About Baynesfield Estate
The Baynesfield Estate is situated on a beautiful dam, nestled in the Baynesfield District between Pietermaritzburg and Richmond. The Estate consists of over 9000 hectares of farm and timber land and indigenous veld.
Self Catering Accommodation
The Baynesfield Estate Garden Cottage is situated in the beautiful heritage garden. The cottage has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with two single beds, accommodating four in total. There is one bathroom and an open plan, lounge, kitchen and dining area. The cottage has recently been totally revamped and is a very comfortable stay.
The Garden Cottage is a wonderful weekend getaway or a midweek break from the city scene. The cottage is also popular with guests attending weddings in the area. Come and bring your children and let them run loose in the garden, there are many trees to climb and secret places for them to explore!
The garden was established in the 1880's and has some beautiful old trees. Every season in the garden is a delight. There is a bandstand where guests are welcome to braai or enjoy a morning cup of coffee. The Cottage is self catering and is not serviced.
There are four bunk rooms which can cater for 80 people, as well as a separate kitchen, showers and toilets, and dining room. With school groups we run anything from one day groups to four day groups. These days are made up of different and fun activities. From team building, environmental education, leader ship, bushman studies, hikes and lots of fun games.
The activities we offer are:
Zip line - this is a steel cable that runs across a dam; it gets the class to encourage each other for the slide
• Obstacle course - made up of nine different obstacles. Our obstacle course works really well for team building and leadership
• Hikes are fun filled walks around the Baynesfield Estate. These vary in interesting things to look at and gives us a great opportunity to chat about different things; agricultural, deforestation, water cycles and so on
• Water studies - a great opportunity to get wet and muddy while learning about water cycles, collecting and observing water bugs and how they are adapted to their environment
• Night walks - all armed with torches, off we head. On the clear nights we also get to do some star gazing. We also try and take some time out to just enjoy the silence of the evening
• Oribi count - this is usually done with the older groups. These counts are used in the conservation counts for Baynesfield Estate
• Bushman activities - these have to be one of the most fun activities. Students are shown how to make fire using only sticks and grass and also how to make authentic bows and arrows
Baynesfield Estate boasts an idyllic venue for hiking, mountain biking, birding, fishing, and triathlons, as well as a host of other activities. Baynesfield Estate is run as a commercial farming operation incorporating a piggery, avocado orchards, maize and soya fields, beef cattle and timber.
Baynesfield Estate also has an interesting historical aspect with Joseph Baynes, the agricultural pioneer, having established the Estate. The imposing main Victorian home is a museum well worth a visit and there is also a kitchen and dairy museum. The historical garden is splendid and guests can picnic and enjoy the park-like beauty. The museums are open by prior arrangement.