Helderberg Farm is situated on the Klein Helderbergpad/Rd, 1km from the R44 and 4,5km from the N2 and offers a traditional South African charm as well as a friendly atmosphere.
The farm is situated at the foot of Helderberg Mountain and visitors can expect to encounter indigenous wildlife. The fish eagle’s cry is regularly heard, blue cranes pass overhead on their way to Caledon and the Overberg and cape clawless otters leave their characteristic prints in the mud.
You may even come across the tracks of the cape leopard. Visiting birdwatchers have sighted over 100 different species of bird and the farm is home to one of the biggest Mountain Candlewood trees in the country.
Klaas Vechtman, the original owner of the farm in 1692, planted trees that remain to this day. Visitors can be assured of having a surreal experience in the woodlands on the mountainside. Even the overseas visitors, who are aware of the abundance of wild mushrooms, return regularly to experience these delicacies.
Visible from the hiking trail (permits available at Kiosk) is a panoramic view encompassing the Cape Peninsula, False Bay, Table Bay and Table Mountain. On a clear day, hikers can even see Robben Island which is approximately 65km away. The total distance of the Helderberg Farm hiking trail is approximately 20km, peaking at 1136m above sea level.
Stocked mainly with produce from the farm, the Kiosk is the next stop with Ruda’s famous chocolate cake as the highlight. Visitors can enjoy a great view from the tea garden and there is a kiddies playground which is situated between some well-established willow and oak trees. Fresh strawberries, grown on the farm, are served in season and are available for visitors to handpick between October and December (strawberry picking is closed on Sundays).
Granny’s Forest offers a variety of picnic and braai sites that can cater for up to 200 people, however, bookings are essential. Rustic Farm Weddings, as well as live entertainment in the amphitheatre, are both popular attractions of Granny’s Forest. The use of music is prohibited (only evening functions are allowed with restricted volume) in order to maintain an appropriate ambience.
Being a child-friendly location, kiddies parties are also catered for. Come winter time, a cozy fireplace in Die Stal will make your visit an enjoyable one.
Also on offer at Helderberg Farm:
Mountain Biking (1 – 7 km), 4X4 Trails (+/- 6km), Hiking Trails (1,20 km), Combat Games (paintball and laser tag), Clay Pigeon shooting (Laser), Bird Watching, African Drumming (can be arranged in amphitheatre) as well as Picnic and Braai facilities.
Yes, they are dog-friendly. Please register your dog and purchase your dog’s life permit at the Tea Garden upon arrival.
Picture: Facebook / Helderberg Farm