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  • Right in the heart of the rugged beauty of the Cederberg
  • Brilliant base for the famous Rocklands climbing areas
  • Fully-equiped self catering chalets offer a comfortable base for exploring

De Pakhuys

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

26km from Clanwilliam


-32.1203, 19.0591


Rocklands is an ancient natural labyrinth of sandstone boulders, towers and crags, making it an internationally renowned rock climbing destination. The climbing area at de Pakhuys was originally developed in 2005 and offers a huge range and variety of bouldering for climbers, while non-climbers will marvel at the incredible shapes carved by the elements in this silent landscape.

The fully-equipped self-catering chalets are situated in lush gardens and boast beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Olienhuys – named after the wild olive trees which grow in the area – has a fireplace, air-conditioning and satellite TV access (bring your own DSTV card), and is 50 metres away from the large swimming pool.

Blokhuys features a view over the olive groves and has a traditional ‘stoep’, while Waboomhuys is a well-appointed one bedroom cottage which overlooks the swimming pool. Waboomhuys also has air-conditioning and a fireplace, along with satellite TV access. Mother Nature has been left untouched at Kleinfontein Farm, and the two accommodation units are comfortable, affordable and homely.

The well-maintained campsite, spread out beneath the bluegum trees and surrounded by craggy boulders and fynbos, offers as good a camping experience as can be found anywhere.

Apart from the rock climbing, attractions at de Pakhuys include spectacular hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult. The trails wind through boulders, cliffs and landscapes which are ablaze with flowers in season, while the rivers and waterfalls in the shady valleys provide a cooling contrast and a perfect place for weary travellers to take a dip.

The farm has a 4x4 track and the remoteness of its location makes it a perfect place for stargazing.

A visit to the tiny nearby village of Wupperthal, an historic and unique missionary station dating back to 1829, is a must, while the town of Clanwilliam is well known as South Africa’s Rooibos tea capital.

Before leaving, guests should consider buying a bottle of one of the several varieties of olives grown at de Pakhuys.

Rates & Summary


Sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms
One-and-a-half bathrooms
Outside braai area
Views of the Cedarberg mountains


Sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms
Shared full bathroom
Braai area overlooking the olive groves


Sleeps 2 in double bed
Bathroom with shower
Outside braai facility
Overlooks the swimming pool


Sleeps up to 6 in 2 bedrooms
One-and-a-half bathrooms
Braai area with natural rock chimney
Views of the Cedarberg mountains

Kleinfontein II

Attached to the large cottage
Sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

11 Campsites

Spread out under large eucalyptus trees
Central kitchen with fridge and electricity
Ablution facilities with showers


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Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Central to all Rocklands climbing areas, nestled in the picturesque Agter-Pakhuis Valley, 26 km from Clanwilliam en route to the historic Wupperthal village, you will find the beautiful de Pakhuys Farm. De Pakhuys is located in the rugged beauty of the Cederberg mountains, and offers a variety of fully-equipped self-catering chalets and campsites situated in pristine natural surroundings. 


  • Right in the heart of the rugged beauty of the Cederberg
  • Brilliant base for the famous Rocklands climbing areas
  • Fully-equiped self catering chalets offer a comfortable base for exploring


Two of the cottages offer greater privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, hiking boots, swimming costume, swimming towels,  fishing gear, mountain bike, climbing and bouldering gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The last 800m stretch is on a gravel road, and is suitable for any vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Waterfalls & rock pools
  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Bouldering
  • Mountain biking
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Rock art
  • 4X4 route
  • Donkey cart trails
  • Olive production
  • Rooibos tea lands
  • Stargazing
  • Wild flowers - Aug & Sept 


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Periodic housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Paid Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Cape West Coast

Western Cape


This exquisite, isolated stretch of land along the west coast of South Africa is one of its richest and most prized natural areas. Breathtaking mountain ranges are constant travelling companions along the Winelands and West Coast routes. The magnificent, brooding peaks, crags and unusual rock formations and caverns were canvases for the San and Khoi people, who left lyrical rock paintings documenting their lives and spiritual experiences of the land.

The mountains now attract rock-climbers and hikers. The west coast’s cold, nutrient-rich Benguela current ensures that its Atlantic waters are teeming with marine life and its shores, although seemingly dry and grey out of flower season, nurture an incredible diversity of plant and animal life.

Unesco has deemed the Cape Floristic Region an area of such incredible biodiversity that the Cape Biosphere Reserve has been formed to protect the land from Milnerton to Velddrif.

The West Coast route encompasses both inland and seaside villages. Travelling north from Cape Town through inland towns such as Darling, Riebeeck Kasteel, Porterville, Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Wupperthal leads past a series of mountain ranges and wilderness areas, including the Grootwinterhoek, Koue Bokkeveld, and the well-loved Cederberg. The route winds through vineyards, wheat fields, olive, citrus and dairy farms, and friendly towns that have a pastoral serenity.

After good winter rains, flower-lovers make pilgrimages to the west coast in spring (August to September) to enjoy the Cape floral region’s colourful splendour, which reaches its full brilliance in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Darling, Porterville, Clanwilliam and Hopefield are especially well known for their flowers and flower festivals.

Once sated with the marvels of the Cederberg, tourists can meander down the coast through fishing villages such as Strandfontein, Lamberts Bay, Eland’s Bay, Velddrif, Paternoster, Langebaan and Yzerfontein.

In the 1600s, Jan Van Riebeeck rejected the west coast as unsuitable for settlement because of the lack of fresh water and the area remained relatively undeveloped. However, in the past 15 years, fresh water supply has been ensured and tourism has boomed. Paternoster has maintained the aesthetic appearance and atmosphere of a fishing village, with whitewashed cottages and fishing boats strewn across its beaches, and is particularly popular with tourists as a result. 

The west coast paints olfactory pictures as compelling as its beautiful scenery. Inland areas can be startlingly fragrant, with orange blossom, rooibos, fynbos and buchu, whereas the fecund, fishy, kelpy marine smells of the coastline are quintessential to the Cape.

Then there is the mouth-watering aroma of west coast rock lobster (crayfish or kreef) on the braai (barbeque) … and the stench of Cape gannet guano at Lambert’s Bay’s Bird Island. All the senses seem heightened in response to this area, perhaps because of its ancient wilderness. 

The coastal towns have a much-vaunted Mediterranean feel and moderate temperatures that attract holiday makers and retirees. With blazing blue skies above, white sandy beaches underfoot and azure seas, you can feel as if you have been catapulted onto a brilliant Greek isle. 

However, the west coast is different from the warm, easy going east coast, and can whip up a howling, biting wind, or set in with miserable rain and austere, desolate greyness.

Shell middens and Stone Age artefacts dotted along the coastline suggest that the west coast’s sea and mountains sustained early human life as long as 700 000 years ago and later supported the San and Khoi people. The Khoi began herding sheep two millennia ago and were well-established herdsman by the time the Dutch settlers arrived in the 17th century, leading to disputes over territory. 

The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, is said to be the first recorded European to arrive on South African shores, near the Berg River mouth, in a bay he named Bahai da Santa Elena after the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.The west coast is well-known for its shipwrecks, with Paternoster (“Our Father”) said to reference the prayers of Portuguese sailors.

The west coast has drawn waves of fortune-seekers over the years, with fishing, farming, whaling, guano, forestry and diamonds being among the major drawcards, but some of the area’s greatest assets have been nearly exhausted by human demand, leaving a number of conservation concerns, such as the scarcity of the renosterbos (Swartveld) and the near eradication of endemic Clanwilliam cedars. 

After years of exploitation, the Cederberg Wilderness Area now protects these rare and endemic species as well as the Cape leopard, snow protea and the red and yellow Disa uniflora. Dainty antelope species roam the reserves, as well as baboon, tortoise, caracal, mongoose and bat-eared fox. Sunbirds and sugarbirds thrive on the fynbos. 

Southern right whales enter the west coast’s sheltered bays from July to October in order to calve and can often be seen quite close to the shore. Endemic Haviside’s dolphins also roam the waters, as do dusky dolphins, great white sharks, penguins and Cape fur seals. The wetlands and estuaries in the region are a bird-watcher’s paradise, with tens of thousands of birds, including (in summer) northern hemisphere waders.

Look out for

Cape Flower Route – geologically, the region has remained relatively unchanged for five-million years, resulting in its unique fynbos and astonishing plant variety. 

The 71 000-hectare Cederberg Wilderness Area encompasses famous rock formations (Maltese Cross; Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks), caverns with fine rock art sites (Town Hall/Stadsaal Caves) and peaks (the tallest of which is the Sneeuberg at 2 028 metres). Streams, waterfalls and ravines and the amazing plants and animal diversity attract bird-watchers, nature-lovers and hikers who revel in the 254 kilometres of trails. 

Langebaan Lagoon is the centre of West Coast National Park, known for abundant birdlife, beaches, the Postberg Flower Reserve (open from August to September) and Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, with resident black and blue wildebeest, bontebok and eland. Near Kraal Bay are the “footprints of Eve” - early hominid footprints preserved in the sandstone. 

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, known to Paternoster locals as “Tietiesbaai”, has the last manual lighthouse in South Africa. 

The West Coast Fossil Park between Langebaan and Velddrif yielded a fossilised skull dating back to the Stone Age and showcases the ancient prehistory of area, including extinct animal fossils of toothy bears and tigers. Tours, mountain-bike trails, flower walks and coffee are available.

San Rock Art sites are a testament to the rich spiritual and community relationships of the San and Khoi and quirkily detail the creatures they encountered (even white settlers and ships).  The Cederberg region has more than 2 500 sites. 

Quaint villages - neat, charming Clanwilliam is famed for bouldering, flowers and Rooibos tea. Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout (South African satirist Pieter Dirk Uys) has made a cabaret theatre out of the old Darling station, called Evita se Perron (Evita’s Platform). Riebeeck Kasteel is known for olives, wine, eateries, pastoral friendliness and vibey food, arts and culture festivals. Citrusdal’s hot springs are an amazing natural phenomenon.

Wine – the Olifants River, Swartland and Darling Wine Routes lead oenophiles through amazing scenery to excellent local cellars.

Birdwatching - Langebaan Lagoon; Verlorenvlei (Elands Bay); Berg River Estuary and Rocherpan Nature Reserve (near Velddrif). Bird Island Nature Reserve (Lambert’s Bay), a 19 000-strong Cape gannet colony. 

Activities -  angling, diving, sailing; windsurfing at Saldanha and Langebaan Lagoon; surfing at Eland’s Bay; canoeing on the Berg River; paragliding and hang-gliding at Porterville; Langebaan Country Estate’s scenic 18-hole links-type golf course,designed by Gary Player.

Hikes and walks – numerous trails available, with attractions specific to every area, whether crayfish, rock art or flowers. 

Seafood - West Coast villages offer delectable culinary experiences in unique settings, traditional South African dishes and unsurpassed seafood, such as seasonal crayfish, snoek and bokkoms (dried salted fish). 

Music Festivals - The Rittelfees (Vredendal) and Rocking the Daisies (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling) draw tens of thousands of visitors in October.

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