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

Caracal Cottage

For those who'd prefer a few more of the comforts of home, Caracal Cottage is our latest, glamping-inspired option. It will be available from April 2019.

Nestled cosily between the rocks, this little cottage was built around an old caravan, which still exists in the form of the main bedroom. There are two living spaces, one of which doubles as a second bedroom, plus a little bathroom with solar geyser and a full kitchen with gas stove and oven plus full, electrical fridge. Lights are solar powered but there are electrical plug points to charge everything you need.

The unit also has a lovely, protected garden for playing and socialising, and will have a sizeable outdoor cooking space.

Bath towels, linen and gas are supplied. The unit has one queen size bed in the main "room", plus a single bed, so it sleeps three comfortably. From August 2019, there will be accommodation for five people. Please bring your own swimming towels for the dam and waterfall.

Special introductory rate of R800 per night for the unit from April 2019. 
A complimentary crate of wood is provided, after which it can be purchased from us at cost.

NOTE: As of 2019, we would like to encourage people to stay longer. Please be in touch about our discounts for weekly, monthly and three-monthly stays, only available when booking directly with us.

Glamping accommodation

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

Our vision is to provide a space where guests are able to truly experience for themselves the raw and rugged magic that is the northern Cederberg landscape. To this end, we've created simple, sustainable yet comfortable accommodation that merges with the surrounding wilderness. We've also kept things small, with three units, each of which can accommodate only four people. In April 2019, we will be launching a fourth, slightly more luxurious unit, but in August 2019, Porcupine Place will be closing down to make way for a new cultural and environmental education centre – the Story Space.

We are situated in the Agter Pakhuis Valley, northern Cederberg, right at the edge of the wilderness area and adjacent to De Pakhuys and Alpha Excelsior Farms. Exact driving directions are supplied on confirmation of a booking.

All of our units are positioned without line-of-sight to ensure your privacy and peace of mind for the duration of your stay. Dassie Den, Porcupine Place and Tortoise Terrace are furnished safari tents with private bathrooms and kitchens. They all sleep four (two in a double bed in the main room and two in bunk beds in the second room). Caracal Cottage, which opens in April 2019, is a little cottage built around a completely refurbished caravan, which now serves as the main bedroom. It sleeps three - two in a double bed in the main bedroom, and one in a single bed in a separate room. We strive to keep things as sustainable as possible. Porcupine Place and Tortoise Terrace are completely off-grid, while Dassie Den and Caracal Cottage have electrical power but with off-grid lighting, geyser and cooking facilities. 

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.

What about connectivity? We don't have any wifi on our property, including our home. However, 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 do also have a small office next to our house, where a high-speed LAN-based internet point (plug-in, not wireless) is available to guests, free of charge, where you can privately plug your laptop in (Porcupine and Tortoise guests can also charge cameras and other devices here).

The office also has a freezer to allow guests to store additional frozen foods, should you have more than can go into your fridge/freezer in the unit.

NOTE: As of 2019, we would like to encourage people to stay longer. Please be in touch about our discounts for weekly, monthly and three-monthly stays, only available when booking directly with us.

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. There is also a large stone braai and firepit.

The unit is completely off-grid, but does have hot water (by wood burning "donkey"), a gas cooker, a gas fridge and solar lighting. 

Towels, linen and gas are supplied. The unit has one queen size bed in the main "room", and then a bunk bed in a separate "room", so it accommodates four people very comfortably. (Please note that we cannot accommodate more than four per unit).

2019 Rate: R650 for the unit, per night.
A complimentary crate of wood is provided, with further wood available at cost.

NOTE: As of 2019, we would like to encourage people to stay longer. Please be in touch about our discounts for weekly and monthly stays, only available when booking directly with us.

 

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 smallest unit, but also the most private and close to nature. It consists of 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 and living area.

This unit has 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 and gas are supplied. The unit has one queen size bed in the main "room", and then a bunk bed in a separate "room", so it accommodates four people very comfortably. (Please note that we cannot accommodate more than four per unit).

2019 Rate: R625 for the unit, per night.
A complimentary crate of wood is provided, with further wood available at cost.

NOTE: As of 2019, we would like to encourage people to stay longer. Please be in touch about our discounts for weekly and monthly stays, only available when booking directly with us.

Views of the area

Our three glamping units and new, glamping-inspired cottage are situated in the Agter Pakhuis Valley, Rocklands, Cederberg. 

For some great online mappng and bouldering topos for Rocklands, visit 27 Crags, or purchase the new Rocklands guidebook.