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.
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.
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.