Rest

Be in the moment

Sit by the fire

Watch the stars

Drink the water

Play a board game

Take a nap on the swing

Walk up onto the mountain

Take pictures

Swim in the dam

Have something cold or hot

Eat what you have braaied

Breathe fresh and clean air

Listen to bird song

Ride your bicycle

Take an invigorating open air and hot shower

Rest

Rest

Rest

 

Trails
You can hike to the top of the mountain called Orrelpype, a conglomerate rock formation, which gives a breathtaking view over all the mountains, literally as far as the eye can see. To climb ontop of the mountain see as far as they eye can see down the kloof, is breathtaking and very special gift for those who do the climb. A must when you visit our farm

 

But for the best views and relatively easy walk, the beginning of the Crocodile’s back, is the gift of gifts. Here you will be able to see one of the old Willowmore cedar trees (Widdringtonia Schwarzii) and stil get to scamble the Crocdile’s back if yo have the nerve

 

Ou Beeste-Paadjie is an energetic assault on an old trail, used many years ago to herd cattle to the top of the mountain for grazing. Tough and steep, for those willing to endure more to reach the top of the farm’s majestic mountain. If you follow the trial across the top of the mountain it connect you to the Orrelpype

 

Birds in their natural habitat

Take time to see, watch and listen – day and night

Water birds and terrapins are found at the crystal clear natural spring dam called Fontein-Dam, which we have just enlarged so as to hand-irrigate the newly worked fields beneath it

The second dam called Jeremiah, will also become a natural habitat. In time the dried tree stumps we have gathered will be burned to form a sealing ash layer to keep its water -

water we trust will come from the newly drilled boreholes and God’s mercy-rain when the drought is broken

A pair of black eagles (witkruis arende) are resident in these majestic mountains

Territorial birds also frequent the Cement dam, the same one people can cool off in in summer

 

Wild life
Several pairs of klipspringer are resident on different mountain cliffs surrounding the basin

Dark speci-Kudus roam freely through the entire kloof

For the first time in 20 years they can be seen late afternoon and walking freely at night on the fields and salt lick next to our spring dam

Wild horses still reside on top of the mountain

Leopard tortoises naturally occur here and hibernate during the colder months

Reedbuck can be seen from time to time

 

Soon enough we would like to introduce wild buck to roam on the farm

Cooling off in summer
A real cement dam filled with cool clear water… it is just like the magazine pictures!  

Koi San Paintings
A rare find to be appreciated as part of our ancient heritage – a guided tour can be arranged

Seasonal waterfalls and rivers
When it rains a lot, the cascading waterfalls and rivers are an awe-striking sight to behold

Sometimes during serious flooding one can be rained in for a couple of days…

We are praying for the 8 day rain to break the increasing drought right now

 

Creative art weekend and workshops

Gifting yourself with time to create something with your head, heart and hands, is life to your soul. The point is the process of engagement, not the grand finale and not the comparison to others. You are able, and if you want to take time out, you will remember your gift inside. Ignite and kindle your own creative flame on a special farm that will inspire you and provide a spot to just enjoy yourself without any pressure to perform

Land Art
Use what is in nature and create something in the veld that remains part of nature, even after you leave. Your audience – you, your camera, the birds and bush animals, the Holy Spirit...

The root – your original creation in nature
The trunk – iron & leaf printing
The stem – charcoal / lino / sculpting
The flower - color it
The fruit – you are amazing!

To ensure a good outcome -
I can facilitate the minimum of 4 in a small group and 8 to 10 in a large group
Guests will be given a suggestion of extra materials that can be brought with
Of course pre-bookings is necessary
Accommodation, breakfast & supper included. All other drinks excluded, but can be bought on the farm
Guests have to arrange their own transport here and back please
R2000 per person for 1 weekend – Friday afternoon till Sunday afternoon
 

 

Bos Kafee
On your getaway in the Baviaanskloof, please forget city slick, fast food, multiple options and grand scales, this is the real platteland that is far out in the rugged klein karoo....
Give yourself time to linger longer.... the culture, tastes and ways are really different to the that of town folk. Take a moment or more and fit in with this special gift this land present to you
Immerse yourself in the slow pace of raw nature, the unique climate and surrounding vistas ... smell the veld and see the bush, listen to the birds and let the mountains overshadow you ....

Sip a short soetes with a grand view on the Crocodile and take a load off, sit by the fireplace in winter and enjoy the quiet and cool bush nature at its best in summer
Now enjoy a good quality cup of grounded bodum coffee or English/herbal tea with freshly baked scones, jam & cream, delightful sweets-sour lemon meringues, or birthday chocolate cupcakes
Once a month a specially baked cheese cake or a moist spiced carrot cake with cream cheese icing, or a heavenly warm apple crumble with cream ....

Open Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and general school holidays
contact Cornelia 0832062313 to make a booking for your special occasion

 

4 x 4 mountain trail & Horse excursions

Call Boetie Terblance 6km down the road from us for his expertise guidance

 

Authentic farm produce

Our surname – Enrieu- is from northern Italian-French origin, and thus our appreciation for simple yet good quality food, is what underpins our vision to prepare a service for Speekhout’s guests. As the saying goes, “ you can even face your family after a sumptuous meal’.... We also offer cuisine from countries we visited on humanitarian projects, especially curries from India, Thailand and Malaysia (or Cape Malay).

We love for ourselves and thus cook Italian/Mediterranean inspired cuisine from meat dishes to mezze platters, pizzas and fire food for people with good appetites! 

Mark has been planting genes of trees, a variety specimen grasses and Jurassic's to feed our sheep, pigs, cattle and chickens from the land. He also plants seasonal vegetables from seed, herbs and spices for all who seeks goodness on Speekhout Farm.

Farm menu

I use this very produce to cook authentic cultural food for guests, using as much of the natural ingredients to produce those special ‘foreign’ tastes. It is wonderful to hear from guests once they arrive presumably in the middle of nowhere, to find differently delicious food gems! Spoil yourself, sit down and be served, cheers!

Here are a few items

Breakfast – freshly baked bread, omelet and pork something, percolated coffee

Cooked meals - authentic pasta & sauces, authentic Thai, Indian and Malay curries, red wine chicken, farm hamburgers

Amazing braaipacks – boerewors/sausage/ pork rashers / peri-peri chicken wings / leg lamb tjops or T-bones

PLEASE order before arrival and remember it takes time to make the best food ever!

 

Please ask for the menu and I will email it to you with pleasure

Produce for sale

As is with farm harvests, there is always loads of one product and then the choice is to make hay! It has truly been fantastic to experiment with bottling and preserving some of the freshness and quality produce, so it can last beyond its natural ground life without chemically interfering too much with nature. I live and learn food from the new karoo, fusing it with bouts of what we love....

Pesto with 3 different basils and rocket – salad drizzle, pizza topping, with pasta and pecorino 

Pickled onions – use the vinegar to marinade any of your meats for braai, use as a salad dressing with another oil, or cook with it as a sauce

Bottled herbs – up to 10 different herbs, garlic and chilies captured in olive or grape seed oil. Fry onions & veg in the oil as a base for a dish. Chop the herbs into pasta sauces or water, in salads and dressings, add it as a seasoning to any dish

Mark and his vegetable garden

  The simplicity and gift of picking our own seasonal vegetables in our organic garden

For sale when it grows. Up to 7 different green leaves – mix it with fresh oil & lemon juice with warm cooked basmati rice for a change

 

Info center on Rietrivier

Meet the real kloof legends – Oom Boeite and Tannie Henriette! Here you can buy home made pastries, boerewors, jams, preserves, kudu steaks…

All can be bought at the Info center at the Makkedaat Caves, 7km from us

 

Mountain Biking and Motor bikes
What can we say, the entire kloof is a biker’s dream

 

 

 

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