River View Cottages

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Getaway Summary
PRICE (pp sharing):
from R 320
The River View Cottages overlook a sweeping bend in the Gamka River. The three cottages are situated on The River Farm near Calitzdorp in the Little Karoo. Come and enjoy walking amongst the Karoo koppies, swimming and fishing in the river, the wildlife of The River Farm, and the view from your patio of the river and the expansive Swartberg Mountain Range. River View Cottages are three self-catering, free-standing cottages. Each is unique and accommodates a couple. The bedroom has a double bed with en-suite shower, and bed linen and bath towels are provided. The living room contains a comfortable lounge area, dining table and a fully-equipped kitchen with spring water on tap. All you need to bring is food. Each cottage has an indoor fireplace and a private outdoor barbecue facility. There is also a central boma with barbecue facilities, ideal for groups of friends occupying the cottages.River View Cottages are situated in the heart of a world biodiversity hotspot. This means that they are situated in one of the most biologically-rich and most endangered areas on earth. There are 35 such areas in the world and three of them, namely the succulent Karoo, Fynbos and Subtropical Thicket, intersect in this area. For an area to be declared a biodiversity hotspot, it must contain at least 1500 species of endemic plants or animals, and have lost at least 70% of its original habitat. This is what gives it its special conservation status and makes it especially interesting. Eco-tourism and the interested involvement of as many concerned visitors as possible, is an essential part of biodiversity hotspot conservation. You can take leisurely walks on the farm roads, along the rivers edge and explore the Karoo koppies. If you feel more inclined towards further exertion, there are a variety of hikes which take you into the pristine wilderness of the area. The yellowfish in the Gamka River provide many passionate fishermen with their favourite fly-fishing. There are also black bass, mogga and eel for those who prefer stationary fishing. The area is a bird watcher's paradise with over 118 different species spotted. The resident pair of fish eagles share a view of the river with you. The Grey heron, hamerkop, cormorant and various kingfishers also favour the elevated vantage point above the river. Smaller birds like weavers, bee-eaters and swallows are always active between the river and the vegetation. The region also boasts the highest concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawk in the southern hemisphere. High over the Swartberg the black eagle can be spotted gliding in search of prey.
"Paradise valley at the end of the road"
31 Aug 2016
By Drew, South Africa
"River View cottages is an incredible getaway on a beautiful riverside farm. Bronwyn and Colin are incredible hosts and have created amazing cottages to relax in. Definitely will be heading back."
"Beautiful scenery, stylish accommodation, lovely quiet get away"
29 Aug 2016
By Tamzyn, South Africa
"My partner and I only spent one night at River View Cottages but we will definitely be back for more! The accommodation is stylish and modern while fitting-in with the surrounding landscape beautifully. We spent a lazy afternoon lying in the sun on the stoep admiring the view of the mountains and river. Before we left the following morning we had a beautiful walk along the river. The canoes and jetty available to guests were very inviting; sadly we had to leave before we could experience them. Thank you to Bronwyn and our watchful caretaker, Jock (the Jack Russell), we had a wonderful time and will surely be back to explore more."
"Beautiful stay"
29 May 2016
By Celeste, South Africa
"River View Cottages are simply and sparsely designed with everything you need. Stunning view, paddles on the river, fireplace in the bedroom, braai boma, no reception and total peace and tranquillity. The farm owners are lovely, friendly people who cater to your needs with a smile. We loved our stay there. "
26 May 2016
By ken, South Africa
"stay was to short, the place was really comfortable and have recommended it to friendsand family. thanks, ken."
"Great Getaway"
06 May 2016
By Dawn, South Africa
"Thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet, and facilities."
"Stunning views, great accommodation"
06 Mar 2016
By Bryony, England
"We wish we had booked for longer! Great accommodation with a contemporary edge and very well equipped. We loved lying in the hammock, and we loved Jock! The areas on the river are an added treat and can't wait to be back so we can make full use of this great place."
09 Nov 2015
By Carla, South Africa
"We had an amazing time at this gem! Can't wait to go back!"
"Southern and Northern Cottages"
24 Oct 2015
By Liz, South Africa
"For some background information.What a perfect setting. The cottages all have wonderful views of the the river and are designed in a practical manner so as to make it very user friendly. The kitchen stocks S&P, a bit of sugar and coffee sachets for one day with a plunger. Glasses, mugs, plates and cutlery are supplied, plus towels and soap. The cottages have a semi covered patio where one can sit comfortably on outside furniture and cushions or lie in a hammock and enjoy the view. The waist high braai is close to the patio.Jock the little adorable Jack Russel makes one feel loved and appreciated. He has impeccable manners.All in all a super experience."
"Stunning view"
19 Jan 2015
By Tim, Germany
"Nice location for a get away. Very quite and peaceful!"
09 Jan 2015
By Elvera, South Africa
"The view of the river and Swartberg mountains from our cottage were breathtaking! The cottage were very stylish decorated, clean and comfortable."