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.