Lynne & Johann Minnaar bid you welcome their merino stud farm which has a colourful history and has been a prominent landmark in the Graaff-Reinet district for more than 200 years!
Groenvlei (`Green marsh´), a working Karoo merino sheep farm, is situated in the Sneeuberg, close to historical Graaff-Reinet and Nieu-Bethesda (famous for its Owl House).
At Groenvlei one can unwind and enjoy a safe, carefree farm getaway for the whole family.
Groenvlei is situated 46km from Graaff-Reinet, the “gem” of the Karoo, founded in 1786, is the oldest town in the Eastern Province and the fourth oldest town in South Africa.
A large number of buildings spanning the Cape Dutch to Victorian eras has been preserved and restored.
Graaf-Reinet also has more proclaimed national monuments than other town in South Africa (220 in total).
Approximately 40km east of Groenvlei is the picturesque village of Nieu-Bethesda was made famous by the “Owl House”, home of Helen Martins (1898 – 1976).
Looking for somewhere peaceful to chill out? Try Groenvlei, a 10 000-hectare Karoo farm in the Sneeuberg.
Lynne and Johan Minnaar offer accommodation-self-catering or catered – in the fully equipped, former farm manager’s home. This has a large living room with common dining area and half-sized snooker table, while the rest of the house is divided into three wings, each with its own ablutions and kitchenette. This means the house can be used by one big group or divided privately for three families. There is also a separate cottage for two.
The accommodation is fully serviced and braai facilities are available, with plenty of logs for fires in winter when snowfalls are possible. There is also a tennis court, mountain bikes and horses to ride, while the activities of a working sheep and cattle farm will appeal to most families.
Groenvlei is a place where there is something for young and old:
Visit the various fossil sites ( 200 million years old) or let us show you the stoneage sites
( 150 000 years old).
Trips to these sites are by arrangement only.
Take your checklist with you and see how many of the 205 identified species of birds you can spot!
Follow the hiking trails or just set off into the sunset! Bicycles provided.
As Groenvlei is a working merino sheep farm visitors can experience life on the farm upclose.
On Groenvlei there are 12 hiking trails, ranging from a short 1km “Bossiepad” (50 typical Karoo plants have been identified) to a longer 20 km mountainous, winding farm track.
Saddle up a horse and head off into open spaces.
Biltong lovers can enquire about hunting; small groups and family welcome!