Set in the heart of the Lowveld in the Schagen Valley on the Maputo Corridor 10 minutes from Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga. This tranquil homestead and chalet of well-travelled Johann and Wanda Sippel, is within close proximity of the Kruger National Park. It is also perfectly located for exploring the Lowveld tourist attractions like Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim's Rest and Sudwala Caves.
Alkmaar Farmstay is a birdwatcher's paradise with nesting white fronted bee-eaters, resident paradise flycatchers and long crested eagles being seen regularly. Hiking, bass fishing and kayaking are available as well as a scenic 4X4 route. It is also the ideal stopover enroute to Mozambique.
Our Garden Cottage has been recently refurbished. Tastefully decorated with beautiful linen and fabrics and all the conveniences to make ones visit more comfortable. The large bedroom has 2 x Queen size beds with en-suite bathroom and a private veranda overlooking a huge "Farm Style" garden. This cottage is always a popular choice.
The Valencia Cottage with it's bold rustic decor, en suite bathroom and two bedrooms is ideally suited for up to six. Each room has a queen size and single bed and all the amenities that one requires. Set in our beautiful spacious gardens, this farm style stay will certainly be memorable.
4x4 Trails & Training
Johann Sippel does 4x4 training at his farm Alkmaar, it lies about 16 km west of Nelspruit, the capital town of Mpumalanga. There is a training facility with a obstacle course which consist of natural obstacles, up and down hills which will test any driver and his/her vehicle.
After a basic training on this obstacle course everybody gets the change to try out there newly learned techniques on this 7 km route. After completion of this course everyone will get his/her certificate The courses are for all 4x4 drivers, with or without any experience and also on all type of vehicles, the course is designed in such a why that the driver will get maximum advantage and service life out of his/her vehicle.
Fishing Bass and other fish in farm dams -- Crocodile River close by.Game Viewing Alkmaar is close to the Kruger National Park. The Kruger sustains 147 species of mammal, 112 species of reptile (including 50 of snake), 34 of amphibian, 49 of fish (including the 'living fossil' lungfish and an ocean-living shark found in one of the rivers) and nearly 230 species of butterfly. For the bird-watcher, the park has special appeal: more than 530 avian species have been identified, among them ostrich, African fish eagle, vulture, bateleur, secretary bird, owl, hawk, francolin, hornbill and korhaan. The birds of prey are especially impressive.
Bird Watching Alkmaar Farmstay is a birdwatcher's paradise with nesting white fronted bee-eaters (arms-length from the beakfast nook), resident paradise flycatchers, purple crested loerie's fish eagles, kingfishers and long crested eagles being seen regularly.
We do trips to Mozambique (fishing, 4x4 sand driving course, scuba, dolphin encounters)Other Activities Lowveld Botical Gardens -- one of the finest and most interesting botanic gardens in South Africa, set in beautiful surroundings on the Crocodile River near Nelpruit. The gardens feature a number of unique botanical collections from a Cycad garden to a tropical forest containing a comprehensive variety of fig trees.
Tourist attractions in the area.
Visit the Sudwala Caves - one of the major tourist attractions in the Crocodile River Valley and only 15 km from the farm. The road between Blyde River Canyon and Pilgrim's Rest is particularly scenic and overlooks the Blyde River. Pilgrim's Rest is rich in history with an array of fascinating old style shops to explore. Kruger National Park. Near the entrance bridge of Sabie are the Bridal, Lone Creek and Horseshoe Falls.
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