Set high on the northern grass and wetlands of Mpumalanga this sandstone farmhouse with open heart fireplaces characterizes the stark beauty of this charming and unspoilt corner of the highveld. Here you will find peace and tranquility amongst the lakes and pans of Matotoland, the land of the Frog.
The farm`s name "Florence" was originally given to it by Scottish families who settled the land in the late eighteen hundreds. They settled in this area because it reminded them of Scotland, to this day the area is still known as New-Scotland by residents.
You are coming to a working organic farm and you are welcome to participate in the daily farming activities. Sheep, cattle, organic vegetables and berries.
Our dining and conference room offers an unusual exclusive venue with warm fireplaces and a view of the lake. It can comfortably accommodate 16 - 30 delegates.
Two mountain bikes
Canoeing on the lakes
Birding from a hide
Walks on the farm
Bushman paintings on the farm
Silence an dTranquility
"Plaas Dam" and lake to swim in
A 60km drive to see most of the lakes.
Things to come and see:
* August is the month we sheer the sheep and it is always very interesting to experience.
* October and November we plant grazing and maize for the sheep and cattle.
* March the sheep start to lamb.
* November the cattle will get calves.
Florence Guest Farm has a sandstone cottage and rondavel with a wonderful view of the lake. Our accommodationis self-catering, but we do provide all meals on request. Ech cottage has a private garden with outdoor braai facilities. The interior offers open clay pot fires for the cold winter nights, TV and Music centre with CD player. Both cottages have an en-suite bathroom and kitchen. They are ideal honeymoon hide-aways.
We also have eight rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TV, CD player and coffee making facilities. Each has an outside door and private garden area.
a. FROM GAUTENG (JO-BURG AND PTA)
Route 1: via Carolina The best road
Take the N4 to Witbank, and then Middelburg.
First toll gate ( Diamond Hill) and the next toll gate
Pass Middelburg drive for another 40km.
Take the N12 to Witbank, toll gate at Middelburg (N4)
About 40km from Middelburg, still on the N4, at Wonderfontein (where you see street lights on the highway) turn right on the R33 to CAROLINA.(40km)
Drive straight through the town, at the end of the town you will cross a railway line, turn immediately right on the R33 AMSTERDAM road.
Drive another 4 km and turn right to CHRISSIESMEER (20km)
At stop in Chrissiesmeer turn left ( N17) and drive for 5 km
You will see the Florence Guest Farm signs on your left.
Route 2: From Johannesburg via N 17
(This route is shorter but takes much longer because of slow moving trucks and many potholes)
Follow the N 17 from Johannesburg via Sekunda and Ermelo to Chrissiesmeer
Drive Straight through Chrissiesmeer towards Swaziland for 5 km and you will see FLORENCE GUEST FARM sign boards on your left.