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Baviaanskloof accommodation & mountain fynbos reserve

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Everything we loved was here. Lovely clean cottage, magnificant bird-watching, awesome hiking and rock formations, plants, etc, etc. Thank you very much.
4 May 2014 - Danny and Christine, Somerset West

The silence is so "still". Lovely spot hope we can come back and do some walks. Thank you!
19 April 2014 - Mike and Carol

Dette er virkelig et fantastisk omrade og fantastiske folk. Anja og Alan (+ Elena og Charlie) er opriktige og äbne. Mens vi var her oplevede vi stor natur og god mach. Vi häber engang at vi kan returnere hertil. (Danish)
Dear Anja and Alan, you are both wonderful hosts and sincere people with a foolproof attitude towards life and living in the "wild". We enjoyed our stay very much. The nature around here withholds many adventures not yet discovered and realized. Beautiful light, "mystical" animals luring hither and dither. Birds singing high and low, the eclectic feeling of observing a wildcat! The cottage was a fantastic place to relax and set back time, living a life with few worries and fresh air ad libitum. We had some intriguing walks around the area, scouting for wildlifeand feeling the heat drenched air penetrating both our clothes and minds. The believe here - we think - is that cold times are coming. With winter nights lacking centigrades, curtains drawn to preserve heat, firewood continuously heading for the burning furness of the oven, animals retracting to a cold mode of survival. This we would like others to experience!! As Northerners (Norway and Denmark) cold is an attraction :-), the constant thought of keeping warm that demands attention, night and day, yet when resolved the life out here gives one so much in return, an inner sense of calmness and tranquility that quickly fills the hours. We are definitely coming back, and hope for others that they also take the chance of living this life of simplicity.
10 April 2014 - Bente Siv Steinhovden and Knut Hillers

Bernhard, Helmut und Udo fanden dieses wunderschöne Tal trotz Navi. Was für ein Glück, denn die Freundlichkeit und Herzlichkeit der Wirtsleute haben uns für alles entschädigt. Zu erwähnen sind noch die nette Unterkunft und das gute Essen. Wir wünschen den beiden für die Zukunft immer ein volles Haus. Ich komme wieder!
19 January 2014 - Bernie aus Somerset West

Wonderful. One night is not enough. We really hope to come back in future!
27 December 2013 - Blackie, Edith and sons, Rustenburg

SUPER SUPER, from the moment we arrived we were at home, the Swartberg is the home away from home, we enjoyed our stay and will surely be back. Thank you for the friendliness and chats. Elena and Jessica and James sure had some fun. Sorry for the broken shells. We hope to see you guys soon.
16 December 2013 - Dorian, Mariette, Mare, Jessica and James Phillips, Benoni, Johannesburg

Really great breakaway for us - thanks for your hospitality! Highlight was to find those elusive rock art pictures... - wonderful. Hope to see you (in de Rust?) again.
26 November 2013 - Ruth and Jeff

Vielen Dank für drei erholsame Tage bei Euch, eine tolle Geländewagen-Tour (Chris), nette Gespräche und tolle Pasta. Wir empfehlen Euch weiter.
11 November 2013 - Katrin, Tichi und Baby Sophie

Wir hatten wunderschöne Ferientage mit Euch. Das Cottage hat viel Atmosphäre. Tritt man vor die Türe, dann ist man mitten in der Natur. Man kann morgens um 7 Uhr bereits seinen Morgenkaffee in der Morgensonne auf dem Bänkchen auf der Terrasse genießen, den Vögeln lauschen und dem Gesumme der Bienen. Am Abend kann man den grandiosen Sternenhimmel auf dem gleichen Bänkchen bewundern. Herrliche Wandertouren, die gute südafrikanische Kost und der exquisite Wein hoben unsere Stimmung. Dazu rundeten die freundlichen und aufmerksamen Gastgeber unseren erholsamen Afrikaurlaub ab. Dazu kommt, dass nach einem Regentag schnell die Sonne wieder trocknet und wärmt. Bestimmt kommen wir wieder.
4 November 2013 - Karl und Elfi

Beautiful and peaceful! Quiet and serene! Lovely walks and cozy fireplace! Thanks for your hospitality!
22 September 2013 - Lidia and Micky Milne, Hermanus

We have really enjoyed ourselves! The hut is really clean and cute and the fireplace is really warm! Didn't have time to do all the walks, we'll have to come back and do them some other time. Love the hot water bottles and the view. Nice and peaceful out here, WILL BE BACK!!!
8 July 2013 - Peter, Colleen and Molly Ryan

It was a wonderful 2 days. Very excited by finding Leucadendron sorocephalodes and Paranomus esterhuyseniae. New to the current Outramps Group. Climbed Mt 1496 m instead of Blue Hill which leaves something for next time. We'll be back in spring. Thanks to Chris, Elaine, Anja and Alan for your great hospitality. Good luck with the new baby, Anja, and "sterkte" to Elena.
15 May 2013 - Di, Jean, Bill, Gail, Rusell - Outramps CREW Group, Southern Cape

What a lovely break away! The silence certainly has healing power, birdsong and nightsounds sweet lullaby. Stars a mindblowing roof and mirror to our small existence. Keep up the conservation and rehabilitation work.
8 April 2013 - Elana and Robert

Thanks for a lovely stay, we enjoyed your hospitality and food. The Baviaanskloof was beautiful!
3 April 2013 - The Oosthuizens

Baie dankie vir wonderlike paar dae. Dankie vir heerlike ontbyt en aandete, veral vir die lekker gesels. Sterkte vir julle voorneme en sterkte vir jou met die nuwe baba wat oppad is. Liefde Groete.
24 March 2013 - Jean + Annetjie Nel, Bloemfontein

We had a great relaxing time in temperature extremes, certainly an experience. We got what we came for - naure - impressive! Thank you for caring for us with good food, advice and patience with our questions! Take care and have a good holiday yourselves - starting now!
2 March 2013 - Franziska and Gareth, Berlin

A great opportunity to learn ringing birds - long days in field, tough but enjoyable! Thank you Alan and David! And Anja - you are a jewel!
18 January 2013 - Pirjo, Finland

This is truly a remarkable home away from home. The atmosphere and hospitality will be missed!! Dit was 'n groot voorreg en plesier om Blue Hills te ontdek. Bayete!
30 December 2012 - Diane en Ivan Claims

A wonderfully tranquil start to our holidays - thank you! Birds, flowers, mountains... AIR! Thanks too for a luxurious bath... open windows, incredible view and wallowing!
17 December 2012 - The Pretorius family

Die veldblomme is voorwaar pragtig!
8 December 2012 - Amanda and Neil, East London

This is paradise - at least for the Outramps CREW Group. Three rares in the pouring rain and the prospect of more to come today. We would love to come back.
17 October 2012 - Di and the Outramps CREW Group

Thank you for your lovely hospitality. Great walky!
9 October 2012 - Elisabeth, Peter, Nancy and Fi

On behalf of Graaff-Reinet Bird Club: Thanks for the tremendous time!!
9 October 2012 - Leonie Fouche

Our first birding outing. When Percy said: "Waar is hy, waar is hy?" (the bird) I knew he was hooked as a new birdwatcher. I'll always remember Blue Hill Escape for that!! Your hospitality and the love you put into preparing the meals. We thank you! A most exciting weekend.
8 October 2012 - Percy and Sarie Reynolds, Murraysburg - We await your visit!

We had a wonderful birding weekend - excellent hosts, great food, marvellous walks - Thank you!
7 October 2012 - Graaff-Reinet Bird Club - Judy and Zorb

Many thanks for your kind hospitality and friendly welcome. Good luck with your venture in the years ahead.
10 May 2012 - Des, Eugene, Peter, Winston, Chris and John, South Africa

Herzlichen Dank fuer eure Gastfreundschaft, die tolle Unterkunft, das leckere Essen, den tollen Ausflug mit Alan, die Bildershow... Es hat uns sehr gut gefallen und wir kommen gerne wieder. Danke und alles Gute!
6 May 2012 - Thomas und Katrin, Germany

An unforgettable stay: excellent birding, awesome sceneries, scary mountain passes with vertical red, green, yellow mountain walls, blooming proteas!! I could have stayed longer, but the European summer is calling! Thank you for everything!
19 April 2012 - Pirjo, Finland

Thank you for a lovely stay and your hospitality. It was a great experience.
6 April 2012 - The Potgieters, South Africa

Wir sind begeistert von der herzlichen Aufnahme und der Freundlichkeit von Anja, die uns liebevoll betreute und jeden Wunsch erfuellte. Wir fuehlten uns hier sehr wohl in dieser beeindruckenden Landschaft und haben die Ruhe und Einsamkeit genossen. Nochmals vielen Dank fuer alles. Wir kommen gern wieder.
11 March 2012 - Peter und Regine, Greifswald / Germany

Anja, thank you so much for making us feel so at home. You have a good and worthwhile project here, and it is great to see success being achieved so well. Good luck to you three and next time we see her, no doubt Elena will be talking.
8 February 2012 - David and Elsabe, Farnham / UK

Herzlichen Dank fuer die wunderschoenen Tage, welche ich hier verbringen durfte, fuer eure Gastfreundschaft, fuer alles! Ich wuensche euch weiterhin alles Gute!
4 January 2012 - Dorli, Switzerland

Awsome! What a way to start a new year. This is a place to recommend, friendly people, good food, a neat cottage and beautiful scenery.
1 January 2012 - Len and Anina, South Africa

Thank you for a lovely stay, we enjoyed it very much! A happy new year to you and the family.
30 December 2011 - Ronnie, Ansie and Johan van Nispen, South Africa

Es war wunderbar hier. Tolle Natur - schoene Wanderung, und sehr leckeres Fruehstueck. Wir waeren gern noch den einen Tag laenger geblieben!
21 December 2011 - Claudia und Johannes, Germany

Coming here makes one feel as if we're on another planet! How wonderful to feel that deep sense of peace and complete isolation! A very quaint, cosy and comfortable cottage. Wish it was a longer stay.
20 December 2011 - Jenny and Anton Zwiers, South Africa

This is a really great place! The cottage is so neat and well appointed. We will be sure to recommend this as a destination and not just as a "stay over". Well done and good luck.
16 December 2011 - Chris and Ilona Altenkirch, South Africa

Thank you so much for being so welcoming and accommodating! It truly has been a blessing for us to stay here. We also appreciate the beautiful environment and the very neat and pleasant accommodation. We wish you and your family everything of the best!
15 December 2011 - Donovan and Gaelyn, South Africa

Fantastic! Enjoyed it beyond belief! Lovely cooking and accommodation. We learnt a lot even on the 2 hour walk. Will definitely come here again! Will recommend it further afield. Thank you! Keep up the excellent work!
7 December 2011 - Bryony and Peter, UK

Der afrikanische Sommer zeigt sich von sener kuehlen Seite, doch immer wieder scheint die Sonne und wir koennen wunderbare Wanderungen machen. Danke Anja, fuer die Fuehrung zu den Buschmaenner-Zeichnungen. Zwei erholsame Tage, fern vom Touristenrummel.
4 December 2011 - Brigitte und Eberhard, Germany

Leckeres Essen, froehliche Gastgeberin, lustige Schafe, blumige Wanderwege und blauer Himmel - was will man mehr. Wir werden uns immer erinnern, auch an nicht oder fast gesehene Kobras. Alles Gute fuer eure Zukunft! P.S.: Bitte nicht Hansi und Sally essen!!!
26 November 2011 - Die vegetarischen Berliner Christian und Antje, Germany

Dear Anja and Alan, thank you very much for a lovely - much too short - stay! We loved the hike to Sugarbird Valley and the fire in the evening! Life can be so great without electricity!
25 November 2011 - Susanne und Joerg, Hamburg, Germany

Dear Anja and Alan, Thank you so very much for your kind hospitality - 4 kings in 1! A delish breakfast, thank you!
13 November 2011 - Sally, South Africa

Thanks for a wonderful stay! Very relaxing stay and comfortable. Stunning surroundings / settings.
13 November 2011 - Charl, Desiree and JM de Coning, South Africa

Wer die Ein- (oder Zwei-)samkeit, die Natur, die Ruhe liebt, so wie wir, ist hier am Blue Hill genau am richtigen Ort. Danke fuer alles!
9 November 2011 - Anneliese und Hans-Juergen, Germany

We enjoyed our stay here very much, our ride to Hidden Valley with Alan and our walk up the South Road, with interesting flowers and birds. Our "Swartberg" house is really "cool" in all ways, and Anja's suppers were delicious. We wish you the best for the future.
30 October 2011 - Mariam (USA) and Gunther (Germany), living in Switzerland

A brief but very tranquil stop over. Woke this morning to a multitude of birds - absolutely beautiful. Love the environment! Thank you!
23 October 2011 - Anthony and Kirsty, South Africa

We came here totally unexpected but the hospitality to stay here was unbelievable. Thank you for everything. PS: The sky in the night was exciting, so many stars!
23 September 2011 - Thom en Peter, Holland

Ein absolutes Naturparadies. Wir haben hier Ruhe und Erholung gefunden, die Natur genossen und eure Gastfreundschaft. Vielen Dank, wir kommen wieder!
17 September 2011 - Martina und Philipp (Germany), living in South Africa

Merci pour l'acceuil, je me suis excellement amuse et ai adore partager un peu de votre temps, de vos experiences et de votre bonne humeur de tous les jours. J'espere repasser en Afrique du Sud rapidement et vous revoir par la meme occassion - plein de bisous smack et un grand smile pour Elena.
16 September 2011 - Henri, France

Wonderful break away in a tranquil surrounding - an artist's dream. Thank you!
12 September 2011 - Sue, South Africa

Much nicer than being in the city!
12 September 2011 - Shania, South Africa

Beautiful environment and lovely company!
12 September 2011 - Ros, South Africa

Thanks Alan and Anja for your hospitality, wonderful place you have, hope to see you soon!
20 August 2011 - Antoinette and Jerry, South Africa

Thanks Anja – good luck with your venture – may it be fruitful. Next time we will go into Baviaanskloof!!
4 July 2011 – Mel and Lucy, South Africa

Many, many thanks for making our daughter Amy's birthday so special – it is the small touches that make the BIG differences – we will definitely be back once the "Kloof" road is repaired!
1 July 2011 - Andrew, Rhona and Amy, South Africa

'n Stukkie hemel op aarde! "The sky is the limit" Dankie baie vir die gasvryheid en die lekker kuier! Alles van die beste met julle gastehuis.
29 June 2011, Johan en Elna, South Africa

Thank you for a very comfortable overnight stay with warm beds on a cold night and lovely food!
24 June 2011 - Gene, Willem and Oscar, South Africa

Danke fuer die wunderschoene Zeit hier. Die meisten Wintertage waren sonniger als viele deutsche Sommertage! Wir genossen die Ruhe, den Service und die Natur pur sehr. Besser haben wir uns selten erholt. Wir werden wiederkommen!
10 June 2011 - Karl und Elfi, Germany

We came from Namibia to help Alan towards qualifying for his ringer's license and to see a part of southern Africa we had not visited before. A beautiful tranquil place, a number of bird species we had not ringed before and a most enjoyable few days.
19 May 2011 - Neil & Gudrun, Namibia

Thank you so much!! I had a splendid time – needed the peace! Enjoy every day in your paradise. I'll be back in October.
30 April 2011 - Eunice, South Africa

The hospitality was great. Thanks for a lovely stay over.
28 April 2011 - Julie and Jared Shear, South Africa

Beautiful tranquil setting. Would have loved to explore a little more. Best of luck with your venture here. Good luck with your little baby girl!
23 April 2011 - The Haywards, South Africa

Ons het lekker gebly. Als is baie netjies en buite is dit pragtig met die wit ryp. Baie dankie.
21 April 2011 - Kruegers en Barnards

After a three hour drive we ended up in this unusual place. We were very excited to get to the house as they caught a leopard for it to get a radio collar on and to free it afterwards. Sorry that we missed it by one hour, especially as my husband is going to stay three weeks with the "Cape Leopard Trust" as a volunteer and sponsor. Another bonus was that a ringer stayed on the farm to teach Alan how to ring small birds, this was quite interesting for us. So we decided to extend our stay as we liked it so much. Did some very interesting birding with Alan, made beautiful walks and enjoyed the hospitality of Alan and Anja. A pity we had to move on.
18 March 2011 - Luc and Liz, Belgium

Sehr schoene Zeit, viel Ruhe und gutes Essen. Thank you!
3 March 2011 - Rosalinda und Rolf, South Africa

Beautiful isolation, peace, nature and scenery – we had a lovely dinner and a lovely stay – Thank you!
2 March 2011 - Letizia and Ric, Canada

War superschoen hier, ein herrliches Fleckchen Erde! Wuenschen euch fuer die Zukunft alles Gute, viele freundliche Gaeste, die sich gerne an diesen Ort zurueckerinnern!
2 February 2011 - Conni und Siegfried, Germany

Really enjoyed ourselves. Alan and Anja terrific hosts. Great food, beautiful area. Only regret not finding or catching the leopard. To our hosts, good luck with the baby, your projects and catch that b....... leopard!!!
20 January 2011 - Vicky and Peter, England

Thanks – we had a lovely stay in a beautiful part of SA.
2 January 2011 - MC and Jo, South Africa

Number one place to start off a new year. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay – comfortable and picturesque! Thank you so much!
1 January 2011 - Rainer, Mariette, Linde and Richard, South Africa

Pragtige plek, vriendelike mense, herrlike etes! Rus vir die siel.
27 December 2010 - Annamarie and Louise, South Africa

Stunning! Being a winter person made it even more worth while! Walking in the rain (NOT to hubby's delight) brought back old childhood memories. And the best of all was no cell phone reception, so no one could get hold of us!!! Thanks so much!!
12 December 2010 - Locus and Julie, South Africa

Lovely to be back here again! Marvellous walks, stunning scenery, warm hospitality, and, most of all, total tranquillity. Thank you so much!
28 November 2010 - Lee and Barry, South Africa

I volunteered here at Blue Hill for a wonderful ten days. I will always remember the immense natural beauty of this place, it is true wilderness. Alan and Anja were fantastic hosts and I wish them the best of luck with all of their future endeavours. Thank you for everything, coming here was an invaluable experience, I learnt so much.
21 November 2010 - Ben, England

Bliss! Thank you! Loved the loop mountainbike ride and for the rest of it – relaxation like never before! We'll be back. Take care and all the best with baby Lee :-).
7 November 2010 - Sam and Jacqui, South Africa

Wir haben die Zeit hier bei euch sehr genossen! Zwar haben wir mit unserem Sohn Samuel (21 Monate) nicht viel Gelegenheit gehabt, euer Land gross zu erkunden, dafuer haben wir die Gelegenheiten Stachelschweine oder Klipspringer nah beim Haus zu sehen um so mehr genossen. Wir sind euch sehr dankbar fuer eure Gastfreundschaft und fuer das wirklich SEHR leckere Essen.
17 October 2010 - Sabine, Daniel und Samuel, Germany

What a lovely, special place. We have really enjoyed it. I hope you go from strength to strength.
14 October 2010 - Heather and Robin, England

An amazing place and fantastic hospitality! We wish you both much success in your multipe endeavours.
10 October 2010 - Maggie and Eric, South Africa

We were made very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed our few days in this remote and beautiful spot. Many thanks!
10 October 2010 - The Bosmans, South Africa

First thanks go to Kay for getting married and suggesting your place, but after that the thanks are all yours – for the welcome, all the interesting local / biological information, the chats and the wonderful cooking! The walks, scenery and flowers were amazing and will be recommended further afield. Finally thank you for putting up with this accident prone guest! All the best for the future of Blue Hill Escape, for the viva, etc.
8 October 2010 - Gillian, England

What a shot in the arm! Thank you for the wonderful stay, beautiful views and the most interesting slide show!! All the best.
25 September 2010 - Greta and John, South Africa

Thanks for a wonderful stay, all be it short, good luck and see you soon again.
14 August 2010 - "Katy Party", South Africa

What a fantastic place and even more wonderful people. Cannot wait to come back.
14 August 2010 - "Pretorius Party", South Africa

Great hospitality in wonderful setting.
4 July 2010 - Viera and Magnus, South Africa