There is a farm in Africa… Skeiding… Close to the N2 and half way between Cape Town and Knysna Skeiding is a 1200ha working farm with free range ostriches, dairy, Dohne Merino sheep and wheat. The farm’s natural method of ostrich farming is distinctive – as the birds are allowed to range freely and raise their young themselves, nurturing them under their big wings. Free-range ostrich farms are a totally different experience to the commercial farms in the Oudtshoorn district.
Guests can experience farm life at its best on a farm tour with Neels Uys – feed the ostriches, visit the wheat crops, visit the dairy for fresh warm milk, experience the love and respect between working dog and farmer herding sheep. Alternatively visitors can experience the nature on the farm and bird-watching – see flocks of blue crane. Guinea-fowl and pheasant hunting is another possibility for the brave of heart. Walking the many ravines on the farm with Neels is truly an experience as he can offer a fascinating insight into the vegetation and other interesting points.
In the traditional Cape Dutch farmhouse, visitors can experience real South African hospitality. A crackling fire and dinner at the family dining table completes the experience of this special part of Africa. Visitors can either stay in the main homestead (en-suite rooms) or in two Cape Dutch style cottages that sleep four people. Self-catering guests are welcome. All rooms have heaters, electric blankets, tea/coffee facilities, hair dryers, gowns and slippers.
Within 40km of Skeiding Guest Farm are a number of adventures:
- The Pont at Malgas on the Breede River (a delightful reminder of a quieter time – the pont has been carrying people, livestock and vehicles every day since 1860);
- Witsand for whale watching (the highest concentration of Southern Right Whales on the Southern African coast congregate here during the breeding season of June to November); and
- Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve (also on this route, this nature reserve is famous for its wilderness and indigenous forest).