Heidelberg – Ouma se Huisie (Grannys little House)
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Ouma se Huisie (Granny’s little House) is an old restored farm house on a 2 100 ha maize, cattle and game farm only 100 km south of Johannesburg near Heidelberg. The house will have special meaning to all who have seen the Afrikaans movie “Ouma se Slim Seun” (GrannyÂ’s Clever Son) that was filmed here in 2006 and released late the same year. The old farm house was specially restored for this occasion – including the outside bread baking oven, outside wall decoration with special effects, wooden floors etc and the “graveyard” where the son and his potbelly pig friend were buried is still in the farmyard. The three bedroomed house accommodate up to 10 persons and is ideally a hikerÂ’s facility. (Also see Kiepersol Cottage& Klipkraal Hiking Trail as well as Blinkblaar-Wag-n-Bietjie Cottage elsewhere on farmstay – they are all on the same farm). This is a cattle, maize and game farm of 2100 hectares with blesbuck, springbuck, black wildebeest, zebra, jackal, duiker, steenbok and mountain reedbuck. The farm also offers excellent birding opportunities -- more than 120 bird species have already been identified, including Fish Eagles
Ouma se huisie (granny's house)
Ouma se huisie (granny's house)
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Game Viewing More than 17 mammal species to be seen on farm --Blesbuck, Springbuck, Black Wildebeest, Zebra, Jackal, Duiker, Steenbok, Mountain Reedbuck and more

Bird Watching More than 120 species have been identified on the farm. A bird hide next to the farm dam offers excellent water bird spotting or combine hiking with birding. Enjoy beautiful views of the Vaal Dam from the Panorama Viewpoint. Fish Eagles breed on an island in the Vaal Dam. Checklist provided on arrival

Hiking Trails A total number of 30 hikers are allowed on the trails. Trails vary from 5 km to 13 km. There are two main day hiking trails: Panorama -- 13 km and Klipkraal --11km. Shorter versions of these trails are available and trail maps and orientations are provided on arrival. All the trails are day trails that return to the base camp. (See Kiepersol Cottage & Klipkraal Hiking Trails for details). KLIPKRAAL trail derives its name from a one kilometre long stone wall which was built by farmers years ago as a farm border. There are also stone kraal settlements on the trail built by forefathers of the Sotho tribe in the late stone age (Digoya).
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Remarks: Rates on request. Sleeps 10 hikers in three bedrooms. Bring own wood/charcoal. Basic foodstuffs and additional wood can be bought at the small Tarrentaaltjie farm shop
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television No
Radio No
Heater No
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner No
Maurice and Celesté at the bread oven (small) and another view (large)
Maurice and Celesté at the bread oven (small) and another view (large)
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Nearest Town:
Distance: 35km
Police: Yes
Hospital: Yes
Heidelberg was established when Heinrich Ueckermann bought part of the farm Langlaagte for 7 pound 10S and started a general dealer in 1861. The shop was situated where the main road between the then Port Natal (Durban) and Potchefstroom crossed the main road between the Cape and Pretoria. In 1865 he appointed TW Fannin as surveyor for a town development which he named his alma mater in Germany. Heidelberg developed as a typical rural Victorian town. Many buildings dating back to the period between 1890 and 1910 have been preserved. 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.
Vintage Car Museum in Heidelberg; AG Visser House and Museum in Heidelberg; Stone Church in Heidelberg built in 1891; Old Prison (1888 and Concentration Camp Cemetery. Wall of Vaal Dam 26 km and Vaal-Marine Holiday Resort on banks of Vaal Dam 26 km away

Any other information which may interest tourists to the area
DESCRIPTION OF ENVIRONMENT - Highveld climate with moderate to hot summers and moderate to cold winters. Winter nights can be very cold. FAUNA: more than 17 mammal species can be seen. FLORA: Despite the introduction of cultivation there are large areas of indigenous flora in this range of hills that is an extension of the Suikerbosrand

Agricultural sites of interest in the area.
Cattle and grain farming activities according to season. Maize Grain Silo at Bloekomspruit (13 km). Karan Beef Feedlot -- 60 000 to 70 000 head of cattle is the largest in South Africa and can be visited by appointment (24 km). Crocodile farm at Deneysville/Vaal Dam (20 km)
The Menu
Self-catering Fully equipped for self-catering

Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Rietfontein - 2100 ha
Farming Activities: Maize and beef cattle, game
Farm History: The Leonard family bought the farm in 1937

A bit about your hosts:
Maurice and Celesté ¨ave three children and have been farming on Rietfontein since 1980 Kiepersol Cottage
Kiepersol Cottage
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How to get there:
Route map supplied when reservations are made.

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Klipkraal Base Camp
Klipkraal Base Camp
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   Blinkblaar-wag-n-bietjie Cottage
Blinkblaar-wag-n-bietjie Cottage
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