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  • Conveniently close to the Lesotho border post for day trips or breaking a journey
  • Beautiful views of the sandstone cliff formations on the property
  • Wide range of outdoor activities available to explore the landscape

Camelroc Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

10km from Fouriesburg

 

-28.6932, 28.2395

About

Situated less than a kilometre from the Caledonspoort entry point into Lesotho, Camelroc Guest Farm is blessed by the natural beauty of orange sandstone cliffs, poplar trees and patches of indigenous bush, and is a perfect place to break away for a few days of relaxation and adventure. The farm offers a range of comfortable accommodation in three cosy double rooms and seven thatched self-catering chalets, sleeping between three and nine guests.

Situated in the sandstone farm house, two of the rooms have double beds, while the third has twins. The en-suite bathrooms have showers, but guests who prefer to bath can make use of a communal bathroom just down the hall.  A room only option is available for travellers who are only popping in for the night on their way into Lesotho, while a country-style breakfast is included in the rates for bed and breakfast guests. During the bitterly cold high-altitude winters, guests can turn on the satellite television and snuggle up next to a fireplace in the communal lounge.

The chalets are equipped with everything necessary for laidback self-catering, including well-appointed kitchens, lounges with fireplaces and braai areas.

Options range from two small open-plan chalets—ideal for couples—all the way up to a huge four bedroomed chalet allows entire families or large groups to enjoy a memorable holiday together. Each chalet has a patio or deck where guests can relax and marvel at the gravity-defying rock outcrop that resembles a camel’s head and gave the farm its name. The landscape is prettiest at sunset, when the sandstone cliffs burn a bright orange, setting a picturesque scene for sundowners.

To pass the time, guests can splash around in the swimming pool or compete for the crown of table tennis champion, or head out to discover the farm’s treasure trove of beauty. 

On the farm’s two hiking trails, guests will climb up into the mountains, walk underneath sandstone overhangs and cross the dramatic bridge to The Camel Head, before stumbling across the magnificent Gods Window cave. Higher up on the plateau, the Maluti Mountains reveal themselves in all their grandeur, until hikers descend into a gorge shaded by indigenous trees and reach the cooling pools of the Caledon River. Make sure to pay a visit to the strange Grot Woning cave, where age old rock art can be viewed. 

There are also two challenging, well laid out mountain bike trails on the property which treat cyclists to some exceptional views over Lesotho and the two Caledon Rivers, as well as a tough 4x4 trail that will push any off-road vehicle to its limits. 

Being so close to the Lesotho border post, Camelroc is perfectly situated for day trips into the Mountain Kingdom, where skiing, horse riding and visits to traditional Basotho villages are all on the cards. The Eastern Free State also has its fair share of attractions and activities, including numerous farm stalls, seasonal cherry picking, fly fishing and the quaint artist’s town of Clarens.

Rates & Summary


3 Farm House Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double or twin beds
En-suite shower
Bath in shared bathroom
Communal lounge with fireplace

2 Small Chalets

Open-plan
Sleeps 3 in double and single bed
Bathroom with shower
Kitchen and lounge with fireplace
Deck with braai area and mountain views

Sandstone Chalet

Sleeps 4 in double room and bunk room
Bathroom with shower
Kitchen and lounge with fireplace
Patio with braai area and mountain views

2 two-bedroom chalets

Sleeps 6 in double and twin rooms plus sleeper couch
Double room has en-suite bath, twin has en-suite shower
Kitchen and lounge with fireplace
Deck with braai area and mountain views 

Three-bedroom chalet

Sleeps 8 in double, twin and double bunk rooms
1 bathroom with bath, other with shower
Kitchen and lounge with fireplace
Patio with braai area and mountain views

Four-bedroom chalet

Sleeps 9 in 3 double rooms and 1 triple room
1 bathroom with bath, other with shower
Kitchen and lounge with fireplace
Patio with braai area and mountain views

Pricing

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

Catering

Room only or bed and breakfast in farm house
Self-catering in chalets

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Camelroc Guest Farm offers country-style accommodation on a secluded property just outside Fouriesburg, and is a good base for day trips into the scenic Eastern Free State and the mountains of Lesotho. The rooms and chalets are set in tranquil surrounds and face a beautiful sandstone cliff. Guests can explore the spectacular scenery via a range of hiking, biking and 4x4 trails on the farm.

Summary

  • Conveniently close to the Lesotho border post for day trips or breaking a journey
  • Beautiful views of the sandstone cliff formations on the property
  • Wide range of outdoor activities available to explore the landscape

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, fly-fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The 800m gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • 4x4 trail
  • Nearby: fly-fishing, horse riding, cherry picking, quad biking, Lesotho, skiing, Golden Gate National Park, Drakensberg Mountains, art galleries.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Thabo Mofutsanyana

Free State

About

The northern and eastern sections of the Free State, commonly referred to as the “eastern Free State”, nudge up against the borders of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Kingdom of Lesotho. Officially the region is called Thabo Mofutsanayana.  Mofutsanyana, born in QwaQwa, was a leading light of both the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party until his death in 1995.

Geographically, this region bucks a trend. While most of the Free State is flat, the eastern reaches tower up as the Drakensberg and the Malotis come into play. The landscape climbs and soars, leaving impressive cliffs and buttresses of sandstone, and hidden caves in its wake.

Nowhere is the scene more striking that at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park near the village of Clarens. The maze of sculptured rock formations here is almost too much to absorb.  Sunset colours the cliffs in shades of ochre, hence the reference to gold in the name of the park.

These higher altitudes, of course, do wonders for the eastern Free State air, which is crisp, clean and bracing, conducive to a feeling of good health.

Clarens is one of the villages that lie in the foothills of the Malotis. With its mountainous surrounds, it is said to be reminiscent of the Swiss village of Clarens, where President Paul Kruger lived out his exile.

A town of sandstone buildings set amidst farmland, it has undergone something of a reincarnation in recent years as an artists’ colony. Just three hours or so from Gauteng’s big cities, weekenders come down to roam its galleries and craft shops.

The principal town in this region is Bethlehem. Once again sandstone buildings are characteristic of the town, which is the centre of a farming community that produces the lion’s share of South Africa’s wheat crop.

It has both built and natural attractions, including a flat-water slalom course for canoeists on the Ash River. Bethlehem is also the location of an annual national hot-air balloon championship.

Also set against an imposing Maloti backdrop is Ficksburg, renowned for its annual Cherry Festival in summer. A gateway to Lesotho and its Katse Dam, the town’s environs offer much in the way of adventure activity, such as 4x4 trails, quad-biking, abseiling, trout-fishing and game-viewing.

Other Thabo Mofutsanyane towns are Arlington, Clocolan, Fouriesburg, Harrismith, Kestell, Lindley, Marquard, Memel, Paul Roux, Petrus Steyn, Phuthaditjhaba, Reitz, Rosendal, Senekal, Vrede and Warden.

Look out for

Golden Gate Highlands National Park – This park is a theatre of natural, towering sandstone formations, named “golden” for their colour at sunset.  At that time of day, the best place to appreciate the beauty is the highest point in the park, Ribbokkop.  The former QwaQwa National Park was incorporated into Golden Gate in 2005.  Horseriding is a popular outdoor pursuit in the park, which is valued for its plant, animal and bird life.  A number of accommodation options are available.

Basotho Cultural Village –  South Sotho architecture, arts and crafts, herbal medicinal remedies and cuisine can be explored at the Basotho Cultural Village near Phuthaditjhaba.  Song and dance folklore shows can also be enjoyed.

The Sentinel – Also near Phuthaditjhaba, it is the access point for a series of trails that lead hikers to the rear of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and some of the country’s most magnificent scenery.  Geographical features to view are The Sentinel, Devil’s Tooth, the Eastern Buttress and the Tugela Falls.

Discovering cherries, Ficksburg  - The annual Cherry Festival in Ficksburg takes place in November.  It is a three-day event that attracts thousands and entertains with fun activities such as horse- and camel-rides.  Cherry farm tours, however, take place throughout the cherry season, which is in October and November.  Locally made cherry liqueurs, brandies and schnapps should be tasted to complete the experience.

Clarens – A host of things to do and see in Clarens includes the Artist Amble, a route of galleries open to the public; rock art on Schaapplaats Farm; sandstone formations such as Mushroom Rock and Titanic Rock; dinosaur fossils at Sue’s Zoo; fly-fishing as well as bass- and river-fishing; hiking and horse-riding.

Sterkfontein Dam, Harrismith – The third largest dam in South Africa, the Sterkfontein Dam is a popular venue for water sports and angling.  Predating the Lesotho Highlands project, the water that fills the dam is pumped up from KwaZulu-Natal.  It is then released into the Wilge River, from where it flows into the Vaal Dam.    The Sterkfontein Dam’s banks are surrounded by a nature reserve where strange rock formations are just as interesting to view as buck and raptors.  Camping and chalet accommodation is available, as well as hiking trails.

Salpeterkrans – At Fouriesburg you will find Salpeterkrans, one of the largest sandstone overhangs in the southern hemisphere, shaped by wind erosion.  It not surprising that it is considered a sacred site where ancestral worship and fertility rites take place.

Rosendal – like the town of Clarens, Rosendal is known for its arty vibe. There are numerous art galleries in and around town, as well as quaint shops and restaurants. The Meerkatkolonie Art Gallery is a must. Rosendal is a popular weekend getaway destination for those who live in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

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