Last weekend I was invited on a mini winter getaway to Wild Clover Farm, also known as Klawervlei. You’d never expect to find a game farm so close to Cape Town (30 minute drive via the N1) but when you arrive, you really do feel like you’ve escaped the bustling city.
We were warmly welcomed into our self-catering cottage with a bottle of Kleine Rust red wine and a perfectly still, cool winter afternoon. After putting down our bags, we opened the sliding doors, cracked open the bottle of wine and took in the breath-taking dam view with Table Mountain in the distance.
The modern, clean and cozy, open-plan cottage is perfect for a couple or a family of four. Each semi-detached cottage has everything you need with a fully equipped kitchen, a double bed and assembled sleeper couch complete with warm bedding, towels, and toiletries. And, they add that extra touch. As a former super yacht stewardess, the novelty of having someone fold the toilet paper for you will never grow old.
The cottages are well prepared for chilly winter evenings with two fire places, inside and outside, and are fully stocked with dry wood. We made a toasty fire after a delicious dinner at ‘The Eatery’ before enjoying one of the best sleeps in a while.
The Wild Clover Brewery is a hidden gem in the emerging South African craft beer market. As a traveler who enjoys sampling local beers, I was blown away by Wild Clover’s top quality beer range that is produced on site. Named after farm animals, Wild Clover Brewery offers a variety of four brews including the Blind Mole, Double Owl, Eagle Weiss and Black Dog. Beer tasting costs R20 and it is well worth it. The Black Dog dark ale is paired with a piece of dark chocolate to enhance the flavours. Yum!
‘The Eatery’ restaurant on Wild Clover Farm uses fresh, local produce for its many decadent yet healthy dishes. The menu boasts a wide variety but specializes in unique pizzas that will make you salivate as you read descriptions.
We ordered half a ‘Da Don’ and half a ‘Forester’s’ pizza. It was the perfect pizza with a thin base, generously layered in fresh toppings and not too much melted cheese. We then upgraded the ‘Plain Jane Burger’ to a ‘Stacked Burger’ which is topped with a delicious house relish, oak-smoked bacon and avocado. And how could we resist their local beer and wine while enjoying the live music.
To top it all off, we ordered coffees and their trademark Bar-One dessert, to share. Chewy, sweet pastry filled with melted Bar-One chocolate and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Yes, it tasted even better than it sounds and is an absolute must!
On Sunday morning, after savouring locally roasted coffees and cooked breakfasts, it was time for our game drive. Initially when I heard that there was wildlife at Wild Clover Farm, I didn’t have high hopes of seeing anything exciting. However, that morning when I woke up in our cottage and admired the view, I spotted giraffe and zebra in the distance. No ways!
Our game ranger, Gerrit, imparted his vast knowledge of the game farm and its inhabitants, while driving us around the Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to a wide variety of game including white, black and regular Sprinbok, zebra, giraffe, eland, wildebeest, Kudu and many bird species.
I really didn’t think it was possible to experience a game drive with a spectacular backdrop view of Table Mountain, but you can at Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary.
As their slogan says, a visit to Wild Clover Farm is undoubtedly ‘time well spent’. If you’re looking for a great, affordable weekend away or a lunch spot to stop at along a Sunday drive, visit Wild Clover Farm. The restaurant manager, Phillip, and his team are friendly, attentive and provide great service. I will definitely be visiting again soon.
WINTER ACCOMODATION SPECIAL: Mon—Thurs night R750 per cottage and Fri and Sat nights are R850 per cottage. Kids sharing cottages are free.
For restaurant or cottage reservations please contact the Wild Clover on (021) 865 2248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.