THE FARM EXPERIENCE & ACTIVITIES

Klein Boschkloof Farm is situated in the unspoilt Boskloof Valley which borders onto the Cederberg Wilderness Area. The Jan Dissels River, one of the few perennial rivers in the Cederberg, from which the water supply to the farm is obtained, runs through the Boskloof Valley and has its origin at Algeria in the Southern Cederberg. The water is unpolluted and fit for human consumption.

Klein Boschkloof Farm has approximately 3500 sitrus trees from which 300 tons of oranges are harvested annually. Oranges are harvested in May (Navel) and September (Valencia). The citrus harvested at Klein Boschkloof Farm are harvested and sold through a packing agent in Citrusdal.

Other activities include swimming in the complex pool, mountain biking, star gazing, birding (black eagles are regularly seen soaring the sky). Small game such as Klipspringers, Steenbokkies, porcupines, and even mountain tortoises are often spotted when walking/driving down the Boskloof Road. Baboons are regularly seen and heard. The complex pool is surrounded by indigenous shrubs and trees – the red flowers of the Weeping boer-bean trees (Schotia brachyptala) attracts many of the beautiful malachite sun-bird.

A vast number of hiking trails are in close proximity - or simply take a stroll up into the Boskloof Valley. Fresh crayfish (in season) and fish can be purchased from the quay at Lamberts Bay or Elands Bay.  Every year at spring (August to October) the Boskloof Valley, Clanwilliam and Namaqualand shares in a colourful display of wild flowers.  


Complex pool


The complex pool, a disused former cement farm dam, was lined out with fiberglass, not only for esthetic reasons, but also to soften the roughness of the internal wall. Clever landscaping around the pool furthermore softened the
harshness of the exterior cement wall. Many a guest have spent hot summer days and evenings lazing in and around the pool. With temperatures sometimes rising to over 38⁰C the water’s temperature often remains tepid till late in the night.

Water, life's much needed necessity

It is a well known fact that South Africa is a water scarce country with some parts rather desert like. The arid landscape along the Cederberg mountain range often in summer appears as if it had recently suffered a fire. Clanwilliam which regularly experiences high temperatures of 37⁰C to 45⁰C for days on end in summer obtains its water supply mainly from the Olifants River/Clanwilliam Dam which often runs dry during summer months resulting in water restrictions.

Although very much a part of Clanwilliam and in close proximity to the town, the Boskloof Valley is blessed with its own independent water source, the Jan Dissels River. The Jan Dissels River, one of the few perennial streams in the Cederberg, enters the Boskloof Valley at the Dwarsrivier farm. Water gets fed from the river to each farm by means of furrows from which each registered user is permitted to extract their allocated water supply.

At Klein Boschkloof the water, which goes through four filters before entering any dwelling, is pumped directly from the furrow. Since we believe in fresh water in our taps at all times, we do not pump water into tanks where it stands before use. Our supply of water is more than sufficient to not only water our orange groves and gardens, but also to top up our pool regularly.

We pride ourselves therein that our water is suitable for human consumption and does not contain any chemicals.

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