Information for Incoming Guests
Further info and links, including directions and map of the farm will be sent
via WhatsApp prior to your arrival.
Check in time is strictly from 15h00
Check out time is strictly by 10h00
Early check in or late check out can be arranged in advance at an additional cost,
provided that the cottage is available the night before or the day after.
We are subject to load shedding, it is advisable to add Kwaggashoek (6)
to your load shedding App so that you can plan accordingly.
Our WATER is from a borehole in the mountain and is perfectly drinkable spring water.
Please be responsible with your water use and report any water leaks as soon as possible.
Bicycles are Welcome.
Regret no quads or motorbikes permitted.
Linen, towels, basic cleaning supplies, toilet paper are provided in the cottages.
All cottages have indoor fireplaces & outdoor braai facilities.
CELL PHONE SIGNAL & WiFi
Vodacom - 4G
MTN - 4G - often offline during loadshedding
Cell C - slow for data
There is no WiFi on the farm.
Four Seasons in one STAY
It is advisable to pack for both WARM & COLD WEATHER as we are subject to both all year round.
Evenings are cool to cold all year round with a mountain breeze blowing through - it is always
advisable to bring something warm to wear.
We are in an area that experiences lightning all year round, please do not fish if you hear thunder or
see lightning in the vicinity, even if it seems far away.
Summer is our most erratic time of year weather wise, we can go from extreme heat, to
heavy rain to cold mist over a period of hours. Bring a light rain coat or umbrella as well as
something warm to wear. Don't forget to pack your swimming costume in case
you want to take a dip in one of the dams or the river.
Winter offers mild days and cold nights. July - September are our windy months.
Spring & Autumn are our most temperate seasons.
Bats, Bugs & Other Naturally Occurring Creatures
Being situated in the countryside the environment is completely natural and therefore animal and insect life is to be expected, the type of creature and their activity is very dependent on the time of year and weather conditions.
We have a bat community in the area, these are small bats who eat mosquitoes and other small insects, they are harmless but one will occasionally fly into a cottage, particularly if doors are left open at night with lights on inside.
Insects and moths hatch mainly in summer when there is high rainfall and heat, the number of hot days determines the number of "gogga's" that hatch. Most insects, moths in particular are attracted to light so it is not advisable to leave the windows and doors of the cottage open at night if there are many lights on.
The grasslands are an ideal environment for a variety of field mice and shrews, occasionally
one braves its way into a cottage through an open door (particularly as it starts getting cold), they are not harmful.
Another creature endemic to the grassland and bush of South Africa is the infamous "bush roach", this insect looks like a "normal cockroach" but has longer wings. These insects, though ugly, are not the same as the "city roaches" and are not indicative of dirt. They tend to occur in small numbers during the high wet heat of mid summer.
There are a variety of frogs in the area and you will enjoy their song on summer nights, do not be overly alarmed, however, if your dog gets hold of one and starts retching and foaming at the mouth, this is a natural reaction to the slime that covers the frog and as far as we know none of them are poisonous and the effect shouldn't last more that a few hours at the most, just ensure that your dog has lots of water to drink.
The grassland is also home to snakes and scorpions, though they are rarely seen. Please watch where you put your feet when hiking and be careful when lifting or moving any rocks. The venomous snakes that occur in our area are puff adder and rinkals.