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Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Spa

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Spa

OUDTSHOORN SPA

(OUT OF TOWN)

BUFFELSDRIFT GAME LODGE

THE SPA AT BUFFELSDRIFT:

Add some extra pampering to your Klein Karoo bushveld experience and spoil yourself to a relaxing spa treatment at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. We offer an extensive range of treatments, massages and facials that will leave you relaxed, revitalised and rejuvenated.

Set at the foot of the breathtaking Swartberg Mountains and surrounded by pristine natural beauty, the Spa overlooks a 5ha waterhole with lazing hippos, a variety of wildlife roaming the banks and more than 217 bird species.

We invite you to come and experience absolute relaxation in the heart of the Klein Karoo, with magical views of the bushveld and vast landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Our range of African treatments & massages includes: Hand & foot treatments | Full body, Hot Stone and Head & neck massages | Exfoliation & Body Wraps | Manicures | Pedicures | Eyebrow shaping & tints | Facials and more.

Buffelsdrift Guests are invited to experience true African accommodation in the understated elegance and luxury of our tented accommodation. Wake to the beautiful sounds of nature, the great Swartberg Mountains as backdrop and a magnificent waterhole at your doorstep.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 44 272 0000
Fax: +27 44 272 0108
Email: info@buffelsdrift.com
Website: www.buffelsdrift.com
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Opening Hours

We are open from:
Monday – Sunday: 08:00 – 20:00

Coordinates

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.528856
Longitude: 22.249952

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 31 43
Longitude: E22 14 59

GPS
Latitude: S 33 31.731
Longitude: E 22 14.997

Activities @ Appelsfontein

Activities @ Appelsfontein

OUDTSHOORN ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITIES @ APPELSFONTEIN

Overview

OUDTSHOORN GUEST LODGE: Situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo, Appelsfontein Guest Lodge is an eco-friendly safari tented camp. Surrounded by the Gamkaberg mountain range with characteristic red stone hills and mountainous sandveld fynbos.

Appelsfontein Game Lodge is located 31km from Oudtshoorn, well-known for ostrich farming, crocodile ranch and the famous Cango Caves. Also the famous Swartberg Mountain pass that snows over in winter. Calitzdorp, famous for its wine, port & vineyards, is only a 45km drive away.

Appelsfontein is located 95km from George Airport.

OUR ACTIVITIES

Mountain biking
Various roads over flats, valleys and mountains make for very exciting biking trails. These routes & roads lead deep into the veld with untouched beauty and breathtaking views.

Hiking & Day hiking
Along these routes one can truly lose yourself and be at peace with nature. Forget about the stress of everyday life and take in what mother nature has to offer.

Bird Watching
Some truly wonderful birds do occur here and lots pass by over the changing seasons. Verreaux’s Eagles, Martial eagles, Kori Bustard and Bee-eaters. Come and see which you can spot at Appelsfontein Game Lodge.

Game Viewing
Game drives available, Where you will be taking to every highlight on the farm, to truly explore and uncover the hidden beauties that Appelsfontein has to offer. Along the way plentiful game species can be sighted, eland, black backed jackel, baboon, klipspringer, springbuck to name a few.

4×4 Trails
Our 4×4 trails offers a great experience for both the enthusiast and the experienced 4×4 drivers with slopes ranging from easy to very steep. You will also enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and plateaus.

Hunting
We currently have 5 species to hunt. These include the Eland, Red hartebees, Springbok, Steenbok and Grysbok.
For more information or our pricelist, contact us

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 76 168 7421
Email: info@appelsfontein.co.za
Website: www.appelsfontein.co.za

Coordinates

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: 33.633611
Longitude: 5.365556

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: N33 38 01
Longitude: E5 21 56

GPS
Latitude: N 33 38.017
Longitude: E 5 21.933

Bass Fishing

Bass Fishing

OUDTSHOORN ACTIVITIES

(OUT OF TOWN)

BASS FISHING

Overview

Old Mill Country Lodge is situated on the R 328, halfway between Oudtshoorn and the World famous Cango Caves. Offering exclusive luxury units with a spectacular view of the Swartberg Mountain Range.

Nested in the heart of nature – giving you the experience of a lifetime. Our rooms are equipped with a mini bar fridge, satellite TV as well as air conditioning.

Accommodation are suitable for all ages and therefore we have a well-equipped family room with the same luxuries as the other rooms. They can swim in the swimming pool or river, do fishing, bow hunting, hiking, watch baby ostriches, and much more.

Enjoy lunch and/or dinner at our a la Carte Restaurant and breakfast at our other spectacular restaurant. We also offer Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, all according to your needs

Old Mill Country Lodge is a working ostrich farm only in season. Watch as we farm with ostrich chicks and fully grown ostriches.

One of our many activities that we have here on the farm is our bass fishing.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 44 272 7308
Cell: +27 72 213 1157
Email: oldmill@mdwireless.co.za
Website: www.deoudemeulrestaurant.co.za

Coordinates

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.462088
Longitude: 22.249717

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 27 43
Longitude: E22 14 58

GPS
Latitude: S 33 27.725
Longitude: E 22 14.983

Swartberg Circle Route

Swartberg Circle Route

SWARTBERG CIRCLE ROUTE®

About the Swartberg Circle Route®

The Swartberg Circle Route is a scenic and interesting drive. Travel from Oudtshoorn or Calitzdorp to De Rust, Klaarstroom and Prince Albert, over Swartberg Pass and through Meiringspoort. The trip may be started at any of the four towns and traveled in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. The picturesque back routes include Oudemuragie, Vergelegen, Lategansvlei, Groenfontein, Kruisrivier and Langverwaght.

The Route offers you a taste of adventure, a wide range of culinary delights, a touch of culture and an overall feeling of well-being.

Up to where the Swartberg Pass starts the road is tarred. The pass itself is not tarred.

The road is accessible by any vehicle (just keep in mind – there are anti-erosion humps on the road, making it difficult for low vehicles to go over). Before driving over the pass – make sure that the road is accessible; normally they close the road when there is snow on the pass or when heavy rain has fallen.

You can phone the Provincial Traffic Department to find out whether or not you can access the pass: Number: 044 8019111

Towns of Swartberg Circle Route®

Prince Albert

Prince Albert

Prince Albert is situated at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain Range and is blessed with a perennial water supply which belies the reputation of this arid region. The town is renowned for its sun-ripened fresh and died fruit, particularly apricots and figs. Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and home-made cheeses are other delicious local delicacies to entice visitors.

Prince Albert has one of the oldest and last remaining working watermills in South Africa.

“The nothingness, the wide open spaces and the deafening stillness… balm to the soul at sunset – this is the magic of Prince Albert at the gateway to the Great Karoo.”

Calitzdorp

In the very heart of the Klein Karoos unique attractions, including the majestic Swartberg Mountains, the renowned Cango Caves, the stunning mountain passes and indigenous African flora and fauna, lies the little town of Calitzdorp – ideally situated on Route 62 within a couple of hours driving time of all that is special in the region.

Long known as the Port Wine Capital of South Africa, Calitzdorp is also the fruit bowl of the Klein Karoo: indeed, the ideal stopover for travellers wishing to enjoy all that the region has to offer. Naturally, this enjoyment starts with the eight wine cellars, famous for their Port wines that regularly win top local and international accolades

De Rust

45km from Oudtshoorn, at the foot of the Swartberg lies the natural beauty of De Rust, a little farm village with a peaceful environment. Like Oudtshoorn, De Rust is known for its Ostrich farming and historical buildings. Its drinking water from a mountain spring puts expensive bottled water to shame, and it lies snuggled in the mouth of Meiringspoort. Everything about De Rust is true; true hospitality, true Karoo environment and true peace and quiet.

The main attraction of De Rust is Meiringspoort with its incredible passageway of various towering sandstone cliffs that pierce the heart of the Swartberg Mountain Range.

Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25km tarred road which leads along the floorof the gorge, crossing the “Groot River” 25 times. This is a gateway between the Klein & Great Karoo. A beautiful waterfall is nestled in the poort, easy walking distance from the road.

We are proud to say that the picnic spots as well as the ablution facilities are well maintained.

The centuries old sedimentary layers in the picturesque Red Hills at Le Roux Station: In 1989, the Red Hills were declared as a national natural heritage site.

Oudtshoorn
The iconic town of Oudtshoorn, based in the semi-arid Klein Karoo, borders on the North of the picturesque Garden Route region half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Just 55 kilometers from the large coastal town of George, which has the closest air access, Oudtshoorn boasts an array of things to see and do for those of all ages. The town can also be accessed by the scenic and famed R62 – the world’s longest wine route!

Primarily known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn has quickly gained the reputation of being a cultural, heritage and adventure hotspot. Encompassed by unique landscapes, the town is centred between the awe-inspiring Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountain ranges.

When visiting Oudtshoorn you will have varies activities and attractions to visit. You can go from diving with crocodiles, walking with elephants, educational ostrich tours, view our beautiful and scenic waterfall and learn more about the largest show cave in South Africa.

Content from Cape Nature

Swartberg Nature Reserve lies in the Oudtshoorn district between the Great and Klein Karoo, forming a narrow but long stretch of 121 000ha. It is bordered by the Gamkapoort Nature Reserve immediately to the north (8000ha) and Towerkop Nature Reserve immediately to the west (51 000ha). These two reserves are not open to the public but are managed in conjunction with Swartberg Nature Reserve.

The entire conservation area – a massive 180 000ha – is critical to the management of mountain catchments and water yields in the region.

The nearest towns are:

  • Oudtshoorn (± 40 km)
  • De Rust (± 5 km)
  • Prince Albert (± 5 km)

The Swartberg Nature Reserve is also a proclaimed World Heritage Site.

Besides conservation, the reserve is concerned with the conservation of mountain catchments and the water yield thereof, and educational and recreational opportunities.

This area was clearly used by the San for many centuries, as evidenced by the numerous rock paintings and artefacts found in caves all over the reserve. During the 1700s European farmers arrived in the area, establishing small settlements and making roads.

Three historic routes connecting the Great and Klein Karoo lead through the reserve:

  • Toorwaterpoort is a train route;
  • Meiringspoort is used by motorists;
  • Seweweekspoort is a gravel road,
  • and the un-tarred Swartberg Pass,

*(poort means gorge)

Built by Thomas Baines, takes one over the Swartberg and reaches a height of 1585m above sea-level. Gamkaskloof (Die Hel), which was first inhabited by farmers in 1830, was only accessible by foot until 1963 when a road was finally built into the valley.

This is an area of climatic extremes, with very cold winters, often with snow on the mountains and temperatures well below zero, while summers can be uncomfortably hot with temperatures reaching 40ºC and more! Rain occurs throughout the year, peaking in early winter and spring, and with thundershowers in the summer months.

The Swartberg mountains are part of the Cape fold mountain range, and the geological formations are chiefly of the Table Mountain group and to a lesser extent of the Bokkeveld and Cango groups. Impressive rock formations may be seen in the Swartberg and Meiringspoort passes.

The reserve’s vegetation is remarkably diverse, featuring renosterveld, mountain fynbos, Karoo-veld, spekboom veld, and numerous geophyte species. Some species will be in bloom virtually throughout the year. Most plants flower in spring, but early autumn is the time that many protea species flower, attracting large numbers of sugarbirds and sunbirds. During mid-summer (December – February) many of the interesting plants on the higher Swartberg peaks are in flower, including the rare Protea venusta.

Mammals likely to be seen include klipspringer, grey rhebuck, kudu, baboon and dassie, and on the flatter areas at Gamkapoort, springbok. Leopard and caracal also occur in the area, but are seldom seen. More than 130 bird species have been recorded here, notably black, fish and martial eagle, Cape sugarbird and pied kingfisher.

Gamkaskloof (Die Hell)

The remote and isolated Gamkaskloof valley is about 90km from Oudtshoorn and 60km from Prince Albert and is only accessible via the Otto du Plessis Road, which turns off from the Swartberg Pass.

The Otto du Plessis Road is only 52km long but the drive along this gravel road will take 2.5 to 3hrs.

The valley is of ecological, archaelogical and cultural-historical importance and is now managed as part of the Swartberg Nature Reserve.

Visitors to the Kloof have accommodation options of 10 restored cottages, a bushcamp and 10 campsites. Attractions and activities include picnicking, a Norwegian mill, angling in the Gamka River, and sightseeing and relaxing in this natural paradise as well as a 6 km interpretation hiking trail (3 hours). (Cape Nature)