R280pp (farmhouse and barn-style cottage), R140pp (bush camp); discounts for children under 12 at both
Budget Getaways Review
Perched high on the Langeberg slopes, Leopard Trail Guestfarm offers an action-packed nature weekend.
Walks, hikes, kloofing, mountain biking and three 4x4 trails, six farm dams for swimming and fishing, educational tours of the farm and mountain, herds of farm animals, they’re all up for grabs here.
In fact, there is so much to do you probably won’t need a roof over your head. But if you do, there's a choice between a mammoth outydse farmhouse, a raw bushcamp pitched in the wild, and a open barn-style cottage that sleeps six.
The farmhouse has a laid-back persona ideally suited to a group of friends or extended family out for a good time in the country. It can accommodate a busload of 24 guests – a big selling point if you are travelling en masse. Simply furnished and very clean, the house features a mix of wooden floors and carpets, quasi-dorm bedrooms, a massive open hearth and two bathrooms. Your friendly hosts Johan and Lizette (who speaks fluent German) also throw in a heap of generous touches, like fresh bread, milk and fruit in season, and a bag or two of free wood on arrival. The result is a feel-good karma about all things Leopard Trail.
For something a little cosier the 'barn-style' cottage could be a good call. Furnished in the old traditional way it can sleep six guests in three bedrooms and comes with open-plan kitchen and lounge, one bathroom, two loos, and a nice deck.
Heading a little way into the mountain, past the dairy, sheep and orange groves, the bushcamp lies near the mouth of a kloof. It has an open lapa with a pit braai (and free wood!), another boma with an inside fireplace, a donkey system for hot water, rustic ablution blocks and a fairly exposed stretch of grass for camping. A swimming dam with rowing boat can be found nearby. The setting is both very private and natural, which is the appeal.
As Johan says, “The only thing you hear is the birds, wind and water.” So true Johan, so true.
"We had a fabulous time camping with our two kids at Leopard Trail. Lizzette is friendly and welcoming, and the kids even had a chance to join in the milking and walk up and down to collect fresh milk. The campsite is in a breathtaking mountain setting, right next to a dam with clear waters and a handful of boats suitable for piratical adventures. You get the best of farm life and some less tame nature. My husband had a ball living the rustic dream and getting the donkey going for piping hot water and there is a nice big boma for you to braai and eat in if the weather gets wet. We loved hiking along the various 4x4 routes around the farm into the adjoining nature reserve. It might not be for you if you like slightly more sophisticated ablutions, but if you like a sense of real adventure in the great outdoors and just want a good hot shower and a clean loo, then it's perfect. And they have a pack of the most delightful fox terriers who are happy to join you and the kids on your adventures (or will be gently removed if you are less keen)."
(Marguerite MacRobert, visited March 2019)
"Absolutely wonderful! The cottage had everything (and more) that was needed - better than all of the self-catering of the places we've been to. You are made to feel at home by the owners on this working farm. I would highly recommend this place."
(Kevin Boyce, visited Jan 2019)
"An excellent setting and value for money. We loved the dam right next to the camp grounds -the children swam all day, with nice green grass next to the dam. The campsites have more than enough shade and not to busy or overcrowded. If you want a rustic getaway with peace and quiet in nature this is the place to be. Bring everything of your own as there is no electricity and only basic amenities. If you want hot pools and fancy ablution facilities then this is not the "commercialized" campsite for you. Also nice walking/cycling trails and 4x4 routes with the most beautiful views as far as the eye can see. There is a nice big lapa if you go as a group."
(Dirk Lombard, visited Dec 2017)
"We had a lovely time at Leopard Trail Guestfarm. We camped at the bushcamp. The ablution facilities were clean and adequate. There was tonnes of wood to use for fires and cooking. The dam is really close to the campsite and great fun for the kids. We also did some of the 4x4 routes that were all good fun. Ice is on sale at the farmhouse - really useful. The kids could ride their bikes on the dust roads in the orchids and there is a great walk into the kloof along a little river."
(Isabel Lynch, visited Apr 2017)
"We had a lovely stay at Leopardtrail Guest Farm. I haven't had so much fresh air in a long time! Awesome hiking routes with beautiful views of the area. Thanks for the complimentary farm fruit and fresh milk, Lizette."
(Alma Van der Merwe, visited Apr 2017)
"We loved every minute in the bushcamp. We enjoyed the sunsets, the dam, walking on the farm and just being surrounded by beauty and peace. The kids loved it too - freedom! The stars and the night sounds were amazing. The bird life was great and we met some lovely people too. The men all seemed to enjoy chopping wood everyday for the donkey and our camp fire. We will definitely visit again!"
(Chantal Lenferna, visited Jan 2017)
"I so loved this place! The views were beautiful; so serene and very peaceful. There were fun activities to do as well. The owners and all the people we met during our time there were so friendly as well. I would definitely recommend this place if you want a getaway in the heart of nature with friends and family."
(Dilshaad Amtay, visited Dec 2016)
"I am trying to find the right words to express my experience... welcoming, friendly, peaceful... without a doubt the best weekend I had. Ladies if you're planning a weekend away you can't go wrong with Leopard Trail Guest Farm. Thank you Lizette for always being ready to assist us. From start to finish you were there to make us feel welcomed. Definitely didn't feel like a paying customer."
(Venessa Vollenhoven, visited Nov 2016)
"Absolutely beautiful! Lizette was very welcoming and we had everything that we needed."
(Mandira Bagwandeen, visited Sep 2016)
"Where do I even start? Well as we arrived I ended up driving over one of the farmers' irrigation sprinklers and got stuck in the mud. They were kind enough to ignore the fact that I decimated his sprinkler and put his shoulder to my car to help me out ( really amazing people). They helped us with a route to our cottage and from there we relaxed. Our stay was bliss, with amazing activities on and around the farm, some of the most beautiful sights to be seen and the experience is topped off with the pedigree fox-terriers who just make you feel like you belong there. I cant wait to go back again."
(Deon van der Walt, visited Jul 2016)
"So our annual group weekend with our friends was held at Leopard Guest House. Set just off the beaten track with the most beautiful setting. Perfect for a big group and for once we entered a house that had absolute everything you will need to make a getaway memorable. The piece de resistance was when you open the fridge a big jug full cream Jersey milk is staring at you. This will put a smile on anyone's face. Needless to say that did not last long. Two big bags of wood were begging us to burn them in the massive fireplace/baai and rest of the house was a treat to explore to find your intended bed. There is enough space for even a big group to have some private time and the beautiful walk to the clearest dam ever is just what the doctor ordered to clear your city head. We loved it and will definitely be back."
(Marianna Ellis, visited Jul 2016)
"Lovely rustic setting, nothing fancy. there are plenty of beds. A short walk to the dam was perfect for kids where they paddled in the boats and generally ran amok. A beautiful setting with black eagles and later fish eagles circling above. A good budget getaway!"
(Alison Berrisford, visited May 2016)
"This is as close as you can get to nature in the most beautiful way. I recommend this to anyone in need to be one with mother nature ."
(Kayla Brown, visited May 2016)
"The reception on arrival was excellent and introduction very good even though after dark. The fresh milk of the best quality we city people can't even imagine. Access to the orchards an added bonus and allowed to pick fruit from the tree - something we do not get the chance to do at all.The fishing was to my taste and plenty fish in the one dam I could find. Overall a great weekend away to relax and rejuvenate your romance in a beautiful setting filled with gorgeous sounds of the birds and in particular the call of the Fish Eagle."
(Johannes Hechter, visited Apr 2016)
"We were very lucky to get a last minute booking at this magic little campsite between Christmas and New Year, an ideal spot to get away from the city and crowds. There are only about six sites so this place will never feel busy."
(Karin Clarke, visited January 2015)
"We have recently returned from five days at Leopard Trail Guest farm. If you are a high flyer looking for 5-star luxury, keep looking, you wont find it there, but keep reading. Leopard Trail Guest farm offers more than any 5-star luxury venue, it's nestled right at the foot of the mountains, it has everything every adventure seeker looks for, from mountain biking and 4x4 trails, deep fresh water dams stocked with fish, endless vistas, comfortable accommodation and camping facilities in heaven. It caters just as well for a family unit looking to get away from it all, where the kids can roam freely and safely, experience the nature of a fully functional farm from dairy farming to orchard farming, and moms and dads can enjoy sitting down and relaxing for a change. If you are a nature lover, you will find it here. If you are seeking a quiet get away, you will find it at bush camp or on one of your many hikes or cycles on the farm. I would highly recommend Leopard Trail guest farm as a wonderful and affordable getaway."
(Jon Amira, visited January 2015)
"A lovely, relaxing, child-friendly get away with extremely hospitable and friendly hosts. We enjoyed ourselves very much!"
(Cathi Henderson, visited January 2015)
"What a super time we had! We stayed in the Barn House and had no TV so lots of reading was done by all. The place was neat and tidy and well prepared, from tea, coffee, sugar, fresh farm, milk to stacks of braai wood. The children had the time of their lives riding their bikes and black scooter around the farm and then watched the cows being milked. We all enjoyed the dip in the dam and had a few laps around the dam with the canoe that is there to use. The nights were so lovely and quiet and we heard birds calling to each other. We are definitely going to go back!"
(Carol-Ann gilbert, visited December 2014)
"We stayed in the Guest Farm and we absolutely enjoyed ourselves. My kids could experience farm life to its fullest. They also could fish in the dams. We had an absolute ball at the dam by the Bos Kamp. My kids learnt how to stand up paddle board. Good family quality time and good for the soul. Definitely recommend this beautiful farm at a good family getaway. Well done to the Kriel Family."
(Janine Medcalf, visited October 2014)
"Beautiful farm. Only negatives were the shower/hot water trickling out of the taps, and cottage being a little too close to where the cows were being milked at 5 am each morning."
(Tory Weaver, visited July 2014)
"If you want to escape the rat race there is nothing as soothing as the beauty of nature. This venue always makes me feel close to God. It is just to beautiful to come close to anything man made. The sound of the waterfall and the wind in the trees is like a symphony that soothes away the stress. Leave your fancy clothes and make up at home. Pack something for the braai and 1/2/3 good bottles of wine and enjoy natures spa. By the way ladies, there is flush toilets and hot water:-) Wonderful hiking and 4x4 trails and loads of swimming to get the juices flowing."
(Dalene Kriel, visited February 2013)
"I'm beginning to believe that Bonnievale is synonymous with generosity and great hosts. The owner of this establisment was welcoming, friendly and extremely informative. We stayed in the barn-style cottage which proved to be spacious and with equipment of a high standard. And although you are on a working farm, it didn't detract from peacefulness of the surroundings. We will definitely return to this farm to appreciate its wonderfully scenic setting."
(Carol Hewitson, visited January 2012)
"We were a group of 16 adults, so of course it was difficult to find a place big enough for all of us. We then came across Leopard Trail. We had a lot of fun. The foefie slide is a MUST! Amazing to swim in a dam surrounded by mountains and silence - we only have the beach in Cape Town! A great place for a group!"
(Liselle Raath, visited October 2008)
"Ongelooflike omgewing, baie rustig, perfek vir 'n wegbreek. Net jammer hulle het nooit ons warm water kom reg maak soos hulle gesê het hulle gaan nie. Toe moes ons deel met ander kampeerders. Behalwe vir dit was dit 'n baie lekker naweek."
(David van Schalkwyk, visited October 2008)
"Not much to do there, at all. If it rains, you are isolated from the rest of the world. Won't go there soon."
(Peter Bodkin, visited April 2007)
"We had a wonderful time. The house is so well equipped and spacious. Even at full capacity you will not feel crowded. We can't wait to go back!"
(Heidi Phillips, visited September 2006)
"Great getaway at the campsite, especially for large groups. We had a great time relaxing and swimming in the dam."
(Kerwyn De Klerk, visited October 2004)
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