ADRENALINE RUSH, ESELFONTEIN
FEMINA, JUNE 2002
I had a farm in Ah-frica... only this one's super-charged. Tucked in the foothills of the Ceres mountains lies Eselfontein, the oldest farmstead in the Cape.
About an hour-and-a-half from Cape Town, the farm has an abundance of indigenous wildlife such as suurpootjie tortoises, fish eagles, baboons and buck, as well as the ever-elusive leopard. But for thrill seekers and outdoor adventurers, it offers 35 km of magnificently cut, single-track mountain-biking trails, hiking, horse riding, kloofing, abseiling, water-skiing, canoeing and wake-boarding.
Winter snow-skiing is available nearby. A self-catering adventure getaway, Eselfontein offers basic camping facilities with a braai area, showers and flushing toilets (bring your own tent for R50 per person), and huts made of bamboo and reeds for R80pp (sleep two).
Fresh braaipacks, firewood and homemade bread and farm butter available.