Activities

On the farm

At Die Olyfhuis you have the opportunity to experience how restful and rejuvenating farm-life can be. You can take long walks and explore the tranquil surroundings. Birdwatchers will find a bit of paradise with 45 different bird species and two dams where they can be spotted. For those who wish to be a bit more active, we have an established walking trail and a mountain bike route.

Surrounding area

Barkly West started life as a small mining town on the banks of the Vaal River and is the site of many South African historical treasures, including:

  • The first Anglican Church, built in 1871 on the site of the old diggers camp.
  • The first bridge built over the Vaal River.
  • The first alluvial diamond diggings, which is also now a national monument.
  • Barkly Bridge with its toll-house, the bridge was built with steel girders imported from London.
  • Canteen koppie, an archaeological site that was proclaimed a national monument in 1948.
  • The mining museum with rocks, artifacts, fossils and geological specimens.

There’s also quite a few game farms surrounding Barkly WestGood Hope and Mattanu are both open for day visits,  just keep in mind that bookings are essential.

 

Kimberley is 39 km from the farm. This town also hosts many South African historical treasures, for example:

  • The Big Hole, an open pit and underground mine which, it is claimed, is the largest hole excavated by hand in the world.
  • The McGregor Museum, featuring exhibitions celebrating the history of Kimberley and South Africa.
  • The Star of the West, Kimberley’s oldest pub.
  • The Ghost Trail, visiting some of Kimberley’s 158 ‘verified’ haunted houses – not for the fainthearted!

For those who prefer more modern entertainment, the local malls offer excellent shopping opportunities.