Your first impression as a guest will be the stunning views over the pond and Ufumene's vast flood plains.
Lodge life mostly happens on the large covered veranda, furnished with sofas, chairs and tables, and a summer kitchen and dining area. A refreshing swim in the pool is only a few steps away.
On cold days, life moves indoors to the open plan hall that includes a kitchen, dining room and lounge with an open fireplace. The wine cellar also has a cosy bar, where good fun and company lifts the spirits.
Healthy and tasty meals are are made from home grown vegetables, venison, lamb, beef, chickens, eggs.
We offer our guests a choice of cuisines. Besides a good venison braai and other hearty dishes from South Africa, France and Italy
English language TV channels are available to follow the news and major sporting events. And for entertainment, we have a library of books and movies. You will be able to keep in touch with the outside world via cell phone and wireless internet.
We are a destination for families. There are so many fun and wholesome things for kids to do.
In Room Facilities:
Your bedroom is spacious, with en-suite changing- and bathrooms.
Ufumene measures 2400 hectares (6000 acres). It straddles both sides of a valley in the mountains that separate the coastal plains of the Eastern Cape from the arid Karoo. Its flood plains are 300 m above sea level, the high plateaus rise to 500m.
It features 5 different biomes for you to explore, succulent karoo, broken thorn veld, subtropical savanna, rhino bush and valley thicket.
The Bushmans River winds through Ufumene for 12 kms. It flows after big rains, but its pools are kept full with water seeping down from the hills. Along its banks it sustains a mature forest of acacia, bush willow, jacket plum and paperbark trees.
You will find most indigenous species of animals on the ranch with the exception of dangerous game. (If you want to experience the "Big 5" animals, we can arrange for a trip to the nearby Addo National Elephant Park, home to elephants, rhino, buffalo, lions and leopards.)
Wild animals on the farm range from the tiny field mouse to the graceful giraffe.
The farm is also home to rare indigenous birds, like the proud secretary bird and the blue crane, South Africa's national bird. It also serves as a stopover for migratory storks from Europe.
We manage the species that significantly impact the farm's limited fodder resources. This includes 17 antelope species, zebra, giraffe, warthogs and ostrich.
Antelopes currently on the farm are: duiker, steenbuck, springbuck, impala, mountain reedbuck, common reedbuck bushbuck, blesbuck, lechwe, red hartebeest, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, sable, nyala, gemsbuck, kudu and eland.
*Large veranda with couches, tables and a braai area
*Pond with a raft
*Bar & wine cellar
*Fruit & vegetable garden
*Chicken houses for eggs & meat
*Sable breeding project
*Walks or hikes
*Visits to places nearby