About the Area
Kapteinskloof is a fertile valley at the foot of the Piketberg mountain range. Mostly grown here are oranges, rooibos, buchu and grape vines. After driving through the Swartland in summer it feels like entering an oasis when coming into our valley. Birdlife is rich, and we often see bat-eared foxes, grysbok, porcupines and blue cranes. You can hear the baboons at night, and leopards frequent the area. Kapteinskloof has an abundance of wild flowers in the spring and it is an excellent base for further exploration of the West Coast and Namaqualand flower regions.
50 km to the West lies Velddrif, Port Owen and the sea with kilometers of unspoilt beaches.
Piketberg is about 35km to the east where you can do some basic grocery shopping. From here it is only a short drive up the Versfeld Pass to the top of Piketberg mountain, which is a beautiful fruit and protea growing area. There you can also visit Excelsior Farm for scenic mountain out-rides on sure-footed horses.
The quaint, one horse town of Aurora is famous for its colourful spring flower display and Helmut’s unique restaurant, which serves excellent home-cooked meals.
Elands Bay lies about 80km to the north west, famous as a cult surf spot and for it’s magnificent crayfish. The nearby Verlorenvlei is a Ramsar site of national importance and a birdwatchers paradise which provides habitat for over 200 bird species.