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  • Charming working dairy farm nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Drakensberg
  • Hiking, birding, bass fishing, and the fabled Sani Pass nearby
  • Comfortable rooms make for a peaceful getaway

KarMichael Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

2km from Himeville

 

-29.7353, 29.5211

About

Situated on a family run working farm, the spacious, quiet and well maintained guest rooms at KarMichael Farm are tastefully decorated, with above average comforts providing a home away from home. There is a wireless hotspot at Reception, ample secure parking is available, and late arrivals can be accommodated. Delicious breakfasts are served in the converted old Tractor Shed, which is now the dining area and guest lounge. Table d'hôte dinners can be arranged for larger groups. The Shed is often used as a mini conference venue and for small workshops.

The B&B Double Rooms include Livingstone, a luxury room that is often reserved as the Bridal Suite, which features a magnificent four poster bed, a comfortable sitting area, a huge walk-in shower and corner bath. The private entrance opens onto a grassed outside seating  area with magnificent views across the paddocks towards Sani Pass and Lesotho. The other three rooms offer wonderful views across lawns towards the Berg: Augusta and Serenity each have two comfortable three-quarter beds, while Tranquility has a Queen bed.

The three self-catering Double Units include the Stables, situated at the entrance of the farm overlooking fields with a beautiful view of the mountains into Lesotho as well as Sani Pass. There are two three-quarter beds, a kitchen area with a small fridge,toaster, microwave oven and combined small two-plate cooker and oven. The very spacious en-suite bathroom includes a large shower. Outside is a small private garden area - a portable Weber braai is available on request.

Oak Cottage has two three-quarter beds, a small lounge and a fully fitted kitchen with a dining area. Outside is a small garden area with table and chairs set out under the trees. Rose Cottage is very private, and has an open plan lounge dining room with TV and a Jetmaster fireplace, and a fully fitted kitchen. There are 2 bedrooms, one with a King bed and the other with two three-quarter beds, each en-suite with shower. A braai facility is available, and there is a beautiful oak tree outside to sit under and watch the sunset across the fields and Lesotho mountains.

The two self-catering Family Units include Gregg's Cottage, which sleeps 6 in three bedrooms and  offers above average comforts. A sun-filled verandah looks out over the front lawn and paddocks towards Hodgson's Peaks and Sani Pass. Complete with a fully fitted kitchen and scullery with all the necessary appliances, it has open plan lounge and dining room, with a Jetmaster fire place for those chilly winter evenings. Fisherman's Cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms and overlooks a dam and gorgeous green fields with extended views of the mountains. The kitchen has a stove, fridge, microwave, kettle and all cutlery and crockery required, and there is a single shower, toilet and hand basin. Fisherman's has its own private parking area. 

Rates & Summary


4 Double B&B Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen or twin beds
En-suite with bath and shower
Each has own private entrance

3 Self-Catering Double Units

Each sleeps 2 in Twin/King beds

2 Self-Catering Family Units

Upmarket Gregg's Cottage includes open plan lounge/dining room, full kitchen & spacious verandah
Cosy Fisherman's cottage includes TV lounge, dining/kitchenette & patio braai
Each sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms

Pricing

B&B 

  • R 500 pp sharing
  • R 650 single

Self-Catering 

  • R 300 - R 400 pp sharing

Self catering rate varies according to unit type

Catering

B&B: full English breakfast
Self-catering: meals by arrangement

Kids

Children are welcome at KarMichael.

  • 0 - 12yrs: 50% of self-catering rate

Why Stay Here?

KarMichael Farm is a  peaceful 35ha working dairy farm commanding superb views into Lesotho, with Hodgson's Peaks very prominent on clear days. Catch and release bass fishing is available in 2 fresh water dams on the farm. A preferred choice for a peaceful getaway or stopover in the Underberg area, KarMichael Farm offers a choice of upmarket and comfortable B&B or self-catering countryside accommodation with meals available on request.

Summary

  • Charming working dairy farm nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Drakensberg
  • Hiking, birding, bass fishing, and the fabled Sani Pass nearby
  • Comfortable rooms make for a peaceful getaway

Privacy

Cottages and rooms are well spaced but none are separate units.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way.

Activities & Attractions

  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Farm activities
  • Bass fishing in dam
  • Golf course nearby
  • Sani Pass turnoff - 1km

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Under floor heating
  • 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
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Midlands & Kamberg

KwaZulu Natal

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The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of our spectacular country. It’s blessed with a little bit of everything.

Rolling hills, burbling brooks and surging rivers… history, game reserves and haunting battlefields. Not bad for only a section of one of our nine provinces. 

It’s pressed up against the Drakensberg-Ukahlamba mountains in the west, stretched along the coastal belt in the east and hemmed in by the mighty Tugela River in the north. The Midlands is a fertile area that is dominated by agriculture and wide open spaces.

For many, the Midlands has become synonymous with a small area around Nottingham Road. While this is indeed a cornerstone of the region, the Midlands encompasses a far greater and more diverse area than it is often credited with.

It begins in the south-east where the Umgeni River runs through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, with its crags and cliffs, aloes and thorn trees. Further west is the province’s capital city, Pietermaritzburg. 

This is a small part of Victorian England painstakingly recreated in Africa - complete with an ornate cricket pavilion and the largest red-brick building in the southern hemisphere as its city hall. 

It was after being thrown from a train here that Mahatma Ghandi was inspired to take the first steps of his peaceful protests against discrimination. A statue of the great man still stands in the city centre.

Another great man, South Africa’s iconic Nelson Mandela, also has a firm link to the region and its railways. Just outside Howick one can visit the spot where Madiba was finally arrested, while travelling by train. A plaque marks the otherwise nondescript spot.

The history continues to the north, where the English, Zulu and Afrikaner fought each other at various times in history. While the more famous battlefields are to be found further north and east in Zululand, there are fascinating places to visit in the Midlands, too. These are most notably around the towns of Colenso and Weenen.

In the more westerly parts of the Midlands, where it comes up against the buttresses of the Drakensberg, the Midlands offers some exceptional fly-fishing for trout in rivers and dams. 

Midmar Dam outside Howick is a popular venue for carp and bass fishing, as is Albert Falls Dam further east. There also are a number of excellent courses vying for golfers’ attentions.

Of course, no visit to the Midlands is complete without exploring the Midlands Meander for at least a day or two. The best way to do this is to head north from Howick on the R103, a good tar road that ambles and winds through forests and farmlands. This road is regularly dotted with interesting attractions. 

But don’t stick resolutely to this one road. Pick up a Meander map and explore. Head out to the Dargle, the Karkloof or Curry’s Post. It’ll be quieter, but is just as interesting and picturesque.

Look out for

The Midlands Meander – is what the majority of visitors think of when they hear ‘Midlands’. It deserves its reputation, too. It has become a successful, sustainable tourist attraction that focuses on quality, handmade products and local produce. A few of the highlights are Ardmore Ceramics, the Woodturner, Shuttleworth Weaving and the Zulu Quilt Centre.

Sports – are a major attraction in the Midlands. Every year the Duzi Canoe Marathon starts in Pietermaritzburg and, three days later, ends in Durban. The Midmar Mile is an open-water swim that takes place annually in Midmar Dam. The Comrades Marathon is the largest ultramarathon in the world, running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, or vice versa in alternate years.

Howick Falls - are a big drawcard in the region, but don’t think that all one can do is gaze at them.  Take a walk into the gorge, through thick indigenous bush filled with bird calls. You’ll be rewarded with the best possible view of the falls, and with a refreshing swim. Adventurers can also abseil over the 107-metre drop, past precariously perching aloes, caressed by the waterfall’s drifting spray.

Hartford House - is a destination worth visiting just for the food. It is also worth spending a night in this historic, luxurious boutique hotel. Situated just outside Mooi River, this romantic getaway on a working horse stud farm is home to an award-winning restaurant. It offers splendid set-course dinners coupled with excellent wines.

Fly-fishing - the first trout to be imported into South Africa were brought to Balgowan in the Midlands. It’s hard to find better fly-fishing than in this region. The dams around Nottingham Road, in the Rosetta/Kamberg District and in the Dargle, are renowned for the trophy rainbow trout. The rivers that flow from the Drakensberg are similarly famed. Indigenous yellowfish are becoming increasingly targeted on fly. They can be fished for in the Tugela, Msunduzi and Umgeni Rivers, amongst others.

Mountain biking - A number of high-profile mountain biking events are held in the Midlands every year. Pietermaritzburg has even hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup. This should give some indication of the quality of the cycling available in the region.

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