Harmony and peace in the Karoo – a luxurious retreat at Vrisch Gewagt Self Catering Olive Farm

Vrisch Gewagt Self Catering Olive Farm

Known for its unique beauty, wide-open spaces, arid landscape, big sky and majestic mountains, the Karoo is a perfect setting for solitude and peace, and  where better than at Vrisch Gewagt Self Catering Olive Farm to experience this.

Located near the delightful town of Prince Albert, Vrisch Gewagt combines the concept of self-catering with a luxurious variety of accommodation designed to blend the natural surrounds with the utmost comfort.

Self-Catering Accommodation

Built in 1914 Paradys Huis, retains the character of the house, but has been renovated with modern day comforts.

The house features three luxurious bedrooms, two lounges, a kitchen, dining room and open veranda overlooking the lawn and swimming pool.

Hannes Cottage sleeps two and boasts a sunken bath large enough for two.

Artistic and quirky, Cook’s Cottage sleeps four in two double suites.  The cottage is open plan with a fire place and a shared veranda and kitchen.

The Library Cottage sleeps four, in two ensuite rooms, open plan living area and plenty of books and magazines.

The open plan Artists River Cottage sleeps two and has an additional outdoor shower.

Birdwatchers River Cottage on the river bank, sleeps two and has a veranda and a braai area.

The Manor house, a beautiful example of Karoo Victorian architecture, caters for eight guests and is ideal for a large family or group of friends.  The house is elegant, cosy and comfortable with four spacious ensuite bedrooms.

All accommodation features luxury furniture, fittings and fixtures, a hair dryer, a Nespresso coffee machine in every suite, designer bathrooms, original art works, artistic décor, luxury linen, books and magazines, Wi-Fi, BBQ facilities, and a patio.

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Things to Do

Vrisch Gewagt is a place of silence and peace where you can sleep till noon, meditate, stare into space, read, float in the pool, drink fine wine, walk, hike, float on the deck on the farm dam, and bird watch.

One of the best things about the Karoo is star gazing.  With the unpolluted night sky, the stars look close enough to touch.  It is a place to retore your soul.

Nearby Attractions

Prince Albert is a little gem of Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture and a place to find authentic Karroo fare – Karoo lamb, honey, Guernsey milk and cheeses, homemade chutneys, jams and baked goodies.

There are no less than thirteen national monuments in Prince Albert, tours to Bushmen paintings, hiking trails, art galleries, a museum, fine dining and authentic Karoo cuisine, and wine tasting at Soet Karoo Wine Estate.

The awe inspiring Swartberg Pass with its colourful display of over six hundred plant species is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site. 

Meiringspoort is a massive cleft through the Swartberg Mountain Range.

Vrisch Gewagt Self Catering Olive Farm Contact Details 

For more information or to make a reservation call 082 659 0469 or email info@vrischgewagt.co.za

Vrisch Gewagt Self Catering Olive Farm may be found at R407, Prince Albert, Western Cape.  Find them on Google Maps.


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Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

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Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

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No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

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A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


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