Guests have exclusive access to the Bastiaanskloof river pools on the property as well as the pools higher up the pass at Eerste Tol and Tweede Tol, which are part of the Limietberg Nature Conservancy. India House has its own swimming pool.
Both on the property and on neighbouring Limietberg Nature Conservancy. Please note that permits are required for their hikes. These can be obtained Sunday to Saturday at the Wellington Tourist Information office in Wellington or 7 days a week at the Tweed Tol Camping site office (5 km before/after the entrance to Bastiaanskloof, on the Bainskloof Pass).
We have 2 hiking trails on the property – 2 hours in length each, the one is medium difficulty, the other is easy to medium. Details of these can be found in the information packs at the house and cottages.
There are some great wine farms on the doorstep of Bastiaanskloof:
We can arrange horse riding with the stables at Diemersfontein in Wellington where you can choose from a horse riding wine tasting or a normal ride through the vineyards and mountains.
Brown Trout Fishing on the Witte River – Cape Piscatorial Society
We have some bass in our section of the river and have spotted some brown trout and you are welcome to bring your rods and fish but the best fishing it at the top of the Bainskloof Pass. Beats can be organised prior to your visit by contacting the Cape Piscatorial Society.
For bird enthusiasts, Bastiaanskloof hosts over 140 species for your viewing pleasure! Several fynbos endemics are found on the property. These include the Cape Rock-jumper, Victorin’s Warbler, Orange Breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Protea Seedeater and the Cape Siskin. A full birding report on the bird species on the property has been conducted and is available to guests only.
Experience Western Cape fynbos and fauna at its most pristine.
Have a look at our Fauna and Flora Booklet produced for Bastiaanskloof as to what you can expect to see on the estate: Bastiaanskloof Fauna and Flora
Please have a further look at our Conservation page for further information on our projects on the Estate as well as special conservation packages that we are running.
These can be arranged for guests at the farm with advance notice.
While we encourage you to bring along your own food and wine and cook up a storm, particularly in India House’s gourmet kitchen or have us provide you with catering (please see our catering options Catering), we can recommend the following restaurants:
1km from Bastiaanskloof:
The Calabash Bush Pub – serves decent pizzas, a definite local hang out!
3km from Bastiaanskloof:
Bergsig Wine Estate – serves good country food and is open from 8am to 17:00pm
Approx 10km from Bastiaanskloof:
Die Tolhius – a quaint thatch roofed restaurant situated on the pass to Ceres, serving decent country fare. It is open fro breakfast and lunch.
Please also refer to our Catering options
Wellington is a 30 km drive to/from the farm over the Bainskloof Pass and is a good place to stop on your way up to the farm or on your way home. This is a link to Tripadvisor’s recommended restaurants in Wellington – we have been to most of them and concur with their reviews – Tripadvsior
Tulbagh is a 25 minute drive from Bastiaanskloof and Church Street is a must visit with its historic buildings. Again here is a link to Tripadvisor’s review of restaurants . We frequent “Things I love” quite a bit for breakfast, lunch and teas and they have a great Deli, the lamb shank at Readers is a must have!
Ceres is also a 25 minute drive from the farm, see Tripadvisors’s links. The Pink Lady (on the corner on the left as you drive into the town) serves great breakfasts and soups in winter as well as tea and cakes. For the kids Ceres also has a Spur!
There is a small thatched farmstall, Rietdakkie, on the R43 to/From Worcester – about a 10 minute drive from the farm, selling local produce.
Klondyk Cherry Picking, Ceres
Klondyk farm harvest their cherries from the end of November until the end of the first week of January and allows you to pick your own cherries. It is a fun day out for adults and children alike. It is about a 40 minute drive from Bastiaanskloof.