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.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:
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: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: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 😉 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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: www.wildclover.co.za