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Bartholomeus Klip

Bartholomeus Klip

Bartholomeus Klip Farm is a large, working, and thoroughly modern wheat and sheep farm. The farm’s Victorian homestead is gracious and elegant, the perfect picture of an African countryside farmhouse. Bartholomeus Klip is about an hour’s drive from Cape Town and half an hour from the wine producing regions of Stellenbosch and Paarl.

Guests of Bartholomeus are wonderfully accommodated either in the farmhouse’s four bedrooms and one suite or in four bedrooms in a separate house. Wild Olive House and an adjoining cottage are a self-catering alternative to the main house, and provide room for up to six adults and two children. If required, meals can be taken at the main house by arrangement. Each room is furnished with family antiques, fine fabrics, and pure cotton bedding. The farmhouse has a reading room, large lounge with cozy fireplace, a glorious dining room where worthy delicious meals are served, and generous veranda.

The cuisine served on the farm is extremely enjoyable and features produce and meat produced by the farm itself. Add to the fresh produce and fine meats an excellent wine selection featuring regional varieties, and the meals are certainly one of the highlights of a stay at Bartholomeus Klip.

The farm is particularly famous for its breeding project of disease-free buffalo. As most buffalo are infected with corridor and foot-and-mouth diseases, these animals are in demand.

The farm offers game drives to a well stocked reserve where guests can observe close up the many different plains antelope including two wildebeest types. There are also brilliant guided walks that provide excellent birdwatching opportunities. The area is home to both fish eagles and black eagles as well as flocks of up to blue crane. The blue crane was previously endangered but is now the pride of the local communities and farmers that helped to save them for future generations.

Guests who have not previously had the opportunity to visit a working farm can join in guided morning excursions to participate in the “chores.” Watch the sheep dogs working with up to 5,000 Merino, observe skilled sheep-shearers at work, or watch the sowing, planting, or harvesting activities (depending on the time of year).

The flora of the Western Cape, known as “fynbos,” is so unique and diverse and is regarded as a distinct floral kingdom. The reserve at Bartholomeus Klip is one of the most ecologically important conservation areas for fynbos.

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