South Africa Farm Holidays: Guest Farms, Game Farms, Wine Estates
A Cape Wine Estate, by Monikavlatko, Webshots
Type of Accommodation found on South African Farms
South Africa farm holidays provide a
& African experience. Stay on guest farms and private game
farms for a holiday safari, or on a wine farm for wine
and see spectacular scenery in this beautiful country of diversity.
Your farm holidays will introduce you
to guest farms, game farms and leisure farms with farm guest houses
offering bed and breakfast, farm self-catering cottages, private game
farms, wine farms and other types of farm accommodation throughout the
Why Visit South Africa?
Here you will find your African
wildlife still roaming free in private wildlife reserves and on game
farms. By taking a South Africa farm safari you are really spending an
eco-holiday out into the bushveld. The quiet and the solitude, and
bonding with nature on our South Africa farm holidays is one of the
most relaxing holidays around. Some game farms and wildlife reserves
will also offer private walking tours and game viewing trips.
This is a country of vast open spaces,
beautiful sunsets, angry and vociferous electrical storms and panoramic
beauty the length and breadth of the country that will take your breath
away. It is also a country of many different cultures and languages.
Despite this, you will find South African people very friendly, and
they really enjoy being hosts to overseas visitors. There are nine
provinces, each of which offers spectacular beauty.
What to See in Each South African Province
South Africa farm holidays are offered
in the following provinces: Kwazulu
Natal where the land consists of rolling hills and
the imposing Drakensberg Range, The Eastern
Cape where the 1820 British Settlers first made
their home and which has some great coastal areas for fishing. The Wild
Coast is particularly beautiful and unspoiled. The Northern
Cape home to the Karoo and offers a stark beauty
not found elsewhere. Gauteng
is where you will find gold and diamond mines, sprawling Soweto and the
fantastical Sun City with a game reserve right next door.
There are many such wildlife reserves
in this area. As is in
Mpumalanga, where you will find the Kruger
National Park and many private game reserves in and around the park
area. And then there is Limpopo,
one of the untouched areas of the country teeming with wildlife and a
perfect spot for that holiday safari.
However, arguably the most beautiful
part of the country is found in the Western
Cape , where there are many guest farms and leisure
farms based on historical wine estates; a must for those who enjoy
tasting fine wines and farm produce, especially homemade
and preserves, honey and a couple of bottles of Chardonnay or
which can be purchased on the wine estates themselves.
South Africa for Game Parks and Wine Estates
South Africa farm holidays will take
you to a number of well advertised wine routes in the area for you to
enjoy with many wine farms offering both accommodation and also venues
where you can hold a very romantic country wedding. Some of the top
wine farms are found in Stellenbosch,
others found in the greater
Cape Town area.
With all the wildlife in Africa, South
Africa has its fair share, and it is famous for well organized travel
private game farms for a great holiday safari.
South Africa farm
holidays wouldn't be complete without a night safari
which gives you a different perspective altogether.
There is nothing more disconcerting,
however, then when you are out at night and the jeep breaks down! It
doesn't happen very often, but I have to admit that it happened to us
one night, on one of our many safari forays. We were, however,
perfectly safe and the situation added to the thrill realizing, as we
were sitting in the dark surrounded by the glowing eyes of the many
animals around us, that the tables had been turned. We were now the
animals being watched! It was a very strange feeling, but memorable,
Farm Bed and Breakfasts
and Holiday Cottages
can all be found on your
South Africa farm holiday and in each location there will be something
of interest to see. If, for example, you find accommodation in the
northern part of the country, you will not be far away from the most
famous game reserve of them all - the Kruger National Park,
can see the big five; lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard on
daily trips into the park.
There are many South African farms that
have turned their lands into wildlife reserves that are professionally
maintained and run by people who really love the bush and what they do.
Knowledgeable guides will drive you in those open jeeps and take you to
the animals that are hiding for those great photographic opportunities.
Best Times to Visit South Africa
Remember, for your South Africa farm
holidays, that the best time to view wildlife in Africa is in the
winter (June, July, August) when the grass is shorter. During the day
the best times to view your wildlife is at dawn and dusk when the
animals are on the move foraging for food and looking for waterholes.
This is a large country that is diverse
in cultures, traditions and scenery. Agricultural practices cover the
usual animal-rearing and crop-growing norms, but some also go in for
the more unusual, and here you can visit crocodile and ostrich farms
Local Food and Delicacies
For those of you who are looking for
farm produce and fruit and vegetables directly from the farmers there
are many roadside farm stalls, farm shops, farm gate sales and farmers
markets where you will find wholesome, quality
produce. With some parts of the country experiencing a Mediterranean
climate and other parts enjoying a Tropical climate there is always
good fruit around. For those of you who enjoy trying local delicacies
when you travel, try some South African biltong
and dried wors, both are delicious and can often be found in the deep
freezers of your country farmer or at the nearest butchery.
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SOUTH AFRICA FARM HOLIDAYS - FARM ACCOMMODATION
Click on the links below to find farm accommodation on guest farms in
your province of choice.
Natal Farm Holidays
Cape Farm Holidays
Cape Farm Holidays
on the links below to find farm shops and farm produce in your province
or while you are on your South Africa Farm Holidays.
AFRICAN FARMERS' MARKETS
map of South Africa showing the new provinces
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