In the 'hood, Nieuwoudtville as a destination

The incredibly pretty town of Nieuwoudtville, its streets lined with historical sandstone buildings, lies just inside the Northern Cape border between Vanrhynsdorp and Calvinia, just off the R27. Nieuwoudtville is extremely popular during the wild flower season, and indeed, because of its unique placement in the Karoo plain known as the Bokkeveld, where the Hantam Karoo meets Cape Fynbos, it ... cont.

Papkuilsfontein Farm, Nieuwoudtville, 8180, Upper Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa

Directions to Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm

By tarred road:
From CT take N1 then N7 to Vanrhynsdorp. At Vanrhynsdorp, turn off onto R27 to Nieuwoudtville. On reaching Nieuwoudtville, turn R into town, and straight through the main street, out at the other end onto dirt road for:

Papkuilsfontein: 22km, farm signed on right, 1km more to main homestead, where you will be met by us and directed to your cottage.

De Lande: 14km from town, farm signed on your left, 1km more to guesthouse.

The other option, coming from Cape Town side, is to look at your map and from Clanwilliam take the R364 to us over the Pakhuis- and Botterkloof Passes. This is a dirt road, but much more beautiful than the tarred R27. Read this carefully, and our advice is to print this out and take it with you!

From Clanwilliam, take R364 over Pakhuis Pass. You will pass Bushman'skloof Resort some 38km out of Clanwiliam, then the turn-off to Wupperthal and the Englishman's grave, which is 41km out of Clanwilliam. The road is tarred up to this point. Then beware! about 10km after that, you see a Papkuilsfontein turn-off to your left: This is not our turn-off. After 68km from Clanwilliam you reach the farm Doringbos (with a one-car bridge over the Doorn River). Do not take the Moedverloor Road, as this is in a quite bad condition, but continue straight on over Botterkloof pass (this is through the Succulent Karroo) and continue until you reach the Soutpan/ Nieuwoudtville/ Calvinia intersection (100km from Clanwilliam). Turn left there to Nieuwoudtville, 20km on this road, and Papkuilsfontein is signed on your left. For De Lande, carry straight on for 9km more, and signed on your right. Please do not attempt to drive dirt roads after dark when you are from overseas and not accustomed to country roads.especially after rains. Please enquire at Clanwilliam about the condition of roads, And just when you start doubting that you may be wrong, just continue, you cannot go wrong.

If you do not go further inland from us, but go back to Cape Town, it is ok to come to us via the tarred roads from Cape Town (N7 and R27) and leave via the gravel R364, as the R364 is more beautiful driving it from us towards Clanwilliam, driving first through the succulent Karroo, over the Botterkloof pass and later the Pakhuis pass and seeing the Cedarberg Mountains far off, and then driving into their ruggedness. Stop at the Englishmen's grave (let us tell the story to you) and later Leipoldt's (a S.A. poet) grave.

Distance over dirt road from Clanwilliam to us = 130km
Distance on tarred road from Clanwilliam to us = 140km

When you hire a car, please make sure that it does not have too low a clearance as there are many beautiful gravel roads to travel, no need for 4x4 or a big car. Also always fill up when you reach any town, that way you can take a back road without having to drive back to a village just to fill up. Also bear in mind that credit card facilities are not freely available in our area. There is now an ATM at Nieuwoudtville. alternatively the nearest bank is at Vredendal, 90km from Nieuwoudtville.

Amenities in the area

  • Restaurants / Eateries (0 km)
  • Bank and/or ATM (23 km)
  • Bars and/or Nightlife (23 km)
  • Post Office (23 km)
  • Car Hire (120 km)


  • 4x4 trails
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking trails
  • Swimming

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