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Silwerfontein Guest Farm & Hiking,Tulbagh

The 1000ha Silwerfontein Guest Farm, situated in the mountains above the 8km long Voëlvlei Dam, is a natural heritage site. The farm supports thirty-five protea species, seven of which are endangered and one of which has only twenty-seven plants left in SA, all on this farm. There is also a herd of wild ponies on this organic and eco-friendly farm.

Silwerfontein Guest Farm & Hiking Trail, TulbaghSilwerfontein is part of the 240km² Voëlvlei Nature Conservancy and has 10% of the geometric tortoise population in South Africa resident on the farm. In addition, over 200 bird species have been recorded here – a special place in anyone’s book. There are incredible views that will make any photographer happy.

There are two hiking trails in this gorgeous environment. A 15km circular trail of 7-8 hours or a two- day trail to Ontongs Cave, considered one of the best overnight caves in SA. Both hikes have beautiful views over the Voëlvlei Dam, the vineyards and mountains. They pass through magnificent fynbos and protected proteas.

There is safe parking at the Base Camp, to which you will go after signing in at the Silwerfontein farmhouse. A guide can be booked for the hike, but you will definitely have the company of the dog Gouda to show you the way – she will gladly accept supper as payment.

Hiking Info:
  • Hikers could sleep over on Friday night at the Double Decker Bus Base Camp
  • The bus sleeps 10 (bunk beds with mattresses)
  • The cave could accommodate up to 25 people, who will sleep on a sandy bottom (own roll up mattresses must be carried up if so chosen)
  • The bus has a gas braai, running water, outside shower (cold) and a flush toilet – no open fires allowed by the Bus Base Camp or in the cave
  • All water, food, bedding, etc. must be carried up to the cave for the duration of the stay
  • All dirt generated needs to be removed from the cave and the trail and dumped in the dirt bin at the Base Camp.
  • There is a long drop toilet at the cave.

There is a mountain biking trail, if hiking is not your cup of tea and Silwerfontein also offers bass, carp and trout fishing. A permit must be purchased from the farmhouse at Silwerfontein. A fishing experience can be booked @ R200/day for two people. Each extra person is an additional R50. The day includes all guidance, equipment, bait & transport to the water.

Silwerfontein Guest Farm, Tulbagh AccommodationAccommodation is available in en-suite cottages, totally self-contained, and fully equipped for self-catering (including a kitchenette, coal stove, grill area and bedding). Firewood is available free of charge. All you need are your own towels and a torch, as solar energy and lamps provide the lighting.

Silwerfontein Guest Farm is 16km outside Tulbagh behind Voëlvlei Dam between Hermon & Gouda. Contact: Karin & Bernd Muller: Cell: +27 (0) 79 500 1906: E-Mail: Website.

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