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About River View Cottages

The River View Cottages overlook a sweeping bend in the Gamka River. The three cottages are situated on The River Farm near Calitzdorp in the Little Karoo. Come and enjoy walking amongst the Karoo koppies, swimming and fishing in the river, the wildlife of The River Farm, and the view from your patio of the river and the expansive Swartberg Mountain Range. River View Cottages are three self-catering, free-standing cottages. Each is unique and accommodates a couple (if you have children, The Old School House is our family accommodation). The bedroom has a double bed with en-suite shower, and bed linen and bath towels are provided. The living room contains a comfortable lounge area, dining table and a fully-equipped kitchen with spring water on tap. All you need to bring is food. Each cottage has an indoor fireplace and a private outdoor barbecue facility. There is also a central boma with barbecue facilities, ideal for groups of friends occupying the cottages.River View Cottages are situated in the heart of a world biodiversity hotspot. This means that they are situated in one of the most biologically-rich and most endangered areas on earth. There are 35 such areas in the world and three of them, namely the succulent Karoo, Fynbos and Subtropical Thicket, intersect in this area. For an area to be declared a biodiversity hotspot, it must contain at least 1500 species of endemic plants or animals, and have lost at least 70% of it’s original habitat. This is what gives it it’s special conservation status and makes it especially interesting. Eco-tourism and the interested involvement of as many concerned visitors as possible, is an essential part of biodiversity hotspot conservation. You can take leisurely walks on the farm roads, along the river’s edge and explore the Karoo koppies. If you feel more inclined towards further exertion, there are a variety of hikes which take you into the pristine wilderness of the area. The yellowfish in the Gamka River provide many passionate fishermen with their favourite fly-fishing. There are also black bass, mogga and eel for those who prefer stationary fishing. The area is a bird watcher's paradise with over 118 different species spotted. The resident pair of fish eagles share a view of the river with you. The Grey heron, hamerkop, cormorant and various kingfishers also favour the elevated vantage point above the river. Smaller birds like weavers, bee-eaters and swallows are always active between the river and the vegetation. The region also boasts the highest concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawk in the southern hemisphere. High over the Swartberg the black eagle can be spotted gliding in search of prey.

Covid Safety Approved: Our farm is of the safest possible destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is remote and isolated, accessible only by a gravel cul-de-sac access road. We clean, service & manage our cottages ourselves in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:30
  • Reviews: 48 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Cosy
  • Covid Safety Approved

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

River View Cottages Rooms

Reviews for River View Cottages

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Helena De clercq
07 November 2021

Some good thinking and design skill went into putting these cottages together. The interior design, quality of cutlery and crockery, etc speak of taste. The garden is now really nice and indigenous. Young people would enjoy the river as we enjoyed the walks. The whole area is a discovery for us.

Michael Wilkinson
31 August 2020

The Cottages are set in a stunning location overlooking the river and Swartberg where one can really relax and find peace. In terms of comfort there is everything one could need for a comfortable stay. We thoroughly enjoyed doing a few of the walks in the area. The cottages are also well insulated and perfectly comfortable in the cold of winter, as we found out.

Moira Oliver
12 March 2020

These cottages are an absolue delight. Attention to detail in the cottage makes for a comfortable stay. The surroundings are majestic and we enjoyed numerous swims in the river. Highly recommended

Brendon Morris
29 September 2019

Being able to truly get away from it all is only possible if you are not at everyone's beck and call at all times. With no cell phone signal, River View Cottages makes that possible. You can relax, turn off your phone and totally immerse yourself in the experience that is right in front of you. Whether that's walking, swimming, riding your bike, reading a book, bird watching or playing a game of scrabble; whatever you do can be done at your pace without having to answer a call, text someone back, WhatsApp a photo, flick through your Facebook feed or read a tweet. A place where you can enjoy...
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Gill O'Connell
25 September 2019

If you want beautiful views, peace and quiet and no distractions, this is for you. Thank you for creating this gem and allowing us to share it with you.

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River View Cottages is 10.9km from the centre of Calitzdorp , the nearest airport 102.7km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling