Here’s a helpful accommodation and restaurant guide to this scenic Kouga region.
Claire Fulton compiled this handy accommodation, restaurant and activity guide for Moodenaars Kloof and its surrounds.
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Where to stay
Ragels Rivier Guest Farm
In walking distance of Jan Prinsloo’s ghostly ruins, it has rustic, self-catering accommodation in two farmhouses, 3.5km apart. Bedding and firewood is supplied. One house sleeps six, the other eight. Donkey geysers supply hot water, there are flush toilets and cooking is done on gas. There is a gas fridge in one house and an electric fridge in the other.
How to get there
Turn north off the R62 at the Assegaaibos/ Suuranys turn-off (2.5km east of Kareedouw) and travel 27km on gravel road.
+27 (0) 42 288 0208; +27(0) 82 709 7687; [email protected]
Assegaaibosch Country Lodge
This iconic establishment of the Langkloof caters for families. It has en-suite bedrooms in the main lodge, all with private patios onto the garden or swimming pool, and six luxurious, en-suite bedrooms in the Manor House. Activities at the lodge include feeding ponies, pony rides, tractor-trailer rides, and there is a playroom, swimming pool, computer games, volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis and leisurely forest walks.
How to get there
1km east of Kareedouw on the R62.
+27 (0) 42 288 0700; [email protected]
Overlooking the Kouga River, this beautiful stone cottage is self-catering, sleeps six, has an equipped kitchen, bedding, flush toilet, hot shower, no electricity, gas fridge. Firewood can be purchased. Activities include rafting, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and fishing for bass and barbel.
How to get there
Turn north off the R62 at the Assegaaibos/Suuranys turn-off (2,5km east of Kareedouw). It is about 16,5km from the turnoff 9km from the base of Moordenaars Kloof. Importantly, the last kilometre is 4×4 terrain but transport can be arranged for an additional fee of R100.
+27 (0) 82 655 6713; [email protected]
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Where to Eat
There are good restaurants and pubs in nearby Kareedouw, but beware the Sunday afternoon shutdown. This is when you may need home-baked bread, pies, mince vetkoek, general snacks or coffee-to-go from the Caltex Garage in Riebeeck Street.
The Sweaty Dutchman
Run by a coffee roaster from the Netherlands, this bistro serves legendary cappuccinos, modern dishes and garden salads. Fiona McIntosh stopped in for a bite to eat at The Sweaty Dutchman.
+27 (0) 42 288 0056; +27 (0) 82 906 6677; [email protected]
This farm restaurant serves traditional South African fare while surrounded by amazing views and has a large outdoor garden/play area for children.
+27 (0) 42 288 0262; [email protected]
Norma Jean’s Diner
A cafe that serves pub grub popular with locals.
+27 (0) 42 288 0289; [email protected]
Picnic fare should be bought from the Altelekker restaurant’s home-industry shop. All can be found in Riebeeck Street, the main drag through town.
+27 (0) 42 288 0018
Where to play
- Visit the striking stone Dutch Reformed Church in Keet Street that flanks the grave of former prime minister John Vorster.
- The Opkoms gravel loop road just 30km west of Kareedouw provides a scenic cycling and off-road motorbiking loop back to Joubertina.
- Cycle any section of the gravel road to Moordenaars Kloof and picnic at the Kouga River crossing.
- Swim and fish in the pools at any Kouga River crossing, but respect the farmers’ boundaries.
- Canoeing and paddling is permitted at Kouga Kliphuis
Words Claire Fulton
Photography Claire Fulton; Shaen Adey