A small number of farmers grow fruits in the Matjisvlei valley. More than one owner has cottages available for rent. We decided to stay at River View Cottages after reading about them and looking at their property on Google Earth. The area appeared good for succulent explorations. The farm and 3 cottages are very close to the Gamka River.
We only stayed here one night because of scheduling issues and the availability of cottages. However, it was sufficient for us to take a very nice hiking trail that started just behind our cottage and went for a mile or two up the succulent covered slopes. We saw for the first time a nice arborescent Aloe and some other nice plants…
UPDATE: We returned in early 2018 for two nights at the River View Cottages. We stayed at the same cottage as before and we had more time for photography and exploration. Although many of the plants were similar to those we saw during our first visit, we explored the beginning of trail #3 that we had not seen before. There we saw better examples of some succulents and a few ones we hadn’t seen previously. Some of the photos from our 2018 visit are here.
Succulents kept appearing along the trail as we moved into different areas. The Adromischus triflorus plants shown below were found growing in the rocky outcrops.
As we continued our hike we noticed a Gasteria sp. growing in a rocky area.
Below is another succulent, Gasteria disticha? we saw during our hike.