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  • Comfortable, well priced rustic farm accommodation
  • Virtually at the top of the world, where the clouds meet the earth
  • Magical remote stream flyfishing and a high-altitude stillwater of some renown

Vrederus Farm

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

58km from Rhodes

 

-30.782, 28.2763

About

Vrederus offers two rustic cottages on a working sheep and cattle farm. It is popular with bird watchers, fly fishermen, and generally folk who enjoy the serentiy of isolated farm life.

Vrederus makes a nice focal point for fishing in the Maclear/Rhodes area because you have access to streams like the Hawerspruit, the Antelope, the Tsitsa, the upper Luzi and the famous Boardman’s Chase section on the upper Bell river. That is quite a menu.

Outside the front door of both the cottages, 18 hectares of pristine cold water can be fished from the bank, waded or float-tubed. A small battery-powered boat is available from the Naudés, who make sure that it is charged every day when used. The lake has been stocked with rainbow and brown trout. The shallowness of the water with its abundant insect life makes for trout fishing at its best. You can wade an area the size of a small city suburb, searching for big rainbow trout or browns in thigh-deep, clear water, using, if you like, light tackle, dry flies or tiny nymphs and a strike indicator. Because of its high location, the water is cold all year round, and being shallow, it has a varied tapestry of weed beds, grassy islands, inlets, bays and everything else a stillwater angler’s heart could hope for. The rod fee is R100.

Other activities on the farm include an 18km trail hiking trail. It is marked out from the cottage to the Luzi stream and back. Magnificent bushmen painting sites, as well as historic caves are found on the route. An abundance of birds and wild flowers are to be seen.

There are more than 100 different species of birds to be spotted, including six rare birds: the Bearded Vulture, booted eagle, black harrier, mountain pipit, black stork and yellow-breasted pipit. Other not so often seen birds include the Crowned and Blue Crane, Black Eagle, Cape Vulture, Ground Woodpecker and various water fowl.

Horse riding for adults, as well as miniature horses for the children, are available at no extra cost. 

 

Rates & Summary


Stonefly Lodge

Sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms at a push, 6 more comfortably
Bedding supplied
Bathroom with bath
Shower in smaller bedroom
Lounge with fireplace
Fully equipped kitchen
Braai area outside

Boatman’s Cottage

Sleeps 4 in two bedroooms upstairs
Master bedroom with bath
Shower downstairs for second bedroom
Large open plan area downstairs
Fully equipped kitchen
Sheltered lapa outside

Both cottages are quite tight at full capacity

Pricing

  • R 800 for the first two people
  • R 200 pp thereafter
  • 50% discount for kids aged 4-12
  • No charge for kids aged 0-4
  • Discounts for longer stays negotiable

Catering

Self-catering
Breakfast & 3-course farm dinner may be requested in advance
Regrettably catering cannot be provided when the farm is really busy

Kids

The stillwater in front of the two cottages is not fenced in, so little ones will have to be supervised.

Why Stay Here?

Vrederus Farm can be reached after many twists and turns up steep gravel roads through valleys, around gorges, over plateaus and through pine forests, leading you to what feels like to top of the world. Here, where Naudé’s Neck Pass just about touches the clouds, lies high altitude grassland, cold and sparse and remote, threaded throughout with mountain streams, all swift and clear and full of the promise of trout. This is a venue for explorers, adventurous fishermen, and lovers of mountains.

Summary

  • Comfortable, well priced rustic farm accommodation
  • Virtually at the top of the world, where the clouds meet the earth
  • Magical remote stream flyfishing and a high-altitude stillwater of some renown

Privacy

The two cottages are set about 70m apart in remote countryside.

Things to consider Bringing

The weather at Vrederus can be quite temperamental. Always take suitable cold weather protection when going out. And make sure you have a good book to read, or better still, a fly tying kit for days that you are completely misted in.

Road Conditions

Most vehicles can be used to get here provided they are not too low on the ground. 4X4 is an advantage. It is advisable to find out about road conditions before leaving for Vrederus. Do note that your average speed on the journey up the mountain will be very slow, due to its steep and windy nature, so plan for a good few hours of driving.

Activities & Attractions

  • Fly fishing in the lake in front of the cottages
  • Fly fishing in the pond & many rivers in the area
  • Pristine mountain streams
  • 2 motorised boats available
  • Birding
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • Restaurant
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

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

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km

Payment

  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT 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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