Apartments in a quiet valley on Rooibos tea estate
Elandsberg Eco Tourism. Here visitors can savour all the serenity and beauty nature will bestow on them all day long from sunrise to the brilliant night skies.
Our apartments are tucked in a quiet and safe valley on a Rooibos tea estate in the midst of the wealth of the Cedarberg plant life and wild flower displays. It is the ideal setting to simply relax and enjoy. However, for the slightly more energetic, free range hiking on the estate is absolutely safe and will present ever changing vitas of mountains and rolling hills. The birdlife is quite prolific – from the Black eagle with its wing span in excess of two metres to the Cape canary. The natural Fynbos is only broken by fascinating rock formations.
For those who want to learn more about Rooibos and Fynbos, safari tours are on offer. One tour concentrates on Rooibos. Guests are driven to one of the plantations where the all aspects of the plant and its cultivation is explained. They are then taken to the processing plant to experience the processing from raw material to the final product The other tour focuses on the “secret life of plants” and on the rock formations.
Our apartments consist of a fairly spacious lounge and dining room with a kitchenette; a bedroom and a bathroom. They are truly accessible for physically handicapped people, and are recommended by the AA. Each apartment has a veranda with a deck as well as a braai area which is also accessible for people in wheelchairs as are all other amenities as well as the garden which was specially adapted to for the benefit of handicapped persons. Under cover parking
To explore the West coast and Cedarberg region can be a series of exciting discoveries and fulfilment. From Elandsberg it is a mere short hop to the Atlantic ocean with it beeches and rocky shores. One of South Africa’s favourite surfing sites is on this coast, and so is one of the big gannet colonies – always intriguing to watch thousands of these beautiful birds coming and going. In season, whales often pierce the surface exhibiting their size and majesty.
Not keen on the sea? In the opposite direction the road leads to the deep Cedarberg, among the oldest mountains on earth. On offer here are spectacular views, many mountain hiking trails, awe-inspiring rock formations, rock art dating back thousands of years, and the highest vineyards and wine cellar in South Africa where truly exceptional wines are produced.
A little further to the north lies Leipoldtville, the bulb capital of the world, and close by is the Quiver tree forest where the experience is like being transferred to another planet. Still further north, but within an easy day trip from Elandsberg, is Namaqualand, internationally known for is endless displays of wild flowers in spring.
The closest town to Elandsberg is Clanwilliam, the tenth oldest town in South Africa. The last stretch of road from Cape Town to Clanwilliam is lined by citrus, mango and litchi orchards, and of course Rooibos plantations.
Truly the Cedarberg and West Coast region is a jewel, and Elandsberg Eco Tourism lies right in the heart....Read more
Apartments in a quiet valley on Rooibos tea estate Clanwilliam, Western Cape, South Africa
Additional Location Information
Located 23 km. from Clanwilliam on the road to Lambert's Bay (R364).
About 15 km from Clanwilliam, turn right on the road to Skurfkop and follow for three km. Then left left at the farm road and follow for another three km. Our signs are clearly visible at the turn-offs on the R364 and on the road to Skurfkop.
Left on 03/23/2013 for a stay in June 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 23, 2013Stayed Jun 2010
Do You beleave in paradise on earth?
At 'Elandsberg' You will find such a place.
A visit here it is it really worth
between the rooibos plants You follow the trace
Your hosts anette and Chris will welcome You
at their home under Eucalyptus trees so big,
then the famous 'Glueh Tea' (cold or hot) is to brew
and in the trees You hear the weaver bird chick.
Don't miss a tour with the old farmer's truck!
Chris will show You lovely flowers so mini,
rock formations - is it a turtle or is it a duck?
and shrubs like 'Klein-voikie-kan-ni-sit-ni".
You will discover rock paintings - baie mooi!
and the tea production - the actual farm's core.
In the 'Owl Kitchen' You finally may enjoy
annette's rooibos chocolate cake (I could die for!)
And finally I just want to say:
Really don't miss here to stay!
If the place wouldn't be so far away
I would like to be there every day!
I know, I'm not a good poet ;-)
And I afraid there are some mistakes with the English and afrikaans... Please forgive me! Both are foreign languages for me...
But I just want to thank in a special way for wonderful times. I've been there 5-6 times within the last 10 years. And there will follow some more visits!
“Kleines irdisches Paradies am Rande der Zederberge”
Left on 12/01/2012 for a stay in November 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 1, 2012Stayed Nov 2012
Nachdem wir bereits in den Jahren 2003, 2004, 2005 und 2008 Chris & Annette besuchten, übernachteten wir vom 10.11. -12.11.2012 erneut auf der Elandsberg Eco Farm. Wie bereits vorher hatte die Natur auch diesmal wieder neue Überraschungen für uns bereit, die uns beide gerne zeigten. Seien es die Fynbos - Pflanzen oder die unauffälligen Sukkulenten wie die "Lebenden Steine". Unvergeßlich bleiben der klare Sternenhimmel und die prächtigen Sonnenauf- und -untergänge und natürlich die beiden schnurrenden Mitbewohner Lewis und Gemmie. Beise ließen unsere Herzen als Katzenliebhaber höher schlagen.
Annette hat es auch diesmal wieder verstanden, uns mit ihren Köstlichkeiten zu verwöhnen. Vielen Dank Chris für die vielen fachkundigen Erklärungen während unserer Tour.
Left on 08/22/2012 for a stay in September 2011 | Dr. Alfons MaurerReviewed Aug 22, 2012Stayed Sep 2011
Hearty welcome,always flowers and welcome presents in our apartment,when we arrive.Quiet apartment sheltered by huge eucalyptus trees-everything is well looked after.Cozy,spacious living room,reading material is offered,also periodicals in afrikans,e.g."weg". Enjoying most:our breakfasts on the porch overlooking the rooibos tea estate and the Cederberg mountains,also enjoying the great variety of flowers and bushes in the well designed and well kept garden and the very interesting flower tours on the tea estate guided by Chris du Plessis- a must for nature lovers-even if you hated your biology lessons in school,here you will become converted to a flower enthusiast.
We also enjoyed anette and Chris` company,the excellent dinners and the conversations in afrikans we had:very helpful to make progress in afrikans.We could also use Elandsberg apartment as a starting point and basis for our hiking tours in the Cederberge and for excursions to the atlantic ocean e.g.Lambertsbaai.
We have enjoyed our stays with anette and Chris on Elandsberg ap.4-5 days every year since 2001 and we shall return Sept.2012 like migratory birds.
Left on 03/11/2012 for a stay in July 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 11, 2012Stayed Jul 2011
We had a wonderful stay in Elandsberg! What a great place and a beautiful environment. The hospitality was outstanding! Such a warm welcome. We were there with our two children (9 and 11 years) and they loved the "Rooibos- en Bloementour". Chris told a lot about all the flowers and the rooibos and they absolutely had a great time! The accommodation was just perfect; everything you needed was there, the rooms were big enough and nicely decorated. Having dinner at the fireplace was very nice!
“A wonderful experience as to hospitality, flora, fauna and Rooib”
Left on 03/11/2012 for a stay in January 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 11, 2012Stayed Jan 2011
We stayed in a nice apartment with our teenage daughter. It was relaxing to have breakfast on the deck in front of the living room while listening to the birds! The appartment has a little kitchen where we could prepare our self brought food but our hosts also offered very delicious meals when we did not want to cook ourselves.
We enjoyed the interesting Rooibos tour and learned a lot about the Rooibos plant, the harvest and the further processing. Since then we have been offering the african Dawn Rooibos tea in our tea shop and can tell our customers many details about this tea and the land where it grows.
Annette and Chris gave us the feeling to be at home right from the beginning. Our daughter loved to listen to the many interesting things about plants, animals and their tracks and the stars which they explained to us and to drive with Chris in the front of his old 4 wheeler. It was surely the hight light of our tour through the Western Cape!
We also received directions from them for visiting the area around Clanwilliam (not the usual tourist way) which really made our day trips very special.
It was hard to leave but the very special dinner in the owl kitchen on the last evening is still present in our memories and we are sure that we will come back soon.
Left on 03/11/2012 for a stay in February 2010 | Monica & Mats ThulinReviewed Mar 11, 2012Stayed Feb 2010
We have visited the estate several times during the past eight years. We have always been overwhelmed by the hospitality of Mr and Mrs du Plessis and their outstanding ability to point out and explain all the miracles of the world of Elandsberg.
Left on 03/09/2012 for a stay in November 2011 | MarianneReviewed Mar 9, 2012Stayed Nov 2011
I already have stayed two times with annette and Chris.I immediately felt at home in this beautiful place and as I am very much interested in nature (Fynbos and Rooibos),it was perfect for me. Annette's and Chris' hospitality are exceptional and come straight from the heart. Their knowledge about almost any topic is stunning and of course annette's cooking is absolutely delicious and her Rooibos bread is something to dream about...
I loved walking around on the estate and joining Chris' Fynbos & Rooibos tour as well as watching the stars with him.
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