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  • Comfortable, rustic accommodation with flexible catering
  • Working farm offers relaxed hospitality and knowledgable hosts
  • Beautiful Cederberg surroundings to explore

Vrede-Oord Guest Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

6km from Clanwilliam

 

-32.1331, 18.87

About

Vrede-Oord Guest Farm is situated at the foot of the Cederberg mountain range, one of the Western Cape’s best kept secrets. Each en-suite guest room has a private entrance, offering easy access to relaxing around the swimming pool or in the garden that has braai facilities. Fot those not taking the self-catering option, breakfast is served on the verandah or in the farmhouse, depending on the weather, with dinner available by prior arrangement. For stocking up on provisions, the shops are about 6km away.

Vrede-Oord is a farm of about 120 hectares, more than a quarter of which has been planted with a total of more than 25 000 citrus trees of different varieties. If you happen to be visiting between April and September, you'll be treated to the sight of a fully functioning citrus farm and you are welcome to take a walk through the orchards. Feel free to taste freshly picked oranges or clementines or give a hand!

Between 20% and 30% of the crop is sent to a juice factory, with the rest being packed for export in a citrus packhouse a few kilometres from the farm, definitely worth a visit by prior arrangement to see what happens to an orange before it ends up at your supermarket.

Nobody knows the sights and scenery as well as the locals, and you can make a booking to be taken on one of the wonderful tours on offer. 

Vrede-Oord will gladly assist you with planning and permits for hiking in the Cederberg - remember to take enough drinking water when going for a walk! - and you are welcome to enquire about viewing the rock formations, waterfalls and hundreds of bushman rock art paintings from their open-top Landrover.

Enjoy kayaking, sailing, swimming, angling and water skiing on the Clanwilliam Dam, take a 4x4 trip to Wupperthal, have a look at Strassberber shoe factory and the Ramskop Wild Flower garden in Clanwilliam, or take a trip to the small fishing town of Lambert’s Bay, where you can walk to the 3rd biggest colony of Cape Gannets in the world, spend an afternoon on the desolate beaches and finish your day with a braai at the famous open air restaurant that is a delight for seafood lovers.

Rates & Summary


2 Self-Catering Rooms

Twin/king en-suite with shower
Dining/kitchenette area
Fridge and two plate stove
Air conditioning

Family Unit or 2 En-Suite Doubles

Sleeps 4 in Double & twin/King beds
One with bath, one with shower
These two rooms are interlocking
The two rooms may be let separately
Each includes fridge and kettle
Heater and fan

Electric blanket and fridge in all rooms

Pricing

  • R 320 pp sharing room only
  • R 380 pp sharing B&B
  • R 560 pp sharing DB&B

Catering

Self-catering, B&B or DB&B options
Breakfast: Full English or Continental

Kids

  • 0 - 2yrs: stay for free.

Cot available on request.

Why Stay Here?

Vrede-Oord Guest Farm is situated at the foot of the Cederberg mountains, and is a working citrus farm with self-catering or B&B accommodation. Each en-suite guest room has a private entrance, offering easy access to relaxing around the swimming pool or enjoying a braai in the garden. It offers relaxed hospitality and a wide range of activities in the area. Discover the Cederberg mountains, experience the wild flower in season, or simply enjoy a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Summary

  • Comfortable, rustic accommodation with flexible catering
  • Working farm offers relaxed hospitality and knowledgable hosts
  • Beautiful Cederberg surroundings to explore

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels. 

Road Conditions

The last 600m dirt road is suitable for any vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Farm tour
  • Citrus packhouse tour nearby
  • Rock art Sevilla trail
  • Kayaking, sailing, angling and water skiing on the Clanwilliam dam
  • Ramskop Wild Flower garden
  • Wild flowers - Aug-Sept

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Periodic housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Office 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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