Woodcliffe is a 1000 Ha cattle farm extending into the upper slopes of the southern Drakensberg in the north Eastern Cape and is situated 22km from Maclear. Nearby is the remarkable Naude`s Nek pass, at 2 620m it is the highest mountain pass in South Africa. A vehicle with good ground clearance is neccessary to reach us.
On the slopes of the southern Drakensberg near Maclear, where the valleys and waterways cut and gouge their way to the sea, can be found what many describe as the ultimate `eco` experience.
At Woodcliffe the peaks of the high berg soar to touch the sky. Cascading waterfalls laugh and chatter through the stunning riverine landscapes, where indigenous forests cling. Here the call of birds without number chase the sound of city life. Woodcliffe is a delight for the ecotourist, hiker, artist, photographer, birder and fisherman.
Woodcliffe is a treasure for those who enjoy the enduring majesty of high mountains and lush valleys.
Woodcliffe is one of the few places that offers comfortable accommodation in the Maclear area, on a farm . Choose between the cottage and the country house. This is an excellent base for exploring the natural wonders of the area.
The rock art on Woodcliffe and in the surrounding area, of Maclear, is world-famous for its clarity and preservation.
The Maclear district is well renowned for it`s fly-fishing. Woodcliffe is situated on the headwaters of the Little Pot River. Fishermen are assured of a challenge to catch the wiliest wild trout.
A botanical paradise is found on the mountain slopes of the area. Guided flower walks in the summer months will impress you as you find orchids, disas and gladiolus growing on the mountainsides.
Woodcliffe does not let out individual rooms, rather the cottage and country house are treated as individual units.
The cottage has one double bedroom (plus a double bunk), two twin rooms, an open-plan lounge-kitchen and one full bathroom. The kitchen is fully equipped.
The house has five bedrooms (one double room and four twin rooms) and two bathrooms. The large lounge dining room-lounge has a big fireplace and DSTV. The kitchen is fully equipped.
Linen is provided, bring your own swimming towels.
Woodcliffe Country House and Cave Trails Activities:
Day walk and hikes.
Bring your mountain bike for excellent and challenging MTB routes.
Fly fishing, bring your own rod.
Book a guided tour of local rock art or wild Drakensberg flowers and orchids (summer months).
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Clothing & Accessories:
Bring swimming towels, hiking boots, bicycles and fishing rods.
Health & Climate:
Each season at Woodcliffe has its joys. Days between October and March are typically warm with thundershowers. The period between April and June brings settled weather, days are clear and cool with a chance of frost in the early morning. July and August are the coldest months, with the greatest chance of snow fall and cold fronts. So ensure that you pack warm winter pajamas and a bottle of sherry to stave off the cold! September brings changable spring weather. A warm jacket is essential at any time of the year.
Woodcliffe Country House and Cave Trails Guest Review
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 1
A well equipped cottage in the most beautiful surroundings I have been in. The cottage is so secluded that you feel you are the only people there. The hikes, fishing and birding we did were really good. There are some special birds on the farm that are difficult to see elsewhere. Ryan and Lauren went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and Ryan took time to show us the workings of his sheep farm. I would recommend it to any nature lover - you will not be disappointed.
Rating: Reviewed by Mark Verseput on 22 April 2018