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  • Tranquil pastoral atmosphere on a working citrus farm
  • Comfortable accommodation offers great value
  • Absolute outdoors paradise to explore in the region

Olifantsrus Farm Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Citrusdal

 

-32.6763, 19.0134

About

Located 180km from Cape Town, over the spectacular Piekenierskloof pass, Olifantsrus Farm Guest House is set in a perfumed garden that looks out across citrus groves, and is  dominated by a rocky outcrop of weathered sandstone. Owner-managers Martine and Elizma bought the guest house in 2013, and it is their mission to create somethng special in this beautiful Cederberg valley.

All bedrooms open onto the outside terrace, and come with poly percale linen, a bathroom with heated towel rail and a shower or shower/bath combination, TV with DSTV channels, a mini bar, and tea and coffee facilities. Guests can relax around the fireplace in the communal lounge, swim in the pool, or braai in the garden. Pamper sessions, day trips, sports activities and excursions can be arranged.

The restaurant is casual and relaxed, ideal for sharing stories with friends. It blends the bold essence of South African cuisine with delicate Mediterranean flavours. Meals may be taken indoors or al fresco. There is a self-catering option if you prefer to have your breakfast in Citrusdal before heading out for the day into the Cederberg mountains. The choice of outdoor activities are endless and diverse, from mountain biking to hiking to a dip in the nearby hot springs, not forgetting the Bushmen paintings.

 

Rates & Summary


1 Two-Bedroom Suite

Sleeps 4 in Queen and Twin beds
En-suite bath and separate shower
Lounge with fireplace
Balcony/patio
View of the mountains & the garden

3 Self-Catering Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King/Queen/twin beds
En-suite shower with head jet massage
Kitchenette
Balcony/patio
View of the garden

All rooms have private entrances, A/C & DSTV

Pricing

  • TBA

Catering

B&B with self-catering option
Full English or Continental breakfast
A la Carte Restaurant

Kids

Kids are welcome at Olifantsrus.

Why Stay Here?

Olifantsrus is not just a guest house, it's a lifestyle. Nestled in a picturesque valley on a citrus farm just outside Citrusdal, this fully licensed venue offers an unbeatable location with magnificent views, providing the ideal base for your Cederberg getaway. Set in a perfumed garden that looks out across citrus groves, the delightful Olifantsrus Farm Guest House offers the ultimate in warm, relaxed hospitality in the Cederberg valley.

Summary

  • Tranquil pastoral atmosphere on a working citrus farm
  • Comfortable accommodation offers great value
  • Absolute outdoors paradise to explore in the region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, fishing gear, golf clubs, swimming towels.

Road Conditions

Tarred roads all the way, except for the short farm road to the guesthouse.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Hiking
  • Mountain bikes for hire
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hanggliding
  • Parachute jumping 
  • Kayak (canoe hire) - 4.0 km
  • Hot Springs - 7km
  • Golf course - 8km

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Cape West Coast

Western Cape

About

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.

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