Rouxwil offers charming and luxurious hospitality at a working African farm. The owners and your hosts, Thys and O’nel, are passionate farmers and nature lovers, and true to their African roots, vivacious story-tellers ….
Thys’s knowledge of the area makes his personalised farm tours unforgettable experiences – going to great lengths to personally show you what the Overberg is all about. Every season is different, and with an expert guide like Thys, it will come to life for you. During the tour, enjoy convivial sundowners in nature, providing an ever changing kaleidoscope of colours, a paradise for landscape photographers. Abundant bird life, and watch the national bird, the Blue Crane in its natural habitat. You may see Blue Crane nests and eggs, as well a baby Blue Cranes in season.
Thys takes you personally on a guided tour of farm activities, and goes to the same amount of trouble for every single guest. As Rouxwil is mainly a wheat and sheep farm, he is an expert on the wheat and sheep production in the Western Cape.
Watch plains game from your room in the Game camp right in front of the Guest House. We have Eland and Springbuck. You may even stroke an Eland Bull when we feed them every night. Orchard visits – pick your own fresh apple in season. Go for a sundowner cruise down the river. A special wine experience. Don a pair of walking boots for a safe and invigorating hike on Rouxwil. Bird watching with the Blue Crane in its natural habitat is an exceptional privilege that is rarely available to tourists. Rouxwil is close to the Theewaterskloof Dam and the Riviersonderend River where water birds are in abundance. A Photographic & Birdwatcher’s paradise. A typical South African way of entertaining guests by experiencing a Braai with your hosts, Thys and O’nel, on the big spacious verandah. The harvesting and off loading of wheat at the Caledon silos [October – December]. Do your own sundowner on a quad bike. Sheep shearing.
April to May
Autumn is the wheat planting season and a very busy time for the farmer. You will be able to experience first hand what it takes to put bread on the table!
June to August
During the winter months the Overberg is a patchwork of different shades of green and although some call it the secret season, it should not be, as this is one of the most beautiful times of the year on the farm. The homestead is surrounded with some of the finest pastoral scenery and sheep and their lambs graze right up to the garden fence. Thys will demonstrate with his sheepdog how sheep is handled with the greatest ease.
September to November
Our spring begins in September, when the Caledon area is in full bloom. At the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the countryside is rich in native flowers like Fynbos and Proteas, not to mention the endless orchards with their pink and white blossoms. As far as the eye can see, the wheat is now a sea of green waves in the breeze, broken here and there by bright yellow patches of flowering Canola.
November to April
The wheat starts to ripen in early summer and if you pay a visit during Harvest time in October and November, the hills will be patterned in a quilted tapestry of cut wheat.