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Baviaans River Valley
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Kruger National Park
Mjejane Game Reserve
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Baviaans River Valley
Farm Stay, Bedford, Baviaans River Valley
Phone: 046 6850710
Cellphone: 072 2977840
Rates High Season: From R450 - R550
Rates Off Season: From R450 - R550
Deep in the Baviaans River Mountains near where they join the Winterberg range, in the scenic and malaria- free Eastern Cape, lies Huntly Glen. Only 3 hours drive from the airport cities of East London and Port Elizabeth, in the Bedford district, this is an ideal venue for a week-end getaway or a hunting safari.
Huntly Glen is the historic home of the family of Thomas Pringle, leader of the 1820 Scottish Settler Party, and 5th generation Ernest and Anne Pringle invite you to share this idyllic spot with them and to learn about the area.
Stay in a restored and fully furnished farm-house. There are 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, (2 en-suite) and 2 rooms sharing a full bathroom and separate toilet, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and dining room, each with their own fire-place for those chilly winter evenings, braai/boma area and a large patio with un-ending views across the mountains makes for a wonderful area to just sit and relax while watching kudu as they quietly make their way across the opposite slope. The house is far enough removed from the main homestead to ensure complete peace and quiet. The house is let out on a self-catering basis, so is ideal for group bookings. Our booking policy means you have the house (and farm) entirely to yourself for the duration of your stay. For those who prefer, meals consisting of traditional farm fare, and made with the freshest, organically grown farm produce and meat can be booked. We are also pet friendly and small dogs are welcome.
The farm is situated approximately 1/2 way between Bedford and Tarkastad in the Baviaans River Mountains. From Bedford you would take the Cradock turn-off and after 10km turn right onto a gravel road and continue for 40km and then turn left at the Scottish Settler Memorial Church and we are the very next farm house. (I will have to send you the road numbers).
Services, Features and Activities
All outdoor and adventure sports activities are performed at your own risk.
Surrounded by mountains, vistas and immense peace and quiet, Huntly Glen offers a getaway for those who love the outdoors and tranquillity. This is a “working farm” and we have made every effort to make Huntly Glen your home away from home. Join in with the daily activities and learn a bit about farming. Depending on the time of year, be shown how to “throw a fleece” or shear a sheep or angora goat. At lambing or goat kidding time there is also the possibility of helping to bottle-feed orphan lambs or kids. All farm roads are passable for vehicles with high clearance, so go out for a game drive on your own. There are some wonderful picnic areas, so disappear for the day.
There are safe hikes and shorter walks, with roads and farm tracks criss-crossing the farm, bringing you in contact with the abundant bird-life. Because this area is a meeting place of 4 different vegetation biomes, acacia thorn veldt, savannah veldt, grassland, and riverine scrub and thickets, there are birds from all 4 biomes to be seen. This is a birders paradise with over 200 bird species having been recorded, as well as 2 breeding pairs of Black Eagles, and in the summer months there are breeding blue cranes in the grassland area, as well as cape vultures that circle there daily. While out in the bush you will have ample opportunity to view game such as the Greater East Cape Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Zebra, Duikers, Steenbuck, Grysbuck and Bushbuck in the more densly wooded areas, Blesbuck, Springbuck (both common and black), Mountain Reedbuck, Vaal rhebuck, Warthog, Dassies, Baboons and Vervet monkeys in their natural habitat. There are plenty of smaller animals to be seen as well, such as suricates and mongoose. If you are lucky you may catch of glimpse of the nocturnal animals like Caracal, Black-backed Jackal, Silver Jackal, Bat-eared Foxes, Maanhaarjakals, genets, serval cat, aardvark, bushpigs or porcupines. In addition to all this, there is also a large cave with Khoi-San Rock Art, fossil site and plenty of historical sites relevant to the Scottish Settlers to be visited.
A night drive and sundowners in the mountains can be organised. When not game viewing, take a picnic lunch and relax beneath the river willows next to the bass dam.
Due to the road system, the vast network of tracks and roads make for ideal mountain bike rides. For the energetic these tracks can also be followed and allows for some exciting trail running.
There is a tennis court available as well as the largest privately owned and collected butterfly collection in South Africa to be viewed. This collection is also internationally recognised. Spend an hour or two with Ernest, and you are guaranteed to look at insects through new eyes.
Our night skies are an absolute must for all the “starry” folk - the “non-starry” folk will be spell-bound as well.
We do offer selective “walk and stalk” hunting in the winter months, where clients are accompanied by an experienced tracker and professional hunter.
Leisure: For those who want to de-stress, there are hours and hours to indulge in photography, painting and other relaxing pursuits. The beautiful landscapes, stark contrasts and open spaces that are to be found in this haven of tranquillity are bound to put you in a creative mood, so bring your camera, paints and books, and because there is no specific schedule or itinerary to follow, you can un-wind at your own pace.
When not going on a game drive, enjoying a walk or game of tennis, or just relaxing next to the pool – then indulge in a little self-pampering with a choice of treatments like a Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage, Swedish Massage or the ultimate in relaxation, the Aromatherapy Massage. Manicures and Deluxe Pedicures for those tired feet are on offer, as well as rejuvenating, hydrating, super-relaxing Facial Treatments using only South African products.
Ensuite Bathroom, Tea/Coffee, Languages Spoken: English & Afrikaans, Safe Facilities, All children welcome, Pet Friendly, Pool, Laundry
Twin, Double, Family