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About River View Cottages

The River View Cottages overlook a sweeping bend in the Gamka River. The three cottages are situated on The River Farm near Calitzdorp in the Little Karoo. Come and enjoy walking amongst the Karoo koppies, swimming and fishing in the river, the wildlife of The River Farm, and the view from your patio of the river and the expansive Swartberg Mountain Range. River View Cottages are three self-catering, free-standing cottages. Each is unique and accommodates a couple (if you have children, The Old School House is our family accommodation). The bedroom has a double bed with en-suite shower, and bed linen and bath towels are provided. The living room contains a comfortable lounge area, dining table and a fully-equipped kitchen with spring water on tap. All you need to bring is food. Each cottage has an indoor fireplace and a private outdoor barbecue facility. There is also a central boma with barbecue facilities, ideal for groups of friends occupying the cottages.River View Cottages are situated in the heart of a world biodiversity hotspot. This means that they are situated in one of the most biologically-rich and most endangered areas on earth. There are 35 such areas in the world and three of them, namely the succulent Karoo, Fynbos and Subtropical Thicket, intersect in this area. For an area to be declared a biodiversity hotspot, it must contain at least 1500 species of endemic plants or animals, and have lost at least 70% of it’s original habitat. This is what gives it it’s special conservation status and makes it especially interesting. Eco-tourism and the interested involvement of as many concerned visitors as possible, is an essential part of biodiversity hotspot conservation. You can take leisurely walks on the farm roads, along the river’s edge and explore the Karoo koppies. If you feel more inclined towards further exertion, there are a variety of hikes which take you into the pristine wilderness of the area. The yellowfish in the Gamka River provide many passionate fishermen with their favourite fly-fishing. There are also black bass, mogga and eel for those who prefer stationary fishing. The area is a bird watcher's paradise with over 118 different species spotted. The resident pair of fish eagles share a view of the river with you. The Grey heron, hamerkop, cormorant and various kingfishers also favour the elevated vantage point above the river. Smaller birds like weavers, bee-eaters and swallows are always active between the river and the vegetation. The region also boasts the highest concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawk in the southern hemisphere. High over the Swartberg the black eagle can be spotted gliding in search of prey.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 45 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

River View Cottages Rooms

Reviews for River View Cottages

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Brendon Morris
29 September 2019

Being able to truly get away from it all is only possible if you are not at everyone's beck and call at all times. With no cell phone signal, River View Cottages makes that possible. You can relax, turn off your phone and totally immerse yourself in the experience that is right in front of you. Whether that's walking, swimming, riding your bike, reading a book, bird watching or playing a game of scrabble; whatever you do can be done at your pace without having to answer a call, text someone back, WhatsApp a photo, flick through your Facebook feed or read a tweet. A place where you can enjoy...
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Gill O'Connell
25 September 2019

If you want beautiful views, peace and quiet and no distractions, this is for you. Thank you for creating this gem and allowing us to share it with you.

Claire Lake
12 April 2018

We loved our stay. Bronwyn was a great hostess. We will be back!

30 November 2017

After a journey of about 7 km on a gravel road over mountains and valleys, you finally arrive at the cottage in a truly breathtaking beautiful place. We first sat down with a glass of wine on the veranda to enjoy the really beautiful view of the river and the surrounding mountain landscape. We felt so free and regretted that we only booked one day at this place. Ideal to take a time out, rest and enjoy during a busy trip. The cottage and the accommodation is fine, and Bronwyn (host) is friendly and easy-going.

20 November 2017

The River View Cottage was a perfect break getaway. Out in the heart of nature with no reception one gets to simply enjoy mother nature. The accommodation was very comfortable, clean and tidy with everything you would need. Kitchen is well equipped. The river was a bonus with canoes and boats available for our use. There are also hiking trails on the farm, one of which we did and thoroughly enjoyed. All round highly recommended!

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River View Cottages is 10.9km from the centre of Calitzdorp , the nearest airport 102.7km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling