This place is perfect! We’ll be back. Dirk and Natalie.

So comfortable and well-equipped and such a stunning view – wish my sketch could do it justice! I so wish we had booked for more than one night but we will definitely be back – for a few days next time and bring our fishing rods! The dogs are a pleasure – so friendly and well-trained. A lovely stay, thank you. Juliet and Dave.

We liked your place very much and the view is fantastic. To be recommended. Peter and Marga.

What a way to chill out – eating a meal on the porch with a glass of chilled wine watching the sun setting behind the high Swartberg Mountains and being drenched in the beauty of your valley. And the silence! Bronwyn and Colin, thank you for such a beautiful three night stay here. And also to Jock, who guided us on our walks and who kept his soulful eyes on us continously throughout the day and night. Yes, we eventually capitulated and gave him a titbit or two! So sorry but what can you do after him looking after us. We wish you and your family all the best for the future in this tranquil valley. Tony and Deborah.

“When you are about to give up, think of the amount of effort you have been putting in from the very beginning.” Thank you for sharing your little piece of freedom. Carien.

Clay of Karoo
Come Home
Mirrored in water

Born in upheaval
creased crushed scarred
rough rugged
Khaki grey and lime taupe
Soft and peaceful
End of the day
Replete – MOUNTAIN

Haiku in the Karoo

Wow! A real treat. Chris and Glynis.

Aloes stand posted across the mountain slope like sentinels on guard. The soft flow of the Gamka river winding toward the ocean – traversing rocky patches and harsh turns – like the course of our lives taking the rough and smooth, but pushing onwards knowing that where we leave behind, someone will take over. Stand proud like the tall aloes, coated in spiny armor, yet within lies a soft and healing core. Be strong. Margie and Mike.

Uitstekend. Wessel en Wilma

Hopefully we’ll be back in four days! I loved jock’s banter, especially his breakdancing trick! Alastair and Dayle

Heerlik “rewind” nou weer gecharge vir die week! Robbie and Estelle

Hi Bronwyn, just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed my stay at the River View Cottages and will definitely recommend it to people I know. Thanks for lending me Jock for the duration of my stay. He swam out to the canoe when I went on the water which was unexpected, so I pulled him into the boat. From reading the guest book I noticed that he has worked his way into the hearts of quite a few guests, made me feel like I was at home, clever dog.Regards,
Marc Stern

Jock in canoe with Marc

Jock in canoe with Marc

Hi Bronwyn, We returned yesterday from our holiday. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Matjiesvlei. Its a real oasis in the Karoo. The Old School House is just fantastic. What a jewel, and just what we were hoping for. You can be assured we’ll be back and will recommend it to all our friends. The only suggestion we’d make for the Old School is to hang more ‘old’ photo’s to add to the spooky factor.Regards, Greg, Tam and Ben

Benghal tiger at Kango Wildlife ranch in Oudtshoorn - Sam and Carlos' day trip

Benghal tiger at Kango Wildlife ranch in Oudtshoorn – Sam and Carlos’ day trip

Elusive leopard - Kango wildlife ranch - Sam &  Carlos' trip to Oudtshoorn

Elusive leopard – Kango wildlife ranch – Sam & Carlos’ trip to Oudtshoorn

Dear Bronwyn, Deborah and I had such a wonderful time at your lovely tranquil Gamka valley and we were lucky with the weather. We were really rested and it is soooo quiet! Your cottages are beautiful and we were sad to leave. Well done to you and Colin. If I may humbly suggest for a slight improvement to the kitchen sink and counter area. It would help to have a small fluorescent light under the shelf as it is quite dark when working and washing there in the evenings.Thank you again as well as to Jock and Jess for being such expert guides on the magnificent walks! Kindest regards, Tony and Deborah



Thanks for the suggestion – fluorescent lamps have been added to cottages! Bronwyn

darling Jock

darling Jock

MissMoss –

We’ve been wanting to visit River View for a long time, and so really had no better excuse to go than to celebrate our anniversary weekend. Not being hotel types, we much prefer to find chilled out (and budget friendly) self-catering joints where you can just relax, read, cook, eat and sleep for a few days. luckily you can find so many places that tick those boxes within a few hours from Cape Town.

River View Cottages is just outside Calitzdorp, a town in the Klein Karoo that’s a leisurely 4 hour drive from Cape Town along Route 62 (depending on how many stops you make along the way). owners Colin & Bronwyn left the city to set up home in the Matjiesvlei valley, and as every day passed we became more & more envious of their slice of paradise.

If you manage to stay there (and I urge you do) then you’ll no doubt be paid a visit by Jock – the doe-eyed jack russell terrier who strangely always pitches up around eating time… as well as Jessie, the beautiful boer greyhound, who has a bit more style and finesse than old Jock – but i think that’s part of her clever ploy to get doggie treats. we were more than happy to oblige, in exchange for having temporary pets for 3 days.

And now we’re home again, missing it already. Diana Moss, MissMoss