Riversong Farm

Garden Route

Rooms: 3: Kingfisher sleeps 6+ in 3 doubles; Thames Chalet: 1 double & bunk and full en-suite; Orange Chalet: 1 double with en-s shower, twins with en-s loo.

Prices: Thames and Orange chalets: R1000 per chalet per night; Kingfisher: R4000. Prices may vary depending on number of people. Discount offered for booking whole farm for a week or more.
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Meals: Fully self-catering.

Directions: Between Riversdale and Albertinia on N2, take the Stilbaai turn-off towards the sea. Once in town R over bridge, then immediately R into Goukou River Road (P1526). Farm clearly named (and numbered GK31) about 12km upriver.

Piers Sibson
"Goukou River Road" (P1526), Stilbaai (Still Bay West), Garden Route, Western Cape

Cell: (0)82-374-8274
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Long after I’ve left South Africa, Riversong Farm will linger among my fondest memories. A winding dirt rollercoaster flecked with rocky outcrops, grinning dassies and patchwork farmland vistas runs alongside the Goukou River, coiling back towards the N2, away from the Still Bay coast. Some 12km along this track lies Piers’ place, a supremely chilled-out farm (some friendly sheep here, a pic’n’mix orchard there) where nature gives you a great big hug. The child in me whooped for joy when I dropped down the hills, through the fynbos, towards the river and onto the farm. The adult in me did too... only with a little less grace. Two super-rustic log cabins sit happily side by side on a dewy, long-grass lawn, peeping through bushy reeds across the wide lolling river, the soothing scene occasionally fleetingly broken by a laughing water-skier, a swooshing rowboat, the splash of a golden retriever (or two) leaping off the jetty into the cool swimming water. It’s a scene so soothing that Wilbur Smith penned a pile of novels while residing just three farms down. Piers - the epitome of a laid-back Englishman who swapped morning commute for morning kayak - built and occupies the rather more plush Kingfisher's Manor just a short pitch away. But he and his golden stick-chasers vacate should your party wish to commandeer the whole affair. And with a verandah and braai that size, every day here is a party. You’d be a fool to leave South Africa without sampling this exquisite patch of river magic. Pets welcome!

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Riversong Farm
Chalets orchard and lawn to river with Jess
Kingfisher from the river
Kingfisher hallway through dining area to stoep
Kingfisher stoep
Thames inside
Thames kitchen
Thames stoep
Thames and Orange chalets
Kingfisher view to jetty
Kingfisher en suite bathroom
Kingfisher main bathroom
Local residents, Jess & Hannah from outside steps at Kingfisher
Kingfisher lounge towards kitchen
Riversong, loosely speaking, is a working farm