If you take the road from Cape Town in a northerly direction and drive for just under 3 hours, you will discover an oasis of luxury, comfort and warm hospitality on the West Coast Grootvlei Guest Farm.
Grootvlei Guest Farm is situated 6km from the charming fishing village of Lamberts Bay with its moderate all year climate. It is within walking distance from the Atlantic Ocean, inviting you to take a stroll down the long stretch of uninterrupted white beach.
During the flower season from August to September each year the area is covered with a tapestry of brightly coloured wild flowers.
Conservation of the dune vegetation has seen the return of small game and you will notice their footprints around the buildings. You may even spot a duikertjie or other buck on an early morning walk.
Birdwatchers will have a field day spotting a large variety of birds, and if you are lucky, you may see heaviside dolphins, whales and seals frolicking in the blue waters a short distance from the beach.
Depending on the rainfall and Mother Nature, the area is covered in colourful displays of wild-flowers from July to early October. From here inland areas such as Clanwilliam, Van Rhynsdorp and Namaqualand can be visited.
All within a few hours drive from Lambert's Bay Visit Bird Island, an internationally famous breeding site for the Cape gannet colony, and see other bird species such as White breasted cormorants, Common terns, Cape cormorants, Hartlaub's gulls and kelp gulls, as well as Cape fur seals.
Go fishing and crayfishing (Lambert's Bay is known as the crayfish mecca of South Africa; the annual Crayfish Festival takes place in April) Go on a boat trip for a close-up view of whales and Heaviside's dolphins Visit the Elandsberg Rooibos Tea Plantation (approx. 45km).
Do a game drive and visit rock art sites at Donkieskraal potato and game farm (approx. 45km) Visit the art gallery on Steenbokfontein historical farm right next to Grootvlei Guest Farm Enjoy a meal at one of the open-air restaurants in the area.
Such as the unique and famous Muisbosskerm (right next to Grootvlei farm) and Bosduifklip (to meet and 'lang-arm' dance with the locals), as well as restaurants in the village Experience the cultural history of the area at the Sandveld Museum in the village and nearby local farms such as Wadrift.
Relax in one of seven beautifully appointed and stylishly decorated bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (shower facilities). Each room is equipped with MNet, satellite TV and coffee/tea making facilities. Breakfast is served inside or on the terrace.
The guest house offers various private verandas where one can sit and read a book away from all the other guests. The guest house has a communal dining room, tastefully furnished lounge area flowing onto a large courtyard, beautiful spot to relax with a glass of local wine.
The Dunes offers 4 rooms situated right on the dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, each with an en suite bathroom (shower facilities). Walks along the untouched beach and breath-taking sunsets enjoyed with a good glass of local wine is the perfect way to end a West Coast evening.
Directions from the N7: (about 280 km)
Take the N7 from Cape Town, passing the towns of Moorreesburg and Piketberg. About 57 km from Citrusdal, turn right towards Clanwilliam.
Turn left at the T-junction and continue on the R364 for about 60 km to reach Lamberts Bay. Take the gravel road from Lamberts Bay to Elandsbaai and continue for about 6 km till you find Grootvlei Guest Farm on your left.
Directions from the R27: (about 260 km)
Take the R27 from Cape Town, passing the towns of Langebaan, Velddrif, Dwarskersbos and Elandsbaai. Once in Elandsbaai, take the gravel road towards Lamberts Bay and continue for about 10 km till you find Grootvlei Guest Farm on your right.