Carnarvon -- Jagersberg Guest Farm
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When you drive out of Carnarvon, a small town in the middle of the real Karoo, and you take the terrible R361 gravel road (to Vanwyksvlei), you will find a farm some 60km out of town. And right there is an old farmhouse for guests who would like to stay on a Karoo farm for a while. Self-catering, with no electricity, 90% of the time there will be enough water otherwise it’s piggy-day, good sleeping, good relaxing, and peace, quiet and fresh air. There is no fuss around here; actually it is quite primitive, with only thousands of stars in the night sky and wide, wide, open space.

The farmhouse sleeps ten people, with two double beds, six single beds, two showers, two toilets, one bath. There is also a room on the outside of the house where kids can stay (we call it the ‘ramstal’) with an extra bathroom. We provide bedding and towels. The kitchen has a gas stove, and gas refrigerator with freezing apartment. Paraffin lamps provide for farm ambience, and gas geysers for hot water.

In the veld you will find Karoo bush and iron rock, and it will seem like nothing until you really start looking. We farm with sheep, cattle and (bliksemse) Boer-goats. You can see a wide selection of reptiles, birds, insects good and bad, springbuck, blesbuck, Oryx, steenbuck. After good rains the veld is green and lush, other times the veld becomes dusty and dry, but the Karoo-veld never disappoints, it is always beautiful.
This one of the most beautiful and underrated parts of the Northern Cape
This one of the most beautiful and underrated parts of the Northern Cape
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Activities:

Game Viewing Springbok, blesbok, and various small game species such as steenbok, caracals, mongoose, ant bear, jackal, porcupine, rabbits and hares.

Bird Watching Excellent birding on the farm -- various birds of prey to be spotted.

Hiking Trails Endless hiking opportunities on 8000 hectares -- in Karoo scrub and succulent bushveld, mountain areas with huge quiver trees, Karoo hills with ironstone

Other Activities Jagersberg offers unforgettable sunrises and sunsets -- and your hosts will show you where the best spots are to these to the full. Swim in die farm large farm dam. Jagersberg also has ethical hunting for the whole family, mountaineering, camping, rock artwork, hiking and exceptional night skies for stargazing -- this is really open sky country! The best time to visit this area is from April to November. January and February are uncomfortable hot.
 
Rates:
Season Single Double
In season R 400.00 R 310.00
Out season R 400.00 R 310.00
Add person R 310.00 R 310.00
Remarks: Rates are per person sharing and self-catering. Children 7 - 16 R200. Under 6 free

The farmhouse is some 100 metres from the main farmstead and offers 1 bedroom with double bed and bathroom with shower, 1 bedroom with one double and a single bed and one bedroom with two single beds.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 share a bathroom with shower and bath. Fully equipped kitchen, lounge, dining room and fireplace. Daily cleaning service included in rates.

Traditional "Asbosskerm" as braai lapa. In the weather does not allow braai in the asbosskerm -- use the adjacent indoors braai facility.

Breakfast extra: "krummelpap", sausage and eggs. Karoo lamb and vetkoek can be bought on farm
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television No
Radio No
Heater No
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner No
Jagersberg Guesthouse under a huge tree (small pic) and bedroom inside (large)
Jagersberg Guesthouse under a huge tree (small pic) and bedroom inside (large)
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Nearest Town:
Carnarvon
Distance: 60km
Police: Yes
Hospital: Yes
THE KAREEBERG'S ENCHANTING CORBELLED HOUSES: A feature of the slopes of the Kareeberg range between Williston and Carnarvon in the heart of the Great Karoo is the number of corbelled houses, of which a few can be seen clearly from the main road. Because these beehive-shaped structures are remarkably similar to buildings found in the coastal areas of Portugal and Spain - some experts here have suggested that an emigrant from one of these countries pioneered the building of these houses in South Africa. The corbelled houses of the Kareeberg were the homes of the earliest settled sheep farmers, who had no building materials other than an unlimited supply of flat stones. These were laid in a circle, with each successive course projecting slightly further inwards, until the circle was almost closed at the trop. This last opening was usually covered with a large stone slab. Projecting stones around the roof provided a foothold for the builders during construction, and also proved useful when repairs had to be carried out. A small single window opening was usually placed opposite the door, and at such an angle that San raiders would be unable to shoot their arrows directly into the house. Recesses in the wall served as shelves and cupboards, and clothes and provisions could be hung from rough beams spanned above head height.

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.
Visit Abelskop -(Abel's hill) -- one of the highest in the area and and ask your hosts to tell about it's thunder and noises! Also visit the largest man-made (with donkeys!) earth dam in the Southern Hemisphere at Van Wyksvlei. Go on the Corbelled House Route (See details in top right column) and visit the Cobelled House Museum in Carnarvon. Other interesting destinations: Springbok Eye Rock Art -- on a farm 30 km from Vanwyksvlei and Verneukpan (the cheating lake) on the route to Brandvlei

The Menu
Home-baked bread will be baked on request The house is fully equipped for self-catering. Braai packs (Karoo lamb) and verkoek can be bought on the farm

Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Jagersberg - 8000 ha
Farming Activities: Dorper sheep farming, Boer goats and game, especially springbok and gemsbok
Farm History: 

A bit about your hosts:
Donald and Kathleen are your hosts -- and you will definitely leave as friends! Donald farms with Dorper sheep, Boer goats and game and has a lively interest in sport, nature, ethical hunting and game. He loves to take father and son and the whole family on hunting excursions on the farm -- and even mom can participate. Kathleen is a qualified nursing sister. She shares Donald's' love for nature and sport and tends to the Boer goats and poultry. Donald and Cathleen with the
Donald and Cathleen with the "asbos" (lye-bush) used to make braai shelters
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How to get there:
Route map supplied when reservations are made.

  Photo gallery

Dan close to the guesthouse (small pic) and Donald with quiver trees in the background
Dan close to the guesthouse (small pic) and Donald with quiver trees in the background
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   Bedroom in the guesthouse - small and large pics
Bedroom in the guesthouse - small and large pics
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