Aardvark Bioreserve: Die Opstal

  • 8 guests
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms

In an off-the-beaten track corner of the Klein Karoo, between the parallel peaks of the Langeberg and Swartberg mountains, this once-desolate property has been nurtured back to life. Today, it’s half farm and half game reserve – and 100% off the grid and organic. There’s plenty of space in which to reconnect with nature, including an exclusive network of mountain-biking trails that follow the tracks of zebras, giraffes, antelope, ostriches, caracals and elusive aardvarks.

There are four modern cottages dotted around the wilder section of the property, decorated in a sophisticated white and neutral palette: the one-bedroomed Berghuisie (on a hilltop) and Springbok (overlooking the dam) cottages, and the two-bedroomed Gemsbok (overlooking a watering hole) and Zebra (nearest the trails) cottages. For larger groups seeking a more “country-style” getaway, there’s Die Opstal: a stylishly renovated four-bedroom farmhouse surrounded by fields, fruit trees, sheep, chickens and ducks.

Wherever you choose to spend your stay, you’ll have everything you need to make the most of it, from a fully equipped kitchen to an indoor fireplace, a furnished verandah with a braai and (of course) your own private wood-fired hot tub.


Bedrooms + bathrooms

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms (bath and shower)
  • Bathroom amenities

Indoor living

  • Fully equipped kitchen with a pizza oven
  • Spacious living area with fireplace
  • Dining table with fireplace
  • TV room
  • Dedicated workspace
  • Air-conditioning
  • Complimentary basket of seasonal produce
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Coffee and tea facilities

Outdoor living

  • Furnished verandah with a braai
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Wood-fired hot tub
  • Boma and fire pit
  • Garden
  • Bike shed
  • Splash pool


On the property

  • Three hiking trails through the reserve
  • Four mountain-biking routes, from beginner to advanced
  • Sundowner drives
  • Visit the succulent nursery
  • Picnicking or paddling at the dam
  • Stargazing in the hot tub
  • Bird-watching

In the area

  • Explore the towns of Ladismith and Riversdale
  • Ladismith Golf Club
  • Various nature reserves
  • Gouritz Biodiversity Meander
  • Klein Karoo wine estates
  • Various hikes, walks and scenic drives


  • WiFi
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai
  • Fire Pit
  • Pool
  • Bath
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Dam
  • Dedicated Work Space
  • Dishwasher
  • DStv
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron + Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Pizza Oven
  • Secure Parking
  • TV
  • Backup Power
  • Washing Machine

Best for

  • Families
  • Big Groups


Low Season
R7,200.00 Per Night

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