Things to do at Papkuilsfontein:
Canyon and Waterfall:
Farm Tour – As a service to our guests, Papkuilsfontein now provides small personalized tours, which are designed to enhance their experience of this area. Willem van Wyk will be your host for approximately 2½ hours which includes rock art, the canyon, waterfall and its geology, birds, the diversity of veld types, farming and conservation, and of course flowers in season. Tariffs R50.00 per person or a minimum of R200.00 per tour. Parts of Papkuilsfontein property has been managed as flower reserves for many years, and is renowned for many of the endemic and red data flower species of the Nieuwoudtville area.
*Please note: Bookings are essential.
Hiking Trails – A circular hiking trail of 12km has been laid out, with the turning point at the waterfall, through lovely sandstone rock formations, the Bokkeveldsberg being the northern extremity of the Cederberg. Have your hiker’s lunch in solitude while gazing down the incredible gorge. Don’t forget your mountain bikes to explore the farm tracks. Rock paintings are to be seen. The Oorlogskloof Reserve in the area offers 1-7 day circluar hikes. More info can be found at: www.trailinfo.co.za
Khoisan Rock Paintings – Southern Africa is reported to be one of the regions with the highest number of Rock Art sites in the world. In South Africa the Cederberg is home to more than 2 000 painting sites that vary in style and chronology. For thousands of years, the stained sandstone mountains of this area formed a canvas on which the San, and later, the Khoi and colonial inhabitants of the area recorded their own unwritten history. The San used finely ground stones (ochre) and other natural pigments to paint the white crested eland and rust brown people figures of that historical landscape and mythological tradition.
At Papkuilsfontein we take special care to ensure the longevity of our sites. We invite visitors to share in the cultural richness of this precious cultural heritage, as we explore together the artistry of the San who left of this legacy.
Bird-watching and wildlife – The farm offers plenty of opportunities to view birds and wildlife.
4×4 – The 4×4 trail and campsite were developed on the extreme right side of the 6 000ha property so as to be of no hindrance to our other guests on the farm. It has a difficulty rating of 4-5 and is about 15km long. It extends over rocky mountainous ground, which can be wet in winter. The road climbs gradually to the edge of a 180m canyon with a breathtaking view. It then follows the edge of the canyon with a view to both the left and right of Oorlogskloof and also the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve. On request groups will be accompanied. There are also brochures available with a road map and identification of plants that will be encountered along route.
Rock pool – After a hot day, experience nature by cooling down in one of the natural rock pools of Papkuilsfontein or opt for the swimming pool next to the cottage.