Just a wonderfully relaxing stay, too short! Two Canadians enjoyed every minute.                Rob and Colleen, February 2012.

This is not a stopover. The minute you arrive you know you never going to be ready to leave. Living proof that less is more and simple is super. Quality of life is everything…the view, the tortoise, the river, the silence!                                                        Don and Sue, February 2012.

Two reasons that made it almost impossible to leave: The place: wonderful, magical, spiritual, peaceful; Jock: a true friend. Thank you for sharing both and for your great hospitality – our stay exceeded all our expectations!                                                                                                   Irina and Michael, February 2012.

Sam's photo of Carlos

A privilege to visit this exquisite corner of this beautiful country – the vivid memories of Matjiesvlei will sustain us until we can come back for more.                                                 Michael and Jan, February 2012.

Carlos' photo of Sam at Buffelsdrift (50km drive from The River Farm)

We came back and could have stayed forever! This is the most amazing, most magical and truly inspiring place we’ve been to. Thank you so much for welcoming us back – it’s been wonderful!!!                                              Irina and Michael, February 2012

Sam and Carlos' photo of the Nguni cattle on The River Farm

Just a wonderfully relaxing stay, too short! Two Canadians enjoyed every minute.                Rob and Colleen, February 2012.

We had a short stay and were very lucky with the cool weather. Instead of fishing and swimming we decided to look around in the area and drove the Seweweeks Poort. Beautiful! Thanks Bronwyn and Colin.                               Jan and Inje, February 2012.

After our first night, we felt two nights was not enough to fully appreciate this exquisite location. Immediately we asked to stay one more night. Now we are about to depart and with a heavy heart we leave. We swam, we sat under the stars, we paddled, we made a bonfire. We talked, we discussed and we grew a little closer. The isolation and remoteness of the cottages really makes you stop, think and embrace what is immediately around you. The silence was at times deafening but it is something we are so afraid of in our ordinary lives. You learn to appreciate it here and bask in its space. Space and silence. We filled our space and silence at times with laughs and embraces and kisses. Memories here will forever be etched in our hearts and minds. Jock: we love you. Fell like our dog. Never forget you diving into the water after us in the canoe. Every step of the were there. We will miss you, pup!                                                 Bjorn and Johanna, February 2012.

Tips: Bring a game: we played Rumikiet every night; something to sit on by the bonfire and watch the stars – the wooden chairs were hard after a few minutes; a spatula – makes cooking a lot easier; a fan – we had some hot nights here. BUT all in all, this place is perfect!!!                    Bjorn and Johanna, February 2012.

Thanks for the tips – much appreciated. The spatula has been replaced; cushions are in place; and we have eventually found great standing fans for the cottages, that are both quiet and effective.                                        Kind regards, Bronwyn – The River Farm


Visiting the River Farm has been a pleasure and so relaxing – hiking on the beautiful trails, swimming and canoeing on the river, viewing stunning sunsets with the mountains all around – and staying in The Old School House made it all complete. Thank you for sharing all this (and the stone work too) with us!                                             Jerry, Jane and Emma, February 2012.

Such fun, love The Old School House. Here from Boston, MA, happy to be visiting SA.             Beth and Jay, February 2012