The farm with its Rooibos tea lands, Buchu plantations and Citrus orchards is set on top of a mountain range in the Skimmelberg Nature Reserve. Around you the mountainsides are untouched and indigenous fauna and flora abound, like the Queen Magnifica, small game, many bird species and even the elusive Cape Leopard, which is now a protected species. Skimmelberg is the ideal place to really get away from it all. The natural beauty and tranquility is truly a gift to your soul.

Skimmelberg is a well established producer of herbal Rooibos and Buchu teas and Citrus for the local as well as export markets. Visit www.skimmelberg.co.za for more detailed information. Guided farm tours are available - please request on booking. Besides tea lands, Buchu plantations and Citrus orchards, you can see and experience the untouched mountain reserve surrounding the farm. From August to October carpets of wild flowers and rare indigenous species flower, transforming the area into a spectacle of colour.

The nature reserves harbours many indigenous game and bird species. Sightings of baboons, dassies (rock rabbits), small deer, like the two Duikers silhouetted on a ridge and Black Eagles are not uncommon. The first photo is of a Cape Leopard spoor (track). These elusive animals are very rarely seen, but they are once again thriving after being given protected status, as can be seen in the last photo, which was taken at night by a motion sensor camera.

Small game, like this Duiker, prolific birdlife and a nesting site of Black Eagles high on a ledge on a cliff face are more of the sights and experiences you can expect at Skimmelberg. The middle photo is of the Kransvleikloof road about 15km from the farm; very popular with bird watchers for the rare species encountered there. Beautiful scenery, indigenous fauna and flora, fresh air and incredible night skies will all contribute to an experience you'll never forget.

Rooibos and buchu occurs naturally on the slopes of the Skimmelberg mountain. Today it is cultivated as a crop in a sustainable way to ensure and adequate supply, thus protecting it from over-exploitation in the wild. In October the Citrus trees blossom and fill the air with their intoxicating scent.

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PO Box 255, Clanwilliam, 8135. Western Cape, South Africa