Philipstown: Rooipoort Guestfarm
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Rooipoort Guestfarm nestles near Philipstown in the Upper Karoo...where the horizons are infinite and footprints few under a sky you can almost touch ...The graceful farmstead reflects typical Karoo architecture with wooden floors and ceilings, and inside you'll meet really nice farm people -- Andries and Kay and their two children. This is a 4000 ha working sheep farm with various game species, rock-engravings and even donkey cart rides for the kids. Delight yourself in Kay's ciment-fondue statuary. The guesthouse offers three double bedrooms, two bathrooms for guests and an outside rondavel for 4 persons.
The graceful farmstead reflects typical Karoo architecture
The graceful farmstead reflects typical Karoo architecture
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Activities:

Game Viewing Various game species on farm: Springbuck, Blesbuck, Aardvark, Bat-eared Fox, Silver and Red Jackal and others. Game viewing in Rolfontein Nature Reserve (Vanderkloof Dam) close to the farm

Bird Watching Black Eagles (breeding pair on farm), Martial and various other eagles. About 200 bird species have been recorded at the Rolfontein Nature Reserve.

Hiking Trails Karoo walking on 4 000 ha farm -- fascinating rock-engravings and stone age implements on farm.Hiking trail at Rolfontein Nature Reserve.

Other Activities Orania (some 70 km from the farm), originally built for construction workers on the impressive Orange River Project, stood empty for years until a group of Afrikaners purchased the town with some surrounding land as a pilot project and starting point for Afrikaner settlement and the establishment of an Afrikaner Volkstaat in the sparsely populated area between the Orange River and the West Coast. Orania offers not only an example of the "traditional" Afrikaner way of life, but also demonstrates the adoptive skills of a marginilized community, exploiting technology to the full in education, agriculture and industry. The most advanced irrigation techniques, implemented in close co-operation with their pioneers in Israel, the only fully organic vineyards in southern Africa and the most sophisticated dairy farm in Africa (under construction) pay tribute to the communityÂ’s inventive capacity. Orania is not only of interest to local travellers, but is a regular stopover for international guests, especially the media.
 
Rates:
Season Single Double
In season R 0.00 R 0.00
Out season R 0.00 R 0.00
Remarks: Rates on Request. Children under 12 years half price. New self-catering bungalow also available. Maximum of 5 persons. Fully-equipped. Rate per person for the bungalow: On Request
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone Yes
Television Yes
Radio No
Heater Yes
Roof Fan Yes
Airconditioner No
Bedrooms are artfully decorated with farm-made items- -- quilted duvet, silk screened curtains...
Bedrooms are artfully decorated with farm-made items- -- quilted duvet, silk screened curtains...
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Nearest Town:
Philipstown
Distance: 16km
Police: Yes
Hospital: No
Buy fresh and processed products on the farm! -- fresh lamb and venison, biltong, droëwors (dried sausage), Karoo feta cheese and almonds. DonÂ’t miss Kay's workshops for ladies in ceramic art and silk screening — these run over a couple of days and is ideal for a “ladies’ breakaway.RESERVATIONS: Make a reservation by clicking on the reservation icon at the bottom of this page or contact the Farmstay reservation office: 039 3130608 or phone August after hours on 082 882 7475. E-mail enquiries to August at farmstay@venturenet.co.za
Tourist attractions in the area.
VANDERKLOOF: Named after the farm on which the Vanderkloof Dam is situated, the town was built to house people building the dam. Today it is a flourishing holiday resort. It boasts the highest dam wall in the country (108m) and links the Northern Cape to the Free State. ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS: Eskom Hydroelectric Power Station. One of only two Hydro Power Stations in South Africa that generates electricity into the Eskom network. The station is situated within the dam wall and can be visited by appointment. Rolfontein Nature Reserve: On the north-western shore of the Vanderkloof Dam, the 7 582ha reserve features Eland, Gemsbuck, Red Hartebeest, BurchellÂ’s Zebra, White Rhinoceros, Kudu, Springbuck, Brown Hyaena, Mountain Reedbuck, Steenbuck, Grey Duiker, Bat-eared Fox, Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Aardvark and Aardwolf. About 200 bird species have been recorded. Vanderkloof Dam Tour including a tour into the dam wall and an introductory slide show giving insights into the history and workings of the dam. Watersports: waterskiing, boardsailing, boating, swimming, etc. The dam is about 100km long. Verneukpan is approximately 20 km form the farm.

Agricultural sites of interest in the area.
Visit various Merino and Dorper stud farms in the vicinity.
The Menu
Self-catering biscuits. Sorbet in summer. Self-cetering, Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.

Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Rooipoort - 4000 ha
Farming Activities: This is a working sheep farm -- be sure to be there during lambing time in September and March. The next shearing season is January 2001. Lucerne cultivation, diary herd (milking activities) and maize production also to be seen. A new almond orchard is at present being established. A few people have experienced or know the expression "gattewastyd" -- this is when lambs' arses are washed to prevent diseases
Farm History: Your hosts are the seventh generation on the farm. Rooipoort is the third oldest farm in the district and is a crown farm (never bought or sold). Four generations have been living in the farmstead.

A bit about your hosts:
Andries is a B Agric graduate and Kay has a degree in fine arts and they have two children, Daleen and Josef. They plan to establish a museum of all the antique hand tools and implements on the farm. Kay's workshops for ladies in ceramic art and silk screening is very popular. She also offers courses in quilting for farm worker's wives. Your hosts, Andries and Kay -- really nice farm people
Your hosts, Andries and Kay -- really nice farm people
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How to get there:
The farm is situated between Petrusville and Philipstown. Route map supplied when bookings are made.

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Wooden floors and ceilings create a special atmosphere
Wooden floors and ceilings create a special atmosphere
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   Kay's handcraft can be bought on the farm
Kay's handcraft can be bought on the farm
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