It is the perfect place to stay for a weekend away, business stay-over or taking a break from your stressful city life.
Accommodation is offered in double and queen en-suite rooms. Each room features full DStv, a fridge, microwave, cutlery, an iron and ironing board, panel heater, ceiling fan, and WiFi internet access.
There are plenty of attractions in the surrounding area to keep you busy including golf courses, squash and tennis courts, and horse riding. Or guests can enjoy visits to Tsitsa Falls, rock art sites, or any of the eight mountain passes in the area.
Airport Transfers By Arrangement
No Smoking Indoors
Pets By Arrangement
Restaurant On Premises
Picnic Baskets By Arrangement
Meals By Arrangement
Secure Parking Behind Remote Gate
The first inhabitants of the Maclear district were the San: correct spelling Xan with a click for the X. Many years later when the European settlers arrived, they called them the Bushmen. According to the Standard Encyclopedia for Southern Africa they were a short, predominantly hunting and food gathering people whose remnants today are only found in die Kalahari Desert. Archaeological remains indicate that they appeared 12 000 years ago in South Africa and specifically 5 000 years ago in the Maclear area. They were related to the Negroid branch of mankind and especially to the Sandawe of Tanzania in Central Africa.
The San are small of stature and classed as being of pygmy size. Most notably of their stature is a hollowing of their backs, big buttocks and thighs. The abdomen prominent, the skin folded and of a yellowish colour. Flat noses, small or no earlobes, small hands and feet. The hair arranged in isolated tufts. They adjusted themselves to the circumstances where they lived. If game was abundant they hunted with bow and arrow. Otherwise they gathered berries, roots or other food from the veld. If they stayed near the sea, they gathered seafood like oysters. In the Maclear area, game as well as food from the veld, were plentiful. They roamed through the rolling green hills and the rocky mountains and found shelter in the numerous caves. Plenty firewood and numerous streams with clean and fresh water. They loved to paint under overhanging rocks and caves and in doing so left a record of themselves and the way in which they lived.
They did not marry. Child-bearing started early, commonly before the girl was old enough for her wisdom teeth to have erupted. According to their paintings they did not wear any clothes. The men were usually painted with a big and erect penis. A stick was pierced through the skin in die centre of the penis so that sexual intercourse could not be practiced freely and could be controlled.
In Room Facilities:
Each room features full DStv, a fridge, microwave, cutlery, an iron and ironing board, panel heater, ceiling fan, and WiFi internet access.
Travel the eight mountain passes in our area:
Naudes Nek Mountain Pass: Highest Mountain pass in the Republic of South-Africa.
Spectacular scenery road not recommended for low-clearance vehicles. Dangerous when wet, approximately 70km from Maclear to the top of the pass. Allow 2 hours for traveling.
The other passes: Pitseng Pass, Langeni Pass, Pot river pass, tswenka pass, Barkly Pass, Otto Du Plessies Pass & Bastervoetpad (4x4 only).
Golf: Well maintained 9 hole golf course. Visitors welcome.
Squash: Glass backed air-conditioned court. Situated at the country club.
Tennis: 3 Surfaced courts available at the country club.
Other unorganized activities include horse riding and paragliding.
Tsitsa Falls: Visit the spectacular falls and zip line across the gorge. Guided tours to San art. Contact Angie or Adie 0839931524 or 0730208801 or visit www.tsitsafalls.com
Naudes Nek: Highest mountain pass accessible for normal vehicles in South-Africa.
Spectacular scenery. Road not recommended for low-clearance vehicles. Dangerous when
wet, even in a 4x4 vehicle. +- 70km from Maclear to the top- Allow 2 hours to get there.
Fly-fishing: Fish for wild trout. The fish propagate naturally in our rivers, and abound in the pure mountain water. Still-water fishing on more than 10 stocked dams also available. If you are new in the area it is essential to obtain the services of a guide. Contact Theuns Botha 073 6743326 or Jeff Singh 071 2686366
Rock-art: The Maclear district is famous for its rock-art, so much so that an article about it appeared in the National Geographic Magazine. Contact Sheila for guided tours. 0459321437
Wild Flowers: Take a guided tour of the wide variety of wildflowers that occur in this
district. Contact Adele Moore 045 9321651
Tractor Museum (Ugie): More than 50 vintage tractors on display, all in working order.
President Street, Ugie. Open weekdays. Free entry.