Keurbosfontein Cottage

32º28.51’S / 19º19.04’E

"A historic Sederberg farmyard"

This self-catering guest cottage is situated on the Keurbosfontein farmyard. As this is the only guest cottage on the farm, our visitors can enjoy peace and quiet. You do not have to share any facilities and space with other tourists.

Keurbosfontein is a historic farm which nestles in the beautiful Red Cederberg. The main farmhouse, a rare remaining example of the traditional Cederberg house, which is almost 200 years old, was carefully restored together with all the other old buildings on the farmstead.

Many of the traditions of the region are still in practice here and the farm has an old-world feel. Electricity is not utilized - by choice. Here you find old pear, almond, fig and oak trees, some of which are more than 150 years old. The greater part of the farm’s original water furrow is still in everyday use.

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All the farming and maintenance at Keurbosfontein is done exclusively by local workers. The craftsmen are from the Wupperthal missionary. It is important to us that the benefits of our endeavours stay within our communities.

Keurbosfontein is within easy reach of a variety of Cederberg activities and attractions such as river swimming, wine tasting, horse riding, San rock art, observatory star gazing, 4x4 routes, etc.  Day trips (4x4 recommended) can be taken to the historic Wupperthal missionary station in the Tra-Tra valley.

PLEASE NOTE: Permits for the Wolfberg Hiking Trail are obtainable at the Keurbosfontein farmstead.

Keurbosfontein is a founding member of the Cederberg Conservancy and the Rooi Cederberg Karoo Park. We also support the Cape Leopard Trust research project. See www.cederberg.co.za & www.capeleopard.org.za.

Facilities Available

  • The cottage is fully furnished and has an open plan lounge/dining/kitchen area with an inside fire-place, as well as one bedroom, a separate bathroom and an undercover stoep.
  • 4 guests (maximum) can be accommodated. 1 Double bed in the bedroom & 2 bunk beds in open plan area, are available.
  • Gas is used in the kitchen and bathroom. Candles and battery lanterns are used for lighting.
  • We supply full bedding and bathroom towels (Guests must bring their own towels for the pool).
  • We supply cookware, utensils, crockery, glasses, cutlery, braai grids, etc. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer and a 4-plate stove.
  • We have a 8x3 meter swimming pool, with a stream of fresh fountain water which runs through it daily.
  • We supply 1 bag of firewood free of charge for each night. Extra firewood can be purchased at the farmstead.

Tariffs and Terms

  • TARIFFS
    = R 1 100 - the minimum rental per night for the cottage.
    = R 1 365 - per night for the cottage.
    = R 1 630 - per night for the cottage.
  • Get a 10% discount on all nights additional to the first 3 nights of your stay.
  • Arrival time: from 16h00 & Departure time: 11h00.
  • Guests bring and prepare their own food and drinks.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Guns, airguns, sling shots and fireworks may not be used on the farm.
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Reservations and Payments

  • A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation.
  • Full payment is required 5 days before date of arrival.
  • Payments should be made into the following account:
    Name of Bank: NEDBANK
    Account Number: 118 609 7973
    Branch Code: 198 765
    Swift Code: NEDS ZAJJ
    Account Name: Red Cederberg Tours CC
    Account Address: P O Box 50641, Waterfront, Cape Town 8002
  • In case of a cancellation:
    • 0 to 15 days before date of arrival, 100% of the deposit is forfeited.
    • 16 to 30 days before date of arrival, 75% of the deposit is forfeited.

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Exclusive
At our Red Cederberg accommodation destinations you don’t share your facilities, space or privacy with any other tourists. When you or your group visit any of our tourist destinations, it is allocated to you exclusively, at no additional cost above our normal rental rates.

A letter from Cape Town:

We have been to Keurbosfontein a few times before, but this was the first time we were there when the fruit was ripening. We especially enjoyed getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning and picking our own fresh figs down at the river before the birds got to them.

It was with great excitement when we early one evening also spotted the porcupine Bismarck, your resident landscape architect. He swaggered past not far from where we were braaing, totally unperturbed by our presence. He is an absolutely magnificent fellow. It is great that the wildlife are so welcome and tame in this protected environment.

And from Switzerland:

Thank you, we have enjoyed our stay at Keurbosfontein very much. Just as promised on your website, the cottage is spacious and was spotlessly clean. And the farmyard and gardens are neat and beautiful.

I was glad to learn that you use only organic fertilizer in your gardens and also no pesticides - very important if you do not want to kill essential insects such as bees, moths, butterflies and so many others!

We appreciated the peace and quiet, which made our visit extra special. Please thank Paul and Emmie from us for their care and friendliness.

From Hermanus:

Just to let you know how much our family enjoyed our stay in your comfortable cottage. We found Keurbosfontein to be a perfect base from where to explore the greater Cederberg, and yet it is nicely hidden away from the busy tourist spots.

Our kids enjoyed joining Paul when he tended the sheep. I was fascinated to hear from him that those fat tailed sheep are descendents from the old Khoi sheep?

‘n Vrou vanaf Kaapstad skryf:

“Ek het op ‘n Karoo-plaas met ‘n watervoor grootgeword. Die afgelope naweek toe dit so warm was, het ek my skoene uitgetrek en met my voete in Keurbosfontein se koel watervoor onder die akkerbome gaan sit. Vir ‘n oomblik het ek weer soos ‘n kind gevoel. Oom Arrie-hulle het lusern ingery toe ons daar was. Ai, hoe wens ek, ek kon ‘n bietjie van daardie lusern-reuk in ‘n botteltjie opvang en met my saamneem stad toe”.

(Translated into English: A woman from Cape Town writes:  “I grew up on a Karoo farm, which had a  water furrow. This past weekend when it was very warm, I took off my shoes and sat under the oak trees with my feet in Keurbosfontein’s cool water furrow. For a moment I felt like a kid again. Oom Arrie and his men were harvesting lucerne while we were there. Oh, how I wish I could put a little bit of that lucerne smell into a bottle and take with me to the city”).