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« on: March 15, 2010, 07:23:01 PM »

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Deep in the Langeberg mountain range, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you will find Simonskloof Mountain Retreat. Situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, we are only 50km from Montagu in the Heart of the scenic Route 62, or a leisurely 2.5h drive from Cape Town, along the N1 and the Hex River valley. This 2002 Imvelo Awards finalist (Responsible and Eco-tourism) invites you to retreat, and meditate, relax and recharge your soul. Alternatively engage in many outdoor activities - from wilderness hiking, mountain-biking to abseiling and kloofing / canyoneering.


The farm is situated about halfway between Montagu and the N1/R318 turnoff at the western end (the beginning actually...) of the 250km long Langeberg. With a size of 2000ha it's covered by Renosterbos Karoo and Mountain Fynbos, and habitat to a variety of Protea, Buchu and many other medicinal plants.

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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2010, 07:24:21 PM »

Farmhouse Accommodation - colourful rooms and yummy food....

Simonskloof, abandoned for many years, has been restored to regain a unique self-sustaining spirit. Being untouched by ESKOM's power net, it truly reflects simplicity and down-to-earthiness, giving guests a glimpse of "once upon a time...", a real escape from mundane values such as TV-commercials and microwave food.

Farmhouse accommodation comprises three twin rooms, each with perfect views of the kloof. They are equipped with mosquito nets and are candle powered. The bathroom is shared - its soft and healthy water comes straight from the mountains, untainted by pesticides, fertilizer or other pollutants. Showering turns into a real treat!

Meals are served -and joined by the chef himself- on the veranda overlooking the Kloof with its organically grown apricot orchards, oak trees and surrounding hills. The morning air filled with the aroma of freshly-ground coffee, wood fire baked bread and the chant of the birds provides a perfect start for an enjoyable day out.

« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2010, 07:25:09 PM »

'Far-Away' and 'Orange' Cottages.......

Self-catering accommodation with superb views! Following the renovation of the second of two original farm cottages, we can now accommodate two self-catering parties (of up to 4 people) instead of one.

The Far Away Cottage has two bedrooms (2, 1+1), a massive built-in fireplace, gas stove and paraffin lamps. It is fully equipped with cutlery and crockery, so all you have to bring is yourself, food and -if desired- bedding. The Orange Cottage is pretty much the same, but see for yourself.

« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2010, 07:26:24 PM »


Nestled between a 200 year old oak tree and a little mountain stream, we have created a spacious grassy camp ground for plenty of tents and play. If you prefer, there are all so many hidden and more private sites along the stream and under the oak trees. In general we keep the numbers low (4-5 individual groups of max. 4 people each).

The facilities are down-to-earth and bush camp style. They consist of two showers (one hot, one cold), two latrines (comfy! long drops) and a couple of water points with pure spring water. All sites have pit-braai's - Please bring your own fire wood.

A short walk will bring you up to the farm dam where you can swim among the wild ducks and be watched by our resident heron... the start of the hiking trails are also just on your "door" step.

The sites are not recommended for the average caravan due to its steep access road and absence of electrical points. Otherwise if you know "how" to drive your home on wheels on any road and are looking for a unusual setting, this is your spot.
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010, 07:28:59 PM »


R 50.00 per adult per night
R 25.00 per child 4-12

Cottages s/c:
R 380.00 sleeping 2 person
R 100.00 per additional person per night
R 70.00 per child 4-12 per night
R 35.00 pp once off for optional bedding & towels
R150.00 supplement for One-Night-Weekends may apply

Farm House PRIVATE s/c:
R 980.00 sleeping 6 person
- per night the house
R 35.00 pp once off for optional bedding & towels

Farm House SHARED D,B/B:
R 450.00 per person per night

Farm House SHARED s/c:
R 270.00 per double per night
R 160.00 per single per night
R 35.00 pp once off for optional bedding & towels

Day Visitors:
R35.00 pppd (Hiking, Mtn-Biking, Picnic, etc)

The Nuy River Gorge Kloofing (Canyoneering)
October - April only (excluding February):

Classic : 2 1/2 day trip
R 1200.00 per person all incl.

Optional 3rd night dinner with B&B
R 380.00 per person

All in One Day - The shorter version BUT only for the very fit!
R 450.00 per person incl. Lunch

Kloofing trips are fully guided and catered Guiding, special gear, accommodation (Classic only) & meals all included.

Self-guided "On your Own":
R 90.00 per person (1 day and night)

"On your Own": for experienced groups of minimum 4 persons and with own gear only.

Abseiling (Rappel):
R 160.00 per person for 2 abseils each
Minimum 4 persons & prior arrangement only

Gecko-Trail :
R 35.00 per person per day
R 20.00 for second days return hike
Ideal party: 4 people. No Dogs allowed.

Budgies, Cats & Dogs :
R 40.00 per night at Cottages
R 25.00 per night when Camping

Special Rates:
For WWOOFing and Retreating please enquire.

50% deposit required with booking
Remaining amount in CASH on arrival, NO CHEQUES. NO CREDIT CARDS.
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 07:30:04 PM »


From Cape Town:
Via Hex River Valley 210km a 2 h drive. Via Montagu 240km a 3 h drive.

Take the N1 (watch out for speed traps outside the Tunnel and after De Doorns) past Worcester, through the Hex River Valley, past De Doorns and up Hex River Pass. Then take the R318 right, towards Montagu. Follow the R318 for 40km. Just below Rooihoogte Pass, after the bridge, turn right at the SIMONSKLOOF sign onto the gravel road* (Red Dot on Map). 2km later turn right again at the "Simonskloof 8km" sign - From here follow the little brown "Simonskloof logo" signs all the way.

*After heavy rains the gravel road can be bumpy and slippery. It is however safe and accessible by normal cars. Please drive with care and watch out for the tortoise and sheep. Take your time, specially the last 1km.

From Montagu & Route 62:
Enter Montagu on the R62 / Long street. Turn into Cross street, the last one left when coming from Ashton, or the first one right when coming from Barrydale.

At the next 4-way Stop (711 - Friendly Grocer) turn right towards Touws River, Matroosberg and Koo. Stay on that road for 40km, which takes you through the Keisie Valley, up Burgers Pass, through the Koo Valley and past two farm shops with petrol pumps. At the SIMONSKLOOF sign turn left onto the gravel road* (Red Dot on Map). 2km later turn right at the "Simonskloof 8km" sign - From here follow the little brown "Simonskloof logo" signs all the way.

For GPS users:
Simonskloof Sign on R318:
S 3338.379 E 1948.796

Simonskloof Farm House:
S 3336.953' E 1943.649'

« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2010, 07:31:03 PM »


Mail: P.O.Box 508, Montagu 6720, South Africa

Telephone: (+27) (0)23 614 18 95
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2010, 07:31:28 PM »

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