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The best possible way to experience the natural beauty of Orange Grove Farm is to explore the natural wilderness on foot or by bicycle against the backdrop of the Langeberg mountains. This will enable you get up-close-and-personal with the fynbos and flowers while allowing you time to take in the magnificent rock formations as you enjoy  a sense of adventure and solitude.

Our Guided hikes and nature drives are private, giving our Guests the unique opportunity to enjoy the activity at their own pace in the company of their own group. Please note that our guided hiking trails are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

  • Hiking

    SELF-GUIDED HIKES

    Guests can meander through our vineyards and olive groves to experience the farming activities more closely or to just inhale the surrounding beauty without much effort. Our farm workers will eagerly share their stories and prove to be an entertaining source of information for guest’s wishing to know more about our agricultural activities.

    SELF GUIDED HIKES

    1. The Peerboom Dam Trail is an undemanding self-guided 40 to 60 minute hike, taking you up to a mountain ridge with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. This route is ideal for Guests with small children.
    2. The Ridge Trail is a somewhat challenging 2-3 hour hike, taking you up to a mountain ridge with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. You will meander through unspoiled fynbos, and “in season” guests will view masses of wild flowers and numerous flowering protea species
    3. The Droë Kloof Trail is a challenging, 3 - 4 hour hike taking you over a series of mountain ridges where the floras of the Karoo, Renosterveld and high mountain vegetation come together. The trail crosses a wild unspoiled part of Orange Grove Farm and has numerous fantastic vantage points offering magnificent panoramic views of the Langeberg, from Robertson all the way to Worcester.

    No maps are necessary on our self-guided hikes as they are all clearly marked.

    ALL GUESTS NEED TO INFORM RECEPTION OF THE HIKING ROUTE BEING UNDERTAKEN AS WELL AS THE DEPARTURE TIME AND RETURN TIME. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CARRY ENOUGH DRINKING WATER AS NO WATER IS AVAILABLE ON THESE TRAILS.

    GUIDED HIKES (all hikes start at reception)

    1. The Smits Kloof Trail is a slightly challenging workout for walkers as it involves some minor rock climbing and scrambling. This hike takes Guests up to two wonderful rock pools. Guests are invited to take a swim in the exquisite crystal clear mountain waters, surrounded by towering rock formations. You return via the awesome Knypkloof Falls.
      If you are lucky you may even spot our resident breeding pair of Verreaux’s Eagles (Black Eagles) who have made the towering cliffs of Babbedasberg their home. Your Guide will point out the Breede River Redfin, a highly endangered fish species which now only exists in the upper reaches of the Vink River. 
      The entire hike takes 3.5 to 4 hours depending on how much time you wish to spend at the rock pools. 
    2. The Rooikrans Kloof Trail takes you through, Naald-se-Oog, a narrow opening in the gorge along a crystal clear mountain stream which you traverse several times.
      Here at the foot of the Langeberg you will be surrounded by towering red mountain cliffs and magnificent flora. Walking through the forest of Rooi Els, Cape Holly and Yellow Wood trees, Rooikrans Falls suddenly and unexpectedly comes into view. Guests are invited to take a swim in the crystal clear waters at the base of the waterfall surrounded by the natural splendour of the forest.
      This valley is also home to the elusive Cape Mountain Leopard and your guide will point out the numerous scratch marks on trees which leopards use to mark their territory.
      The entire trail takes 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on how much time you wish to spend at Rooikrans Falls.

    Please Note: The Smitskloof and Rooikrans Kloof Trails are challenging 4 to 5 hour hiking trails, but can be shortened to 1 to 2 hours if you would like us to drop you off at the start of the hiking trail. This will attract an additional charge.

  • Mountain Biking

    Bring along your own bike or use one of ours and enjoy the numerous gravel roads on the farm and the surrounding area.

    There are three trails on Orange Grove Farm.

    1.    Vineyard Route (5km)

    Take a leisurely ride through our vineyards and just enjoy the scenery. Look out for the numerous Jackal Buzzards and you may even be lucky to see some Duiker and Grysbok or catch a glimpse of the resident Caracal.

    This trail is suitable for everyone.

    2.    Kortkloof Trail (8km)

    This trail offers a slightly more challenging workout taking you through our vineyards, on to the Kortkloof renosterveld and returning via the Bobbejaanskop Pass. Here you will see abundant birdlife and enjoy lovely views of the surrounding mountains.

    This trail is not suitable for small children.

    3.    Rooikrans Trail (12km)

    Test yourself on a portion of the Cape Epic Route. This trail begins with a leisurely ride through our vineyards and takes you through the base of Rooikrans Valley where you will be surrounded by protea and fynbos. The route crosses dry river beds several times and continues over two mountain passes where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

    Only experienced riders should attempt this trail.

  • Nature Drives

    Our nature drive takes a maximum of eight Guests on a 4x4 adventure through the remote areas of the farm.  Guests will experience the magical splendour of ever changing landscapes while you explore our wilderness in all its diversity.

    On the drive the guide will also point out interesting bird and mammal species and share fascinating facts about plants of the area while you travel through fynbos, wild flowers and various Protea species. Enjoy uninterrupted views of endless mountain ranges and you may even spot the very elusive Cape Mountain Leopard, Honey Badgers, Caracal, Bat Eared fox as well as a variety of antelope.

  • Birdwatching

    Orange Grove Farm is a bird-watchers paradise with so many opportunities to sight a huge diversity of birdlife on nature drives and walks or from the comfort of your patio.

    Orange Grove Farm is home to more than 200 bird species. We have a healthy raptor population with regular sightings of the majestic Verreaux's Eagle as well as the African Fish Eagle and Booted Eagle. On balmy evenings, sightings of the Spotted Eagle Owl and Black-Crowned Night-Heron are not uncommon. During the day look out for Jackal Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard and if you are lucky you may even spot the Peregrine Falcon and the Black Harrier. Our two dams have also been successful in attracting resident water fowl and the Malachite Kingfisher is often spotted there

    During winter, the flowering proteas attract large numbers of sugar birds and sunbirds, which provide awesome photographic opportunities.

    Southern Africa has 98 endemic bird species and of those 35 occur on Orange Grove Farm.

2016 Sanlam Top Destination Awards Winner Booking.Com13312026  Lilizela National Winner 2015  Lilizela Provincial Winner 2015  Certificate Of Excellence 2017