Leliekloof Valley of Art

Eastern Cape

Rooms: 1 farmhouse with 3 bedrooms (3 doubles with children's beds, 2 with en-suite bath, 1 en-s shower); plus a loft sleeping 4; also 1 extra bathroom with bath & shower. Only one couple/group booking at a time.

Prices: Full board rates: R550 - R600 pp (for three or more). R600 - R660 pp for 2 people. Self-catering options available. Singles on request.
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Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Dinner is 3 courses - bring your own wine.

Directions: 6km south of Jamestown on N6 turn towards Burgersdorp. Turn R after 9.7km. After another 5.6km fork R again and Leliekloof is another 1km. Just follow Leliekloof signs. Map can be emailed.

Dries and Minnie De Klerk
Burgersdorp (closer to Jamestown), Eastern Cape

Tel: (0)87-550-0589
Cell: (0)83-760-7851 (please leave a message)
Fax: (0)86-579-8963
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What a place! Magnificent Bushman art and high-altitude wilderness to nourish the soul; log fires and home-cooked meals to look after earthier parts. The river here has chiselled a tortuous gorge through the sandstone and ironstone hills and the many caves host thirteen remarkable sites of Bushman rock art, many of the paintings of indeterminable age. Dries took me for an exhilarating morning drive and we visited two of them, Eland and Dog Shelters. The quality of the paintings is superb, Dries a full reservoir of information about both the images and their artists. There is also a two-day scenic 19km hike around the valley, and two large dams for canoeing and trout/fly-fishing. Art apart, the countryside will extract from you superlatives you never knew you had, as will the house. The magnificent main room is 22 metres long, with sitting area, yellowwood bar, fireplace and huge antique Oregon pine dining table. You can self-cater, but given the stellar quality of Minnie’s food (and the variety of things to do), I strongly suggest that you ask her to prepare your meals. Two nights minimum stay recommended.

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Leliekloof Valley of Art