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  • There are many different things to do at Bartholomeus Klip, although plenty of their guests love to spend their time with them just switching off.

    However, if you want to do something more strenuous, they provide mountain bikes for cycling through the reserve or along the farm roads through the wheat fields, and there are plenty of wonderful routes to choose for walks.

    They also offer archery, which is proving very popular.

    Down at the dam guests can take to the water in canoes and kayaks, or go windsurfing, freshwater fishing or bird watching.

    Even the most relaxed guest will want to join their rangers on the morning and evening nature drives through the reserve, where there is always something different to discover. Highlights of a stay at Bartholomeus Klip are the nature drives through the 10 000 acre nature reserve.  The morning drive leaves after coffee, rusks and fruit and sets off through the gate and across the river into the reserve, entering a completely different world from the farmlands and gardens of Bartholomeus Klip. You might head towards the mountains towering up in front of you, or along the road to the grassy plains area where herds of black wildebeest and springbok tend to congregate. Fynbos surrounds you with its rich and varied plant life full of interest, where at any moment you might spot a zebra from the quagga project, a rare plant or perhaps even a strikingly patterned geometric tortoise. In the springtime there will be thousands of wild flowers and streams of running water everywhere, and in summer the heat and dryness will tell you that you are unmistakeably in Africa.

     

    The afternoon drive is at the end of the day and the veld is beginning to cool down for the night, with the geese flying home to the big dam and the clapper lark whistling as he soars into the sky. If you are lucky, the setting sun will turn the long range of mountains a fleeting shade of soft pink while your ranger serves you the classic South African sundowners along with a few delicious snacks

    Whatever time of day you go, you are sure to see plenty of life in the reserve whether it’s a couple of bontebok, a lone secretary bird striding through the veld, or a herd of eland standing watchfully in the fynbos: and you will have the knowledge that you are driving through a uniquely-preserved piece of one of the world’s smallest but richest floral kingdoms, the Cape Floristic Region.

  • Address: Elandsberg Farms, Hermon
    Wellington
    Western Cape
    7308
    South Africa
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