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  • Picturesque pastoral setting with easy access to the village
  • Private stretch of Bell River flyfishing
  • Central location for exploring this mountainous region

Kinmel Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

2km from Rhodes

 

-30.79, 27.9774

About

Kinmel Farm and its surrounding areas are a nature lover's paradise. Boasting magnificent mountains, pristine rivers with rock pools and waterfalls, and crisp mountain air, this working farm farm offers the perfect getaway, and invites its guests, especially children, to acquaint themselves with a variety of farm animals.

An old sheep shearing barn has been converted into two modern, spacious, well-equipped self-catering chalets which feature large glass patio doors leading onto a wide veranda, with spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountains and the Bell River flowing past 400 metres away. 

Each chalet has its own private braai area. The tastefully furnished open-plan living areas include flatscreen TV with Easyview, and a fireplace for those cold winter evenings, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, incuding fridge with freezer compartment, microwave and stove. Bedrooms are upstairs with an easy child-friendly staircase. Large lawns and wide open spaces allow everyone to walk, play, cycle, or do whatever they desire, and this very child-friendly environment also features two jungle gyms for the younger kids to enjoy.

Wild rainbow trout abound in Kinmel’s crystal clear stretch of the Bell River, which is reserved exclusively for guests, making the farm a fly fisherman’s paradise, while a number of dams and more than 200 kilometres of trout-filled rivers are found in the region. Swimming in the river pools is a delight, while birders may catch sight of endangered bearded vultures. The mountainous terrain offers the perfect backdrop for exciting 4x4-ing across muddy valleys, clear water streams, steep curves and high altitudes, including trips up Naude’s Nek, the highest mountain pass in South Africa.

Snow often blankets the landscape during wintertime, transforming Kinmel into an enchanting white wonderland, and the Tiffendel Ski Resort is a mere 30 minutes drive away. A trip to the nearby village of Rhodes will reveal wonderful architecture, some warm-hearted people and quaint restaurants.

Rates & Summary


2 Self-Catering Chalets

Each has 3 bedrooms
Wilgerboom sleeps 9 
Bergstroom sleeps 12
Each has 2 bathrooms
1 with shower, 1 with bath 
Each has 
Fully equipped kitchen
Large verandah with mountain views
Private undercover braai area

Pricing

Self-Catering Units

  • R 275 - R 295 pp sharing 
  • R 400 single

Rates shown are low to high season
Low season applies during school terms
High season includes long weekends, school holidays and June, July and August

Catering

Self-catering

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome and particularly enjoy the two jungle gyms.
A cot is available on request.

  • Under 10yrs: R 175 - R195 pp sharing 

Why Stay Here?

Kinmel is perfectly situated just outside the historic, delightful and secluded village of Rhodes, and surrounded by the magnificent landscapes of the Drakensberg mountains. The farm can be used as a convenient base from which to visit the nearby Tiffendell Ski Resort. Kinmel offers comfortable accommodation on a working farm, as well as a variety of outdoor activities which cater to everyone, from young to old, the more adventurous or those looking for unrivalled peace and quiet.

Summary

  • Picturesque pastoral setting with easy access to the village
  • Private stretch of Bell River flyfishing
  • Central location for exploring this mountainous region

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Things to consider Bringing

The farm shop in Rhodes supplies necessities at a price, and supermarkets are far away, so be sure to bring all supplies with you.
Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat, umbrella, fly fishing gear, mountain bike, hiking gear, binoculars for bird watching and stargazing.

Road Conditions

Bad weather conditions can make the roads unsurpassable at times, so it is advisable to phone Willem at 082 789 5519 and double check road conditions.
Taking the Naude’s Nek Pass dirt road to Rhodes requires a 4x4, but sedan vehicles can take the R396 gravel road. GPS is unreliable.
Petrol can sometimes be unobtainable in Rhodes, so be sure to fill up the tank before you get here.

Activities & Attractions

  • Fly fishing
  • Swimming in the river
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking (bring own)
  • Farm tour
  • Seasonal wild flowers
  • 4x4 trails
  • Quad biking trails
  • Stargazing

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Friendly N6

Eastern Cape

About

The Friendly N6 route runs between Bloemfontein and East London, connecting the provinces of the Free State and the Eastern Cape. Aliwal North is at the border of the 2 provinces.

South Africa is famous for horizons that stretch for kilometres, so wide open spaces and endless skies are a traveller’s constant companions on the N6. The route takes one through about 600km of peaceful, diverse and beautiful land, giving one a sense of just how vast the country really is.

The N6’s attractions include everything from sea to snow, interspersed with charming towns. These are only slightly off the beaten highway, and are intriguing and pleasant places to explore. In the Free State, Bethulie and Zastron are within easy travelling distance of the N6, while Reddersburg, Smithfield and Rouxville are main stops along the route.

In the Eastern Cape the towns of Dordrecht, Molteno, Elliot, Rhodes, Burgersdorp, Barkly East and Lady Grey are all worthwhile diversions for curious travellers with time on their hands. For those sticking to the highway, Aliwal North, Jamestown, Queenstown, Cathcart and Stutterheim are along the route. These provide a sufficient diversity of interests and activities for guests. The highway is also relatively close to the Gariep Dam, Oviston and Hogsback Nature Reserves.

Sprawling sheep farms are probably the most obvious and frequent feature of the landscape, but the area is rich in cultural significance and interest. 

Apart from San (or Bushman) history and rock art, there are also interesting museums and art galleries, and fine local arts and crafts. The route’s proximity to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho means that Basotho culture is an important and unique influence on the culture of the area. Xhosa culture is proudly and strongly entrenched in the Eastern Cape.

The hills and towns of this area were witness to the Great Trek. This was the migration of the ‘Trekboers’ from the Eastern Cape across the Gariep River, (previously the Orange River) further into the central interior. It is often mentioned as an example of Afrikaner rebellion, perseverance and endurance. 

This same Afrikaner resilience cost Britain an unanticipated £190 million in the South African (or Anglo-Boer) War, which is commemorated at many sites and towns along the N6 route. 

Travelling south to East London from Aliwal North, tourists are afforded a majestic view of the Maluti mountains of Lesotho, as well as a sample of the Great Karoo in Stutterheim and Queenstown. East London itself is a lovely city which really lives up to the ‘friendly’ N6 brand. It has some interesting tangible links to prehistory: the East London Museum displays the last remaining dodo egg, as well as the body of a coelacanth, one of the oldest species on the planet. This fish was thought to be extinct until one was found alive on a fishing boat in the East London harbour in 1938.

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Relax and rejuvenate in Aliwal North’s hot springs and appreciate its beautiful old buildings. 

The Kologha Forest and the Kubisi Indigenous State Forests are less than 10km from Stutterheim. Large swathes of ancient indigenous forest are home to yellowwoods, ironwoods, white stinkwoods, Cape holly and Cape chestnuts with montane grassland cresting the slopes. Six well-marked forest trails, from 3-17km long, start and end at the Kologha Picnic site. They lead to waterfalls and good trout fishing and birdwatching spots. Rare birds found here include the endangered Cape parrot, grey-crowned crane and white-starred robin.  Mountain bik­ing and horse rid­ing are allowed on certain trails. Maps are avail­able at the forest kiosk. 

The Thomas River Historical Village is in the Amathole mountain region on the 31 000ha Thomas River Conservancy between Stutterheim and Cathcart on the N6 highway.  The area was named after Thomas Bentley, a deserter from the Van Der Kemps Missionary who was shot dead with an arrow while crossing the river. The conservancy offers a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, hiking, rock art talks and trails, fishing, birding, and paintball. The village dates back to the 1870s, has a popular restaurant and houses museums themed on wagons, rock art, pubs and vintage motor cars.

Mgwali Cultural Village near Stutterheim showcases Xhosa culture, with crafts and traditional food on sale. 

Tiffindell Ski and Alpine Resortnear the picturesque village of Rhodes is South Africa’s only ski resort. It offers snow adventures on the slopes of Ben McDhui, the tallest mountain in the Eastern Cape. 

Lady Grey and Cathcart are quaint, peaceful towns to visit. There is a Cape vulture sanctuary 12km from Lady Grey at the Karringmelkspruit gorge. Cathcart is known for its wildflowers, San rock art, excellent hang-gliding launch sites, fishing, birdwatching and adventure activities. 

Malaria-free game viewing is possible at the Lawrence De Lange Nature and the Longhill Nature Reserve near Queenstown, as well as at Tsolwana Game Reserve near Tarkastad. Big 5 game viewing is possible at the Mpongo and Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserves, both within 35km of East London. 

At the N6 route’s end, East London, visit the Python Park and Lion Park, the Queen’s Park Zoo, the East London museum and the aquarium. Enjoy the shopping, restaurants and, of course, surf the waves. The Calgary Transport Museum (5km north of East London on the N6) has a quaint collection of carts, wagons and buggies. It is open daily from 09h00 to 16h30.

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