My lovely stay at Wild Clover Farm

by Karisa

This past weekend I had the pleasure of staying over at Wild Clover which is about a 30min drive from Cape Town, via the N1 & en route to Stellenbosch.  On the cards for this little city escape was a cosy cottage stay with a firepace & views, a beer tasting, a game drive and a tasty dinner & breakfast… (I know, I know, tough life)

Now the farm offers all of the above plus a petting farm, a kids zone, fishing, archery, clay pigeon shooting and a newly installed air control facility for air shows and private planes.  Oh and they also recently launched a pub called Johnny Rockets.  That’s all pretty impressive right?

My lovely friend & farm buddy for the weekend, Kim and I stayed in one of their 6 self-catering cottages which overlooks the dam (which I’m told is good for bird watching & to spot the resident pair of African Fish Eagles) and which also borders the Villiera Game Sanctuary / Game Farm which is home to over 200 types of animals including various antelope, zebra & giraffe.

Our little home…

They setup the sleeper couch in the lounge for us as well, which was actually awesome cause we got the fire going and then watched movies & drank red wine in bed after dinner that night…

Out on your “stoep” you also have a braai and then that little fence is basically the only thing between you and the wildlife. So you might just wake up to some animals saying hi…  Oh and it is also so peaceful out there.  It was absolute bliss not to have to listen to any traffic noise or city sounds.  It’s just you and nature.

After we settled in we headed back to the main area of the farm where you’ll find the Wild Clover Brewery, the pub and their restaurant, The Eatery.  We figured a nice way to kick off our afternoon would be with a little beer tasting:

Great beers, all 4 of them… I even really enjoyed the Black Dog, which I didn’t think I would at all…

While there we quickly popped our heads in at The Eatery.  It’s a very relaxed restaurant serving uncomplicated, hearty meals.  They have lots of outdoor seating for those warmer days, a covered lapa style area (with heaters to keep you warm) and an intimate dining room inside:

But we weren’t quite hungry yet… so we decided to work up a good appetite with an action-packed game drive…

General Manager, Richmond (or just Rich for short) took us out for our drive.  Rich is incredibly knowledgeable about wildlife and nature and he’s also absolutely lovely to boot.  We spent about an hour driving around and we got so see quite a lot:

Top right – did you know you get white & black springbokkies too? I didn’t… (didn’t get a great pic of a black one unfortunately, but that white one was very pretty)

But my absolute favourite were the giraffes… we got so close, I could even see their beautiful eyelashes…

I even managed to get the whole giraffe family in one shot… so lucky…

As the sun started setting, the skyline was really beautiful…

So yeah, as you can see, the game drive was really fantastic, and after a quick rest back at our cottage, we were ready for dinner.

Now I had heard that The Eatery is known for their amazing pizzas, so that’s what I was craving.  We asked Rich to join us for dinner and he recommended a great red wine that I hadn’t tried before:

Lovely wine… Then top right: Kim had the mussles to start while I tucked into a hearty pea & ham soup. Then Rich had the calamari main (bottom left) and Kim had the ribs (bottom right)

But my “Ibiza” pizza, which was an extravaganza of feta, caramelized onions, bacon, chorizo & salami (you’re actually supposed to pick between those last 2, but I asked if I could have it all baby), was the show-stopper for sure… wow, just wow

After a few bottles of red, we settled back in our cottage with the fire crackling away.  The next morning we were definitely feeling the wine indulgence, which meant our breakfast looked a little like a hangover cry for help 😉

Hot chocolate, toasted sandwiches & chips, all nicely wrapped up with some scones… oh boy, lots of gym time needed to make up for all of that, but it was so worth it at the time…

Your cottage is of course self-catering, so you could easily knock out a brekkie at home.  But at breakfast prices starting at only R32 to R55, it’s a really good deal and you don’t have to worry about dishes.  Just saying.

Right so:  Would I recommend Wild Clover Farm for a little getaway?  Yes.  As you can see, it’s a lovely spot with lots to see and do and you’ll really appreciate the peace & quiet too.  They’re currently running a winter accommodation special:

  • Mon—Thurs night R750 per cottage and Fri and Sat nights are R850 per cottage. Kids sharing cottages are free.
    (Regular costs: Sun to Thu: R950.00 for double, two persons sharing & Fri and Sat: R1150.00 for double, two persons sharing)

The cottages all come with: Satellite TV (selected channels), teas, filter coffee, milk, mineral water & a bundle of wood for the fireplace.  And for reservations you can contact them on:

  • 021 865 2248 or
    (Same goes for restaurant bookings)

Wild Clover also hosts several annual events like the recent St Patrick’s Day Festival, FamFest and the latest Hops Harvest Festival hosted by the Wild Clover Brewery itself.   The Kids Zone, bike track and petting farm can also be booked for children’s parties, and they have an on-site event coordinator who can assist with birthdays, corporate functions, weddings and other special events.

A big thank you to Rich and his team for looking after us and for taking the time to show us around.  We left there well fed and well rested and that definitely deserves a round of high 5s in my book.

If you’re keen to learn more, do check out their website over here:



Gugu_A1 Aug 22, 2014 - 12:42 am

LAWD! The pizza is everything, man I woulda just ate and drank my life away. Nice place.

Karisa Aug 22, 2014 - 10:03 am

I still have dreams about that pizza… mmmmm 🙂


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