The best possible way to experience the natural beauty of Orange Grove Farm is to explore the natural wilderness on foot or by bicycle against the backdrop of the Langeberg mountains. This will enable you get up-close-and-personal with the fynbos and flowers while allowing you time to take in the magnificent rock formations as you enjoy a sense of adventure and solitude.
Guests can meander through our vineyards and olive groves to experience the farming activities more closely or to just inhale the surrounding beauty without much effort. Our farm workers will eagerly share their stories and prove to be an entertaining source of information for guest’s wishing to know more about our agricultural activities.
Self-guided Hikes (maps available at reception)
- The Peerboom Dam Trail is an undemanding self-guided 40 to 60 minute hike, taking you up to a mountain ridge with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. This route is ideal for Guests with small children.
- The Ridge Trail is a somewhat challenging 2-3 hour hike, taking you up to a mountain ridge with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains. You will meander through unspoiled fynbos, and “in season” guests will view masses of wild flowers and numerous flowering protea species
- The Droë Kloof Trail is a challenging, 3 - 4 hour hike taking you over a series of mountain ridges where the floras of the Karoo, Renosterveld and high mountain vegetation come together. The trail crosses a wild unspoiled part of Orange Grove Farm and has numerous fantastic vantage points offering magnificent panoramic views of the Langeberg, from Robertson all the way to Worcester.
ALL GUESTS NEED TO INFORM RECEPTION OF THE HIKING ROUTE BEING UNDERTAKEN AS WELL AS THE DEPARTURE TIME AND RETURN TIME. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CARRY ENOUGH DRINKING WATER AS NO WATER IS AVAILABLE ON THESE TRAILS.
Bring along your own bike or use one of ours and enjoy the numerous gravel roads on the farm and the surrounding area.
There are three trails on Orange Grove Farm.
1. Vineyard Route (5km)
Take a leisurely ride through our vineyards and just enjoy the scenery. Look out for the numerous Jackal Buzzards and you may even be lucky to see some Duiker and Grysbok or catch a glimpse of the resident Caracal.
This trail is suitable for everyone.
2. Kortkloof Trail (8km)
This trail offers a slightly more challenging workout taking you through our vineyards, on to the Kortkloof renosterveld and returning via the Bobbejaanskop Pass. Here you will see abundant birdlife and enjoy lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
This trail is not suitable for small children.
3. Rooikrans Trail (12km)
Test yourself on a portion of the Cape Epic Route. This trail begins with a leisurely ride through our vineyards and takes you through the base of Rooikrans Valley where you will be surrounded by protea and fynbos. The route crosses dry river beds several times and continues over two mountain passes where you will have magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
Only experienced riders should attempt this trail.
Orange Grove Farm is a bird-watchers paradise with so many opportunities to sight a huge diversity of birdlife on walks or from the comfort of your patio.
Orange Grove Farm is home to more than 200 bird species. We have a healthy raptor population with regular sightings of the majestic Verreaux's Eagle as well as the African Fish Eagle and Booted Eagle. On balmy evenings, sightings of the Spotted Eagle Owl and Black-Crowned Night-Heron are not uncommon. During the day look out for Jackal Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard and if you are lucky you may even spot the Peregrine Falcon and the Black Harrier. Our two dams have also been successful in attracting resident water fowl and the Malachite Kingfisher is often spotted there.
During winter, the flowering proteas attract large numbers of sugar birds and sunbirds, which provide awesome photographic opportunities.
Southern Africa has 98 endemic bird species and of those 35 occur on Orange Grove Farm.