Matjiesvlei Cottages is 3 fully equipped self-catering holiday homes that is situated in Matjiesvlei (Matjies Valley) at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain Range, only 16 km from Calitzdorp.

The spectacular mountain views along with the mixed farming activities of the valley provide a tranquil atmosphere.

The valley is a dead end and therefore quiet and peaceful. The hustle and bustle of city life melts away – the perfect place to relax and unwind. In all the Matjiesvlei Cottages all linen and bath towels are provided.

The kitchens are fully equipped.

Our Rooms:

Die Bokwagtershuis:

Die Bokwagtershuis, “Goat keeper’s house”, was originally built during the 19th century as accommodation for Matjiesvlei’s goat keeper. His task was to tend to all the goats of the different farmers in the valley.

The house has been authentically restored to maintain its atmosphere, with addition of modern amenities.

Sleeps 6 people.


The history of the cottage on Middelplaas (Middle Farm) is unknown. It is the only house on Middelplaas and was probably many decades ago used as a residence for the people looking after the farm for the owners who lived elsewhere in the valley.

Over the years it became very run down before it was renovated by the present owners into a cottage with the most beautiful view over the olive orchard, veld and mountains.

Sleeps 4 people.

Die Stalle:

Die Stalle (The Stables) was originally built as the residences for two of the owners of undivided shares in the agricultural land bordering the Kleinrivier (Little River). Later owners turned the houses into stables.

It has now been restored into a comfortable 3 bedroomed cottage with a beautiful view of the valley and mountains. It is next to the farm dam.

Sleeps 6 people.

Our Activities:


Gravel roads in valley
River Route (½ hour)
Huiskrans Steering se Kloof Circular Route. (+/- 6 km; 2¼ – 3 hours)
Steering se Kloof Return Route. (+/- 3½ km; 1 hours)


Gravel roads in the valley
Groenfontein/ Kruisrivier / Red Stone Hills
Rooiberg pass

Water Activities:

Swim and canoe in river
Swim in farm dam, if in Bokwagtershuis or Stalle


Bird watching
Star gazing

Wine and Port Tasting:

Calitzdorp Cellar
De Krans


The Old Post Office and Museum in Matjiesvlei
Calitzdorp Museum
Applique work in Dutch Reformed Church hall

Nearby Passes and Poorts:

Huisrivier Pass
Seweweekspoort Pass
Rooiberg Pass
Swartberg Pass

Huiskrans Steering se Kloof Circular Route:

About 6 km; 2¼-3 hours

The starting point of both this route and the Steering se Kloof Return Route is 300 metres past the Middelplaas Cottage at the gate on the right hand side of the road as you go up the valley. This route is only for the reasonably fit, who are used to hiking.

Steering se Kloof Return Route:

3 km; 1½ hours

The route also starts at the gate described under the Circular Route. This route is not difficult, but still requires a level of fitness as you do walk up a gradient going up the valley.

River Walk:

30 minutes

For this walk you go down to the picnic spot next to the Gamka River. You go through the gate opposite Die Skuur and follow the road down to the picnic spot. Park your car on the grass in the shade under the trees. This route is an easy, flat route.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 66 221 4452

Check In / Check Out

Check In: From 14:00
Check Out: At 10:00


Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.447549
Longitude: 21.649144

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 26 51
Longitude: E21 38 56

Latitude: S 33 26.853
Longitude: E 21 38.949