(OUT OF TOWN)
MATJIESVLEI GUEST FARM
Top class Calitzdorp Accommodation
Need a break?
Come visit Matjiesvlei – the gem of the Little Karoo.
Matjiesvlei is a must see when visiting the Klein Karoo. Come enjoy the serene and tranquil beauty of this valley, situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains between Calitzdorp and Ladismith. Farming in this area dates back as far as 1821.
We offer you a peaceful, relaxing stay in one of our four self catering units – Douglas-huis, Thiart-huis, Cloete-huis and Huis Oppie Rant. If you prefer being even closer to nature you can unwind at our camping site, Die Damrivierkamp (the dam river camp), situated on the shores of the Gamka River.
This is an anglers paradise, with a wide variety of fish species including Yellow fish, Black bass, Eel and Carp. There are also fantastic water holes perfect for swimming and rowing. The Bôjaankop 4×4 route takes you to the top of Bôjaankop from where you can enjoy stunning views of the Little Karoo. Matjiesvlei is conveniently located for day trips to Oudtshoorn with all its tourist attractions, The Garden Route, Die Hel (Gamkaskloof) and beautiful mountain passes in the area.
We invite you to come kick back and relax. Enjoy some of our delightful local wines while savouring the tranquil beauty as only mother nature can provide.
Built in 1936 by Pieter Thiart, this comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated cottage has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate 9 persons Two of the bedrooms each have a double bed while the third room has both a double and a single bed. Please note that electricity is only available in the kitchen.
This comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated cottage dates back to 1860 and consists of 3 bedrooms accommodating 9 persons in total (2 Double and 5 single beds). Please note that electricity is only available in the kitchen.
Cloete Huis is amongst one of the oldest buildings in Matjiesvlei and provides for the ideal honeymoon breakaway. The house is fully furnished with one bedroom and a beautiful view of the valley and Swartberg Mountains. A seperate bedroom with 2 single beds and bathroom is also available in the outbuilding. The house does not have electricity, but is equipped with sufficient candles, oil lamps and a donkey boiler for hot water.
Huis Oppie Rant
A 3 bedroom self catering cottage with beautiful wooden floors and ceilings and a magnificent view of the mountains. The cottage does not have electricity, but is equipped with sufficient gas lamps and a donkey boiler for hot water. The cottage can accommodate 6 people, has its own braai facilities, fully equipped kitchen and bedding. Completely isolated from the hustle and bustle of city life, you can enjoy the breathtaking sunsets from the veranda.
The Dam River Camp
A shady 4×4 bush camp with modern ablution blocks and hot water, on the banks of the Gamka River. Enjoy fishing, swimming and boating in Die Dam. Also walks and hikes. Starting at the Bush camp, ride the rugged Bojaankop 4×4 trail climbing steelpy to 540m with stunning views. Self catering cottages are available where you can relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Bojaankop 4×4 trail
The trail runs through and along the Gamka river with spectacular views. The river crossings can be very interesting especially when the river runs high. For most of the trail you need low range, but the trail is people and vehicle friendly and is great fun and a tremendous experience for the whole family. It is easy to get to approximately 13 km out of Calitzdorp (15 minute drive) and only 3/4 hours from Cape Town and P.E. The trail is also mountain biking and hiking friendly.
The route has an interesting history. It started in the 1800’s when Bennie’s ancestors and their sharecroppers dragged bundles of Wild Plum wood straight down the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains to distil Witblits and to make raisins. During wintertime the sharecroppers also sell the wood in town for an extra income. Most of the route is in these drag paths or in the wagon trails along the lower lying areas where they loaded the wood on ox wagons and donkey carts.
Originally the veld was infested by prickly pears till cochenille (a pest on prickly pears) was imported from Australia to get rid of it. A lot of wild donkeys were also roaming the Gamka river valley.
Since then the Spekboom and other plants have taken over and nowadays it is one of the finest succulent areas in the Karoo with a large diversity of plants being found in such a small area. In spring the veld is a carpet of wild flowers and in the distance is the imposing and sombre backdrop of the smudgy blue Swartberg Mountains.
The trail runs through and along the Gamka river with its spectacular views. The river crossings can be very interesting especially when the river is in flood. For most of the trail you will need a vehicle with a low range of gears. The trail is people and vehicle friendly and is great fun and a tremendous experience for the whole family. Like photographer, Richard van Ryneveld said: “A truly beautiful area, Matjiesvlei a hidden and undiscovered gem in the Klein Karoo.”
It is easy to get to – approximately 13 km out of Calitzdorp (15 minute drive) and only 3 – 4 hours from Cape Town and P.E. Mountain bikers can use and enjoy most of the trail. We find that many people also like to hike the route.
At the end of the drive you can relax and socialise at The Dam River Campsite or in one of the three self-catering chalets with bedding and towels provided and fully equipped kitchens. The spacious campsite is shady and well grassed offering privacy at each site as well as an ablution block with showers (donkey boiler) and toilets.
At the campsite and along the banks of the river there is a rich variety of bird life including black eagles and fish eagles. Sometimes if you’re lucky Cape otters can be spotted. The river contains about seven different fish species so bring along your fishing rods and inflatable boats if you enjoy angling.
When visiting us we would recommend that you bring along, binoculars, fishing rods, mountain bikes, hiking boots, canoes or inflatable boats and swimsuits.
Nearby, Calitzdorp is a lovely and fascinating town to visit. It has good restaurants and wine tasting venues. From Matjiesvlei you can also go on day trips to several places of interest in the Klein Karoo.
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Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
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Latitude: S33 28 23
Longitude: E21 37 30
Latitude: S 33 28.394
Longitude: E 21 37.502