Only 220km from the Cape Town CBD (of which approximately 12km is on gravel roads), the Karee Kloof Conservancy is the ideal destination for nature lovers who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. A 4x4 vehicle is preferable for nature drives, but not essential. The Commando and Rooifontein houses are easily accessible in any car. Co-ordinates -33.161326, 19.716253
Attractions: Delight yourself in stunning mountain and plains scenery stretching for miles in every direction. The farm is a 10 000 ha property of which most form a conservancy with elevations ranging between 700m to 1940m above sea level.
Guests can indulge themselves in outdoor activities such as hiking, bird watching, swimming and simply basking in the glorious Karoo sun. Kareekloof Farm offers the following:
- Extensive horse riding and hiking trails
- Swimming and fishing (catch and release) in perennial dams
- Waterfalls, kloofs, woodlands
- Lapa and braai area by the dam
- Relaxing game drives with the opportunity to see a variety of animal species gemsbok, springbok, eland, rhebok, klipspringer, duiker, aardvark, porcupine, Smiths red rock rabbit, black eagles, caracal, and leopard
- Star gazing in the indescribable Karoo night sky
- Absolute quiet and tranquillity in beautiful natural surroundings
- Rock-art sites
- Magnifiscent and extensive flora
- Rare varieties of Protea species
A guide can show you the many unique rock art sites, enigmatic reminders of southern Africa’s ancient hunter-gather and herding peoples. There are stone-age implements, and one of only two in South Africa intact stone-age pottery jars was discovered on the farm. The area, historically a gateway to the Karoo, is astonishingly rich in both history and natural beauty. The conservancy boasts over six hundred plant species, which are unique to the threatened succulent Karoo biome. Many species are quite rare. Along the mountains of the conservancy you might also encounter over 13 protea species, including the “Magnifica”.
Accommodation is in the well-appointed, 3 bedroom Commando House which is self-catering, or there are 2 bedrooms B & B in Rooifontein House. More basic self-catering is available at (1 bedroom) Waterfall Cottage or (3 bedroom) Kleinfontein House. There is a farm shop with basic supplies.
Directions from Ceres: Go straight through Ceres on the Calvinia road (R46 then R355) Keep left where you have an option. After about 40 km the road turns to dirt, then tar, then dirt again. After about 10km, turn left at the “Karee Kloof” sign. Reception is the second house on the right, opposite the labourers’ cottages. The accommodation is a further 10km into the mountains.