Wilgerfontein Private Game Farm

Wilgerontein Private Game Farm lies in the heart of the Karoo, situated along the banks of the Great Fish River. We are just 165km from Port Elizabeth, 65km from Grahamstown , 50km from Bedford and Somerset-East and about 70km from the Addo Elephant National Park.

Our accommodation consists of two self-catering cottages with exceptional views over the river. They are great for either a family or a couple.The cottages have one bedroom each, equipped with a double bed. The lounges have sleeper couches that can accommodate either two small children or a single adult. The cottages have an en-suite bathroom with a shower. They are equipped with full kitchens which are ideal for self-catering. There are also outdoor braai facilities available and we provide the fire wood.

We also have a third self-catering unit which overlooks the dam and the most beautiful water-wise Karoo garden. This unit consists of a bed-sitter, bathroom with shower, a loft room with a double mattress which provides sleeping space for two young kids and a fully equipped kitchen.Bedding and bath towels are provided. Bring along extra swimming towels.Electric blankets are available during winter and fans for those hot Karoo summer evenings.All three accommodation facilities have wooden decks with outdoor furniture.

The area is lush with riverine forests, Karoo bush and is home to 12 species of antelope. People from the city can come and enjoy the quiet, peace and tranquillity of the Karoo. Wilgerfontein absolutely abounds with game and is a perfect weekend get-away for the outdoor enthusiast as well as for a camera safari. There is abundant bird life as well as other interesting flora. Guests can also enjoy self-game drives, mountain bike biking, hiking and fishing. For the more adventurous, there is tubing down the Great Fish River. We provide the tubes.Game hunts can also be arranged on request.

After an exhausting day you can just relax on the deck, sip cocktails, listen to the call of the fish eagle and enjoy the best views in the Karoo with the most amazing sunsets.We look forward to hearing from you.Please note the owners cannot accept responsibility for the state of the public gravel road to the farm.

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  • "The animals"

    28 October 2018

    "Thank you Elizabeth and Christo for your hospitality. Very nice view from the deck. Everything was clean and well equipped. Will definitely be back."

    Annalise Lundall
  • "A very pleasant Game Farm experience."

    13 June 2018

    "The walks, drives on your own with your people to see the animals and birds during the day and evening. At th time it was just to cold for "tubing" down the Groot Vis rivier running right past our accomodation. The staff are extremely helpful. Wood was provided and the stoep is a pleasant viepoint. The gas geyser may need a little attention in the one house, but I believe it will be sorted. It is VERY affordable for what you get in terms of game reserve experience."

    Siebren Schaaf
  • "Waliking with the animals in the bush"

    09 April 2018

    "loved sitting on patio and being able to walk through the farm and see the animals. Staff excellent"

    Patricia Bowers
  • "Great birding and variety of antelope."

    21 March 2018

    "A very relaxing environment with plenty to see. Able to drive around as well as walk. Flora and fauna in abundance. Nature as it's meant to be. Warm accommodating hosts. Well worth a visit."

    Basil Clarke
  • "We enjoyed seeing all the game during our game drives."

    20 December 2017

    "A big thank you to Elizabeth for the delicious warm bread , with which she spoiled us, it made us feel special!"

    Joan van der Walt
  • "Peaceful retreat"

    26 September 2017

    "If ever you just need to get away from it all, this is the place to go. Great value for money, peaceful & relaxing."

    Claire Gray
  • "The walks and birding."

    04 September 2017

    "It is a really nice place to be. It would be good to have a comprehensive bird list of sightings on the farm and perhaps Last could become interested."

    Peter Midlane
  • "Excellent break away"

    03 September 2017

    "We enjoyed our stay so much. Great extras like a choice between a braai and a weber. Also a nice extra is the potjiekos pot you can use. Definitely will visit again!!!"

    Juan-Marie Olivier
  • "How secluded we were"

    24 August 2017

    "A sign on the N10 would have been appreciated."

    Kevin Fish
  • "The tranquility and peace"

    08 April 2017

    "Very comfortable accommodation. The view of the river was beautiful"

    Caron Wanliss
  • "Just what we needed!"

    05 March 2017

    "So peaceful and private, lovely view from our cottage deck to distant mountains and the Great Fish River below, which was in flood after recent heavy rains. Well equipped and nicely furnished cottage. The resident caretaker, Last, was welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. Unexpected bonus of self-drive abundant game viewing on almost treeless, fynbos veld in flower, with panoramic views and spectacular sunsets...we will definitely come back. We would have liked a more updated map of the reserve for our self-drives, and found the signposting to get to Wilgerfontein a bit lacking, but perhaps it's better kept a secret for our next visit!"

    Mark Addenbrooke
  • "Beautiful Setting"

    12 January 2017

    "Thank you so much for a wonderful 2 day stay. If you are looking for peace and quiet this is the place for you! The accommodation was spotless and well equipped. We were also able to ride our bicycles around the extensive farm and saw a lot of game. We will certainly return."

    Lynette Bergh, South Africa

    20 June 2016

    "Despite the wonderful setting, we were extremely disappointed that we had NO warm water in our chalet and neitherdid our neighbours. It was middle of winter and below zero degrees and what we really needed after a long day travelling, was a nice hot shower. We were booked for two evenings but left after day one due to the above issue. Hopefully I will be reimbursed for day 2 as promised. We will go back should this problem be resolved"

    Lukas steyn, South Africa
  • "Andre Willemse Port Elizabeth"

    29 February 2016

    "<p>Baie dankie aan Christo en Elizabeth.</p><p>Ons het ons verblyf behoorlik geniet. Dit was presies wat mens verwag en meer van n naweek wegbreek. Ons wou nie huis toe nie. Ons Sal definitief weer terug gaan. </p><p>Ons Sal Wilgerfontein aan enigiemand aanbeveel.</p><p>Ons het met ons fietse op die plaas rond gery en het baie wild gesien. Wat n ervaring!!</p>"

    Andre Willemse, South Africa
  • "Moutain Biking with the game"

    20 December 2015

    "Edgar Krisch<div><br /></div><div>Wilgerfontein Private Game Farm was a nice stay at the river banks in the eastern Cape busveld. We went mountain biking in the surrounding area with plenty of game to be seen including rhino in the adjacent farm.... from a mtb you get a different perspective and get real close with a silent approach. .... way to go...</div><div><br /></div>"

    Edgar Krisch, South Africa
  • "Comfort in the bush"

    07 April 2015

    "Loved it - the peace and quiet. Great to experience rain in the Karroo - this is always special.Great hospitality shown to us by the owners and the staff!Thank you to all for a relaxing few days."

    Jennifer Edwards, South Africa
  • "Great place"

    04 January 2015

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Wilgerfontein, it was the ideal place to end our road trip. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful. The setting is idyllic, with great views across the Fish river. The game viewing was good and it was fun to do the 4x4 trails. Will definitely be back."

    Phil Woods, South Africa
  • "Fun, Relaxed and Breathtaking"

    12 January 2014

    "It was one of the best stays we had in a very long time. Nice and private with friendly staff. The owners, Christo Els and Kevin Simon together with their wives were fantastic host. Kevin even brought me one of the local newspapers to read. The river tubing was amazing not to mention the breathtaking views of unending landscapes and game. I will never forget Christo's wise words "You can't buy a farm with your head, you have to buy it with your heart" Love it"

    Derrick Rudman, South Africa
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