After our last family getaway to Da Pakhuys I searched online for beautiful mountain areas with scenic walks and stumbled across an article about the Koue Bokkeveld being the most beautiful area in the Western Cape. I then started searching for self catering accommodation when I stumbled across Kunje Guest Farm and it looked perfect.
***Full Disclosure – This post is not sponsored in any way. I am simply sharing a lovely night away with my family***
The drive to Kunje Guest Farm put us in the perfect mood for our night away. In my booking email it was suggested that we take the road from Ceres rather than use the gravel road from Citrusdal. However after discussing it with my husband we decided to take the gravel road anyway and we are so grateful we did.
The Middelberg Pass To Kunje Guest Farm
I can see why they recommended not to take this road – it was 20km of gravel road with lots of twists and turns, steep inclines and sharp downhills. I think perhaps a lot of people are in a rush to get to their destination… however for my husband and I, the drive is part of the fun. We love exploring new roads and we love scenic routes.
This little road was absolutely stunning! We stopped the car a few times on the way there and on the way back to take photos but they just don’t do it justice. It is times like this that I wish I was a professional photographer so I could get really share the experience with you!
Now just a few warnings, if it is raining then I suggest you don’t use that road – I can see how it could be quite treacherous! Plus drive very slowly because the road goes from tar to gravel without any warning, there are also patches of tarred road along the way making you think that the gravel has come to an end when it suddenly goes to gravel again! It does this a few times and like I said there are no warnings.
So if you love adventure and stunning scenery take the Citrusdal route and if you don’t like gravel and driving slowly rather go through Ceres.
Kunje Guest Farm Cottage 3
We booked cottage number 3 with 2 bedrooms both with en-suites and an open plan kitchen and lounge. It was such a lovely set up with a fireplace inside and an undercover braai on the stoep. The cottage is fully equipped with bedding and towels supplied. It has a TV with DSTV and an aircon which is a blessing in February heat!
It was nice to see that they have recycling bins set out for tins and glass which will encourage visitors to recycle.
On the kitchen counter was a box with some farm produce we could buy – homemade buttermilk rusks, breakfast biscuits, apricot jam, kerribone and beetroot. There was a little book to fill in if you buy anything and you just leave the cash when you leave. We bought the buttermilk rusks for my father in law.
There is also wood at the cottage which you can buy at R20 a bag.
On arrival the cottage was so inviting, with sweets on the beds which made my kids incredibly happy. Behind the cottage is a car port. The mountain is directly behind the cottage and in front is a lawn and then an orchard with pear trees.
You can pick fruit to eat while you are there but if you want to pick fruit to take away with you then you need to contact the office to make arrangements and pay for it.
Right outside the cottage is a huge rock, which my kids absolutely loved. They spent hours climbing it and jumping off – nothing like a natural jungle gym right on your doorstep.
Cottage 3 is R280 per person per night for 3 to 7 guests. Children 2 – 12 years old are half price. So for our family of four it came to R840 for a one night stay which is a steal for what you get!
Monster Ants and Devil Thorns
Make sure to bring hardy shoes for yourself and your kids, as soon as we stepped off the lawn to go anywhere there were devil thorns and huge ants that bite! I made the mistake on the first day of going for a little stroll towards the pear trees, wearing my flip flops. Big mistake! I had to run to safety and when I got back my one flip flip had ants lined all around the edge that had bitten my shoe and were hanging on!
So yes warning, those guys are nasty! However you can’t really expect to go to a farm and not have any insects or thorns, so just be prepared.
Whenever we ventured away from the cottage we made sure to have our takkies on and we had no more nasty encounters.
One of the things that looked so attractive about Kunje Guest Farm when I found it online was the river and paddling in rock pools. I didn’t think about the fact that there is a drought and only when we got there and walked to the river did we realize that there was not a drop of water.
There were two spots on the map for walking to the river and we went to both, just in case but there was no water, which was so disappointing especially since it was so hot on Saturday when we arrived.
Peaceful and Beautiful Evening
When it was a little cooler my husband took to the mountain to climb some rocks before he started the fire. While my husband handled the braai my kids played outside. As the sky darkened it became so still and peaceful. I love being somewhere remote at this time. No sounds of traffic, no noise from anywhere and such complete darkness.
Lovely Variety Of Walks
Kunje Guest Farm has eight different walks that you can do, which are provided on a map. Some are just 15 to 30 minutes long, while others are 4 to 5 hours long. Each walk has different attractions.
We were up early on Sunday morning, and we were off by 07h25 so that we wouldn’t be walking in the heat. We took the Sewejaartjie Hiking Trail. It stated on the map that it was 15 to 30 minutes long, but I think that is from the start of the trail. We decided to walk from our cottage.
It took us an hour and 25 minutes, bearing in mind that we took it very slow to accommodate for my recent operation (I am still not allowed any exercise for another 2 weeks) and our two small kids (4 and 6 years old). Plus we had lots of stops to take photos and look at things like animal tracks.
At the end of the trail are San-paintings on the rocks which my daughter was so keen to see since she is a budding artist. I still have to look up how they made their paint because I couldn’t answer all her questions.
It was a beautiful walk, we saw an anthill – the home of those vicious ants! We saw the largest ant ever on the road to the start of the trail, I couldn’t believe how big it was. We saw plenty of tracks and spoor from animals but we didn’t see any wildlife other than the ants. According to the Kunje website there are Cape Mountain Leopards so I wonder if any of the tracks we saw were from them, that would be so exciting!
Along the walk were Protea bushes – the flowers were already dying though. I can only imagine how incredible it must be when they are in the prime of their flowering.
Screen Free Time
There was no reception at our cottage which was perfect. I have to be honest I am loving these quick getaways where there is no reception, being a blogger and online marketer I spend so much time connected . On the drive on the way home all my messages started coming in… 8 sms’s, 43 emails and, I kid you not, 336 Whatsapp messages. I have some catching up to do!
There was a TV in the cottage with DSTV but we chose to keep it off. We can watch TV at home any time and we wanted to have screen free family time.
Late Book Out Time On Sundays
Booking in is from 2pm daily and booking out is by 10am daily – except Sundays which is awesome. On Sundays you can book out by 3pm. We usually are ready and happy to leave early anyway but it is nice to not have to stress about getting packed and out by 10am. This made our morning walk relaxed and more enjoyable than if we had to leave early.
Final Verdict For Kunje Guest Farm
This is the ultimate in outdoor beauty so if you enjoy hiking and like spending time outdoors this is going to be an absolute treat. We had an amazing time, our only complaint is that it was too short but that was nothing to do with Kunje. We have decided now to not do one night trips anymore, it is not quite enough time to unwind and enjoy our trip to the fullest.
This farm has been in the Hanekom family for generations and you can see that they take great pride in what they do. The accommodation was comfortable and perfect for a relaxed family getaway.
I highly recommend you visit Kunje Guest Farm, it is definitely a special place to be and we will be returning to visit again – hopefully the river will be running soon.
This place is so breath taking.
Hats off to the photographer really capturing stunning scenic views.
By looking at the pictures, one can judge that this place is peacful and relaxing aswel as bit adventorous.
It would be ideal for a small family vacation.
Away from all the noise levels in the city to place with such tranquility would be nothing less than an epic experience.
Thanks @ron03 I took the photos myself 🙂 But I am not a professional photographer. I am glad they came out so nicely but seriously it still didn’t do all the scenery justice! It was much more beautiful in real life.
I need to do a photography course I think!
@lynne u definitely need to consider taking a course, those pictures looked rather professional.
You did an excellent job describing this place and the pics help you escape to a place of bliss sounds so peaceful exactly what we need to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life of deadlines stress and pressure and it’s perfect family bonding time kids getting in touch with the outdoors
What a great review! Makes one want to get on the phone and book right away. The rates seem really affordable too.
A breakaway is so refreshing and taking a break from our everyday schedules (sometimes busy schedules) is such a necessity.
It seems like the entire family enjoy it, that is quite rare.
Thank you for stirring up the curiosity!
I love your review @lynne. It is very informative and gives us a pretty good picture of what this place is like.
This sounds like a wonderful and tranquil place to escape to.
I wish it was closer to us, then I would definitely consider paying a visit.
The rates are very affordable and I love self-catering options like these. The hiking trails are the perfect family activity to go and explore and enjoy nature and I do appreciate that the trail is not too long.
I think it’s very clever that they left out some products. Great advertising without being pushy.
I’m curious about the animal spoor that you found. I wonder what type of animals reside in those parts.
It sound like you had a well deserved break, especially after the traumatic experience that you’ve just been through.
I have no idea what the animal was, I said to my hubby while we were out that we needed Bear Grylls with us to decipher all the spoor. I’d like to think that one of the animal tracks we saw was Cape Mountain Leopard. Apparently they are around there! There were loads of tracks we found and I took pics of them all but I couldn’t upload all the pics to my website unfortunately.
I love that you also stay in my side of the world, that way you review all the places that are reasonably close to me. As I mentioned before, I would love to visit the place on Pakhuys pass, but Kunye is definitely a place that I will put on the bucket list. It looks like it would be lovely and cosy in the winter, too.
Thanks for the good review! Keep it up!
I think it would be divine in winter with the indoor fireplace and of course hiking when it is cooler is so much nicer than being outdoors in the heat. We want to go back when it is spring or autumn next time so that it is a little bit cooler and with some luck the river may be running… so we don’t want to go in the middle of winter so we can really enjoy paddling in the river!
Yes @laurentaljaard you really must check out Da Pakhuys and Kunje – they are both stunning. I am loving exploring that side of the Western Cape since growing up my family always went the Garden Route way, which is also beautiful and lovely but I want to find new places.
Sigh. I need another baby moon. This looks to be the perfect destination for a baby moon.
Thank you for this review awesome review Lynne.
I always wanted to come to kunje to experience something different for a change then boom I fell pregnant ? and then lockdown happened.
But now I’m even more keen to spend a few days at kunje. It’s more about exploring the outdoors with my son ,more bonding, meditating and being one with the earth.
And not forgetting the beautiful scenery of the cederberg mountain and the whole of kunje
It is a stunning place to have a quick getaway, we absolutely loved it and want to go there again!
You had me at PEACEFUL!
Absolutely love the tranquility and thrill of it all.
I am in love with this place Lynne. You always visit amazing places.
I would love to travel more and plan to in the future, I love looking for places to visit online!
Absolutely stunning and oh look at those rocks and flowers lovely