Platbakkies Farm Retreat

Do you need a break from traffic, technology and time-ticking? Come discover yourself, your family or friends by spending time on the farm.

Join the farmer for a day of farming, do some walking or biking, go on a game drive, look for a new bird specimen, play a board game, read a book, and at night we deliver a traditional plate of "Boerekos" if you wish.


Situated on the R355 between Kliprand and Springbok, Platbakkies is a farm in the heart of the Namaqualand of South Africa. On the edge of the Bushmanland, it contains the best of both worlds in that it showcases both the seemingly never-ending plains and the grassy vegetation of the Bushmanland and the mountainous scenery and scrubbery of the Kamiesberge. It is situated at about 120 kilometers from Springbok and 80 kilometers from Garies. Platbakkies is central to the farms in the area, which are far removed from these two small towns. For this reason, it used to sport a gas station, general store and post office, the evidence of which still stands proud and tall on the farm.

We are blessed to spend our lives on a sheep farm under the African skies, so we decided to share it with friends and foreigners from all over the world. Come share our adventures and experiences on a traditional working farm in Namaqualand, South Africa

Additional Info

  • AgriTourism Notes On Farm Visit:

    Farm: Platbakkies Farm Retreat

    Date of visit: 31 Jul - 3 Aug 2018

    Aspect Notes
    Self-catering guesthouse 50 meters from the main house with 3 bedrooms, and two bathrooms with showers and toilets (one ensuite to the main bedroom). Comfortably sleeps 6 adults. Tastefully decorated and well equipped with modern fittings and amenities, including electric blankets. Dining and sitting room with open plan kitchen. Double garage plus open carport. Under-roof braai facility with firewood available to buy. Eskom power. No TV. WiFi available and limited cell phone voice coverage.
    Home cooked farm meals optionally available.
    Vacuum packed mutton and other farm produce on offer.
    Although there are no visible security mechanisms or technology, I felt it is absolutely safe. Relative crime free area with no incidents over 3 generations.
            Leisure activities
    Hiking on the farm with its varying landscapes is the main attraction. Flowers in season. Many plants, trees and grasses. Self-drive on the farm with short 4x4 sections. Bird watching with many rare species recorded. Game viewing – one camp with Gemsbok. Many smaller antelope species, tortoises, and other mammals may be seen. Saddle horses but only for family use. Mountain Bike trail traversing over gravel roads and jeep track. Rock formations for geologists. Stargazing. Swim in farm dams. Indoor games. Toys and swings for younger children.
            Farm activities
    Dorper sheep, goats, Nguni and Angus cattle. Sheepdogs, horses and domestic chickens. Very accessible for visitors to view and participate where possible. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic owner very keen to share knowledge.
            Value for money
    Varying rates for self-catering or with optional meals. First booking secure house for sole use – no sharing with strangers. Rates are reasonable for such a remote but modern place. Overall excellent value for money.

    Visited and Noted by: Johan Rothmann

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