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Jakkalsdans offers a self-catering house with four beautifully decorated double bedrooms with fine linen and comfortable beds. An entertainment area with built-in braai and a Karoo-style cement dam for swimming, will make for a comfortable stay in an area that has much to offer.

Jakkalsdans Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

56km from Sutherland


-32.0493, 20.4106


Jakkalsdans is a working farm with Dorper sheep, Angora buck and lucern, in a region that is home to a very scarce and endangered animal, the riverine rabbit. The wide range of activities include a farm tour, a swim in the Karoo-style cement dam, and a hike along the river. Of course, you could always just choose to relax outside under the big peppercorn tree, with a good book and the endless the Karoo silence to keep you entertained.

The self-catering farmhouse offers four beautifully decorated double bedrooms with queen, double, three-quarter, bunk and twin beds. Fresh fine linen, towels and allergy free pillows and duvets are provided, as well as electric blankets in winter. Two modern bathrooms include one en-suite bathroom, with the other three rooms sharing the use of the second bathroom. 

The lounge features a fireplace and TV with satellite access. Guests need to bring their own decoder and smart card. The farm-style kitchen is fully equipped with stove and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, crockery, cutlery and utensils. Housekeeping is available on request. There is an outdoor entertainment area with built-in braai. Firewood, a special Karoo lamb braai pack and fresh farm bread can be purchased on the farm. Delicious home-cooked meals can also be provided on request. 

Nearby attractions include the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) at the observatory, Salpeterkop - the last active volcano south of the equator, the Louw Museum - birthplace of poet brothers NP Van Wyk Louw and WEG Louw, and the Dutch Reformed Church which was  built in 1898. The endless expanse of the Tankwa Karoo National Park always makes for an enjoyable day trip. For spectacular vistas, take a drive over the Gannaga pass, or drive out to the Ouberg pass, with views stretching from the Karoo Valley a thousand meters below, to the Cederberg 200km away.

Rates & Summary

Self-Catering Country House

Sleeps 12 in 4 double bedrooms
2 bathrooms (one en-suite)
Living area with fireplace
Fully equipped kitchen
Outdoor braai area
River and mountain views


  • R 250 pp sharing
  • R 600 Single


Meals provided on request
Karoo lamb braai pack & fresh farm bread available on request


Kids are very welcome at Jakkalsdans.

  • 0 - 3: stay for free
  • 4 - 12yrs: R 150 pp.

Why Stay Here?

Jakkalsdans provides comfortable self-catering accommodation on a working farm outside Sutherland, offering busy days filled with activity relaxing evenings around the braai, and the most wonderful night sky you could wish to imagine.


Jakkalsdans offers a self-catering house with four beautifully decorated double bedrooms with fine linen and comfortable beds. An entertainment area with built-in braai and a Karoo-style cement dam for swimming, will make for a comfortable stay in an area that has much to offer.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, fishing gear, mountain bike, quad bike, 4X4, binoculars for bird watching, telescope for stargazing.

Road Conditions

The 56km drive from Sutherland to Jakkalsdans is on public gravel road.

Activities & Attractions

  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Climbing
  • Swimming 
  • Fishing 
  • Birding
  • Grade 1 4x4 trail
  • Stargazing
  • Waterhole
  • Farm tour


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Fan included
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Very child friendly
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km


  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted





Northern Cape


Three hours north of Cape Town, along the N7, lies Namaqualand, an area well known for its spectacular wild-flower displays in spring. However, it also encompasses the sublime mountain desert of the Richtersveld in the far north, and the wild and undeveloped coastline on to which the Atlantic Ocean breaks. To the east, from the heights of the Bokkeveld and Kamiesberg Mountains, the vast expanse of Bushmanland rolls, unbroken, to the horizon. 

Because of the region’s striking floral displays it is often referred to as the ‘fields of dreams’. This description of Namaqualand may seem a tad optimistic during summer when the barren earth slumbers, waterless, beneath a sizzling sun. But come spring, the turnaround is nothing short of miraculous.

What makes this natural display stand out above any other is that Namaqualand is essentially a desert (50 - 400mm annual rainfall). However, unlike the paucity associated with most arid areas, Namaqualand boasts an abundance of more than 4 000 plant species, and no other desert in the world puts on a spring spectacle like this one.

The region is sparsely populated and its towns are small and spread out. Springbok, on the N7, is the biggest town in the region and is regarded as Namaqualand’s capital. It is a busy town and an important flower-viewing centre in spring, with the Goegap Nature Reserve nearby. Just south is the more laid back Kamieskroon and the increasingly popular Namaqua National Park. Along the coast, where diamonds are still mined in the sand and on the ocean floor, lie Port Nolloth, Kleinzee and Hondeklipbaai. This coastline is known as the Diamond Coast. Moving inland to the plateau above the Bokkeveld Mountains, Nieuwoudtville boasts more species of bulb plants than anywhere else on earth, and the area around Calvinia is rich in floral diversity. 

Further east, Sutherland perches atop the Roggeveld Mountains and is well known as the coldest town in the country. It is home to the South African Astronomical Observatory and SALT (Southern African large telescope). In the far east of the region near Fraserburg the Gansfontein Palaeosurface takes visitors way back in time. 

The landscape is characterised by granite domes and mountain ranges, long lonely roads and winding passes. In the Richtersveld and the Kamiesberg Mountains the Nama people follow a cultural way of life little influenced by modernity. Here their traditional matjieshuis (reed hut) and perhaps even the kokerboomhuis (quiver tree houses) can be seen. 

Look out for

Flower viewing - during spring, flower viewing opportunities are diverse.

The Richtersveld in the far north contains the highest botanical diversity and rates of endemic species of any arid region on earth and supports more succulent flora than anywhere else in the world. 

The Coast has many places where flowers grow literally onto the beaches of the rugged, unspoilt shore. The best displays are seen while driving along the coastal plain (called the strandveld) south of the diamond-mining town of Kleinzee, and around Hondeklipbaai. 

Along the N7 gravel backroads loop into the mountains and farmlands providing plenty of day-drive opportunities. Near Springbok the Goegap Nature Reserve is often blanketed with petals. Further south near Kamieskroon is the Namaqua National Park with a large flower section, in what was formerly called the Skilpad Nature Reserve. 

The Bokkeveld plateau - Nieuwoudtville and the surrounding area have more species of bulb plants than anywhere else on earth, adding another dimension to the flower spectacle. Further east along R27, Calvinia stands at the foot of the Hantam Mountains and its Akkerendam Nature Reserve is good for a drive or a walk. 

Namaqua National Park - 22km from Kamieskroon is a developing park, which has grown to a present extent of 141 000ha including a stretch of coast between the Spoeg and Groen Rivers. The peak visitor season in the park is during the spring flower displays but any time of year is good for a drive around to see re-introduced game, take up the 4x4 challenge, or just enjoy the scenery. The park has few facilities, but they do have four fully equipped self-catering chalets for overnight visitors, all with electricity, indoor fireplace, and outdoor braai. Hikers can undertake two trails of 2 and 3 hours respectively.

The Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in the far north of Namaqualand is recommended for those who enjoy the bumps and grinds of off-road driving. The mountain desert scenery is sublime in its starkness and there are views that really leave one breathless. It is joined to the Namibian side by a pont over the Orange River at Sendelingsdrift. There are two wilderness camps and a number of campsites with very basic facilities.

The Richtersveld Community Conservancy - Adjoining the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park to the south is the Richtersveld Community Conservancy, a designated World Heritage Site. This incorporates the Nama settlements of Lekkersing, Eksteenfontein, Kuboes, and Sanddrift. It is one of only 34 biodiversity hotspots worldwide as recognised by Conservation International, and one of only two existing in a desert.

Tankwa Karoo National Park - This desert park is accessed off the R355, which runs south from Calvinia towards Ceres. It straddles the boundary between the Northern Cape and Western Cape and incorporates some of the Roggeveld Mountains and the arid low-lying areas to the south. At 130 000ha it covers a vast area of the succulent Karoo. Accommodation is in original farmhouses, purpose-built cottages and bush campsites that have no facilities.

Observatory - Outside Sutherland the South African Astronomical Observatory is home to a number of big telescopes. Guided day and night tours can be undertaken to the facility.

Palaeo surface - 5km from Fraserburg there are impressively clear trackways of large, four-footed, five-toed mammalian reptiles in the fossilised mud. The prints are of a Bradysaurus that passed that way approximately 190-million years ago.

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