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  • Picturesque mountainous working farm
  • Beautiful valley filled with rock art to explore
  • Excellent flyfishing in meticulously maintained dams

Leliekloof Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

19km from Jamestown

 

-31.153, 26.7171

About

Leliekloof is a Beefmaster breeding and Boran stud farm, and is situated in a magnificent valley in the Skulpspruit environs, about 80 km south of Aliwal North. It offers accommodation to only one group at a time, with flexible catering options. The large, fully equipped kitchen is fully serviced, and available to guests at all times. The Full Board option includes breakfast, lunch and a 3 course dinner, and although a limited cash bar is available on request, it is recommended that guests provide their own wine and alcoholic beverages as this is not included in the rate.

All beds have cosy electric blankets for those freezing winter nights! Although there is no cellphone reception on the farm, there is a landline and Internet available in the main house. The  22m long main room has a large sitting area, DSTV, yellow wood bar, a huge antique Oregon pine dining table for 10 people, and a large Alpine fireplace with plenty of wood - poplar wood, so they get rid of the aliens as well!

Fly fishing at Leliekloof, rated as one of South Africa’s prime destinations, is really a unique experience. The water in the Aquarium Dam is crystalline and ice cold, creating an ideal environment for some very lively - and huge - trout. There is a fly fishing rod fee of R 150 per rod per day. For bird watchers, the Aquarium and Kloof Dams have a wide variety of resident birds, as well as a pair of African Fish Eagles.

You can drive or walk to the various rock art sites, or take a guided tour at R 500 per excursion. In the 1930s, Walter Wahl Battiss, the father of South African Impressionism and an artist deeply concerned with grounding his work in the texture and landscape of southern Africa, called Leliekloof the ‘Valley of Art’. There are more than 20 of these remarkable San Bushmen and Khoekhoen rock art sites located in the many shelters of the steep winding gorge that has been carved out by the ancient river over hundreds of years. To visit and study all the sites will take 2 to 3 days, depending on visitors’ fitness and their degree of interest. Dries de Klerk, the owner of Leliekloof, is a fountain of knowledge about the images and their artists.

Rates & Summary


2 En-suite Rooms in Main House

Each room has a double and a ¾ bed
One room has a bath
Larger room has an en-suite shower & private garden access

Loft

Double and ¾ bed
Sleeps 6, ideal for children
Separate bathroom with bath and shower  

Rondavel

Double and ¾ bed
Separate bathroom with bath and shower in main house

Pricing

  • R 200 - R 300 pp self-catering
  • R 500 - R 650 pp full board

Rates vary according to season, people in group, and duration of stay
Only one group booked at a time, maximum 3 couples plus kids

Catering

Self-catering to full board options

Kids

Kids are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Located in a magnificent valley in the Skulpspruit environs, Leliekloof is worth visiting for at least two days to experience the 'Valley of Art' San rock art, excellent fly fishing, walking, bird watching, everyday farming activities, or just to get away from everything. Accommodation is in the old farmhouse on a Beefmaster breeding and Boran stud farm in a stunning 1800m high altitude wilderness landscape where the river has chiselled a tortuous gorge through the sandstone and dolorite hills. Enjoy the privacy and remoteness as only one group of 2 or more guests will be taken at a time.

Summary

  • Picturesque mountainous working farm
  • Beautiful valley filled with rock art to explore
  • Excellent flyfishing in meticulously maintained dams

Privacy

One group of friends can share and relax together, or do their own thing in their own time with no fixed schedule. 

Things to consider Bringing

Come prepared for variable daily temperatures and bring warm clothes, even in summer.
Torch, sunblock, hat, sturdy walking shoes, binoculars for bird watching. 

Road Conditions

The last 19km (or 55km from Burgersdorp) is on dirt road, with some rough patches on the last 9 kilometers where a slower speed is advised. A vehicle with a high ground clearance is recommended, but a 4X4 is not necessary.

Activities & Attractions

  • Fly fishing
  • Fly fishing rod hire 
  • San rock art & guided excursions
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Swimming in the dam (at own risk)
  • Experiencing farm life

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service laundry available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Fully stocked with cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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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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