Witfontein

Witfontein

witfontein

Witfontein is a lovingly restored Cape Dutch farm house located in the Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate, just off Western Cape’s famous Route 62. 

We fell in love with the area and purchased Witfontein over 20 years ago and have been returning there every year since. Sadly other commitments prevent us spending the whole year there.
One of the greatest attributes of the Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate is that it is probably the safest place in South Africa. 
Game fencing surrounds the entire 2000 hectares and our management team ensure that everything runs smoothly.  
Over 40km of game trails make it an ideal place for walking or mountain biking and there are numerous dams for fishing and swimming (a bit cold in winter though), all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Swartberg Mountains.

The house is easily accessible from an gravel road with no need for 4WD. However 4WD is necessary to use some of the game roads within the reserve.

Not only is the Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate an ideal place to break your journey between Cape Town and Knysna or Plettenberg Bay, it can also be a great base for exploring the surrounding area and there are plenty of things for active travellers to do.
It’s also great for families.
The clear mountain air and the abundant wildlife make it a real treat for both photographers and artists

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Accommodation 

The accommodation at Witfontein is simple but comfortable, with space for up to 10 people.
There are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, 3 of which are en-suite.

  • Bedroom 1 – king size bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, wash basin and WC
  • Bedrooms 2 & 3 – a family suite comprising 1 room with king size bed and another with twin single; the rooms share an en-suite shower room with shower, wash basin and WC
  • Bedroom 4 – queen size bed and en-suite shower room with shower, wash basin and WC
  • Bedroom 5 – double bed and adjoining bathroom with bath, shower and wash basin. There is also an adjoining WC.
  • Bedrooms 1 & 5 open onto the stoep.

Communal rooms

  • Kitchen – the well equipped kitchen has a fridge-freezer, an electric hob and oven, a microwave oven, a gas hob (in case of power outages), kettle, toaster. The table in the kitchen seats 10 people and can be used for dining.
  • Braai (BBQ) room– the kitchen opens onto a braai room, which in turn opens onto the stoep and an outside seating area. The braai area has a large table which seats 8 people. A supply of firewood is provided.
  • In addition to crockery and cutlery the kitchen is also stocked with a selection of herbs and spices, cooking oil and basics like pasta and rice. You are welcome to use these items but it would be appreciated if you could replace any that you do use, especially if you finish the existing supply.
  • Dining Room – The dining room has table and chairs for 8 people.
  • TV Lounge – The TV lounge has comfortable couches and a TV and DVD player. There is no TV service connected.
  • Reading room – The large reading room, which opens onto the stoep, has 2 large couches and an armchair.

Swimming Pool 

There is an 8m x 3m swimming pool. It is unheated.

Activities

The Swartberg Private Reserve is ideally suited to lovers of outdoor activity.

  • Game Drives
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking – as well as walking on the reserve you can also hike to see Bushman paintings on the nearby cliffs
  • Swimming – as well as the swimming pool, in summer some of the dams make perfect natural swimming pools
  • Fishing – several of the dams offer fishing opportunities although we like to practice a policy of ‘catch and release’

Rates on request

Please note: Witfontein is only available for rent as a whole house.
Rental is usually on a self catering basis but, if requested, a catering service is available at a separate cost.

Wildlife

The Swartberg Wildife Estate is home to between 850-900 animals, mostly antelopes.
The species found here include: Blesbok, Springbok, Red Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Impala, Nyala, Cape Mountain Zebra, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Eland, Kafue Lechwe, Reedbuck, Waterbuck. Of these, the Lechwe, Zebra, Giraffe, Eland, Blesbok and Springbok are all regular visitors to the small Witfontein dam.

Many of the animals are regular visitors to our small dam and the lawns around the house.

Bird life

The list of birds to be found on the Swartberg estate is growing all the time.
Over 200 species can be found on and around the estate.

If you’d like to look at our list, click here

 Nearby Attractions 

  • Swartberg Pass – A World Heritage site, just 15 minutes drive
  • Kango Caves – 20 minutes drive
  • Calitzdorp – a small town famed for its wine and port – 40 minutes drive
  • Oudtshoorn – Centre of South Africa’s ostrich farming industry – 40 minutes drive
  • George and the Garden Route – 90 minutes drive
  • George Airport – 90 minutes drive