The extraordinary combination of high mountains, blue sky and wide open space is what makes Vrisch Gewagt so special. Winter brings a new perspective to the Karoo when the sky might be as blue during the day, but the stars are spectacular against the cold, dark night.

  • Activity List
  • Sleep till noon
  • Meditate
  • Stare into space
  • Doodle
  • Write a poem
  • Paint a pretty picture
  • Lie on your back and stare at the sky
  • Float in the pool and admire the view
  • Have an afternoon nap
  • Eat wholesome Karoo food
  • Drink fine wine and stargaze at night
  • Finally read that long awaited novel
  • Write that masterpiece
  • Repeat!

Bird Watching

The comfy Bird Hide, overlooking an olive grove, the prickly pears and the dam, is the perfect spot to chill out with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, binoculars, camera or a good book. Hundreds of bird watchers are attracted to the Karoo and they say up to 120 bird species have been identified in the area. The river, reeds, dams, trees and succulent plants on the farm attract many species of birds. An hour or so in a bird hide is one of the most rewarding and relaxing experiences. Bird species in these parts include, Buzzards, Goshawks, larks, chats, Karoo Korhaan, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Pied Barbet, Redeyed Bulbul, Karoo and Cape Robin, Titbabbler, Layard's Titbabbler, Yellowbellied Eremomola, Starling, Sunbirds, Redheaded Finch, an Occasional Eagle and the Jackal Buzzard.

Floating Deck

There's just something about chilling out on a floating deck on a full farm dam, surrounded by chirping birds and incredible sunsets. Just try it while you're there!


There are so many "best things" about the Karoo, but certainly one of the hottest is stargazing. Full moon is like a cosmic floodlight beamed out by God himself. Outside of full moon, the chilly nights and the midnight blue, unpolluted Karoo sky sets the stage for our galaxy's outer spiral arm in all its glory. If you have a telescope, you can train it on Orion's Nebula, the nearest globular cluster or follow the lazy path of the international space station across the sky.

Fun for the family

  • Milk the Cow
  • Feed our baby Lambs with a bottle
  • Fishing in the dams
  • Picnic on the Floating Deck
  • Swimming in our fresh water dams
  • Pick your farm fresh eggs
  • Find out how Olive Oil is made