Attractions around Prinspoort
Antelopes that are endemic to the area such as kudu, eland, bush buck and a variety of smaller buck, including duiker, klipspringer and steenbokkies, are found on the farm and surrounding area. As the farm is not fenced in with game fencing, you are likely to only see their tracks, or if you are lucky, you may encounter one while hiking. Several baboon clans can be encountered in the surrounding mountains and hills, and you may hear and see them at times. The farm is also home to jackal, caracal, honey badgers and porcupines. Several birds of prey such as eagles, hawks and owls are found on the farm. There is an abundance of birds and if you are lucky you may encounter one of the small or giant tortoises that roam the farm. Scorpions, spiders, snakes geckos and several kinds of lizards can also be found on the farm.
Klein Karoo Biodiversity
The Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) is well-known for its extraordinary richness of plant species. Stretching over an area of 23 500 square kilometres from Montagu in the west to Uniondale in the east, this unique region is bordered in the north by the Swartberg and Witteberg mountain ranges and in the south by the Langeberg, Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains. Despite the small footprint of the area, 3200 plant species have been recorded of which 400 are endemic to the Klein Karoo. The diversity of plant life is rivalled only by Western Cape fynbos biome, much of which also occurs in the Klein Karoo.
Hiking trails and 4 x 4 road
Guests can explore the farm via several mountain hiking trails, some of which are in the process to be established. One of the delightful options is to follow the hiking trail behind the two mountain cottages to a picnic spot at one the dams that provide drinking and irrigation water to the farm. From here one can admire the breath-taking view of the valley and the distant Swartberg Mountain and Towerkop while enjoying a picnic hamper that can be ordered from the office.
Lovers of rugged roads such as 4x4 enthusiasts and mountain bikers will be delighted with the 4x4 road that leads to the top of the mountain on the farm, some 840m above sea level. From there you have stunning view of the farm, the surrounding mountains, and the Klein Karoo landscape. If you are into mountain biking, the quiet, gravel roads in the area will give you ample opportunity to enjoy your hobby in a safe environment or even to practise for mountain biking events.
Klein Karoo dorpies and places to see
Ladismith - The nearest town to the farm is Ladismith (about 45 km) where you can enjoy a delightful breakfast in Kannakombuis or the Post House. This historical farming town at the foot of Towerkop is quite famous for its Ladismith cheese which is sold at reasonable prices at the local restaurants and shops. The Lactalis (formerly Parmalat) factory shop usually sells a variety of dairy products at bargain prices. There are also a few scenic drives around Ladismith through the Hoeko valley, Dwarsrivier valley or Buffelsdrift Conservancy.
Seweweekspoort - It serves, along with Meiringspoort, as one of the famous gateways between the Klein Karoo and Groot Karoo and is a world heritage site. Seweweekspoort is about 70 km away and well worth a visit.
Barrydale - Offers a variety of delightful restaurants, art galleries and craft shops and is always a good option for a morning outing.
Calitzdorp - Wine lovers will enjoy a drive through the magnificent Huisrivierpas to visit the wine cellars in the port capital of South Africa.
Oudtshoorn - Offers opportunities to visit the ostrich farms in the area, the famous Cango caves and several game reserves.
Ronnies Sex Shop – Famous Pub and grub
Warmwaterberg – Hot springs
Montagu – Picturesque little town with delightful restaurants and bistros. Also home of Montagu Wines and Spirits (and its famous Jerepigo} as well as Cape Dry Fruit’s factory outlet.