On the farm:
- Relax and enjoy the Karoo, wander around the farm.
- Visit the lonely grave of a British soldier, Pte. W Calver of the 16th Lancers, who died on Sep. 10, 1901.
- Go on the fossil trail and see for yourself where the therocephalians (“beast-heads”) diictodons and Pristerognathu lived 265 million years ago. Therocephalians are an extinct suborder of carnivorous eutheriodont therapsids that lived from the middle and late Permian into the Triassic 265.0—245.0 Ma, existing for approximately 20 million years – a guided tour can be arranged.
- Go for a braai with your partner at one of the picnic spots next to the Vlakkraal river.
It is also the ideal place from where to:
- Explore the quaint little town of Prince Albert (45km) where you can visit the smallest wine estate in Africa, fig – and olive farms and various other attractions.
- Take a drive over the majestic Swartberg Mountain Pass (48km).
- Visit the isolated wilderness area, known as “Die Hel” (Gamkaskloof), a mere 59 km away; or
- Meirings Poort, with its breathtaking scenery – an hour’s drive from the lodge; or
- The world renowned Kango Caves only 98 km away;
- The Karoo National Park, also only an hour’s drive away; or
- Start exploring the Karoo Highlands route which covers small Karoo towns such as Matjiesfontein, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Williston, Carnarvon, Loxton, Victoria West and Beaufort West.
Prince Albert is a delightful South African village in the Karoo, which is part of the Western Cape. Although we live in an arid region we are blessed with water from the Swartberg Mountains and the village is a little oasis.
Prince Albert is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially figs and apricots. In the Prince Albert Valley, to the south of the village, farmers have restored vineyards last farmed in the 19th century. Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and cheese are local delicacies.
Enjoy the unexpected pleasures of Route 62 as you travel from Cape Town through Paarl, Wellington, the Breede River, Klein Karoo, the Langkloof, the beaches of Jeffreys Bay, Port Elizabeth and Addo National Park.
Route 62 meanders through a thousand kilometers of mountains, fertile valleys, semi deserts and offers a shorter alternative to the N2 Highway.
The Assendelft Bush Camp Pub is fully stocked and manned, if so required, from 10h00 – 02h00. The wide open spaces beckon and you can head out across the veldt to walk around the farm. Bird watchers can add to their list of Karoo birds and might even be able to identify some of those mystifying lbj’s at Assendelft. A fossil trail has been opened in conjunction with the Department of Paleontology from the University of the Witwatersrand. Guided tours can be arranged, free of charge, for visitors and guests.
The famous artist Outa Lappies used to live in a cottage at the Prince Albert Road Station, he sadly died on 7th July 2011. He is known for the art he created from odds and ends others would throw away – the man who really made “something out of nothing.” You can see some of his work at the Fransie Pienaar Museum in Prince Albert.