Activities At Cavers Country House
Enjoy three hectares of beautiful garden with a vast variety of trees, shrubs and flowers. Cavers' garden has appeared in many publications, including "Remarkable Gardens of South Africa". The garden, with it's two swimming pools, has been so landscaped as to present an informal, park-like atmosphere which blends in with the natural beauty of the surroundings. It offers the opportunity to really relax and drink in beauty.
Two suitable dams are stocked with Large-Mouth Bass and Blue-Gill Sunfish. Bass and fly rods are available for the enthusiastic fishermen/women.
The area, being malaria free, has become popular for it's game farming, and 15 species of Antelope can be viewed. From the large Eland and Gemsbok to the small steenbok. Also many indigenous animals and reptiles can be seen.
A clay tennis court, surrounded by an avenue of oaks, is available for the more energetic who would like to play tennis.
Mill Cricket Ground
Visit (walk or drive) the picturesque local cricket ground with it's 1838 water mill pub and other facilities 3 km up the valley. Home ground for Bedford CC, the MCG has hosted several first class games and touring sides including an International touring team. Season is from mid October to March but the pub can be opened on request for your enjoyment.
The Cowie Valley is renowned for it's abundant bird life and the garden , indigenous forest and grasslands make Cavers a bird watcher's paradise. A large dam on the farm offers a wide variety of water bird ( duck and geese) viewing. A list of 240 species is available for reference with Roberts numbers. Click here to view.
Walks and Trails
Five trails are laid out enabling you to enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty of the farm. These include trails of various distance (3 km to 10 km) and take you along the beautiful Cowie river; through the indigenous forest; up the mountains with their panoramic view of the Winterberg, Katberg and Hogsback mountain ranges and along trails in the veld and grasslands of the Cowie Valley.
Longer hikes/trails are available on request and take you up the Cavers and Spring Grove mountains with their panoramic view.
For those interested in British military history this area in the nearby Kroomie Mountains, offers a fascinating introduction to the exploits of the British army during the 1850's.
Savour the panoramic mountain views of this truly, up to now, unexploited area. On the way back to Cavers a visit to the Fort Beaufort and Adelaide museums is advisable to round off an interesting experience.
This settlers village offers an Art & Crafts centre and coffee shop and a picturesque 9 hole golf course. Click to read more about Bedford.
Cradock Mountain Zebra National Park
One of the only two parks in South Africa where the rare Mountain Zebra can be seen. This unspoilt area is a must for those who enjoy open spaces and unusual mountain topography. Restaurants, scenic drives and game viewing make this an enjoyable day trip one and a half hours from Cavers.
Double Drift Game Reserve
An unspoilt natural game reserve only an hours drive from Cavers where one can View Buffalo, Rhino, Giraffe and many species of antelope in their natural surroundings.
Addo Elephant National Park
One and a half hours drive from Cavers this well known game park is famous for it's Elephant and Rhino viewing. Spend the day getting close to these wonderful animals in their natural habitat or spend the morning with the Elephants and move on to the well known Shamwari Game Reserve, only 20 minutes away, for lunch and enjoy a game drive where you may be lucky enough to see the "Big Five".