The Storytellers, acommodation in Rocklands, Cederberg - luxury safari tents

Glamping accommodation

Peaceful, off-grid luxury in the Agter Pakhuis Valley, Rocklands, Cederberg.

Our aim is to create, for our guests, a gentle yet authentically close to nature experience of the northern Cederberg. In keeping with our own ideals, we’ve kept everything very simple, organic and ecologically sustainable, but at the same time, comfortable and cosy. 

We care for our accommodation and our guests personally. We built the units ourselves, we do all construction upgrades ourselves and we clean and maintain them ourselves. In short, we take a hands on approach to our accommodation offering, so you an rest assured that we are here to ensure you have a memorable Cederberg experience.

Our three units are positioned without line-of-sight to ensure your privacy and peace of mind for the duration of your stay. All of our units are furnished with one queen size bed and one comfortable sleeper couch, which is made up in an extended section of the tent (a separate "room"). The sleeper couch is intended for one extra adult or two children, but can sleep two adults if you are willing to be cosy! On request, a pop-up safari tent (furnished) can be set up as extra space for a single adult or two children / teenagers (this option is available for a once-off surcharge of R120). This option must be booked in advance as we only have one available at this time.

Our accommodation is off grid. Lights are solar powered and hot water is provided by either a wood-fired "donkey" boiler (Porcupine Place and Dassie Den) or a gas geyser (Tortoise Terrace). All of the units have private bathrooms with either just a shower (Porcupine Place and Tortoise Terrace), or a shower and an antique claw bath (Dassie Den only). The three tents are equipped with simple gas-powered kitchens and enough cutlery and crockery for your stay. We also supply all bed linen and extra blankets; handmade organic soap and toilet paper; as well as matches, firelighters and firewood. 

What about connectivity? We don't have wi-fi at our units or our home. We do, however, have a small office next to our house, where a high-speed LAN-based internet point is available to guests, free of charge, where you can privately plug your laptop in (you can also charge all your cameras and other devices here). In addition, the whole of the Agter Pakhuis Valley has very good MTN data reception. Simply purchase an MTN SIM card for 40c and you're good to go!

We also have a plugged-in freezer in our home to allow guests to store additional meat or other frozen foods, should you have more than can go into your fridge/freezer in the unit. 

Our accommodation is pet friendly, provided your animals are well socialised with other animals.

 

Porcupine Place

Porcupine Place has a large, luxury safari tent, carpeted, fully furnished and sheltered from the sun and rain by a discreet roof canopy. There is also a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and dining area, and an eco-bathroom with rain shower, and one wall built into the rock. The unit is completely off-grid, but does have hot water (by wood burning "donkey"), a gas cooker, a gas fridge and solar lighting. 

R650 for the unit in 2018.

Towels, linen, gas and wood for the donkey boiler are provided. With one queen size bed, the unit is ideally suited to a couple, but the unit has a very comfortable sleeper couch which is suitable for one adult (two if willing to be cosy!) or two small children.

If additional space for one extra adult or two children / teenagers is required, the furnished pop-up safari tent can be booked for an extra R120 setup fee. Please let us know well in advance as we currently only have one available. 

Storytellers Trading Post

...a store that tells a story

Why Storytellers?

Well, it started simply, as an acknowledgement of the way in which knowledge was passed down by the Bushmen and later, the Khoi people of this region. They would gather around the fire and tell stories about the plants, the animals and all of creation.  They also told stories through their art (which may be found on rock faces and cave walls) and in the form of dance – an expressive and energetic form known as the Nama Riel. 

But as we’ve evolved our life on the farm, a new chapter of the story has started to tell itself; a story about working with plants, listening to the animals and experimenting with organic, communal gardening. About foraging – not just for food but also materials for building, furniture and general creativity. About safari tents and recycled pallets. About bouldering and ethnobotanical studies as vehicles for personal growth. 

Storytelling is not just a way of passing down knowledge. It is also a way of sharing ideas; of postulating different ways, as it were. We wanted to create a space to share our story, to have it grow interactively, and to allow people to take a piece away with them. 

Welcome to Storytellers: we have now divided our space into two:

  • a permanent "Trading Post" where you can buy organic skin and body care, herbal salts, pickles and preserves from the farm, superfood snacks, eco-gear for the outdoors, and many more interesting goodies, and
  • a pop-up "Story Space" for interactive learning events, workshops, market days and more.

The Trading Post may be found near the plateau section of the Rocklands boulders on De Pakhuys farm (see pic above). The pop-up Story space is also on De Pakhuys, near the Dihedral boulders. See pic below.

 

Opening hours:

Storytellers Trading Post -Monday to Friday, 09:00 until 17:00, Weekends by indicated time. 

Story Space, next opening: Saturday 29 August 2015.

13:30 – 15:30 :: Interactive learning session in which we will be making jewellery from crystals and other "found objects". It will be aimed at the Rocklands Rangers climbning school children (and the primary language will thus be Afrikaans. All are, however, very welcome. 

 

 

Tortoise Terrace

Tortoise Terrace is our newest glamping unit, and is the most private and close to nature of all of them. This time, we have constructed a wooden cottage with a deck and sliding door onto a gas powered kitchen and bathroom with shower. The unit is off-grid, with a gas geyser, a gas cooker, a gas fridge and solar lighting. There is also an shaded deck with outdoor dining area.

This unit also has a shaded hammock for those lazy days and a large stone braai for those late night cookouts. A firepit is also provided for those who want to spend their evenings staring at the stars.

Towels, linen, gas and wood are supplied. With one queen size bed, the unit is ideally suited to a couple, but the unit has a very comfortable sleeper couch which is suitable for one adult (two if willing to be cosy) or two children / teenagers.

If additional space for one extra adult or two children / teenagers is required, the furnished pop-up safari tent can be booked for an extra R120 setup fee. Please let us know well in advance as we currently only have one available. 

Rates are R600 for the unit per night in 2018. 

Views of the area

Our three glamping units are situated on De Pakhuys Farm, Agter Pakhuis Valley, Rocklands, Cederberg. 


Rocklands has become world renowned as one of the best bouldering destinations in the world. Here is a short video clip, filmed in 2014 by Red Point Movies, showcasing the beautiful scenery and some famous bouldering problems.


 

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