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Posted on: Friday, 7 September 2012

A Visit to Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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Camel Ride Anyone?

Camel Ride Anyone?

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Karoo, just 25 kilometres from the historic town centre of Oudtshoorn. It is on the farm of Grootkraal, which has, for decades, been popular for its physical location; just two kilometres from the world-famous Cango Caves. Wilgewandel Holiday Farm has a long list of fun activities and attractions; just perfect for families, school groups, children’s parties and team building initiatives.

Oudtshoorn is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its historical charm and culture as well as to several festivals. This makes for the perfect ambience in which to enjoy a fun holiday farm amidst the peace and serenity of the Karoo mountains surrounding it.

Some of the awesome, budget-friendly activities on offer at Wilgewandel include:

  • Camel rides on Dromedary Camels
  • Rowing boats
A Great Adrenaline Rush

A Great Adrenaline Rush

  • Pedal cars
  • A 100-metre foefie (or zipline) slide over the farm dam, dangling those on the slide six metres in the air above the water
  • Quad buggies
  • Ghwarra-Ghwarra golf course – an 18-hole putt-putt course for young and old alike
  • Donkey cart rides
  • Trampolines
  • A full obstacle course for children and adults (great for team building and leadership programmes)

There is a curio shop at Wilgewandel – jam-packed with local wines, homemade preserves, gifts and souvenirs. There are also snacks and refreshments here, ensuring that visitors are always well-stocked during their time at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

Fun For the Kids

Fun For the Kids

Animal-lovers will enjoy the experience of feeding and touching different kinds of animals, while those with a discerning palate may prefer to indulge in a wine tasting of the local vintages.

Special packages can be put together for groups visiting Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. These include leadership programmes, life orientation skills and conservation initiatives.

Wilgewandel’s restaurant is open every day from 08h30 to 17h00. It is fully licensed and offers an a-la-carte menu that is brimming with a wide variety of home-cooked meals and South African flavours. Beautiful views of the Swartberg Mountain Range and the dam round off any meal, snack or cup of coffee to perfection. Group meals can be arranged and special dietary requirements (Halaal or vegetarian) can be organised in advance.

Nearby to Wilgewandel are many other attractions and activities. These include:

  • the Cango Caves
  • Cango Ostrich Farm
  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch

For a farm adventure with a difference, add Wilgewandel to your itinerary.

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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