Die Poort Nature Reserve; an ideal retreat, of more than 1000ha, for peaceful and isolated tranquility in a magnificent mountain and river environment.
Overlooks the Gamka River where it leaves the Swartberg Mountain after its journey of some 20km through Gamkapoort. More than 2km of Gamkapoort belong to Die Poort.
This private Nature Reserve borders onto the Greater Swartberg Protected Area (a World Heritage Site) and is situated within two international biodiversity hotspots, the Succulent Karoo and the Cape Floristic Region.
The Gamkapoort Dam is on the northern side of the Swartberg Mountain, “The Hell” in the middle, while “Die Poort” is on the southern side of the mountain.
“Die Poort” is at the end of a scenic cul-de-sac road, 17km from Calitzdorp (12km from the R62 where the turnoff to Matjiesvlei is situated 5km west of Calitzdorp).
Mountain Rose Cottage:
Selfcatering 3 bedroom historic farmhouse (with electricity); accommodates 6 people. Each bedroom has a door leading onto the porch and spectacular views. A tiny 4th bedroom can be made available (possibly for children).
The main bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower and wc. There are 2 more bathrooms with shower and wc. It has a selfcatering kitchen with fireplace. There is also an outside barbeque area.
Self-catering, 2-bedroom, historic cottage (without electricity); accommodates 4 people. Each bedroom has a beautiful view of the mountains & fields, and the living area leads onto a porch.
An ideal cottage for a couple or small family. Even though there is no electricity at this stage, there are plenty of lamps and candles for light. The cottage has 1 bathroom with a shower and toilet. It also has a self-catering kitchen with fireplace.
There is also an outside barbeque area.
Self-catering, 1- bedroom, historic cottage (without electricity); ideal for a romantic holiday. The cottage is bordered by a furrow fed by a mountain stream along which some old pepper trees provide shade on the veranda from where there is a beautiful view of the river and mountains.
The cottage has 1 bathroom with a bath and toilet. It also has a self-catering kitchen with fireplace and there is an outside barbecue area, ideal for the warm summer & even mild winter nights of the Little Karoo.
Two Cosy, historic cottages (without electricity), nestled on an outcrop at the foot of the Swartberg, with a view from the porch and bedrooms onto the Gamka River, which is a two- minute walk away.
The two cottages are separated by a tiny garden: one cottage consists of a bedroom and full bathroom (shower and toilet), and the other contains a small bedroom and self-catering kitchen (including fireplace), stepping out onto a balcony.
The veranda has an outside barbecue area, ideal for the warm summer & even mild winter nights of the Little Karoo.
Most of our rooms have single beds, Fig Tree and Eagle's Nest have doubles. All rooms have magnificent views of the mountains and river. We have no cellphone reception.
Die Poort Nature Reserve Activities:
Among possible activities on the farm – in addition to just soaking up the atmosphere - are hiking, swimming, canoeing, mountain biking and bird watching (over 90 species personally recorded). There is also a nearby 4x4 route - Bôjaanskop.
The district offers visits to thermal springs, ostrich farms, the Cango Caves, Seweweeks Poort, Groenfontein-Kruis River Road, the Red Stone Hills, Gamkaberg Provincial Nature Reserve, Rooiberg Pass, Swartberg Pass and “The Hell.”
Another highlight is to try out some mouthwatering local cuisine at Rose of the Karoo Restaurant in Calitzdorp.
Die Poort Nature Reserve Map:
For a getting away from it weekend, Die Poort provided the perfect place. The cottage was simple but comfortable and the location spectacular. My only slight complaint was that all the beds were very narrow single beds. Fine for the kids to sleep in, but a little uncomfortable for my husband and I to sleep in.
The Old School House is situated on The River Farm in the heart of 3 World Biodiversity Hotspots near Calitzdorp. The building has been converted into a self-contained self-catering guesthouse that sleeps 6.
per person sharing
Only 4 hours from Cape Town on scenic Wine Route 62 and gateway to the Garden Route, is 4 star Calitzdorp Country House. Beautifully furnished with antiques, Persian rugs and original art, the House offers spectacular views across the fertile valley.
Fully equipped self catering holiday homes in rural Matjiesvlei just outside Calitzdorp on Route 62. Each with 2 bedrooms, lounge, fully equipped kitchen and spectacular mountain views.
per person sharing
The three cottages overlook the Gamka River in the heart of 3 World Biodiversity Hotspots near Calitzdorp. Each cottage is self-catering and self-contained.