Holiday Accommodation in Ceres

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Edenvue Chalets CeresSelf-catering
3 Wooden chalets on a farm just outside Ceres....

Belmont Hotel CeresHotel / Lodge
Bergstroom Guesthouse CeresSelf-catering
Beyerhof B&B CeresBed & Breakfast
Die Herberg Guest House CeresBed & Breakfast
Fairfield Cottages CeresSelf-catering
Four Seasons Guest House CeresGuest House
Houdenbek Farm Cottage CeresSelf-catering
Inverdoorn Game Reserve      CeresHotel / Lodge
Klondyke Cherry Farm CeresCamping & Caravan
Kunje Guesthouse CeresBed & Breakfast
Long Acres Guest House CeresGuest House
Matroosberg Reserve CeresSelf-catering
Mount Ceder      CeresSelf-catering
Pine Forest Holiday Resort CeresSelf-catering
Rhodene Farm Cottage CeresSelf-catering
Silhouette - The Renewal Retreat CeresHotel / Lodge
Vaalkloof Private Nature Reserve CeresCamping & Caravan
Village Guest House And Restaurant CeresGuest House
Hunters Retreat Guest Farm CeresBed & Breakfast

KOUE BOKKEVELD
This is the area north of the Gydo Pass. A wide range of fruit is grown in this valley. Koue Bokkeveld is not only famous for its red apples, but also for producing, pears, peaches, plums apricots, potatoes, onions and wheat.

PRINCE ALFRED'S HAMLET
This village, 10 km north of Ceres was founded in 1861 and named after the second son of Queen Victoria who had visited South Africa the year before. Mainly deciduous fruit is farmed. The town has shown rapid growth in industry and business development in the past five years.

CERES KAROO
The traditional southern entrance to the Karoo was from Ceres through Karoo Poort. As the traveller enters, he sees before him the vast panorama of the Ceres Karoo. A level, open, shallow valley with a melancholy atmosphere surrounds it as though it remembers past years. Now forlorn, the Karoo awaits its inevitable end via erosion.

ACTVITIES
BOPLAAS

Historical homestead, birthplace of the poet Boerneef. Tours by arrangement.
Tel (023) 3170718.

CERES FRUIT JUICES & CERES FRUIT GROWERS FACTORY TOURS

Ceres Fruit Growers has one of the biggest packsheds for fresh fruit in the Southern Hemisphere. Here a tourist can see the process of washing, sorting, and packaging of fruit.  Ceres Fruit Juices is known worldwide for their 100% pure fruit juice.  Wear a long skirt or pants and closed shoes. Booking essential.  Daily tours at 10 am & 2 pm.
Phone the Ceres Tourism Bureau at
Tel. (023) 3161287

FARM TOURS

Guided tour to visit a working fruit farm to see packaging & drying of fruit. During the months of December - April.
Contact the Ceres Tourism Bureau
(023) 3161287/ 3161051

KLONDYKE CHERRY FARM
Pick your own cherries from mid-November to beginning of January at Klondyke Cherry Farm. The farm is situated 35km outside Ceres. A small entrance fee is charged, and visitors can pick and eat to their heart's content.  Tel. (023) 3121521   Fax. (023) 3122877

MôRESTER ESTATE
Farm tours for groups to view planting, picking and processing of fruit and vegetables in season.
Tel. (023) 3170757

SNOWFALLS IN WINTER
During winter when snowfalls occur which are low and heavy enough to be reached by road please contact the Ceres Tourism Bureau who will advise you on the best routes, to avoid damage to vehicles and farmer's properties when visiting the snow. Alternately take a 4x4 Bedford ride into the snow in the Matroosberg Nature Reserve (Tel: Cordré Smith: (023) 3122282).

THE TOLL HOUSE
Michell's Pass, which opened in 1848, passes through magnificent countryside and fascinating rock formations. The Toll House, declared a national monument in 1972, is now utilised as a tea and coffee shop and restaurant. Tel (023) 3161571

TRANSPORT RIDERS' MUSEUM

The name "Togryers Museum" originated from the great influence that the transport riders had on the development of Ceres. The completion of Michell's Pass in 1848 made the town accessible to wagons, and the main routes to the diamond fields passing through Ceres. This lasted until the railway line to the north by-passed Ceres.

In the museum the visitor can see a collection of wagons that were used in Ceres during the period 1880 - 1940. Some of the interesting wagons on display are: - a spider, half-tent wagon, hearse and two Cape carts. The other collections include the earthquake of 1969, the midwife in the early 20th century, and some equipment used by furriers and wagon makers. The museum also has an interesting collection of Africana books.

Monday to Friday 9:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00, Saturdays 9:00 - 12:00 in the summer months and on request during the winter months. Tel. (023) 3122045

MERINO FARM

Merino is a working fruit farm 25 km outside Ceres, at the foot of the Waboomsberge. Packshed Tours, 4x2 route that becomes a 4x4 route when heavy snowfalls occur.  Booking essential: Tel. (023) 3122596

MATROOSBERG MOUNTAIN DRIVE

With 4x4 5ton Bedford truck up into the Matroosberg Mountains.  See detailed information regarding more activities at Matroosberg Reserve website www.matroosberg.com
Booking essential Tel. (023) 3122282

BUSHMAN PAINTINGS

Kagga Kamma Private Game Reserve  100 km North of Ceres. Visitors can see paintings on a day visit or overnight stay. Tel. (021) 8724343

Klein Cedarberg Private Nature Reserve 70 km from Ceres in the Koue Bokkeveld. Overnight packages available to see Bushmen Paintings.Tel. (023) 3170783

Kunje Farm 90 km from Ceres. Rock paintings visible on day hike. Tel. (022) 9213536

Vaalkloof Private Nature Reserve  70 km from Ceres in the Ceres Karoo.  Guided tours to sites where Bushmen once roamed to learn about their way of life, religious beliefs, and strong connection to and respect for the environment.  Tel (023) 3161690
 
Houdenbek Farm 57 km from Ceres in the Koue Bokkeveld. A variety of paintings on hiking trail. 
Tel (023) 3170759


Wethu Experience  Based at Op-die-Berg 45 km from Ceres.  Experience some of the best paintings in South Africa on a guided tour with one of our local guides.  Optional lunch.
Tel (023) 3170625
 
NATURE RESERVES
Matroosberg Reserve

The Matroosberg Reserve is situated on the farm Erfdeel, approximately 35km form Ceres. The Reserve covers more then 1000ha of mountain area, and reaches Matroosberg peak, which at the altitude of 2247m is the highest in the Boland. During the winter months, Matroosberg is often covered with snow. After a good snowfall, the northern slopes remain snow-clad for quite some time and you can drive to the snow in a 4x4 vehicle.Other activities include a 4x4 trail, mountain safari, hiking trails, abseiling, team building and more.Tel: Cordré Smith 023-3122282

Vaalkloof Private Nature Reserve

At 5520ha this is the biggest Natural Heritage site in the Western Cape. It is unique in its span from the high mountain with moist fynbos down to the flat, arid Karoo plains. The vegetation transition is impressive in that it passes through 5 veld types, from Mountain Fynbos, Plateau Fynbos, Grassy Fynbos, Renosterveld and then to Succulent Karoo. No less than 21 species of proteaceae occur on Vaalkloof and is the habitat of a possible 72 mammal species, including small mammals, predators, leopard and antelope.
Tel 023-3161690

Klein Cedarberg Private Nature Reserve

Klein Cedarberg is member of the 100 000ha Swartruggens Nature Conservancy in the midst of ancient San Bushman culture.  Guided Tours are conducted on request to the San Bushman sites. Dinners are served by candlelight served in an 18th Century Pioneer's House.  The menu is African Iron Pot Cuisine.  Our guests come for 1-4 days to experience Africa in a rustic but comfortable way. Tel: 023-3170783

GAME RESERVES
Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve
Inverdoorn is a 2500ha park situated in the Ceres Karoo, a scenic 2½ hour drive from Cape Town. It hosts:Buffalo, White Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra and a large variety of antilope including Kudu, Lechwe, Oryx and much more. There is an abundance of bird life with more than 165 species observed. During your game drive you will experience a spectacular sunset from the look-out point. At night our clear skies with myriads of stars are absolutely breathtaking.Tel: 023-3161264

Kagga Kamma Private Game Reserve
Set amongst the beauty of the rugged Cederberg Mountains, Kagga Kamma lies high up on the Swartruggens range that separates the Koue Bokkeveld from the endless stretches of the Karoo. Our guides will share their knowledge of the San people and their culture and their knowledge of the unique mix of flora and fauna and geochronology, making the experience so special. Game that roamed the landscape still remain: Eland, Gemsbok, Black and Blue Wildebeest and Rheebuck to name a few.Tel:021-8724343

Aquila Private Game Reserve
Aquila is named after the rare black eagle that thrives in our area of approximately 2000 ha of southern Karoo. Highlands boasting exquisite mountains, valleys, rivers and kloofs. The reserve is home to a number of bird and wild game species such as giraffe, black and blue wildebeest, zebra, gemsbok, springbok and of course the elusive mountain leopard.
Tel: 023-3582013

Sadawa Private Game Reserve
North of Ceres, immersed in tranquil, four-season Karoo beauty, Sadawa is a visitor's and conference delegate's idyll. Find yourself by losing yourself in 16000ha of wild game and indigenous flora, guided walks, stalks, day and night safaris, abundant bird life and the star-studded majesty of the Milky Way wheeling across a boundless sky. Take a trip to the malaria-free wildside, and let us share your experience of a lifetime.
Tel 023-3122512