R490 for two guests nightly, R25 extra per child; R50 extra per adult.
Budget Getaways Review
The philosophy at Enjo Nature Farm is a simple one: Escape, breathe, relax and chill. Not a difficult undertaking when the surrounding scenery leaves your mouth hanging open at every turn.
From mountain peaks to natural springs, fynbos galore to night skies dripping with stars, if your soul’s gone a-missing, you’ll track it down at Enjo.
The farm lies way off the Cederberg’s well-stomped trail. Tucked away up the gorgeous Biedouw Valley, 65km from Clanwilliam, it's a nature lovers delight, with hiking trails, mountain bike routes, gurgling rivers and farm dams with sun bathing decks and paddle skis.
Let's move onto Enjo’s extensive platter of accommodation: a homely mix of rustic white-washed thatch abodes and a campsite.
Kicking off with Lazy Leopard House, this spacious cottage is the largest member of the gang and sleeps six. Best suited to a family, the cottage is set in a glade of trees along the river bank. There are two downstairs bedrooms (with a Queen and King) and a third loft room with two singles and accessible via a ladder.
The kitchen is fully equipped and open-plan to a dining area with indoor fireplace. Outside you have a braai area and stoep with mountain views.
Further along the river bank are the privately appointed Enjo and Oak - quaint open-plan cottages that sleep four apiece. In both you'll find either a Queen (Enjo) or King (Oak) downstairs, and two singles in the loft. A small kitchenette, indoor fireplace, outside braai area with mountain views, are among the features here.
The Cabin gazes over the farm dam and mountains and sleeps three in a double bed downstairs and a single mattress in the loft. Stove, kettle and toaster, etc can be found in the outside kitchenette, while indoor fireplace and braai area are again standard. for those chillier winter evenings, you can roll down the weather blinds to convert the kitchenette into another cosy little area.
The Annex - best suited to couples and attached to the historic main farmhouse, but with own private entrance. The unit is equipped with king-size bed, ensuite bathroom and kitchenette with kettle, toaster and bar fridge. Stepping out, a stoep and braai area with comfy couches is where you're likely find yourself late into the night.
For solitude seekers we recommend Lonely Planet Cottage - hidden away in the spectacular Oskloof and only accessible via a jeep track (a five-minute drive from the main homestead). Lonely Planet comes sans Eskom - instead you'll enjoy solar heating and lighting, and cooking by gas. The cottage has a King bed downstairs, with two singles in the loft. Outside there’s a braai area and natural stone jacuzzi - were you'll definitely be wallowing in the baking summer months.
Whew, there's still more… Adamant on finding use for that tent you bought all those years ago? Good, because Enjo has three private campsites with hot showers and electricity at each.
Can't be bothered with cooking? No prob, you can request dinner or breakfast in advance from the main house, where you’ll also find a small shop selling basic supplies. Trust us, you don't want to be driving to Clanwilliam for that forgotten milk...
The guest feedback for Enjo sings nothing but praise, “ We loved our stay at Enjo Nature Farm and so will anybody else who is craving that simple, quiet connection with nature,” says an adventurer from Somerset West. “Incredible... and I mean incredible beauty is all around you!” crows another.
All said and done, if you’re searching for soul, we'd say look no further than Enjo Nature Farm.
"Pleasant, accommodating, enough to do for a week-end (if you are the up and go type), but the accommodation was not up to scratch we thought. The bedding not adequate or appropriate (i.e. two very heavy 3/4 duvets for a queen bed for an older couple and hardly room to turn around in the room). The barn door, a very good feature, but we could not open the top bit which would have been good as we had a dog. The kitchen floor was broken, uneven and a hazard. Also, they should put up prices for wood and all other goodies. Otherwise it was ok."
(Cecily Camara, visited May 2017)
"What an incredibly beautiful place!"
(Cara Stacey, visited Feb 2017)
"It probably was good value for money, but to me it was although pretty from outside depressing from inside. It was dark gloomy cold and smelly - smelly because of the fireplace in the bedroom."
(Janetta Malan, visited Aug 2016)
Dear Janetta, thank you very much for your constructive feedback. We are very sorry for the broken wine bottle and we will replace the fridge this week. Having a fireplace in the room is much appreciated by most guests and it's nice to light a fire and have it cosy. On the downside of course is the smell that some people like and some don't. We will definitely look into the lighting of the Cabin. The recently added weather blinds might have changed the lighting and we will adjust it.
"This place is just magical! Being in the middle of the mountains with no one else around, no electricity and no cell signal is just the perfect combination for the most relaxing few days a couple (with their little sausage dog) could have wished for. Lonely Planet is too stunning for words. We loved every second. Thank you for allowing us to share this special place. We will be back."
(Cindy Clokie, visited Jun 2016)
"This is a great budget getaway in a beautiful isolated valley. There are beautiful walks to do in the valley."
(Sarah Gouws, visited Mar 2016)
"This place has been a favourite and never disappoints. We always discover something new and it's the perfect place to switch off. As well as the perfect getaway for kids and dogs."
(Alex Soare, visited Jan 2016)
"We had an amazing time at Enjo, it is unlike anywhere I have ever been before. The rugged beauty and variety of the area is indescribable. I took fantastic photo's but they can't do justice to this magnificent place as the entire area envelopes you and peace creeps into your soul. On our many walks, it was so quiet I was aware of the sound of my footsteps and my dog panting and scenting as he moved forward, dropped back and investigated both left and right. As a dog lover, a particular treat was to open the front door and sit on the 'stoep' with my morning coffee while my boy walked around near the cottage and took himself down to the river. Always safe and knowing that the other cottages where far enough away that he could not bother anyone. On the Saturday before arriving I got a puncture and since there wasn't anywhere to get it repaired, I arrived without a usable spare tyre. Kobus, the farm manager arranged to have it fixed for me and checked two days later to make sure the tyre was still inflated. All at no cost to me and without me feeling that I was imposing at all. We loved being at Enjo and highly recommend it."
(Gill Land, visited August 2015)
"After looking at the website, we were very excited for a getaway to Enjo Nature Farm. I'm sure that it didn't help that we visited at the end of the dry summer season, but we felt that it should have been 'Enjo Rock Farm', it was extremely dusty, rocky and sandy. The farm is advertised as being in the Cedarberg mountains but it is more Karoo-like and quite a drive on slow gravel roads to get to the Cedarberg. We didn't feel that the owners really wanted people there, maybe they were having a bad day but weren't very hospitable at all. We have been to several Budget Getaway cottages and usually have been spoiled by little touches at the cottages which we feel this lacked, here we had to go and ask the owners for matches for the gas stove. It wasn't all bad though, Leopard Leap Cottage where we stayed was clean and spacious and and our kids played for a long time in the dry river bed on our doorstep and loved the horses coming to greet us at our window in the morning. Even at the end of April the dam was great for a dip, with beautiful views. The setting of our cottage was beautiful in a Karoo-way, just not in the way we expected based on the website. Maybe just to be avoided at the end of summer."
(Jules Comley, visited April 2015)
Dear Jules, this year has been a very hot and dry one and we are still waiting for the first rainfall of the year to colour the field green and to fill the river up again. In July, August and September the flowers season is on and the farm has a beautiful display of Namaqualand Daisies and lots of other wild flowers. I am very sorry your stay was different as expected but am glad you still had a good time!
"The farm was extremely dry and sandy. There was not a flower in sight. It did not look anything like the pictures, they are very misleading. Furthermore, when we informed management of Enjo of our dissatisfaction, they completely disregarded it. We were so looking forward to a weekend of relaxation in a beautiful setting. It was a far drive on a dirt road and we stayed for two hours, without unpacking any of our items and returned home."
(Alexis Martin, visited February 2015)
"Our stay at Enjo Nature Farm was fabulous, peaceful and tranquil. Surrounded by nothing but Mother Nature herself, you find yourself immersed in the pure beauty of the surroundings. Lazy Leopard Cottage is delightful, within in meters of the river, its ideal for a family. The natural dam to which you can walk offers awesome swimming and picnic spots. From your cottage you can do short walks or longer hikes, you can take a drive to Wupperthal along a 17km dirt road or relax at the river. The establishment also has a small shop and a man made dam with decks for picnics or just pure relaxation. I would highly recommend."
(Tracey Meyer, visited October 2014)
"We stayed in the annex cottage and had a wonderful time. Lovely hosts who made us feel so welcome. Will definitely be returning."
(Brenainn Cross , visited July 2014)
"Beautiful, peaceful and great hosts. We spent lots of time hiking, cycling and lounging at the sun decks at the swimming dam and paddling area and just admiring all the wildlife at the river. Cottage just needs a coat of paint. "
(Simisha Pather, visited April 2014)
"The Lonely Planet cottage is by far most amazing place we have have stayed. Had a wonderful weekend spent on the farm and definitely plan on going back!"
(Lara Humby, visited September 2013)
"This is definitely one of those wonderful country hideaways that you don't want others to know about or you will struggle to get a booking next time around, and you really want there to be a next time around. The setting is gorgeous, the accommodation is comfortable and the cottage is very well equipped. It's a particularly quiet, peaceful place. We also enjoyed a scenic flight with Moritz in his Yak 18T, a great aircraft for four (incl the pilot) with glass right over the cabin for extra good views over the Cederberg which were unforgettable. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient, nothing is too much trouble and they arrive in a flash when needed. The honesty system they apply says something about the whole establishment: its your stay, relax, take what you need, enjoy and we can sort out the money stuff later. They kindly allow dogs, and our Jack Russells thought this was heaven. Our stay was memorable and we shall return, for sure."
(Tania Miglietta, visited September 2013)
"Enjo Nature Farm is one of those places you actually want to keep to yourself. But of course you can't and I can highly recommend it. I have lost count of how many times we have been there, sometimes camping, sometimes staying in a chalet, always sad when I have to leave, but full of new found energy and enthusiasm for life out there. Be warned, you will lose your heart!"
(Helette Norval, visited December 2012)
"Enjo Nature Farm has it all! If adventure met magic and soul then this is where they would come to play. Incredible (and I mean INCREDIBLE) beauty is all around you! The mountain is practically in your lap, the whitewashed cottages are rustic yet warm and inviting. Be prepared for some pretty amazing views from a window or two! Our cottage even had an outside bath! You will soon have a cat or dog or horse at your doorstep to welcome you. The owners are fabulous (my son Alex thinks their kids are pretty fabulous too!) and have some interesting stories to tell. We were lucky to meet both owners as well as the awesome managers Chris and Mariette who will make you feel right at home! They have an honesty shop in case you forget anything, and you dont want to be dashing off to Clanwilliam for milk when you arrive here. It's a place you want to stay at! We arrived gobsmacked by the beauty and left feeling like family. Oh, and there is also a pool (dam-style) with ridiculous views and a hot-tub, a labyrinth, a converted barn-come-pool-room, an amazing kids playground (stone castle, skulls and all) and if that's not enough, why not flip around the Cederberg with Captain Moritz and Enjo Air in a four-seater Russian Yak (the plane persuasion) or help him look for his missing sheep (as we did). We also fed some lambs and went chasing the sunset with our Mountain Bikes. Paradise! And a river runs through it, you really can't ask for anything more! Wunderbar!"
(Lee-Ann Schmidt, visited April 2013)
"Very nice stay in a beautiful and peaceful setting."
(Pieter Cronje, visited December 2012)
"We loved our stay at Enjo Nature Farm and so will anybody else who is craving that simple, quiet connection with nature. The farm is situated in the Red Cederberg between shimmering mountain tops. Quiet farm life envelopes you as you approach, passing through farm gates and sometimes having to wait for the odd goat or sheep traffic jam! The cottages are clean and perfect for the self-catering crowd. There is s river through the farm which flows in the rainier months, which was the perfect setting for our late afternoon picnics. There is also a very scenic hiking trail of about three hours in a circular root, taking you around the farm land to explore hidden natural wonders. September sees a blanket of flowers cover the land for which the region is famous. We can't wait for our next visit!"
(Francis Wheeler, visited September 2012)
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