Set in the Strandveld area of the Overberg, the rondawel is about 2 hours from Cape Town, heading south -east. The farm is famous for its exquisite fynbos biome with nature walks and hikes, including a small indigenous forest in the kloof with a deck and a cascading waterfall. The walks can also be guided by the owner, on request, who has an intimate knowledge of the ecosystems in the protected property. The farm has a Stewardship agreement with Cape Nature to conserve and protect the fynbos heritage. It is a birder's paradise with many endemics such as the orange-breasted sunbird , sugarbird and a long species list.
James, the owner, is passionate about conservation and is dedicated to clearing the farm of all alien invasive species. This has insured that the fauna is protected too, such as rheebok, grysbok ,duiker, porcupines, honey badgers and even rooikat and the odd secretive leopard. The reserve is rich in reptile and amphibian life, making it a hotspot for herpatologists. There is also a young indigenous arboretum with labled trees, for quick identification, and a protea garden to wander through.
The little town of Baardskeerdersbos is about 5km's away with some restaurants , a small general supply store and a petrol/diesel pump. Larger towns with supermarkets and shops, like Gansbay, Stanford, Arniston and Hermanus, are within half and hour to an hour away. Baardskeerdersbos also has a bi-annual Art Route that is very popular ( http://www.baardskeerdersbosartroute.com/ ) . Local produce markets abound in the area, including the southern most brewery at Birkenhead near Stanford. There are also many wine farms in the area such as Raka, Black Oystercatcher ,Lomond and First Sighting. The nearest beach is at Pearly Beach which is about 20mins away, with excellent fishing spots along the coast.