We spent two nights at Red Stone Hills Guest Farm in 2013, but it was raining on-and-off and the landscape was very wet from the rains. We picked this farm because it is in an area that is known for the diversity of succulents. Unfortunately the Little Karoo, as the area is known, does not have reserves or parks where the succulent plant enthusiast can explore and enjoy the succulent plants. Farms in this area are probably the best and only way to have the freedom and flexibility to explore the land.
Redstone Hills Guest Farm is a working farm with some sheep, ostriches and also some vineyards. They have 2-3 cottages for rent and a variety of activities such as birding and hiking on their trail are possible. The owner mentioned that porcupines were abundant and that leopard and baboons could also be around.
The road to get to the farm is dirt, but in good condition and a regular car can drive on this road.
Our cottage was at the end of a short road. The surroundings were beautiful.
The hills in this area are indeed red, hence the name of the farm (Red Stone Hills).
The cottage was very large and well appointed. We enjoyed the peace and quiet as well as the beautiful surroundings. We were able to order dinner from the owners and the food was brought to our cottage. Everything provided was delicious.
The Enon trail, a fairly long trail, is found in one section of the farm. The first part of the trail takes you through a flatter, less rocky area which is also more disturbed due to grazing. Once the trail starts to climb the landscape becomes rockier and the vegetation changes as well. Succulent plants become more evident in this rocky terrain. Due to the persistent rain we were not able to walk the entire trail and spend more time in the interesting succulent plant habitat.
After abut 30 minutes the trail (actually a 4X4 road) started to climb and the terrain became hillier. The soil changed, it became less reddish and whiter. The vegetation changed as well.
In spite of the rain we enjoyed our time at Red Stone Hills Farm and we would like to return to this area so we can explore a bit more. Hopefully during a drier time.