaranteed a bass or two of at least 1-3kg. So whether you love fishing fast water or slower pools, this isolated stretch of river can deliver the goods. This beat has yielded small mouth bass up to 2.5kg on lures and up to 1.5kg on fly; Large mouth up to 3.5kg on lure and up to 3kg on fly. There are many large carp averaging 3-8kg and plenty well over that. A note to all carp fishermen: Although there are numerous large carp, if you are just wanting to sit with your rods out and a beer in hand from the comfort of your front lawn, then this is not the right venue or beat for you!!! Only active carp fishers prepared to target carp from a boat or a rocky outcrop should attempt this beat. But it does offer explosive fishing and an ideal beat for flyfishermen to target these fish.
The Breede River Goose
Sunset or lunch cruises are available on the River Goose a few kilometers upstream and offer great value for money. Contact Kelvin on: 082 759 5727 for times and tariffs.
A definite stop for the wine connoisseur, this is a great launching spot for a wine tour of the region.
A great mixed circuit on tar and road will take you through some landscape most visitors never see.
4 X 4 trips up the Langeberg
Are offered on the leopard trail.
Bonnievale (historical sites, restaurants, crafts)
There are numerous interesting spots to visit. Here are a few we think are worth seeing – The Myrtle Rigg church is a lovely stone church built at the request of a child and in memory of her by her father, who was the first engineer in Bonnievale and responsible for building the irrigation canal still in use today. The museum in the main street showcases the history of Bonnievale. Original paintings by a local artist can be viewed nearby.
There are several supermarkets and a butchery to cater for one’s daily needs as well as a number of restaurants. The Parmelat cheese shop is a popular stopping place where visitors are welcomed by a stuffed cow at the doorway. Right next door is the Wyngarten where you can wine taste and stock up on local wines or buy a bottle of the famous Tim Jan aloe vera health drink.
We have found these restaurants and coffee shops to be well worth the visit. They are all situated along the main road and easy to find
- Kareys on Main
- Outdoor Arena
Further a field
Is a bustling little town which now boasts a shopping mall with a supermarket and several coffee shops as well as a range of other shops. An old historical town, the museums are interesting and right next to them is the original Zanddrift farmhouse which was originally just across the river from Otter’s Bend. It was removed and rebuilt, brick by brick in its present position and is now used as a restaurant. The cheese shop on the way to Swellendam is worth a visit, while the berry farm nestled against the mountains just outside Swelledam is a little gem not to be missed. Their farm shop won’t disappoint and in season you can pick your own berries.
Bontebok Nature Reserve
Is a great place to view Bontebok and other animals. There is a very nice picnic spot on the river with access for swimming. For the more active, the Marloth reserve offers some good hikes.
Is available at Dee Hazel’s – contact her on 072 288 1028
A weekly Saturday craft market is a must. The nut shop is a great place to stock up on nuts and dried fruit at good prices. The tourism bureau offers bookings for tractor rides to the top of the Langeberg in the Koo valley and offers the easiest way to access the top of the Langeberg. If you are staying with us for longer than a weekend, this should be the top of your list for a days outing. It is excellent value for money and a potjie lunch can also be enjoyed under the trees before or after your expedition.
For those who do rock climbing, Montagu is a rock climbers mecca. A mere half hour drive from the farm there are climbs to suit everyone from beginners to experienced climbers.
Not much here, but the wine boutique at the shell garage on the Montagu side stocks the majority of wines of the top cellars at pretty much local cellar prices. A great place for people wanting to stock up on collectors wines without visiting all the different wineries.
For those of you who are 'verlore sonder vetplante' the cactus nursery is a definite stop. On the way to Robertson from Ashton it is very interesting and offers a maze as well.
Home to the donkey sanctuary, where old and abused donkeys can live out their days in peace and plenty. Drive on through Mcgregor and continue up the Riviersonderend mountains. The views are magnificent. The walk down to Greyton starts here – permits are required.
The largest town in the area with plenty of places to eat and shops to visit, the drive back to Bonnievale will take you along the longest flowered road in South Africa and is a real treat spring through autumn. Drop into Springfield, Bon Courage, van Loveren or a host of other wineries to experience the diversity of the wines in our region. Take a river boat trip at Viljoensdrift, or eat a picnic lunch on their deck overlooking the river.