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  • Disabled Bathroom

    Disabled bathroom - Nieuwoudtville - Van Zijl Geusthouse_640x427

    At our Smidswinkel Restaurant there is a fully equipped disabled bathroom. This can be used, at no cost by visitors whether they stay with us or not. Towels will be provided. We encourage and welcome the use of this facility which can be reached by wheel chair. Two of our houses Hendrikshof which sleeps six […]

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  • Knersvlakte Succulents


    Nieuwoudtville is just 22 km from the southern boundary of the Knersvlakte. – Arguably one of the richest if not the richest succulent biome in the world. The N7 tarred road between Vanrhynsdorp and Nuwerus runs through the middle of this biome which is known for its dwarf succulents. They come into flower after the […]

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  • Ruins Grootdrif

    Ruins Grootdrif - Nieuwoudtville - Van Zijl Guesthouse (8)

    The ruins at Grootdrif are of particular interests for architects and historians. Approximately 5 km from the foot of Vanrhyns Pass traveling northwards you will pass Grootdrif. Early in the 20th century this was a thriving little community with a school, post office and shop. The architect Gabriel Fagan recently published a book titled “Brakdak, […]

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  • Waterfall flash flood

    Waterfall Flash Flood- Nieuwoudtville - Van Zijl Guesthouse (2)

    On a Sunday afternoon driving the Rondekop Route I came across this amazing sight. A flash downpour resulted in muddy almost orange colored water cascading over the fall. An occurrence possibly only once in 50 years, but the fall itself has been there for thousands of years. There is always something unique happening around Nieuwoudtville. […]

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  • Ruins at Groenrivier

    Ruins at Groenrivier - Nieuwoudtville - Van Zijl Guesthouse (8)

    These ruins date back to approximately 1750. Urbanization in the 20th century decimated the rural areas worldwide and this process is still continuing. This is my most visited place at Nieuwoudtville. It weaves a tale over the centuries. The photographs posted were taken over the years in different seasons and at different times of the […]

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  • Route Grasberg road

    Route Grasberg Road - Nieuwoudtville - Van Zijl Geusthouse

    The farm Willemsrivier is on the Graberg Road. These pictures were taken in August 2007. A magnificent day! Nieuwoudtville at its best. The Grasberg route is one of the most scenic drives around Nieuwoudtville. Collect a map from us and we will explain the route to you. Most evenings during August and September I give […]

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  • Rondekop drive

    Rondekop Drive -Nieuwoudtville - Van Zijl Geusthouse (5)

    One of the most scenic drives that can be done from Nieuwoudtville in spring is the Rondekop drive. It starts at the aloe forest and ends at the R27 six kilometers north of Nieuwoudtville. I took all these pictures when I drove this route in August 2006. It was particularly a good year. Pick a […]