Getaway farm in the Koue Bokkeveld with two stone cottages
Budget Getaways Review
Good news if you want to experience wild landscape but have recently purchased a new car: Berg en Dal is virtually tar all the way! This craggy weekend hideaway rests in a dramatic cradle of the Koue Bokkeveld, 90km from Ceres (tar) and 32km from Citrusdal (a topsy-turvy dirt road with great views).
It offers two cottages, both sleeping four adults and both built of stone and blending like chameleons into the rust and fynbos surrounds. (Which got us thinking: if that naughty man Bean Laden ever exhausts his stock of Afghan hideaways…) Whichever you decide on, Heather or Blue, the outlook will be great. With frostie in one hand and braai tong in the other, you too can join the ranks of other satisfied weekenders and gaze upon an open vista framed by the Cederberg Wilderness Area in the background.
Berg en Dal’s cottages are unified by a theme of uncluttered simplicity, daubed here and there with splashes of luxury. The cottages are neat as a pin and feature cork floors, fireplaces and open-plan beechwood interiors. Lighting is solar-, paraffin- and candle-powered. The cottages are equipped with all the essentials. You will however need to bring your own linen, towels and firewood - charcoal and Blitz is provided for the braai.
Apart from good-looking cottages and wild terrain, the river is Berg en Dal’s drawcard. Getting to the designated swimming spot involves a 2km drive, walk or cycle (hot tip: bring your mountain bike), but once there you won’t want to budge. There's even a flush loo and shady gazebo at the river.
Besides wallowing in the pool from morn till night, there’s plenty else to do on this hobby farm: between canoeing a stretch of river, spotting snowy-tailed buck and 109 bird species (a rate of 2.27/hour over a 48 hour weekend) and taking long walks in the krantze, you won’t be at a loss.
Getaway Facts: Berg en Dal Farm Cottages
|Where||90km from Ceres (& 32km from Citrusdal)|
|GPS co-ords||S 32°40'14'' E 19°14'48''|
|Sleeps||4,4 (1 double and 2 single beds in each cottage)|
|Fireplace||yes (bring own wood)|
|Braai||yes (free charcoal & firelighters)|
|Meals available||no |
|Rate guide||R180pp - R250pp|
|Activities||birdwatching, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, small game-viewing, swimming|