Set against the mountains with views of rolling plains stretching to the horizon accommodation is in the original, stylishly restored Victorian homestead and the property boasts a spectacular swimming pool and a large dam. Gourmet meals are served and an abundance of activities are available or simply relax in the peace of this breathtaking setting.
Twice a day the open Land Rover leaves the farmhouse for a game drive through the four thousand hectare nature reserve, declared a National Heritage Site in recognition of its importance to conservation. Herds of eland or gemsbok, wildebeest or zebra, at home in the fynbos with Table Mountain misty in the distance behind them, are a sight you will not soon forget.
The farm is managed very much as a conservation area and several interesting projects are under way. You will see quagga-zebras from the Quagga Breeding Project of the South African Museum, a revolutionary attempt to re-breed this extinct animal, and also the newly arrived baby buffaloes, the results of another successful experiment.
Perhaps the most exciting of all, though, is a long-time resident on the farm: the geometric tortoise, one of the world's rarest reptiles, found here in its last viable habitat. But work on the farm is fascinating too and there is always something to be seen, whether on drives through the lands or a stroll down to the farmyard, where you can see the cows being milked, or butter being made in the dairy from the rich cream.
Then there is the dam, where you can go boating or watch birds from the deck of the new boathouse, and the mountain bikes to ride through the lands or into the fynbos. You can walk wherever you like, swim in the saltwater pool with its spectacular view overlooking the reserve, set off on your own tour of the surrounding wine lands which we will help you plan - or, perhaps best of all, search out a quiet corner in the garden to soak up the deep calm of this peaceful place.
The food is exceptional, and the cooking is done with great care and imagination. Guests often leave with recipes and farm produce at the end of their stay! Bartholomeus Klip is surrounded by the famous wine lands of the Western Cape, so the wine list reflects the achievements of our neighbors. We will be delighted to discuss your choice with you, and give you our recommendations - and direct you to the wine farm itself the next day, to see for yourself where and how the wine is made and maybe buy some stocks for your own cellar.
Bartholomeus Klip is also a paradise for plant lovers, with not only pristine fynbos in all its variety but the largest stand of low-lying renosterveld left in the Cape. Here in the spring wild orchids, daisies, and bulbs of all kinds grow amongst the bushes - it's flower heaven! As you drive through the reserve, you will be amazed at how the vegetation and the flowers vary from one area to the next.
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