Driven by a love for nature, PC and his family accepted the responsibility to conserve and protect the land that was entrusted to them. Now after three generations of traditional Karoo sheep farming, they would like to invite you to share with them the beauty and tranquillity of the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve(established 2015). They intend to share the hidden treasures of this arid landscape, and their way of living with you and to create an opportunity for you to experience the Karoo as their special friend.

The following accommodation options are available namely:

  • Guest Farm (sleep 18 guests)
  • Karoo Gariep tent camp (sleep 12)
  • Stoffels Rus self-catering cabin (sleep 4)

At Karoo Gariep Nature reserve we offer a variety of activities, from bird watching, night drives, a 3 day horse trail, fishing and mountain biking. Come and enjoy the finest the Karoo has to offer. To date the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve sports an impressive 205 bird species recorded. Do a self-drive trip or book an early morning drive with PC at new Holme. A bird list is available on the website.

Birding hotspots on site:

  • Hoppo Pool – only Hippos in the Northern Cape
  • Killowen Dam
  • Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve (See SABAP website for bird list)

Contact Details

PC Ferreira

Physical address: New Holme Farm, off the N1 between Hanover and Colesberg
Tel: +27 (0)53 643 0193
Cell: +27 (0)82 567 9211 (PC Ferreira)
Email: info@karoogariep.co.za
Web: www.karoogariep.co.za
GPS: S 30 57 01; E 024 32 52



Situated on the R355 between Kliprand and Springbok, Platbakkies is a farm in the heart of the Namaqualand of South Africa. On the edge of the Bushmanland, it contains the best of both worlds in that it showcases both the seemingly never-ending plains and the grassy vegetation of the Bushmanland and the mountainous scenery and scrubbery of the Kamiesberge. It is situated at about 120 kilometers from Springbok and 80 kilometers from both Kamieskroon and Garies. Platbakkies is central to the farms in the area, which are far removed from these small towns. For this reason, it used to sport a gas station, general store and post office, the evidence of which still stands proud and tall on the farm.

Whether you are looking for an authentic South-African farm visit, a look into the life of a farmer, a nice environment to explore with friends and family, or just an isolated location to find your bearings and reconnect with the earth, Platbakkies is the perfect getaway spot. There is no better place to let the wind run its fingers through your hair or to feel the sun gently kiss your cheek. At night, the open sky and lack of city lights provides a spectacular showcase of a brilliantly decorated night sky that is unlike anything you could ever have seen.

The birding at Platbakkies is excellent, and several Northern Cape specials can be found including Red Lark, Grey-backed Sparrow-lark, Black-eared Sparrow-lark, Lark-like Bunting, Rufous-eared Warbler, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Stark’s Lark, Spike-healed Lark, Karoo Korhaan and the Ludwig’s Bustard.

Contact Details

Dawie & Lizelle Burden

Physical address: Kamieskroon, Northern Cape Region, South Africa
Tel: +27 82 808 7083
Email: mail@platbakkies.co.za
Web: www.platbakkies.co.za
GPS Coordinates: 30.3105 S, 18.4943 E

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Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD)is a consortium of like-minded associates who are business-oriented social entrepreneurs. TFPDWe are well-qualified with in-depth experience in finance, marketing, safari activities and hospitality management.

Working in Southern Africa’s Transfrontier Peace Parks, we are passionate about the development of a viable and sustainable tourism industry that balances the needs of the local community with those of nature. Our commitment is to the creation of a sustainable business model that becomes an asset for the local communities.

We develop and manage world-class, community-owned tourist destinations that benefit the local communities. Our tourist destinations and activities in Southern Africa’s Transfrontier Peace Parks are environmentally sustainable and ecologically sound.

!Xaus Lodge opened in July 2007 and provides luxury Kgalagadi accommodation in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for eco-tourists and visitors to the Kalahari. Our Kgalagadi accommodation comprises a central lodge building and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and waterhole fed with fresh water. Highlights of the lodge include a cosy lounge with a fireplace, an art and craft shop, a large observation deck prefect for star- gazing, a refreshing swimming pool and a heart- warming fire in the boma, perfect for enjoying the beauty of the silence of the night while keeping warm.

Contact Details

Marianne Marsh

Tel: +27 (0)21 701 7860
Fax: +27 (0)21 701 7870
E-mail: info@tfpd.co.za
Email: enquiry@dolimpopo.com
Web: http://www.tfpd.co.za