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Alpha Excelsior Guest Farm

Alpha Excelsior Guest Farm

While this incredible destination on the edge of the Cederberg Wilderness in the heart of Rocklands is best known as a home base for guests who are seriously interested in rock climbing, the region also offers awe-inspiring views and natural seclusion. Near South Africa’s Clanwilliam in the Western Cape, the entire area is renowned for its wildflowers, the greatest concentration of San Rock Art paintings in southern Africa, and its one-of-a-kind sandstone rock formations.

Alpha Excelsior Guest Farm offers many self-catering accommodation options, from the two cottages to the Cape Dutch Homestead to the Old Farm House. Lavender Cottage can comfortably accommodate four guests with its double bedroom, double sleeper couch, bathroom, open-plan living area, kitchen, and cozy wood-burning fireplace. Weavers Cottage is a honeymooner’s dream with its restored Cape cottage style, thatched roof, double bedroom, bathroom, open-plan living area, kitchenette, indoor wood burning stove, and panoramic views.

Both the Homestead and the Old Farm House are each able to accommodate ten guests at one time. The Homestead is actually a Cape Dutch house featuring high timber ceilings and cool interior. Two double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a sleeper couch, and a dormitory-style loft with five single beds make this ideal for groups or families traveling together. Open living area, kitchen, and vine-covered front veranda add to the charm of this unique dwelling.

The Old Farm House is over 100 years old and features double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, bedroom with two single beds, and two bedrooms with one double bed and one single bed in each room. A large family bathroom, large kitchen, wood-burning stove, and open-plan dining and sitting room add to the amenities.

The Hen House, an on-site, seasonal coffee shop, provides a relaxing place for climbers, hikers, and others to swap stories as they enjoy fine coffee, scrumptious breakfasts, and delectable cakes. Sunday nights feature a dinner and film screening, a favorite tradition of many in the area.

The region is also home to the Pakhuys Country Winery which produces shiraz, pinotage, and cabernet sauvignon using traditional hand-processing methods. Guests enjoy exploring the winery as well as tasting the resulting vintages.

Other exciting activities besides rock climbing and bouldering include hiking, birdwatching, taking a donkey cart ride, horseback riding, swimming in the on-site pool, canoeing in the dam, and nighttime stargazing.

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