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Eenboom, with its superb facilities for the discerning nature lover, is situated amongst the rolling foothills and spectacular scenery of the Langeberg mountain range. While the farm itself nestles in the lush green hills and valleys of an area also known for its wine and fruit production, the arid wilderness of the Little Karoo beckons nearby.
WHAT EENBOOM OFFERS …
Besides the unbelievable beauty, sunsets and clean air one can enjoy:
• Enchanting walks in the mountainous nature along 15km of trails
• Adventurous hikes into the many ravines
• Cycling, walking and jogging along well-kept paths
• Game and bird watching
• Fishing (during summer)
• Studying of exotic wild veld flowers and fynbos
• Collecting rocks and stones shaped by an ancient volcanic eruption
• Searching for the elusive Bushman rock art said to be in the area
• Viewing the old buildings and ruins on the farm, dating from the mid to late 1800’s
• Trips to the nearby towns of Barrydale and Montagu that offer many interesting sights and experiences
• Hikes in the nearby Langeberg mountains and Tradouw Pass
• All the places of interest along the nearby Route 62
• Swimming in our dams in summer
• Clean, serviced and well-appointed accommodation
• Conference facilities
• Friendly atmosphere and hospitality
• A safe environment, crime free and with nearby medical facilities
• Excellent service and personal attention
GAME, BIRDS AND WILDLIFE …
Eenboom offers ample game and wildlife viewing. Visitors can drive or cycle to numerous viewing points or watch the wildlife at several dams, from vantage points on the hills, or from the many hiking trails. Some of the game even at times venture right up to the guest cottages. At present there are five buck species on the farm, namely Bontebok, Springbok, Duiker, Mountain Reedbuck (Rooi ribbok), Cape Grysbok and Red Hartebees. More species will be introduced from time to time.
Other game that can be seen on the farm include the very shy Cape Leopard, Caracal (Rooikat), Jackal, Porcupine, Bushpig, giant Mountain Tortoise, smaller Veld Tortoise and Water Tortoise. In addition numerous snake species are found at Een Boom, such as the majestic Cape Cobra, the lazy Puff adder, the well-camouflaged Boomslang (tree snake) and more.
For bird lovers there is an abundance of wild bird life. Listen to the calls of the Hadeda ibis flying overhead as they return to their roots in the area. Spot the elegant Blue Crane as it meanders along, pausing on one leg. Or locate the many raptors and vultures in the mountains and hills, or circling high up in the air looking for prey.
Furthermore, what is known as the Cape Plant Kingdom is a "Meditteranean" vegetation that is found in the southwest and southern Cape, which includes Kannaland and the district where Eenboom Game Lodge is situated. It is recognised as one of the Six Floral Kingdoms of the world. Despite being relatively small it has a rich and varied plant life, with about 8 600 kinds of flowering plants. There are many evergreen shrubs as well as the vast number of indigenous species known as fynbos . Visitors can walk in the veld and admire the many plant species. More adventurous guests can also venture to the nearby Langeberg mountains where they can engage in hikes or climbs of varying degrees of difficulty.
ABOUT EEN BOOM ….
The farm’s registered name is Vlakterand, but locals have for centuries referred to it as Eenboom, a name it derived from a very big and ancient old blue gum tree that was visible for miles around. Local lore has it that the name was first given by a Khoisan tribe that inhabited the area at the beginning of the 19th century. While the original Eenboom tree still stands, today, however, there are more large blue gum trees on the farm.
Millions of years ago the entire area was covered by the sea, which, after having receded, left behind the natural rock and soil formations so typical of the region. At some point a massive volcanic eruption also added its artistry to the spectacular scenery of the area. A map dating back to 1843 shows the name for the larger area as being Kannaland. The name Kannaland is derived from ganna, a species of succulent. Ancient people living in the area discovered that when chewing the ganna, they experienced hallucinations.
Once the haunt of wandering tribes of Khoi and San (Bushmen), the area was later settled by European settlers and their descendants.
The farm of Eenboom was settled along with other farms in the area after 1700 when the settlers attracted to the remote corners of the Overberg, closer to the coast, began searching for new land to farm. Their requirements were an ample supply of water and the soil had to be fertile. The area between Barrydale and Montagu, where Eenboom is situated, was found to be particularly desirable. Eenboom was first settled by farmers of European origin around the end of the 18th or beginning of the 19th century. While most of Eenboom remained totally unspoilt wilderness area, the small part that had once, many years ago been farmed commercially, had long ago been returned to nature after farming activities ceased .
The main farmhouse and other buildings are situated on a hill, some 1 000 meters above sea level. From here, as from the surrounding luxury cottages, our visitors experience spectacular African sunsets and unsurpassed vistas of the mountains and surrounding farms. The main farmhouse is the original homestead dating back to the mid-1800s. In it lived one of the earlier settlers whose grave can be visited on the farm, one Susannah Elizabeth Conradie (néé Jordaan), born in 1864 and died in 1937. There are various ruins dating back to the same time to be found on the farm.
The farm also lies within the Cape Plant Kingdom, an area of "Meditteranean" vegetation that is found in the southwest and southern Cape, and is recognised as one of the Six Floral Kingdoms of the world. It has a rich and varied plant life, with about 8 600 kinds of flowering plants.
Average rainfall for the area is around 350mm per year with sunny skies for most of the year. Moderate temperatures are the order of the day, although highs of 35°C are not uncommon during the summer months, which are from November to mid-April. Spring is from mid-August to November with pleasant temperatures reaching midday highs of around 15 to 20°C. Winter days can be quite cold in the early mornings but usually develop into bright sunny days with temperatures of around 15 to 18°C.
In winter snow often falls on the nearby Langeberg mountains, and sometimes even on Eenboom itself, transforming the area into a breathtaking wonderland.
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