9 posts tagged Papkuilsfontein
Papkuilsfontein is a special place, one I’m lucky enough to have been to at different times of year, mostly staying in the Gert Boom two bedroom cottage. As seen below in the early morning light. Its glorious big sky country this.
The view from the cottage towards the working farm land.
The giant blue gums that offer plenty of shade and an ideal place to hang the hammock.
Family graves we came across on the way to the rock pool.
The rock pool catching the evening sun, what a gift on a hot Summer’s day. Especially after a 6km circuit walk with my clients. Also some of the Rock Art found on the farm.
The Canyon is a must see, here it changes colors in the evening light.
With Incidental Travel clients and friends that I was accompanying, Andy and Pauline, what a treat.
Last week I enjoyed a return visit with friends and clients to one of my favourite places in the Northern Cape, namely Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm. Just loved their sheep, I never got to see many frontal views, but this worked perfectly for me.
Namaqualand, I stopped at a farm stall and just loved the care and love that goes into keeping their collection of potted succulents happy and blooming. Beautiful.
After visiting the largest collection if Steel Flowers in the world, I drove the open road between Loeriesfontein and Niewdoudtville where I was staying at Papkuilsfontein. Along the way I happened across a lone windmill and I decided to climb it, never having done so before … They are much higher and creakier than they look!
Some places are more like gifts for the soul, rejuvenating escapes, where one is overcome by nature and humbled by true beauty. Papkuilsfontein is such a place. With it’s warm hosts, three privately placed cottages, canyon, rock pools to swim in and hectares to walk and explore. It’s magical here, which is why I am happy to book a year in advance, to make sure that I have something phenomenally special on my calendar to look forward to. See more at http://www.papkuilsfontein.com/ but better still make YOUR booking now.
One of the three cottages for hire.
The renovated barn where meals are served - or better still you can have a delicious three or four course dinner delivered to your cottage. Styling!
Taking a look at the swimming pool - better in summer for sure. Better still is the rock pool near the canyon for a close to nature chilly dip all year round.
Walking in search of those incredible spring flowers - and the rock art.
The kind of personal touch and detail that warms my heart.
This cute little guy was very curious about us as he sat on the rocks warming himself in the winter sun. He’s a Rock Hyrax - better know as a ‘dassie’. They are found throughout South Africa, and are said to be the closest relation to an elephant …. Now there’s an interesting thought.
This very busy little creature ensured the cycle continued, covered in pollen he worked his way through all this spring flower had to offer before flying over to the next one. Gorgeous! Love the way he literally is covered in pollen - head to toe … I LOVE BUGS!
Creepy crawlies abound in Namaqualand. Some of the trees had up to 20 caterpillars on them, lazily eating and taking in the flavours of the spring flowers and blossoms. These little guys were doing the same - favouring the same spot!
This photo of a soft spring flower may not be for the purest, yet for me it speaks of the wonders of nature and the colours that come to life each spring in Namaqualand.