Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm Accommodation in Nieuwoudtville
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  • Property TypeFarm Stay
  • Guests12
  • Rooms/Units3

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Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm is a highly recommended guest house with self catering option, providing accommodation in Nieuwoudtville for tourists visiting the Upper Karoo region.

About Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm

Soak up the peace and tranquility of this beautiful farm. Papkuilsfontein Farm, on top of a lovely plateau, nestles between the West Coast and Namaqualand, in the Northern Cape.

In spring, enjoy the world-renowned flowers in this Serengeti of the floral kingdom. Experience the rich bird life, fauna, and San rock art. Swim in the cool waters of a natural rock pool, or in the pool at the cottages, built to be reminiscent of a farm dam. View the awesome canyon and its 100m waterfall. Hike the trails through sandstone rock formations and don't forget to bring your mountain bike.


Choose from our selection of cottages. Please see the individual unit descriptions with photographs below, to assist you with your choice.


Book your dinner or breakfast in advance, if not self catering. Die Waenhuis Restaurant is also a magnificent venue for small intimate weddings, birthdays, conferences or any celebration of life and love.

the farm

In its 6th generation of Van Wyks, this beautiful conservation orientated farm carries sheep and rooibos, and a dabbling of olive trees for oil and fruit. Nieuwoudtville, the nearest village to the North, is called the bulb capital of the world. Namaqualand, Hantam, Knersvlakte, and Succulent Karoo converge in this area adding to the rich and unique biodiversity.

At Papkuilsfontein, enough has been left alone to give time its depth, and enough restored to ensure that everything's utterly comfortable. It's that sense of balance that makes Papkuilsfontein so beguiling.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

This lovely airy cottage, built in sandstone, is on the other side of a rocky ridge from De Hoop. Completely private, with a poplar grove and old pear trees in front of it, restios all around framing the landscape and a view towards the canyon. Gert Boom has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, both with showers only, one of which is part of the bedroom with the double bed. The other bedroom is twin bedded and there are two more beds in the living room for families. The indoor fireplace provides warmth for cozy evenings curled up on the big sofa or in a lounge chair. The kitchen area is fully equipped to be self catering if you do not want to book meals (two or three course dinners can be delivered to you). As with De Hoop and Rondekraal, Gert Boom has solar lighting, but feel free to use the oil lamps to enhance the romantic atmosphere. Gas is used to provide hot water, and for the stove. Relax and recharge in this charming cottage. Lie in the hammock in summer, swim in the pool (built to resemble a farm dam), or in the rock pool at the canyon or go for long walks. A picnic at the canyon to watch sundown, is particularly recommended.

  • Area information booklet  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Fireplace  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Part of the original homestead on Papkuilsfontein, the thatch roofed sandstone cottage of De Hoop, was the first cottage to be restored (1987). Set two kilometres from the main farmhouse, it is surrounded by sandstone ruins, which add a certain charm to this setting. De Hoop is a historical longhouse with a spacious living room with hearth (fireplace where you can also braai) and two comfortable lounge chairs on one end. A couch is placed under a window for sunny winter days with a good book. The kitchen area is fully equipped for self catering, although guests often prefer to order a three course dinner, which is delivered to your cottage. The furnishings were carefully selected to be in harmony with the historic ambience of the cottage and in keeping with the original layout of the longhouse; the living room leads into a bedroom with double bed, which flows into a bathroom with Victorian bath. Step outside the bathroom and you'll find yourself in a delightful outdoor shower. To cater for a family, there are two extra beds in one end of the living room. The hot water cylinder, stove and fridge all operate on gas, while romantic oil lamps and candles supplement the gas lamps.

  • Area information booklet  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Fireplace  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Die Rondekraal is a lovely romantic cottage for a couple only. Built with sandstone and a thatched roof, it is furnished in a manner that maintains its' historical charm. There is a huge round 'kraal' in front of the cottage, where an earlier Van Wyk used to exercise his horses, which he was passionate about. All doors are stable doors with the upper part in glass to allow you to see the landscape beyond. The huge glass doors in front, opening into the round kraal, invite the warm winter sun in, while in summer there are blinds that screen the sun, while still allowing you to see out. The open plan design of Rondekraal finds a cosy fireplace and two rocking chairs on one end, a fully equipped kitchen area in between, and a double bed with percale cotton bed linen, on the far side. The bedroom leads into the bathroom, complete with a Victorian bath. And if you step outside of the bathroom you'll find yourself in a semi-enclosed outdoor shower from where you can survey the landscape as you take a hot shower. Chairs and a table in the 'kraal' under a huge taaibos invite you to use the braai facilities and around the corner, outside of the 'kraal', another table has been placed in the shade, with views towards the canyon. On the eastern side there is a table perfect for breakfast or morning tea in the sun. In flower season you'll find yourself surrounded by a sea of yellow bulbinella, ursinia and white arctotis, set against the backdrop of sandstone ruins. Rondekraal operates on gas fired hot water, fridge and stove top, and gas lamps supplement romantic oil lamps and candles, should you need them. As with the other cottages, Rondekraal is equipped to be self catering, although many guests enjoy having delicious, two or three course dinners delivered to their cottage.

  • Area information booklet  
  • Bathroom (en-suite)  
  • Bathroom towels supplied  
  • Fireplace  
  • Smoking: not allowed  
  • Tea and coffee facilities

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: from 0-12 years are allowed; over 12 years treated as adults

Guest Reviews

4 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Superb stay. Exceptionally warm, helpful and informative hospitality, we couldn't have asked for better attention. We advise you have dinner, the food is exquisite. This destination is remarkable also for the beautiful accommodation, amazing night skies and such interesting environment and things to see nearby. This was our second visit from UK and cant wait to return, cannot recommend highly enough.

November 2019

Gail S. (Bath,UK)

Verified reviewvery good

We were warmly welcomed by the owner. She gave us many valuable tips for things to do on the farm and in the wider area The accommodation has a very attractive old style ambience with many antique furnishings. You feel right at home here. From the terrace you can watch birds and behind the house there are big rocks where Dassies live. A stone's throw away an old pear tree blossomed next to a small brook with frogs calling at night. You can also hike on the farm to beautiful viewpoints (e.g. magnificent gorges). A perfect accommodation for nature lovers. Even out of the main season we found a lot of flowers on the farm. The only criticism: If you start a fire in the fireplace, the smoke pulls badly through the chimney. If you do not like the smell of smoke, you should not start a fire. A very nice accommodation far away of any traffic noise and civilization stress.

October 2018

Beat Akeret (Zurich/Switzerland)

Need to Know

Response timePapkuilsfontein Guest Farm typically responds to requests in 5-10 minutes.

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)Cape Town International - 350km
Upington Airport - 500km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00 to 20h00
Check-out by 10h00

Payment methods accepted by the property EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since December 2011

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