How far is Pampoen Fontein from Cape Town?
Two hours from Rondebosch.
What do we need to bring?
Just what you need to eat and drink, and swimming towels during the summer. The kitchens are fully equipped (inc. washing up soap), the bathrooms have soap and toilet paper, the beds are made up. Firewood must be preordered – bring firelighters.
What are the roads like?
The pass up the mountain is tar but narrow, so go slowly. There are 9 kilometers of dirt road before the pass which is occaisionally corrugated. There are also 4 kilometers of dirt at the top of the pass which should also be driven slowly.
Do I need a 4X4?
Most of our guests don’t have 4X4 cars. I wouldn’t try it in a very low clearance car like a Ferrari.
What do we do when we arrive?
Proceed straight to your cottage and make youself at home, the key will be in the door. The duty manager will check in on you within 24 hours.
What is there to do?
Hiking, cycling, climbing, swimming (in one of our pools or the dam), bird and animal watching. Best of all is just to sit quietly and enjoy the view in silence.
Is there T.V.?
Only Heron House has DSTV by prior arrangement.
How far from each other are the cottages?
Between 200 to 300 meters appart.
Are we allowed to play music?
No. There are two problems: in the mountains sound carries a long distance; and most people visit Pampoen Fontein for the peace and quiet.
Where are the nearest shops?
30 minutes away down the pass in Porterville.
Are there snakes?
There are snakes, but they are rarely seen.
Can we bring our dogs?
Dogs are welcome on the farm, subject to a few provisos: bring their own bedding, keep them off the furniture, clear their mess in the direct vicinity of the cottage, keep them inside or on a lead when there are baboons around.
We are going to a party in Porterville.
It would be unwise and inconvenient to use Pampoen Fontein as a base from which to access an evening party in Porterville – the drive takes at least twenty minutes and would be unsafe if the driver were under the influence of alcohol.