Clarence: Bokpoort Horseback Adventures
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The Bokpoort Horseback Adventures, Holiday and Game Ranch experience is unique and unrivalled in Southern Africa. Come and visit Clarens’ own “Cowboy Ranch” and enjoy Western riding and Free State farm hospitality.

Bokpoort specializes in one thing: horse-riding safari's, Western style… “We do not only buy our saddles from trading stores, we also make 'em ourselves to the tough requirements of the 'ole West. Our mustang, (we call them Basotho ponies in this State) are born and bred in our rugged mountains and valleys. Only the toughest and ablest are selected to be used as Safari horses. When you ride them, they have been trained to the saddle and know every nook, crevice and cranny of this region. Be it a hot summer's day or in the freeze of a winter snow, they can always be relied upon. Our famous Snowy River horse trails' come in one-, two- or three-day specials, art, booze cruise and special student trails. For those who don't feel too steady on a horse and wish to stay closer to the ground, there are mountain bike trails available ( bring your own bikes) as well as bird and buck shooting. Trout fishing is available in the nearby rivers and we also do horse-cart rides. Mountain hikes and a 4x4 trail exist on the farm. We also do special Kid Adventure Camp. Campers are welcome.

Accommodation is rustic but adequate with comfortable beds, hot water and plenty of good food in the Stable restaurant. Some cottages are self-catering. And Golden Gate and Clarens are just a short ride away. There you can play golf, tennis and squash.
Cowboy Christo and riders  against  a beautiful Drakensberg backdrop on the farm
Cowboy Christo and riders against a beautiful Drakensberg backdrop on the farm
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Activities:
Fishing Flyfishing in dams and river. Horseback flyfishing safaris offered by Bokpoort.

Game Viewing Various small game species on farm. Ethical hunting, including bow hunting, on horseback.

Bird Watching Birding on farm and in mountains, along rivers and in district.

Hiking Trails Hiking in the Rooiberge (Red Mountains) takes you up a tyre chain ladder to some of the highest (2,700 meters) scenic viewpoints in the province. The trout fishing is superb. Mountain bikes are available or you may bring your own. We also have a 4 X 4 trail. HORSEBACK TRAILS -- PACKAGE DEALS: : “SNOWY HILLS”: This is Bokpoort's speciality. One not to miss! It is a two-day "Horse Back Adventure" through the Maluti Mountains. The overnight hut overlooks Lesotho. The adventure starts on a Friday night at Bokpoort where everyone enjoys a hearty dinner and meets their fellow compatriots. After a good farm breakfast the horses are saddled up and you make your way off into the mountains for a good two days of riding. The ride ends back at Bokpoort on Sunday. R800 per person (including meals) THREE-DAY OVERNIGHT TRAIL: Follows the same basic principal as the "Snowy Hills". The ride continues through the Golden Gate National Park, overnight at Kiara Lodge, where a cold beer and warm bath can be appreciated. The following day's ride takes you back to Bokpoort. R900 per person (including meals) BOKPOORT BRIDLE PATHS: For the Weekend. This package includes four meals from the farm kitchen. Rustic chalets with open fireplace. Six hours of horse riding (3x2 hour rides). Adults: R800 per person. Children (under 14): R650 per person BUDGET TRAIL: or the weekend this package includes: Camp free of charge -- Only pay for the horse ride. Sleep in hikers hut (backpackerÂ’s dorm). Bring your own sleeping bags and food. R110 per person. HORSERIDING AND HIKING WEEKEND: For the weekend this package includes: One day of hiking on Bokpoort Hiking Trail. Sleep in backpackers dorm. Two hours of horseriding. Bring your own sleeping bags and food. R165 per person.

Other Activities Golden Gate (10km); Clarens (10km); Sandstone Estates (50km), Bethlehem Game Ranch with lions.
 
Rates:
Season Single Double
In season R 0.00 R 0.00
Out season R 0.00 R 0.00
Remarks: Rates on Request. Rates are per person. Cottages and Chalets. Mountain Hut. Backpackers Hut (sleeps 20). Camping (ablution blocks). ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES: (Horse riding ("Western Style"); Pony rides Famous "Blackie" (half hour); Two-hour ride game viewing on horseback; Two-day overnight trail. Hiking routes: Overnight hikes. The following activities are NOT available over long weekends: Clay pigeon shooting. Day Trail (including meal). TV available in pub area.
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television No
Radio No
Heater Yes
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner No
The Springbok chalet (small pic) and inside the chalet (large pic)
The Springbok chalet (small pic) and inside the chalet (large pic)
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Nearest Town:
Clarens
Distance: 10km
Police: Yes
Hospital: No
REQUIREMENTS FOR OVERNIGHT TRAILS: Sleeping Bag, Smooth-soled shoes for riding, Warm jacket/costume, Balaclava/Hat, Cutlery and crockery, Toiletries, Raincoat, Riding clothes, Light weight hiking mattress, Riding hat, Drinks for the trail. RESERVATIONS: Make a reservation enquiry (only an enquiry) by clicking on the reservation icon at the bottom of this page or contact the Farmstay reservation office hours: 039 313 0608 or phone August after hours on 082 882 7475. E-mail enquiries to August at august@farmstay.co.za
Tourist attractions in the area.
FACILITIES OFFERED IN THE VICINITY OF BOKPOORT: Golf, tennis, squash, Trout-fishing, dinosaur tours, Bushmen paintings, lots of art and craft shops, a knife-maker and pottery. Only 16km away from Golden Gate National Park. Approximately 35km from the Basotho Cultural Village.

The Menu
WE SPECIALISE IN "BOEREKOS": Bokpoort "Potjie" Fondue (very special!) R38 per person; Breakfast R38 per person; Dinner (including tea and coffee) R48 per person. Ever made breakfast in your own potjie! or enjoyed a "steak on the rocks"! Don't miss out on Bokpoort's special treats.

Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Bokpoort - 837 ha
Farming Activities: Horses and game
Farm History: The Roos family have been farming on Bokpoort for 130 years.

A bit about your hosts:
Christo and his daughters are the fourth and fifth generations on the farm (since 1870). This was a livestock farm until twelve years ago when the high level of stock-theft forced them to abandon stock farming. They then decided on tourism. Guests prepare own breakfast in small potjies (small pic) and in the restaurant (large pic)
Guests prepare own breakfast in small potjies (small pic) and in the restaurant (large pic)
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How to get there:
Route map supplied when reservations are made.

  Photo gallery

One of the self-catering cottages (small pic) and view from the cottage late afternoon
One of the self-catering cottages (small pic) and view from the cottage late afternoon
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   Biking trails and 4X4 route on the farm (small pic) and another view of one of the chalets
Biking trails and 4X4 route on the farm (small pic) and another view of one of the chalets
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