Traveller's Rest Farm is 34 km from Clanwilliam on the Wupperthal road, over the spectacular Pakhuis Pass in an area with ruggedly beautiful landscapes and fascinating rock formations.
Haffie Strauss and her son Dr Frikkie Strauss, farm here with sutherlandia (kankerbos) for medicinal purposes, granadillas, cattle, sheep and rooibos tea in an area with a long and rich history.
Haffie was born and raised on the farm and pioneered the provision of holiday accommodation in this area of the Agter-Pakhuis. The farm was named after the fact that long before the self-catering cottages and restaurant was built, passing travellers would outspan and water their horses and oxen before tackling the Pakhuis Pass to the west or the dry Karoo to the north-east.
The sense of history precedes even those years and a fascinating glimpse can be experienced of the world of the San, who inhabited the area for thousands of years, by visiting the rock art sites they left behind.
Discover a place where you can truly enjoy the wide open spaces, the fascinating and surprisingly varied plant and animal life, the rich legacy of the San, inspiring night skies and so much more.
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Description:The cottages are all delightful in their earthy simplicity and surprising in their homely, well-equipped comfort.
Some are renovated labourers' cottages and some newly built in the same earthy style with local stone.
Interiors are eclectic and colourful with natural reed ceilings, homely furniture, huge fireplaces for cold winter evenings and electric fans for hot weather.
All the kitchens are equipped with cutlery and crockery, fridges, stoves and microwaves.
Bed linen and towels are provided and an outdoor braai area (barbecue) completes the picture, for which fire wood can be bought on the farm.
A shared swimming pool near the river and the restaurant brings relief after a hot day spent exploring the farm's hiking and, mountain biking.
These cottages are on the same farm as the Sevilla Trail and Restaurant, ranging in size from cosy and intimate to rambling family-size units.
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Bed Linen supplied
Provisions Shop on site
Ensuite Bathroom (Shower only)
Description: The farm Wolfdrif also belongs to the Strauss family and is about 10km away on the Elizabethfontein road.
Three fully-equipped cottages, all with huge fireplaces and a shared swimming pool, sleeps between 5 and 8 guests comfortably.
Bed Linen supplied
Farmhouse with 7 Bedrooms
(main is Double)
Ensuite Bathroom (Bath and Shower)
Description: 1 Farmhouse with 7 bedrooms. 5 Double beds and 11 single. All 7 bedrooms has ensuites. The farmhouse is only available for 8 people and more. No bookings for less people will be accepted. All facilities except bedding are provide.
"If you need to get out of the frenetic city and see the real night sky, self cater and relax with no TV or cell phone reception, the farm valley around Travellers' Rest is our favourite. The cottages are solidly built, simple but adequately furnished, and have all the necessary utensils and appliances for self catering. They are electrified, and have hot water. Solitude and peace are guaranteed. Take your own food and liquids, books and puzzles, and good walking shoes and you are set to have a wonderful retreat. We have been to the various cottages over the years, and always enjoy staying there, even in winter because the indoor fireplaces are wonderful. This time we stayed in Loes Cottage. The Pakhuis Pass is now tarred making the journey in much easier, but there are other gravel roads in the area that lend that sense of bush waking adventure 2 and 1/2 hours from Cape Town."
Turn off the N7 to Clanwilliam. Continue straight (main street of Clanwilliam - turn off to the right) over the Jan Dissel River bridge and continue straight on the road to Calvinia. (R364) Over Pakhuis Pass. Travellers Rest is situated 36 km's from Clanwilliam. Book in at the farm stall just before the Brandewyn's River on your right when open. If closed then go to the Traveller's Rest farm over the Brandewyn's River on your left.Read More ›