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- Beautiful, remote Cederberg setting
- Nature lover's paradise, begging to be explored
- Tranquil cottages and camp sites right on the riverbank
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Price tier (pps): R200 R1500+
Child policy: All ages
65km from Clanwilliam
From the first moment the owners came here, they recognized that they had found what they had long looking for: a secret spot, far off the main tourist tracks in the wild and unspoiled land of the Cederberg and Karoo. Enjoy this spectacular Cederberg getaway and stay in the lovely cottages or on the beautiful camp sites. Wi-Fi is available in the main house as well as TV for big rugby matches and other sports events.
LAZY LEOPARD HOUSE: This cottage right next to the river is the most spacious, with great views, indoor fireplace, braai area and lots of privacy. It offers two bedrooms downstairs, one with king size bed and one with queen size bed. There is a third bedroom with twin beds in the loft, accessible by a ladder. There is one bathroom and a separate toilet, and a well equipped kitchen with stove, oven and a big fridge.
CHALETS: The romantic chalets are next to the river, enjoying complete privacy and great views. Enjo Chalet is nicely positioned above the river and Oak Chalet is next to the grass runway, giving you lots of entertaining area around it. Downstairs you find a queen size bed (Enjo Chalet), king size (Oak Chalet) and two single beds in the loft accessible via a ladder.
CABIN: The small but cosy cabin sleeps up to 3 people and has its own bathroom and an outside kitchenette There is a double bed downstairs and a single bed under the loft accessible via a ladder.
ANNEX: This is attached to the 200-year-old farmhouse, and has its own entrance. There is a king size bed with an extra bed for a third person, if needed. It the only unit without an indoor fireplace, but the large outside braai area has comfortable outdoor couches to relax on.
LONELY PLANET COTTAGE: This most remote and private cottage is situated in the beautiful Oskloof, about a five minute drive from the farmhouse, accessed via a Jeep track. Solar heated hot water, a gas fridge and a two plate gas stove as well as solar lamps and an inside fireplace provide all the needed comfort, and a small natural Jacuzzi outside allows you to cool down in summer. There is a wooden loft with two single beds under the thatch roof above the main area reachable by ladder, and a small separate bedroom with a king size bed. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to walk to the farmhouse and the big swimming dam.
CAMPSITES: These are next to the river under the trees, and include braai areas, and a small stone house with a hot water shower and toilet.
There are lovely hiking trails on the farm and an extremely nice hike to the top of Krakadouw Mountain. Kids love to ride on a pony in the ring, and bottle feed the lambs during lambing season. The spring fed dam is filled for swimming all year round. The river flows from April to beginning of January, depending on the rains. Enquire about mountain bike rental on the farm. Or maybe rock climbing at world famous Rocklands? Come out and free your mind...
Rates & Summary
4 Cottages & Farmhouse Annex
Each sleeps up to 3, 4, or 6
Each has a bathroom & kitchenette
Some have lounge & indoor fireplace
Each has an outside braai area
Only Annex is not freestanding
Some are set beside the river
Lonely Planet Cottage
Sleeps up to 4
King bed & Twin beds in the loft
Solar-heated hot water
Gas fridge & stove
Fireplace & outside braai area
3 Private Riverside Campsites
Each has a tap & power point
Shared hot water shower & toilet
Lazy Leopard House
- R 820 for 4 sharing (max 5)
Lonely Planet Cottage & Chalets
- R 620 for 2 sharing (max 4)
Cabin & Annex
- R 520 for 2 sharing
R 50 per extra adult sharing units
R 80 pp for campsite
Breakfast & dinner provided if booked in advance
The farm shop sells drinks, basic food & firewood
Kids love to ride pony and bottle feed the lambs.
- Extra kid sharing unit: R 25 pp
- Up to 18yrs: no charge for camping.
Why Stay Here?
Enjo Nature Farm is a spectacular Cederberg getaway, far from the madding crowd. It has charming cottages and beautiful camp sites beside the Biedouw River, in a land of radical rock formations, stunning spring flowers and amazing vistas. Enjo Nature Farm is a little oasis where you can experience the silence of the elements, and feel the power of nature. Relax in the self-catering cottages and swim in the spring fed dam, listen to the sheep and gaze at the stars.
- Beautiful, remote Cederberg setting
- Nature lover's paradise, begging to be explored
- Tranquil cottages and camp sites right on the riverbank
The riverside cottages offer more privacy.
Lonely Planet is the most remote cottage on the farm.
Things to consider Bringing
The nearest town is 65km away, so be sure to bring all of your provisions and essentials with you.
Walking shoes, hat, sunblock, swimming towels, and your own mountain bike, if preferred.
The last 25km is on a gravel road with corrugations and potholes. It is navigable in any car, but be careful. However, if you are coming from the Karoo side, be aware that it is nearly impossible to cross the Doring River at Uitspankraal in winter. There is a bridge slightly to the north at Doringbos.
Activities & Attractions
- Swimming in the dam
- Hiking trails
- Rock climbing
- Mountain bikes for hire
- Farm activities
- Pony riding for kids
- 4X4 route nearby
- Exploring the Cederberg
- Sevilla Rock Art Trail
Accommodation & Hospitality
- Dining table
- Verandah / patio
- Fan included
- Electric blanket included
- Bed linen supplied
- Bathroom towels supplied
- Periodic housekeeping
- Laundry service available
- No smoking indoors
Catering & Kitchen
- Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
- Braai area available
- Hot Plates
- Fridge or minibar
- Basic cleaning materials
- Water supply good for drinking
- Solar and electric geysers
- Eskom electricity
- Swimming pool
Business & Connectivity
- No cell phone reception
Access & Convenience
- Very child friendly
- Pets welcome
- Nearest shops further than 50km
- Nearest fuel further than 50km
- EFT accepted
- Cash accepted
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.