Oaklands Estate

Oaklands is located 95kms from the centre of Cape Town and 80 kms from Cape Town international area.  It is situated at the top of the Bovlei, Wellington, below the Bainskloof Pass.

The farm itself covers an area of 450 hectares and occupies natural basin located on the upper reaches of the Kromme River.  The southern boundary of the farm runs from the top of the Bainskloof Pass, past the entrance gate and then along the ridgeline to the upper slopes of the Groenberg.  It then runs northwards along the Groenberg, incorporating most of the plantations that can be seen on the Groenberg, before dropping down beyond the saddle at the top of the valley (“die nek”) and climbing up to the slopes of the Limietberg before running southwards below the cliff-line to the top of the Bainskloof Pass.

Oaklands Estate

Oaklands is located 95kms from the centre of Cape Town and 80 kms from Cape Town international area.  It is situated at the top of the Bovlei, Wellington, below the Bainskloof Pass.

The farm itself covers an area of 450 hectares and occupies natural basin located on the upper reaches of the Kromme River.  The southern boundary of the farm runs from the top of the Bainskloof Pass, past the entrance gate and then along the ridgeline to the upper slopes of the Groenberg.  It then runs northwards along the Groenberg, incorporating most of the plantations that can be seen on the Groenberg, before dropping down beyond the saddle at the top of the valley (“die nek”) and climbing up to the slopes of the Limietberg before running southwards below the cliff-line to the top of the Bainskloof Pass.

History

The farm was originally known as “Swartfontein”.

It was developed as a stud farm for race horses in the early 1980s by Godfrey Gird and renamed to Oaklands.  Oaklands Limited with the farm as its principle asset was listed as a public company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The present owners purchased the farm in 2009.

Current Activities

  • Parts of the estate are used for spelling of race horses and for operating a mare station during the horse breeding season.
  • The larger barns are used to quarantine horses prior to export.
  • A Red Angus beef herd is being developed on the farm.
  • Spring water is sold in bulk to water shops and other consumers
  • 100% wild organic honey is harvested and bottled on the estate
  • Oyster mushrooms are cultivated in the large shed near the entrance to the farm
  • The former yearling stable block has been converted into group accommodation and for the hosting of weddings and functions.

Fauna and Flora

The high slopes of the mountains that surround the farm form part of the Limietberg Nature Reserve which is part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom World Heritage Site. The Limietberg Nature Reserve itself forms part of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site based on its unique biodiversity and, in particular, its many and diverse plant species.

Oaklands itself provides an important ecological corridor linking the upper reaches of the Groenberg, in the west, with the rest of the Limietberg Nature Reserve, in the east.

We are already managing the eastern slopes and the saddle as part of the larger conservation area. These slopes are home to many endemic fynbos species.

Leopard have been sighted on Oaklands  and there are regular sightings of rooikat (lynx).

Baboons are a nuisance so do not leave doors open if you go out.

Much of the slopes of the Groenberg are infested with invasive alien vegetation.  Our conservation effort has been focused largely on the control of invasive plant species.  Large tracts of rock hakea have been removed from the eastern slopes of the farm, black wattle and eucalyptus have been removed from the valley bottom and we have started to tackle the slopes of the Groenberg.

Weather

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Look at the hour by hour forecast.  If the wind is anything above 4m/s from the south east then know that the gusts can be extremely strong.  This is the result of wind acceleration coming down the steep slopes of the mountainside.

The Mean Annual Runoff of Oaklands was measured on the Groenberg side at 1050mm, making it one of the wettest farms of the district.