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  • Charming, rustic venue is a landmark in the area
  • Incredible location to view the spring flowers (Book far, far in advance)
  • Large variety of outdoorsy activities on offer on the farm

Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

24km from Nieuwoudtville

 

-31.5582, 19.1828

About

Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm is situated in an area known as the 'Bulb Capital of the World' because it has the world's highest speciation of indigenous bulbous flowers. There are three sandstone cottages on the farm, set well apart, and each has its own unique character. Gas is used for cooking, heating water, and lighting, although oil lamps are also available, while Gert Boom cottage uses supplementary solar lighting.

Rondekraal (sleeps 2) is a  romantic historic cottage for a couple. Furnished in a manner that maintains its historical charm, the open plan design features a cosy fireplace and two rocking chairs at one end, the kitchen area in between, and a double bedroom that leading into a bathroom, complete with a Victorian bath. Stepping outside the bathroom you find yourself in a semi-enclosed outdoor shower from where you can survey the landscape as you take a hot shower. Outside, there is a braai, and three different seating areas with wonderful views. In Spring you are surrounded by wild flowers against a backdrop of sandstone ruins, characteristic of the area.

De Hoop (sleeps 4), a historic longhouse set 2km from the main farmhouse and surrounded by sandstone ruins, has a spacious living room with a fireplace where one can also braai. The furnishings were carefully selected to be in harmony with the historic ambience and original layout. The living room leads into a bedroom with Double bed, which flows into a bathroom with Victorian bath and a separate outdoor shower. To cater for a family, there are two extra beds at one end of the living room.

Gert Boom (sleeps 6) is on the opposite side of a rocky ridge from De Hoop and is completely private, with trees in front, indigenous restio plants framing the landscape and a view towards the canyon. There is fireplace in the living area, and there are two bathrooms with showers, two bedrooms (Double and Twin) and two more beds in the living room for families. Lie in the hammock in summer, go for a swim, or enjoy a long walk. A picnic at the canyon to watch the sun go down, is particularly recommended.

Rondekraal, De Hoop and Gert Boom share the use of the pool, built to resemble a farm dam, as well as the natural rock pool down at the canyon.

De Lande(sleeps 8) is situated almost halfway towards Nieuwoudtville from Papkuilsfontein, while offering full access to the attractions and activities on the farm, including fynbos walks, the canyon and waterfall, rock art and more flowers. This typical Karoo style farmhouse sleeps 8 with ease in 4 en-suite bedrooms, and features a spacious lounge with fireplace, a sunroom, a fully fitted kitchen, and a shady verandah. Out of flower season, it is available at the same self-catering rate per person as the other cottages, while in August and September, special DB&B rates apply.

Jan Voorman (sleeps 4) is set against a gentle slope, 100m away from De Lande, where dinner and breakfast are served. This quaint corrugated iron cottage with two en-suite bedrooms, one with a shower and one with a bath, provides simple yet luxurious accommodation while retaining the comfortable 'farmhouse' atmosphere. The kitchen and lounge lead out to the charming front verandah with a view of the dolorite koppies on the other side of the river.

Small personalised tours, designed to enhance guests' experience of this area, are hosted by Willem van Wyk, and include rock art, the canyon and waterfall, geology, birds, the diversity of veld types, farming and conservation, and, of course, flowers in season. A 5km flower route has been developed on one side of the farm, passing through Renosterveld and some Fynbos with a profusion of annuals and endemic bulbous plants.

Papkuilsfontein is a birder's paradise with 145 species that can be encountered at various times throughout the year. An interesting spectrum of animals may be seen, from the small elephant shrew to the endangered and red data Cape clawless otter, African wild cat, aardvark, porcupine, klipspringer, steenbok, duiker, baboon and caracal. Information folders in the cottages will assist you in identifying tortoise, agama and other reptiles.

Rates & Summary


5 Self-Catering Cottages

Each sleeps 2, 4, 6 or 8
Open plan living area & fireplace
Fully equipped kitchen
Outdoor seating area
De Lande: DB&B in Aug & Sep

Pricing

Self-Catering Cottages

  • R 465 pp sharing

Aug & Sep: minimum charges apply to 4 cottages, while De Lande becomes DB&B at R 850 pp sharing.
Reduced tariff for longer stays.

Catering

Self-catering
Breakfast and/or dinner delivery option, if pre-booked

Die Waenhuis restaurant is open in August and September

Kids

Kids are welcome at Papkuilsfontein.

  • 0 - 2: Stay for free
  • 3 - 11yrs: 50% of the adult rate.

Why Stay Here?

Papkuilsfontein offers a wealth of interesting things to do and see on the property, including a spectacular waterfall with an inviting rock pool at the edge of a canyon, well-preserved rock art sites, hiking, biking and 4X4 trails, farm tours, fascinating birdlife, flora, fauna, and geology, and stunning Spring flowers. Soak up the peace and tranquility of this beautiful farm in your own private fynbos setting. The beautifully restored old sandstone and thatch cottages feature outdoor showers, gas lamps and a pool.

Summary

  • Charming, rustic venue is a landmark in the area
  • Incredible location to view the spring flowers (Book far, far in advance)
  • Large variety of outdoorsy activities on offer on the farm

Privacy

Each cottage offers its own privacy, but Gert Boom is the most remote, and De Lande and Jan Voorman are furthest from the farm.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, hiking boots, swimming towels, mountain bike, 4X4, binoculars for bird watching and stargazing.

Road Conditions

The approach is a 23km dirt road suitable for any car with reasonable clearance.

Activities & Attractions

  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Bird watching
  • Farm tours
  • Spring flowers Aug-Sep
  • San rock art
  • Sunset canyon picnicking
  • 4X4 trail & campsite
  • Nature reserves nearby
  • Hantam Botanical Garden

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Gas geysers
  • Electricity from solar

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

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

Payment

  • Credit cards not 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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