Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

Welcome to Matjiesvlei!

REDISCOVER
SERENITY

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Matjiesvlei Guest Farm. Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Swartberg Mountains, between Calitzdorp and Ladismith, this valley has been a haven for travellers since 1821.

THE LITTLE KAROO'S HIDDEN GEM

Rediscover Serenity at Matjiesvlei Guest Farm - A True Karoo Experience

At first, all you hear is silence, then bees buzzing in the background, birds tweeting and singing, and the echo of the sheep’s call in the ‘kraal’. In front of you, a towering mountain is covered with aloes, their fiery orange flowers accentuating the deep green lush Karoo shrubs.

“… you realise that the space, quietness, and fresh air are priceless.”

Passing through the Huisriver Pass on the way to Calitzdorp, you would never think that a whole community is nestled in these mountains. However, as you turn off at the Matjiesvlei signpost and follow a gravel road, it invites you into a whole new world. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Matjiesvlei Guest Farm. Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Swartberg Mountains, between Calitzdorp and Ladismith, this valley has been a haven for travellers since 1821.

Authentic Karoo Stay

Matjiesvlei offers you an authentic Karoo stay in six self-catering homesteads dating back to the 1800s, imbued with family history documented by the current owner, Bennie Nel. These cottages don’t offer you the standard fancy décor or Wi-Fi that seems so standard in every establishment nowadays. Instead, they provide you with a breakaway from city life through a humble and nostalgic experience, offering all the necessary comforts for your stay: soft blankets, fluffy towels, crockery, cutlery, pots, and pans.  We therefore also include the extra little details to make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable than a clinical Airbnb.

The low ceilings, paraffin lamps, slatted reed ceilings, and the warmth of the hearth in the kitchen, while you and your children sit at the kitchen table playing cards, are what make this an otherworldly experience.

Although the scenery is breathtaking, this place offers so much more than what can be captured through a lens. Once you sit outside on the porch or take a hike along the river or the winding dirt road, you realise that the space, quietness, and fresh air are priceless.

YOUR PERFECT
GETAWAY AWAITS

At Matjiesvlei, we offer a serene and relaxing stay in one of our six charming self-catering units – Wa-Huis, Huis Oppie Rant, Douglas-huis, Thiart-huis, Oupad se Kloof & Cloete-huis.

If you’re yearning for a more immersive experience with nature, our camping site, Die Damrivierkamp (the dam river camp), awaits you on the picturesque shores of the Gamka River.

ANGLER'S PARADISE

For fishing enthusiasts, Matjiesvlei is a true paradise. Cast your line into the clear waters of the Gamka River and reel in a variety of fish species, including Yellowfish, Black Bass, Eel, and Carp. If you prefer swimming and rowing, our pristine water holes are perfect for a refreshing dip or a leisurely paddle.

ADVENTURE AWAITS

Embark on the thrilling Bôjaankop 4×4 route, which takes you to the summit of Bôjaankop. From there, soak in breathtaking vistas of the Little Karoo, a view that will leave you in awe.

UNWIND AND SAVOuR

Join us in savouring the finest local wines as you bask in the tranquil beauty that only Mother Nature can provide. At Matjiesvlei Guest Farm, you can truly kick back, relax, and rediscover the essence of serenity.

TESTImonials

A magical experience filled with the hospitality and kindness of your family.
Thank for the opportunity to spend an evening in this paradise.
Waldo & Emma
Wat 'n mooi land het ons nie! Dankie vir 'n slaapplek met soveel nostalgie.
Loret, Jocelyn & Miekie
A wonderful escape from reality. It was true peace therapy
Du plessis family
Absolutely lovely, we enjoyed the walk, the birds, the insect noises and the stars Magic!
Arnold & Lesley
'n Fantasiese wegbreek uit die stad! Baie dankie vir julle wonderlike gasvryheid!
Tania

WE CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU

Please contact us for queries or book directly via our contact page.

Selma: +27 (0) 73 174 1028
Bennie: +27 (0) 83 453 2209
Tel: +27 (0) 44 050 3346 |  matjiesvlei@telkomsa.net

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