Kersefontein Farm

Berg River - West Coast

South Africa

After the winter rains, this spring will see the rebirth of the West Coast Wild Flower Season.  Join us for an unforgettable experience amidst the plethora of  wildflowers and iconic vlei birds on the historical Kersefontein Farm on the West Coast, South Africa just 150kms from Cape Town.

FIVE EXCLUSIVE SAFARI dates: 

21st August - 23rd August 2020

 25th August - 27th August 2020

28th August - 30th August 2020

 
Untitled design copy.png
 
A one-of-a-kind spring wildflower experience
— Cape Town Magazine
Screen%2BShot%2B2018-09-22%2Bat%2B9.44.12%2BAM.jpg

ABOUT

BOTANICAL SPLENDOR

Every year from about mid-August to mid-September a jewel of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s crown shines in a magnificent prismatic display of colours as a plethora of wild flower petals open to the warm West Coast sun. It will be approaching spring and the rainfall season past has saturated the ground to bring new life to 1200 species of wild flower seeds hidden beneath the Sandveld. There will be a hive of Bird life activity as this ecosystem welcomes the new season. 

Situated on the banks of the Berg River only 150kms from Cape Town, Kersefontein is an 18th Century Cape Dutch farm that is still to this day owned and farmed by the Melck Family. Many figureheads and members of high society have visited the farm to witness the transformation of a semi-arid landscape into an explosive cacophony of colour and sound – notably Graça Machel and the late Nelson Mandela.

———

WATCH OUR WILD FLOWER SAFARI VIDEO BELOW

Scroll Down

to discover wild flower Safari

OUR GUEST REVIEWS

Thank you for the unique experience and making this an unforgettable time which we will continue to talk about for a long time to come.
— Dr. Angela Lecore, Johannesburg, South Africa
Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 10.48.54 AM.jpg

A LUXURY BOTANICAL
ADVENTURE

your wild flower SAFARI

We invite you to join us to celebrate this spectacular natural phenomenon at the all inclusive Wild Flower Safari experience hosted on Kersefontein Guest Farm. For 3 days, 2 nights we will reside in classic luxury guest house accommodation exclusively arranged for 12 guests only allowing you to enjoy the finest wild flower experience possible. 

You will be lead on an unforgettable environment immersion with none other than Helene Preston, West Coast resident, botany expert and member of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and Dr Giselle Murison, Project Manager for the Western Cape Estuaries Conservation Project at Bird Life International, South Africa.

 
0F8A1095.jpg

Classic WEST COAST HOSPITALITY

Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 9.32.12 AM.jpg

Botanical Guiding With Helene Preston of South African National biodiversity Institute 

BIRD GUIDing with Dr Giselle Murison of BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH AFRICA 

COFFEE APPRECIATIONS & CRAFT GIN EXPERIENCES

Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 9.47.22 AM.jpg

Delicious Cape Style Food, locally sourced and prepared in AN HONORED TRADITION

 

Scroll down to

discover more about your STAY

Screen+Shot+2018-09-21+at+11.07.03+AM.jpg

OUR GUEST REVIEWs

I was impressed by not only the physical luxuries but also by the teams conservation minded attitude
— Eliza Kirsten, Getaway magazine
 
WILD FLOWER SAFARI - logo flowers.png
 

WILD FLOWER SAFARI

FEATURES


Guests are invited to relax and enjoy Kersefontein’s unique and romantic heritage, or explore the thousands of hectares of farmland and river plains, all in a style and comfort which will complement the peace and magic of this wonderful place. Our annual Wild Flower Safari features the very best of this unique West Coast hospitality while immersing in this one of a kind natural phenomenon. See our itinerary here.

Special Features

  • Expert Local Botanical Guides

  • Site Specific Bird Guide

  • Kersefontein Guest House Accommodation - Luxury and Classic Rooms Available

  • Exclusively Arranged for 12 Guests Only

  • Concierge Service

  • Banquet Dinner in the Kersefontein Homestead

  • Complementary Wine with Meals

  • Bar Service at the “Turn & Slip Pub” inside an Old World Bakery

  • Craft Gin & Tonic Experiences from our Field Bar

  • Surprise Musical Performance

  • In Field Coffee and West Coast Boerebeskuit Appreciation Class

  • Berg River Pontoon Cruise

  • Horse Riding - pre-booked

  • On Farm 4x4 Transport


CAPE CULINARY TRADITION

  • Delicious Cape Style meals - All Inclusive

  • Breakfasts: Continental & Full Breakfast served in our Flower Room

  • Luncheons: Our famous In The Field Dining Area set up as a bedouin mess tent where our lunches are served

  • Dinners: On the first night our dinner is hosted in Classic Kersefontein Style in the Early Nineteenth-Century Dining Room. On our second night we will light the fire and enjoy a festive traditional braai

  • Harvest Snack Tables prepared and available each day


Turn & Slip Aviation BAR

  • The original bakery is now the famous 'Turn & Slip' bar, dedicated to a passion for flying. A range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased and enjoyed here whilst discussing the days events around the fire.

    NOTE: Bar charges are kept on a tab basis and settled upon check out


Field BAR

  • Complimentary Sunset Craft Gin Experiences are enjoyed on both evenings of your stay out in the Flower Clad Fields and on the the River Cruiser


ACCOMMODATION

To match the long-standing exteriors and historic farm environment, the en-suite bedrooms and sitting rooms have been carefully decorated and furnished with period antiques resurrected from the farm's great attics. We have a selection of rooms available which are set to provide classic luxuries and comforts after a day of exploring the fields.

  • African Suite 1: Double Bed with Ensuite & Verandah

  • African Suite 2: Twin Beds with Ensuite & Verandah

  • The Gate House Cottage: Two Double Bedrooms with Ensuite, Sitting Room, Dining Room & Kitchen

  • The Victorian Suite - Morris: Twin Beds with Ensuite & Verandah

  • The Victorian Suite - Sweet Pea: Double Bed with Ensuite & Verandah

  • Madras Violet: Luxury Suite with Ensuite, Sitting Area & Verandah

 
 
 
 

What’s included?

  • Accommodation (room type determines overall rate)

  • Professional Expert Guides

  • All Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Selected Wine with Meals

  • In Room Snacks

  • Coffee Appreciations

  • Sunset Craft Gin Experiences

  • Still Spring Water

  • Tea Selection

  • Horse Riding (*to be pre-booked and only available on Day One as per schedule)

  • River Cruiser

  • Planned Activities

What’s not included?

  • Items of a Personal Nature

  • Alcoholic Beverages - other than those provided with planned Craft Gin Experiences and Wine with all Meals

  • Transport to and from Kersefontein Farm - this can be arranged if required at an additional charge

  • Personal Binoculars

What do you need to pack?

  • Warm clothes for evenings

  • Cool clothes for day time

  • Rainwear in the event of rain

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Binoculars

  • Sunscreen

Please read our t's and c's

 

Scroll down

to discover more about the location

 

OUR GUEST REVIEWs

Thank you for a wonderful experience. It was enriching, relaxing and delicious! You guys did an amazing job hosting us and made it seem effortless.
— Natasha Van Heerden, Johannesburg, South Africa
Screen Shot 2018-09-22 at 10.00.50 AM.jpg

Location

More about Kersefontein Farm

Appearing to exist in a glorious and romantic time warp, the Cape Dutch Manor House stands on the fertile banks of the Berg River, with the original out buildings resembling a village street.

Originally purchased by settler Martin Melck in 1770, the story of  Kersefontein is very much the story of the Melck family. Starting with the remarkable success of settler Martin Melck, the history of the family has always been closely interwoven with that of Kersefontein.

The first deed described the farm as a 'zeker Veepost' (certain cattle post) and it was precisely for this that Martin Melck intended to use it. Sheep, cattle, horses and wheat have continued to flourish here over the past Two Centuries.

For Eight Generations, the Farm has been handed down to the sons, with Julian Melck the present owner. Hardworking Farmer, Advocate of the High Court of SA, Aviator, Hunter, Musician and Storyteller are just some of the credentials of this multi-faceted character, who has been described aptly as a modern Renaissance Man. It is here on Kersefontein where Julian continues the centuries old tradition of quality farming practices to yield and raise the best possible product.

0F8A1180.jpg
 

Scroll down

for directions

 
 

DIRECTIONS

Getting to WILD FLOWER SAFARI - KERSEFONTEIN GUEST FARM

Transport to and from the farm are at the responsibility of our guests, however, if transport arrangements are required from Cape Town, we can arrange a shuttle service to collect and return guests at an additional fee.

Guests can also opt to use commercial charter plane or helicopter transfer from Cape Town International to the Kersefontein landing strip and return at an additional fee, enquire for more details.


 
a jewel of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s crown shines in a magnificent prismatic display of colours
 
 
Screen Shot 2018-06-19 at 3.34.20 PM.png