Things to do

There are a variety of activities to be undertaken on Oaklands with its rich biodiversity, well established mountain bike and walking trails, and its easy access to the many wine farms and other amenities of the Wellington area.

Things to do

There are a variety of activities to be undertaken on Oaklands with its rich biodiversity, well established mountain bike and walking trails, and its easy access to the many wine farms and other amenities of the Wellington area.

On Oaklands

Walks on the farm

  • We recommend a walk up to the saddle.  Either follow the jeep track running northwards from behind the stables or use the cycle track which will give you a pleasant circular walk. From the saddle you get a view northwards towards Moreesburg.  To the west you can see Rieebeck Kasteel. (1 hour)
  • Walk up the hill on the eastern side and then pick up the cycle track where it crosses the concrete road.  The path climbs a little further giving lovely views over the valley and takes you through some pristine fynbos as you head southwards and down to the cottages below. (1 hour)

Walks in Bovlei Valley

  • Walk to Doolhof Wine Estate. It is 2.5kms down to Doolhof.  Either follow the cycle track down the eastern side of the farm or the farm road out of the main gate and turn left in the dip after the gate.  Consider walking down for a light lunch. (3 hours round trip)
  • Walk to Wevanpas. From the Doolhof main gate continue 3 kms down the road to Welvanpas.  There is a riverside track on the eastern side of the stream which can be accessed from the bridge.  A pleasant walk for a morning tea. It is uphill coming back so consider having a vehicle meet you there  to bring you back. (1.5 – 2 hours there)

Mountain Biking and Trail Running

Oaklands is home to approximately 10kms of hand cut single track that forms part of the 100kms that make up the Bains Trails. For those familiar with the trails, the section of trail on the farm is the white route.  It is a regular host to mountain biking and trail running events such as the Cape Epic. The Bains Trails have been rated as amongst the best mountain biking trails in South Africa. Route information can be obtained from Welvanpas or Val du Charron, which serves as the trail hub.

Bird Watching

Whilst not a dedicated bird watching destination there are treats for birding enthusiasts. Birds of Prey seem to thrive on Oaklands, especially rodent and insect eaters.

  1. Black Eagle
  2. Booted Eagle
  3. Jackal Buzzard
  4. Steppe Buzzard
  5. African Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene)
  6. Black Sparrowhawk
  7. African Goshawk
  8. Yellowbilled Kite
  9. Rock Kestrel
  10. Spotted Eagle Owl
  11. Barn Owl

Star Gazing

Apart from lights on the farm the only lights you should see are those of the occasional car on the Bainskloof Pass. The Groenberg blocks out much of the light pollution from Wellington and the greater Cape Town area. As a result, the stars are spectacular.

Oaklands Surrounds

Witte River Rock Pools

  • Go swim in mountain rock pools and see the memorial for Lettie de Jager.
  • Go and visit Wolkerus and see Mr Hugos House.
  • Go and see Gawie se Water, South Africa’s first interbasin water transfer.
  • Click here to find out more about these activities.

Horse Riding

Although Oaklands was formerly a stud farm we do not keep horses for livery. Horse rides can be arranged at the various nearby venues.

Fynbos Trails

Wine Valley Horse Trails

Local Products

There are various venues in the vicinity of Oaklands offering speciality food and produce, ranging from home ceramics and leather goods to coffee and home made cheeses.

Redemption: Handmade Leather Products.

Windmeul Cellar MarketA farmers’ market every Saturday morning from 8 till 12.

Dried Fruit Slangrivier: Make local sauces, mustards, mustards, tapenades, flavoured oils and vinegars, desert toppings

Alpaca: Alpaca Farm and Products.

Glodina Factory Shop: Locally produced towels.

 

Big Screen Sports

  • Pizza et Vino at Val du Charron.
  • Bell Inn at this end of Church Street (they sell good bar meals with excellent chips)
  • Zu Bar in Church Street next to the Shell Garage and Breezy Hill at the intersection of the R45 and R44 have very large screens.

Food and Drink

Light Snacks and Lunches

There are various venues in the vicinity of Oaklands offering speciality food and produce, ranging from home ceramics and leather goods to coffee and home made cheeses.

Doolhof  do light meals and their cheese board pairs very well with a wine tasting.

Ou Meule at Welvanpas does a good carrot cake and coffee.

The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone for coffee or lunch.  Dinner is by booking only.

Val du Charron has The Local Grill for steaks or to sit on their terrace and enjoy the late afternoon with a magnificient view of the Hawequa mountains

Pizza et Vino – as the name suggests a pizzeria albeit with great views and a large play are for kids, including a water park for the heat of summer.

Linton Park on the Slangrivier Road for a chacuterie platter

Langkloof Roses, also on the Slang Rivier Road, do very good and inexpensive teas and lunch

Aux de Hex, located further down the Bovlei Valley in Hexberg Road. Get a table in the garden.

Oude Wellington: Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Sundays and Mondays pre book.

Villamar: Eatery and Roatery.

Fun Food

  • Imbuko offers Wine and pie pairing.
  • Villamar does a coffee and chocolate pairing.
  • Linton Park has a chacuterie and wine pairing.

Whisky, Brandy and Beer

  • Sedgwicks:The pre-booked distillery tours and food pairings are available and limited to 10 people. Bookings must be made in advance through Webtickets. No bookings can be made at the distillery or on arrival. This experience is only offered to those aged 18 years and older. For more information, call +27 (0) 72 415 3440 or email info@jamessedgwickdistillery.co.za. Alternatively visit www.bains.co.za and www.threeshipswhisky.co.za.
  • Oude Wellington Wine and Brandy Estate: They make wine, grappa and brandy. Brandy tasting is by appointment (+27) 21 873 2262).

Places to visit

Breytenbach Center

There are often art openings Saturdays mornings. Saturday evenings play host to South Africa blues/rock bands and musicians. Click here to find out more.

 

Bablyonstoren

Amazing kitchen gardens. Click here for more info.

Riebeck Kasteel

Riebeek-Kasteel is one of the oldest towns in South Africa, situated at 80 km north-east of Cape Town in The Riebeek Valley together with its sister town Riebeek West. During 1661 Commander Jan van Riebeeck initiated an inland discovery expedition under the leadership of Pieter Cruythoff.

Boschendal

The kitchen gardens are interesting and the deli is an easy place to get a light meal. Find out more here.

 

La Motte

Go and have a look at the Pierneef collection. Find out more here.

 

Taal Monument

Worth a visit for its architecture and views.  Lots of space for children to run. There is a basic coffee shop there.

 

Spice Route

A place that has the CBC brewery as well as pizza and handicraft. Find out more here.