Activities in the area

 

The Trails:

For slack packers we have number of circular day walks start and finish at Woodcliffe. Enjoy the comforts of the farmhouse, garden flat and cottage each evening. For our guests who simply want a gentle stroll there are a number a flat easy walks to enjoy.

For the fit and adventurous hikers we have trails that can be walked in a variety of combinations lasting from one up to five days. Please email us and we will put together a hike that will suit your ability.

Day walks for slack packers

- Option 1 Yellow circular walk across the foothills of 13 km (without backpack) which will include Redcliffe and Skinny Dip Pool.

- Option 2 Red Route approx. 16km which will take you past Tok's Cave and Wide Valley.

- Option 3 Blue Route is a circular walk around Woodcliffe mountain . This walk includes walks through the indigenous forestsand a route under the cliffs over looking Woodcliffe

- Option 4 Walk along the valley bottom next to the Little Pot River and up to Tok’s Cave.

Tok's Cave: situated under a large, deep overhang and offering a magnificent view, this cave is great for an over night stay. With dung floors and three small rooms built at its closed end, it has firewood and water. There is also a long-drop toilet nearby. Up to 20 people can overnight here.



Fly-fishing:

Trout fishing can be enjoyed on 10km's of the Little Pot River and Redcliffe Stream. The Little Pot River - By Tom Sutcliffe www.tomsutcliffe.co.za (The Spirit of Fly-Fishing) “This is a charming stream 15 kilometres to the north of the village of Maclear. It runs in wonderfully rugged sandstone topography and carries a good head of brown trout. It's superb nymphing water - Zaks, Flashbacks or Gold-ribbed Hare's Ears and PTNs - and typical of brown trout streams there is often an evening hatch when the fish move out of deep, hidden primary lies to feed in shallow runs and tail outs.”

I have always fished the lower sections but a place with a great reputation for beauty and supreme fly fishing is Woodcliffe. This is the last farm on the road before the vast hinterland of the southern Drakensberg starts. The custodian of most of the other 1000km of fly waters in this area - is the Maclear Fly Fishing Club.

For more details, contact Theuns Botha (073 674 3326) or Jeff Sing 071-2686366.Day permits for the rivers in the area are available at Stone Junction Coffee shop at R150.00 per day.

Fishing guides available: Contact Jeff Sing 071-2686366 (Home) 045-9321305 (Work) 0459321281 Colin Moolman 045 932 1139(Home) 045 932 1046(Work)

- Read article about The Little Pot River and Fly-fishing at Woodcliffe.

www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/little-pot-river

- Read article about The Redcliffe Stream and Fly-fishing at Woodcliffe.

www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/redcliffe-stream

- Read The Flyfishing Catch Report: A Week at Woodcliffe.

www.flyloops.net/showreport.php?report_id_search=6817



Rockart:

There are numerous examples of San paintings in the mountains of Woodcliffe and the surrounding area. A collection San artifacts is on display at the farmhouse, this collection is listed with SAHRA.

"For the rock was not simply a canvas but also a veil between the material and spirit worlds and paintings helped pierce that veil" - (National Geographic 2001, 122).

Famous archeologists have visited Woodcliffe and Maclear and we are proud to have added some of them to our visitor's book: David Lewis Williams, Geoff Blundell, Sven Ouzman (see National Geographic magazine February 2001, for lead article) and Patricia Vinnecomb.

Not all rock art is on Woodcliffe, prior arrangement is necessary for viewing of all paintings. Visits to the Kwa Bhaliwe site in the Tsitsana district may be arranged with the community. A local guide will accompany you to the village and site www.tshakatours.co.za This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Should you require the services of a guide to take you to rock art please let us know well in advance. All travelling costs are excluded from the guiding rate. It is assumed that guests would have their own 4x4 . Should Woodcliffe provide the use of a 4x4 it will be done on a per km rate. Guides are paid on a daily rate. Guests bring their own lunches or they may be arranged in advance. If the services of a guide are cancelled at the last minute the full guiding amount is payable.



4x4:

As Woodcliffe is situated 22km from Maclear and 60km from Naudes Nek we are a good stop over point for 4x4 enthusiasts trying the 12 pass challenge. We are 98km from Rhodes Village and 60km from Bastervoetspad. For those who are more daring and enjoy a tougher challenge try a drive up the Woodcliffe valley ending at the concrete stips.



Flowers:

Wild flowers and orchids abound in summer. Hire a guide to take you to the orchid hot spots. Should you require the services of a guide to take you to the wild flowers , please let us know well in advance. All travelling costs are excluded from the guiding rate. It is assumed that guests would have their own 4x4.

Should Woodcliffe provide the use of a 4x4 it will be done on a per km rate. Guides are paid on a daily rate. Guests bring their own lunches or they may be arranged in advance. If the services of a guide are cancelled at the last minute the full guiding amount is payable.

Orchid Tours

We undertake to give our guests an unforgettable holiday experience, with their safety as a priority.

Please contact us if you would like to book a guide

Our Guests say:

One night was not nearly enough; we are sad to be leaving this silence and beauty behind. We will also miss our morning cow visitors. Spaces like this deserve poetry:

“Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of rain

Are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and deep trees,

the mountains and rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –

over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”

Extract from “Wild Geese “ by Mary Oliver

Jan Pretorius & Nicole Best

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EMAIL:
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ADDRESS:
P.O Box 65
Maclear
Eastern Cape
SOUTH AFRICA
5480

GPS COORDINATES:
30 59.671’S
28 10.985’E

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