Activities on or near the Farm
If you would rather not laze your days away in the shade of tree or on your veranda - Afsaal Guest Farm offers a range of activities for those who are feeling more energetic. For example...
Walks and Hikes
Take a guide or guide yourself - there are several walks around the farm which thread through diverse flora and fauna - along the river, up the fynbos hill, or through the fruit orchards.
Many resident species can be spotted year-round due to our diverse habitat (rivers, dam, fynbos, open areas) and various fruit trees and bird-friendly plants. The more rare raptors and owls are also regularly sited. Bird-watching can be done from the comfort of your veranda, or a route down to the river has been mapped for more serious bird-watchers.
Our farm animals love to be visited by guests (children and adults alike). Rosie, our friendly pink pig, is always ready for visitors (see the gallery for photos of the new piglets), cows, sheep or chickens can be arranged.
See Haarlem in style from an apple crate. A favorite with small children - and some adults...
Fynbos Walking Tour
A close-up view of nature’s beauty at your feet around our fynbos kopje (possibly includes getting down on your knees to see some of the local fynbos properly.)
Haarlem and adjacent areas are ideal for the mountain bike enthusiast with plenty of gravel roads - all surrounded by natural, scenic beauty.(Drop-offs available to some of the higher points if you are only feeling half-energetic.)
Just walk around Haarlem and experience the tranquil friendly vibe. Step back into past and see horses and donkeys ploughing as our forefathers did.
Absorb Haarlem’s amazing clear night skies on a cloudless night. We have no street lights.
Guided Adventure Tours
Camping tours through Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve. View this World Heritage site for a once in a lifetime experience (an overnight tour including 4x4 transport into the kloof). Navigate the waters of the Kouga Dam with its unspoilt gorges (available by advanced arrangement only.)
Guided Day Tours
Guided day tours are available (transport provided), for example:
- Visit to the ‘Old Wa Pad’ (Old Wagon Traail) with its panoramic views and historic masonry walling.
- Visit a famous Boer War battle site with embattlements unaffected by time.
- Visit Haarlem’s Honey bush tea growing project sited on the mountain slopes.
See the area Information page for more local activities and ideas.