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  • Set in a lush garden with a pool for the heat
  • Elegant rooms make for a great stay
  • Good stepping stone into this vast, rugged province

Browns Manor

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Upington

 

-28.4346, 21.3066

About

After driving through the arid landscape of the Kalahari, travellers arrive at Browns Manor; a welcoming oasis on the outskirts of Upington. Located a stone’s throw from the banks of the Orange River, this stylish recluse is set in tropical gardens swaying with palm trees, and offers well-appointed, air-conditioned rooms that provide cooling relief from the desert heat.

Decorated in a modern country style, the rooms cover a spectrum ranging from opulent executive rooms, ideal for travellers celebrating special occasions, to a pilot room for the overnighter or businessman.

Premier, deluxe and standard rooms fill the gaps in between, meaning that every prospective visitor will find something to suit their needs. The guest house is also family-friendly, allowing for two of the deluxe rooms to be interlinked into a spacious family unit. All the rooms are appointed with air conditioning, heaters, satellite televisions, wireless internet, minibars, tea/coffee trays, safes and hairdryers, ensuring satisfaction and comfort.

From the patios (or decks in the case of the executive rooms) guests have soothing views over the garden, swimming pool or koi ponds. Apart from the standard rooms and the single room, all rooms have King-size beds that can be converted to twins.  

Guests in the generously-sized executive rooms will enjoy the perks of an open-plan lounge area and a luxury full en-suite bathroom with double basins and fluffy bathrobes. 

The premier rooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers and double basins, and the deluxe rooms have baths and showers. Well-suited for budget travellers, but still comfortable, the standard rooms have double bedrooms with en-suite showers, while the pilot room has a single bed and shower.

In the morning, Chef Wiliana prepares a mouth-watering breakfast served either in the dining room or at the swimming pool area, where views of the Kalahari stretch out before you. A dip in the pool is extremely refreshing during the hot summers, as is a stroll around the gardens, where guests can watch the colourful koi or simply relax under the palm trees.

Kids can keep themselves entertained by running around on the lawns or testing out the jungle gym. Temperatures in the desert drop dramatically at night, but the lounge is a coy recluse, and the honesty bar is stocked with a wide variety of drinks, including fine Cape wines.

Although the weather may get cold at night, guests are always treated to warm Northern Cape hospitality from the manor’s personnel, who are on hand to arrange shuttle services and excursions to the surrounding attractions. The guest house is a good base for day trips into the Augrabies National Park and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, while the nearby Orange River is a paradise for rafting, fishing and boat cruises.

Just down the road, Upington has a variety of sporting and entertainment facilities, along with convenience stores and restaurants. Guests who prefer to relax at the guest house can have delicious lunches and dinners prepared for them by Wiliana, capping off a memorable experience in the Kalahari’s oasis. 

Rates & Summary


2 Executive Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath, shower and double basins
Open-plan lounge
Deck with garden views

2 Premier Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower and double basins
Patio with views of garden and koi ponds

2 Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with views of garden and swimming pool

Family Deluxe Room

Sleeps 4 in 2 King-size/twin bedrooms
Each bedroom has en-suite bath and shower
Patio with views of garden and swimming pool

4 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite shower
Patio with garden view

Single Room

Sleeps 1 in single bed
En-suite shower
Patio with garden view

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Lunch and dinner on request

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
There is a jungle gym for the little ones to play on.

Why Stay Here?

A stone’s throw from the mighty Orange River, Browns Manor is the first guest house travellers see when entering the Kalahari town of Upington from Johannesburg, and offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a range of tastefully-renovated rooms. Set in a lush tropical garden with a swimming pool, the manor is a stylish oasis in the heart of the arid Kalahari, and prides itself on providing warm Northern Cape hospitality and a family-friendly atmosphere. On request, breakfast can be enjoyed in the garden, next to the koi ponds.

Summary

  • Set in a lush garden with a pool for the heat
  • Elegant rooms make for a great stay
  • Good stepping stone into this vast, rugged province

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the manor are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: river cruises, fishing, kayaking, rafting, Augrabies National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, hiking, bushman caves, horse trails, camel rides, helicopter flips, hunting, 4x4 trails, golf, tennis, casino.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Green Kalahari

Northern Cape

About

The Green Kalahari embraces a large tract of undulating red dunes, mountain desert, and grasslands in the far north of the Northern Cape Province bordering Namibia and Botswana. In the extreme north it is home to the popular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where the black-maned lion is king, while in the west lies the Augrabies Falls National Park.

Upington, which straddles the banks of the Orange River where the N10 and N14 intersect, is the region’s main town. Further down river the other important regional towns of Keimoes and Kakamas bask amongst the vineyards. 

Many may consider ’green’ a little optimistic where the Kalahari is concerned. However, the ‘Green’, in this case, is in reference to the extensive vineyards that flank the Orange River as it curves through the region. In summer they trace a lush, verdant line against an otherwise arid backdrop of hills and plains cloaked in autumnal colours for most of the year. The vineyards follow the river for 350km and cover over 17 000 hectares making it one of the most intensively farmed areas in South Africa. 

From here table grapes are exported to Europe, while some cultivars are turned into award-winning wines by Orange River Wine Cellars. This five-cellar co-operative, which produces around 30 different wines, is the largest in the country. 

Paradoxically, for a region considered by many to be a desert, there are plenty of water-based activities, all of which are centred on the Orange River - at 2200km it’s South Africa’s longest River. Great river-rafting opportunities can be enjoyed along the stretch between Kakamas and the Augrabies falls.

There’s also fishing, ‘twitching’ along the banks, and in Upington, an evening cruise while supping a few cold beverages to watch the sunset.

Then there’s the varied desert wilderness to explore, from the rocky environs around Augrabies Falls and Riemvasmaak, through the rolling red sand dunes further north, to the vast flat pans in the Mier area. Amidst all this rugged scenery Camelthorn trees dot the landscapes and the large thatched nests of the busy sociable weavers crown both trees and telephone poles alike. 

Game viewing in the Green Kalahari is somehow more rewarding than in areas more flush with rainfall. Perhaps it’s the amazement at the variety in an arid land. 

The prime spot is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, but there’s also Augrabies Falls National Park, isolated areas like Spitskop Nature Reserve near Upington, and a host of game farms.

Birdwatchers, and especially those into raptors, are likely to suffer whiplash from swinging the binos around at the variety, especially in the far north. From the mighty martial eagle to the diminutive pygmy falcon, the region is a birders’ paradise. Wine-tasting, recreation and adventure sports, game-viewing, and bird-watching… and the area is well-known for its dried-fruit production. 

In essence a visit to the region is all about discovery, where visitors can shun the ordinary and expect the unusual. It’s not just an aimless wander through a barren desert, but rather an odyssey across a new frontier far removed from the tourist crowds. Above all, welcomes are as warm as the weather, the hospitality is superb, and the food – especially the meat – is excellent and plentiful.

Look out for

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - in the far north of the region is a vast wilderness of red dunes, dry savannah, and majestic camel thorn trees along the Auob and Nossob Rivers. It’s a birders’ paradise and there are plenty of antelope and their associated predators, including the black-maned Kalahari lion. The park has 264 bird species, including two thirds of the raptors found in South Africa, however, this list includes many vagrants so numbers vary throughout the year. There is an abundance of smaller wildlife, from mammals to rodents, reptiles, and insects that will keep nature-lovers enthralled for hours. The three traditional camps are Twee Rivieren, Nossob, and Mata Mata, which offer accommodation in both chalets and campsites, and they have shops and sell fuel. However, there are also a number of wilderness camps - some accessible only in a 4x4.

Augrabies Falls National Park - the principal attraction here is the 6th largest waterfall in the world. Other highlights include Moon Rock, a massive granite monolith, and Ararat viewpoint which overlooks some of the 18km gorge below the falls. Although it is primarily a scenic park, wildlife includes giraffe and several antelope species, and 180+ bird species have been recorded. A drive along the network of gravel roads or a walk on one of the trails will reveal some of the region’s sublime mountain desert scenery. Accommodation is in chalets, bungalows, or camp and caravan sites, and there’s a licensed à-la-carte restaurant, a coffee shop, and a shop with basic foodstuffs and curios. Day visitors are welcome.

Orange River Wine Cellars - the cellars at the towns of Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes, Groblershoop, and also at Grootdrink (alongside the N10 between Upington and Groblershoop) offer wine tastings and sales.

Riemvasmaak Hot Springs - 56km north-west of Kakamas, is situated in a deep ravine surrounded by a mountain desert landscape. The 75 000ha wilderness near Augrabies Falls offers visitors a chance to relax in the soothing waters of the hot springs, take up the challenge of three 4x4 trails, break out on foot along three hiking trails, or enjoy other adventure activities. They have basic self-catering accommodation.

River rafting on the Orange - for specialised 4-day canoe safaris and shorter river trips around the Augrabies Falls call Kalahari Outventures. They also do 5-day back road trips through the Kalahari. Khamkirri Private Game Reserve, 30km from Kakamas, is a one-stop activity centre, excellent for those who get bored of routine. They offer game drives, river rafting, angling, horse riding, abseiling, tours to local attractions, 4x4 routes, and bird watching. They also have a range of accommodation.

Dried Fruit - there’s an unbelievable variety of dried fruit that can be bought at farm stalls throughout the region.

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