cape town tour

The Karoo meets urban chic

The Karoo meets urban chic

We were very impressed with a new additional to accommodation possiblities in the Karoo area of the Eastern Cape.  The Karoo is a semi-desert region that offers wonderful remote retreats but increasingly more and more high end offerings in terms of food and accommodation.

One of the most beautiful and historic Karoo farmhouses in the area have now been restored and modernised by the architect owner to create a new look with 21st century touches in design and furnishing to accommodate guests in this great part of the world.  The result is De Aap Farm Lodge.

Double-glazed windows shield the homestead from fierce Karoo summers and icy winter evenings and overlook merinos, springbok, and oryx grazing on the sweet Karoo fynbos or drinking at the dam. In the summer months you can enjoy the beautiful views in the shade of the verandas and in winter sit around a log fire looking out on a snow-capped Swartberg.  

The farm borders the magnificent Swartberg Nature Reserve and is situated 15km from the wonderful Meiringspoort cutting, Die Hel and the Gamkaskloof Valley and a mere 45km from Prince Albert and  58km to Oudsthoorn. 

Pricing starts at R8 100 per room per night, fully inclusive of all meals.  t 


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Two fires - with tragic results.

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