Papskuilfontein Guest Farm Cottages. Old, beautifully restored stone cottages in a fynbos setting. Papskuilfontein Guest Farm has a rich bird life, fauna, and San rock art. View the awesome canyon and its 100m waterfall. Enjoy the world-renowned indigenous bulbous flowers in the spring. Swim in the cool waters of a natural rock pool, or in the pool at the cottages. Hike or ride your mountain bike on the trails through sandstone rock formations.
There are three nature reserves in our area, the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve, the Waterfall Reserve (not to be confused with the canyon and waterfall at Papkuilsfontein) and the Nieuwoudtville Flower Reserve. You can also find the Hantam Botanical Garden situated just outside of Nieuwoudtville.
Papskuilfontein Guest Farm Cottages facilities:
Die Rondekraal Cottage: a romantic, self catering cottage for a couple only. Built with sandstone and a thatched roof, with stable doors. Open plan, cosy fireplace, two rocking chairs, a fully equipped kitchen area, a double bed. The bedroom leads into the bathroom with a Victorian bath. And if you step outside of the bathroom you’ll find yourself in a semi-enclosed outdoor shower.
De Hoop Cottage: thatch roofed sandstone cottage. Historical longhouse with a spacious living room with hearth (fireplace where you can also braai), and two comfortable lounge chairs. Kitchen area is fully equipped for self catering. Bedroom with double bed, and two extra beds in one end of the living room for a family.
Gert Boom Cottage: completely private, with indoor fireplace. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms, both with showers only, one of which is part of the bedroom with the double bed. The other bedroom is twin bedded and there are two more beds in the living room for families. Kitchen area is fully equipped to be self catering.
Jan Voorman Cottage: quaint corrugated iron cottage, simple yet luxurious accommodation. Two en suite bedrooms, one with a shower and one with a bath, accommodates four people. Kitchen, Lounge. Dinner and breakfast are served at De Lande house.
De Lande Guesthouse: typical Karoo style farmhouse, with a large hearth and cozy sun-room. Accommodates 8 people with ease and comfort. There are 4 en-suite rooms, (one double and three twins). Wall heaters and electric blankets in each room. Spacious lounge with fireplace, cozy sun-room, shady verandah.
Matjiesfontein House: very old house, with wood ceilings, sandstone floors, wall heaters in both bed-and bathroom, and generously proportioned rooms. Dinner and breakfast are served at De Lande, 1.5km away.
All Cottages are Self Catering, but two or three course dinners can be delivered to the cottage.
All Cottages have gas fired hot water, fridge and stove, and gas lamps supplement romantic oil lamps and candles (only Gert Boom has solar lighting).
Restaurant – Die Waenhuis:
Breakfast and dinner to our overnight guests (booked in advance).
Venue: for small intimate weddings, birthdays, conferences or any celebration
Flower Season: light lunches, delicious cakes & coffee (beginning of August until roughly the end of September). Then open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm during this springtime celebration of nature.
Activities – Things to See & Do:
4×4 & Campsite:
A 4×4 trail and campsite, located on the extreme right side of the 6,000ha property, away from the other accommodation options. The trail has a difficulty rating of 4-5 and is about 15 km long. It extends over rocky mountainous ground, which can be wet in winter. The road climbs gradually to the edge of a 180-meter canyon with a breathtaking view. It then follows the edge of the canyon with a view to both the left and right of Oorlogskloof and also the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve. Groups will be accompanied on request.
Waterfall and Canyon:
The waterfall is situated on the edge of an impressive 180m canyon. It is for the use of our private guests only. The waterfall only runs in winter, as we are in a winter rainfall area, or after good summer rains. The canyon is a two hour walk from the cottages or you can also drive down to the canyon.
In the natural rock pool, or if you are staying at Gert Boom opt for the swimming pool (built to resemble a farm dam) next to your cottage.
A circular hiking trail of 12km has been laid out, with the turning point at the waterfall, through lovely sandstone rock formations and fynbos, the Bokkeveldsberg being the northern extremity
of the Cederberg. Have your hiker’s lunch in solitude while gazing down the incredible gorge.
Don’t forget your mountain bikes to explore the farm tracks. Rock paintings are to be seen.
From Cape Sugarbirds in the Fynbos area, to arid area birds such as the larks and sandgrouse in the Shrub Karoo. Raptors include the Martial and Verreauxs’ Eagle, Kestrels and the rare and endangered Black Harrier which nests on the property. 145 Species can be encountered at various times throughout the year on Papkuilsfontein. A check list in the cottages on the farm will support you.
Papkuilsfontein provides small personalized tours to enhance the experience of this area. Willem van Wyk will be your host for approximately 2.5 hours which includes rock art, the canyon, waterfall and its geology, birds, the diversity of veld types, farming and conservation, and of course flowers in season.
Flora and Flower Route:
Parts of Papkuilsfontein have been managed as small pockets of flower reserves for many years and a 5km Flower Route has been developed on one side of Papkuilsfontein, taking you through Renosterveld and some Fynbos, where a profusion of annuals and endemic bulbous plants grow.
San Rock Art:
The Cederberg is home to more than 2 000 painting sites that vary in style and chronology. We invite visitors to share in the cultural richness of this precious cultural heritage.
Papskuilfontein Guest Farm Cottages Contact Details:
Mariëtte and Alrie van Wyk
Tel: +27 (0)27 218 1246
Fax: +27 (0)86 573 1246
Papskuilfontein Guest Farm
P.O. Box 46