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Camelroc Guest Farm

Caledonspoort, Free State

Camelroc Guest Farm, is situated on the border of Lesotho and South Africa just outside Fouriesburg at the Caledonspoort Border.

Facing the spectacular sandstone hill with the outcrop shaped as a camel’s head (giving it it’s name) is this tranquil farm with glorious views of the Maluti Mountains. Camelroc is situated between the two Caledon rivers and is close to Caledonspoort border post.

Camelroc can definately be recommended as a good base from which to explore the Eastern Free State as well as Lesotho.

Adventure

This gateway trail offers spectacular views into the Free State and Lesotho and is one of the best options for beginner hikers, family, school or church groups in the sandstone mountains.

Situated on the South Africa side near the Caledonspoort border, the location is ideal for hikers or visitors to this area for a short stop-over. It is also a perfect base to explore Lesotho’s major tourist attractions including the Katse Dam, the ski slopes of Lesotho (85km), dinosaur footprints in Lesotho (50km), the mountian retreats and other tourist attractions.

Hiking Trail

Both the trails set out from the lovely camping area.  The longer trail is about 9km but one should not be fooled by the apparent short distance. The hike is full of challenges and interest and takes rather longer than may be expected. The trail winds its way up the mountain in between poplar and indigenous clumps of bush and walks underneath the sandstone overhangs for quite a distance. There are strenuous climbs up the mountain with names like “Heartbreak Hill” and “Moedbreek Hoogte” – apt descriptions! Access to the most magnificent cave “Gods Window”, is reached on two routes catering for the bold via “The Ledge” or on an alternative gentler route called the “Chicken Run”. One crosses over a dramatic, almost suspended bridge to The Camel Head, the pinnacle of the trail.

The trail continues top of the plateau towards Caesar’s View where the Maluti’s come into full view, after which the route starts descending. The Blesbuck in the game camp should be spotted from this vantage point. The trail drops into a gorge and remains in the shade under indigenous trees, high above the Caledon River. The last stretch winds its way through poplar groves to end off at the pools in the river.

The shorter trail (3km) is an enjoyable combination of a mountain and riverine trail with a strong cultural and historical influence. On this day the views into the Free State will come into their own. A strange overhang cave called “Grot Woning” is a mysterious dwelling of some past inhabitants. There has been much speculation about the history of this area.

Day hikers are welcome by permit only.

Distance / Duration :Two  trails – 9km and 3km
Degree of difficulty : Easy to average
Ablutions Block: 2 flush toilets, 2 showers, 2 basins.
Pertinent information : Hikers are welcome to enjoy the swimming pool at the Guest House or watch the TV for big sport matches.

Rates:

Camping

  • R200.00 – 2 people per stand
  • R50.00 – pp.pn

Admin Fee

  • R55.00 once off per reservation.

Accommodation

Facing the spectacular sandstone hill with the outcrop shaped as a camel’s head (giving it it’s name) is this tranquil farm with glorious views of the Maluti Mountains. Camelroc is situated between the two Caledon rivers and is close to Caledonspoort border post. Camelroc can definately be recommended as a good base from which to explore the Eastern Free State as well as Lesotho.

For those who prefer to stay at base and relax, one can opt to take walks into the mountain, have a swim in the pool and braai beside the cottage whilst enjoying the serenity and splendour of this Eastern Free State countryside. There are diverse activities to be enjoyed and places to discover in the area.

Camelroc has seven chalets that are fully furnished and well equipped to self cater:

  • two cosy open plan chalets sleeping 2 to 3
  • one small 2-bedroomed chalet, sleeps 4
  • two 2-bedroomed chalets, sleeps 4 in beds, plus 2 on a sleeper couch in the lounge
  • one 3-bedroom 8 sleeper
  • one 4-bedroom 8 sleeper

In the main homestead one can be accommodated in the guest house, three rooms sleeping 6 are all en-suite and tastefully decorated with Oregon pine furnishings.

Guests are welcome to enjoy the use of the thatched entertainment area around the pool or play table tennis on the patio. There is a netball ring in the garden and ample space to play ball games and volley ball.

The Guesthouse, built from traditional sandstone, has a fireplace in the lounge.  All the bedrooms have heaters and electric blankets for the cold winter nights. The perfect halfway stop between the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.  Come and enjoy this country stay with its beautiful views of the countryside, bird life, small game, rock art and the Poplar tree’s turning in Autumn.

Rates:

Farm House

  • Rooms – R1080.00 per room per night – sleeps 2 people
  • 2 -3 Beds – R1440.00 per chalet per night
  • 4 Beds – R2100.00 per chalet per night
  • 4 – 6 Beds – R2520.00 per chalet per night
  • 8 Beds – R2520.00 per chalet per night
  • 9 Beds – R2820.00 per chalet per night

Camping

  • R240.00 – 2 people per stand
  • R80.00 – pp.pn

Admin Fee

  • R55.00 once off per reservation.

The Farm House

Sandstone homestead with fireplace in lounge. DSTV in communal lounge. All bed and bath linen provided. Serviced daily (Except Sundays & Public Holidays). Tea and coffee facilities

Bedrooms:

  • No 1: Double bed en-suite;
  • No 2: 2 Single beds en-suite;
  • No 3: Double bed en-suite;

All bathrooms have shower, basin and toilet. Separate bathroom down the passage with bath, basin and toilet.

Rates:

Normal weekend – nights min
Long weekend – full period of long weekend

Rooms in Farmhouse

  • R950.00 per night
  • Room only, en-suite

    Chalet 4

    All bed and bath linen supplied. Bring own charcoal for braai or buy at the farm. Fire places in cottages, heaters in bedrooms. Outside braai area. Table and chairs on patio. Gas stove with oven, fridge with freezer space. Cutlery and crockery, microwave oven, pots, pans, toaster, kettle, gas skottel-braai. Serviced daily (except Sundays & Public Holidays).

    Open plan living area (kitchen, lounge and bedroom), with fireplace. Separate toilet, basin and shower. Wood deck with braai area & shade.  Accommodates 2 – 3 persons – double bed & single bed

    Sandstone homestead with fireplace in lounge. DSTV in communal lounge. All bed and bath linen provided. Serviced daily (Except Sundays & Public Holidays). Tea and coffee facilities

    Bedrooms:

    • No 1: Double bed en-suite;
    • No 2: 2 Single beds en-suite;
    • No 3: Double bed en-suite;

    All bathrooms have shower, basin and toilet. Separate bathroom down the passage with bath, basin and toilet.

    Rates:

    Normal weekend – nights min
    Long weekend – full period of long weekend

    Self-Contained Chalets
    • R1150.00 per chalet per night – 2 – 3 people
    • R1300.00 per chalet per night – 4 people
    • R1900.00 per chalet per night – 4 – 6 people
    • R2300.00 per chalet per night – 8 people
    • R2500.00 per chalet per night – 9 people

    Chalet 5

    All bed and bath linen supplied. Bring own charcoal for braai or buy at the farm. Fire places in cottages, heaters in bedrooms. Outside braai area. Table and chairs on patio. Gas stove with oven, fridge with freezer space. Cutlery and crockery, microwave oven, pots, pans, toaster, kettle, gas skottel-braai. Serviced daily (except Sundays & Public Holidays). 

    One double room en-suite bathroom with bath, basin and toilet. One room with 2 single beds, separate bathroom with shower, basin and toilet. Sleeper couch in lounge.

    Accommodates max. 6 persons.

    Rates:

    Normal weekend – nights min
    Long weekend – full period of long weekend

    Self-Contained Chalets
    • R1150.00 per chalet per night – 2 – 3 people
    • R1300.00 per chalet per night – 4 people
    • R1900.00 per chalet per night – 4 – 6 people
    • R2300.00 per chalet per night – 8 people
    • R2500.00 per chalet per night – 9 people

    Chalet 6

    All bed and bath linen supplied. Bring own charcoal for braai or buy at the farm. Fire places in cottages, heaters in bedrooms. Outside braai area. Table and chairs on patio. Gas stove with oven, fridge with freezer space. Cutlery and crockery, microwave oven, pots, pans, toaster, kettle, gas skottel-braai. Serviced daily (except Sundays & Public Holidays).

    One double room en-suite bathroom with bath, basin and toilet. One room with 2 single beds, separate bathroom with shower, basin and toilet. Sleeper couch in lounge.

    Accommodates max. 6 persons.

    Rates:

    Normal weekend – nights min
    Long weekend – full period of long weekend

    Self-Contained Chalets
    • R1150.00 per chalet per night – 2 – 3 people
    • R1300.00 per chalet per night – 4 people
    • R1900.00 per chalet per night – 4 – 6 people
    • R2300.00 per chalet per night – 8 people
    • R2500.00 per chalet per night – 9 people

    Chalet 7

    All bed and bath linen supplied. Bring own charcoal for braai or buy at the farm. Fire places in cottages, heaters in bedrooms. Outside braai area. Table and chairs on patio. Gas stove with oven, fridge with freezer space. Cutlery and crockery, microwave oven, pots, pans, toaster, kettle, gas skottel-braai. Serviced daily (except Sundays & Public Holidays).

    Open plan living area (kitchen, lounge and bedroom), with fireplace. Separate toilet, basin and shower. Wood deck with braai area & shade.

    Accommodates 2 – 3 persons – double bed & single bed

    Rates:

    Normal weekend – nights min
    Long weekend – full period of long weekend

    Self-Contained Chalets
    • R1150.00 per chalet per night – 2 – 3 people
    • R1300.00 per chalet per night – 4 people
    • R1900.00 per chalet per night – 4 – 6 people
    • R2300.00 per chalet per night – 8 people
    • R2500.00 per chalet per night – 9 people

    Chalet 8

    All bed and bath linen supplied. Bring own charcoal for braai or buy at the farm. Fire places in cottages, heaters in bedrooms. Outside braai area. Table and chairs on patio. Gas stove with oven, fridge with freezer space. Cutlery and crockery, microwave oven, pots, pans, toaster, kettle, gas skottel-braai. Serviced daily (except Sundays & Public Holidays).

    Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Open plan living area (kitchen, lounge and diningroom), with fireplace. Patio with braai area & shade.

    Accommodates 8 persons –  two rooms with double beds, and one room with two bunk beds.

    Rates:

    Normal weekend – nights min
    Long weekend – full period of long weekend

    Self-Contained Chalets
    • R1150.00 per chalet per night – 2 – 3 people
    • R1300.00 per chalet per night – 4 people
    • R1900.00 per chalet per night – 4 – 6 people
    • R2300.00 per chalet per night – 8 people
    • R2500.00 per chalet per night – 9 people

    Chalet 9

    All bed and bath linen supplied. Bring own charcoal for braai or buy at the farm. Fire places in cottages, heaters in bedrooms. Outside braai area. Table and chairs on patio. Gas stove with oven, fridge with freezer space. Cutlery and crockery, microwave oven, pots, pans, toaster, kettle, gas skottel-braai. Serviced daily (except Sundays & Public Holidays).

    Four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Open plan living area (kitchen, lounge and diningroom), with fireplace. Patio with braai area.

    Accommodates 8 persons –  three rooms with double beds, and one room with two single beds

    Rates:

    Normal weekend – nights min
    Long weekend – full period of long weekend

    Self -Contained Chalets
    • R1150.00 per chalet per night – 2 – 3 people
    • R1300.00 per chalet per night – 4 people
    • R1900.00 per chalet per night – 4 – 6 people
    • R2300.00 per chalet per night – 8 people
    • R2500.00 per chalet per night – 9 people

    Chalet 10

    All bed and bath linen supplied. Bring own charcoal for braai or buy at the farm. Fire places in cottages, heaters in bedrooms. Outside braai area. Table and chairs on patio. Gas stove with oven, fridge with freezer space. Cutlery and crockery, microwave oven, pots, pans, toaster, kettle, gas skottel-braai. Serviced daily (except Sundays & Public Holidays).

    (Stone Cottage) One room with double bed, one room with 2 single beds (bunk), bathroom with shower, basin and toilet.

    Accommodates max. 4 persons.

    Rates:

    Normal weekend – nights min
    Long weekend – full period of long weekend

    Self-Contained Chalets
    • R1150.00 per chalet per night – 2 – 3 people
    • R1300.00 per chalet per night – 4 people
    • R1900.00 per chalet per night – 4 – 6 people
    • R2300.00 per chalet per night – 8 people
    • R2500.00 per chalet per night – 9 people
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