Savour the peace and quiet at Weltevrede Fig & Guest Farm near Prince Albert.
The landscape draws you in as you wind your way along a gravel road to this farm in the foothills of the Swartberg – one of the first fig farms in South Africa. You’re in a very scenic valley in the Great Karoo, where six generations have farmed since 1853. Current owners Jaco de Klerk and his wife Liezl will make you feel at home the moment you arrive. You’re here to relax. It’s quiet and peaceful. Sitting on the stoep is considered work. The farm has more than a thousand fig trees. Liezl’s grandmother, Sienie Koorts, first started drying figs more than 50 years ago. Facilities: There are four luxury
units. There’s no electricity, but each unit has paraffin lamps, a gas stove, a gas fridge and a gas geyser. There are also braai facilities. Klein De Hoek is a two-bedroom cottage that sleeps four. It’s a good pick for a writer or a painter seeking a quiet space to work. Rate: R300 per person for the first two guests, plus R100 per extra person. De Hoek (pictured) is a luxury farmhouse with a spacious stoep, a swimming pool, an outdoor pizza oven and three en suite bedrooms (sleeps six). Rate: R400 per person; minimum R1 600 per night. Vredenhof has two bedrooms and three bathrooms, one with a Victorian bathtub. It sleeps four in total and there’s also a swimming pool. Rate: R1 600 per night. Fonteinskop is a private unit for two, on a hill. Rate: R1 600 per night. Things to do: Bring your binoculars and look for birds like brownhooded kingfisher and a breeding pair of Verreaux’s eagles. Hike or run in the gorge or cycle to Prince Albert. You can also do a day outing to Gamkaskloof or drive a circular route to Oudtshoorn via Meiringspoort, returning via the Swartberg Pass. ( The pass is closed until further notice. Check with the tourism office in Prince Albert before you set off: 023 541 1366 – Ed.) What else? Fig season is from the end of January to the end of April. Day visitors can pop in Monday to Friday from 10 am to noon, and from 2.30 pm to 4 pm; Saturdays from 10 am to noon (closed on Sundays). You can see the fig trees and the farming activities up close and learn more about different varieties like Adam figs and Cape brown figs, plus how they’re dried and preserved. Weltevrede products are available across the country in delis and at select Woolworths stores. Buy a jar of green fig preserve (from R50) and dried and fresh figs (from R100/kg) at the farm shop. Pet-friendly? Yes. Contact: 023 541 1229; figfarm.co.za