A couple of weeks ago I spent two nights at !Khwa ttu on the West Coast Way Culture Route and on the Saturday we headed out to Bartholomeus Klip for a nature drive and lunch. Bartholomeus Klip is an exclusive destination in the Riebeek Valley and is located on a working sheep and wheat farm at the Elandsberg Nature Reserve.
Nature Drive at Bartholomeus Klip
We all piled into the game vehicle, with blankets over our knees, camera’s and phones at the ready. My boys were excited to be in this really cool Landrover and wanted to know exactly how it worked and how did they get all these seats into them? Esmeralda was our guide and driver for the morning and she took all my boys million questions and patiently answered each and every one of them. Go Esmerelda!
The nature drive takes you through the 10 000 acre nature reserve and sets off through the gate and across the river into the reserve, entering a completely different world from the farmlands and gardens of Bartholomeus Klip. We were told to keep a look out for any tortoises on the gravel road – this honour was given over to the boys who took their new roll of tortoise watcher very seriously!
Dine at Bartholomeus Klip
After our Nature Drive, we headed to the conservatory for one of the most memorable and delicious meals of my life. Bartholomeus Klip is famous for its food, which is generous, imaginative and mostly made from a variety of local produce.
They do cater for the little ones and my boys tucked into Macaroni and Cheese and ended off with delicious ice cream and chocolate sauce.
For the adults, we started with Crisp Gnocchi, Goats Cheese Crema, Dullah, and Parmesan.
Mains was Pressed 36 Hour Lamb Neck, Sweet Corn, Rosemary Jus, Cauliflower Puree, Confit Potatoes, Semi Dried Tomatoes and Dukkah.
Dessert was Jersey Milk Ice Cream, Honeycomb Crunch, White Chocolate Meringue and Honey Syrup.
This meal was a real treat and I highly recommend treating yourself to lunch at Bartholomeus Klip – each dish was expertly made and the flavours were delightful.
Stay over at Bartholomeus Klip
We did not stay over at Bartholomeus Klip but I have definitely made it my mission to stay over in the future. Discerning travellers will appreciate the peace and quiet in the exclusive five-bedroomed farmhouse, while families with children can enjoy privacy in the Wild Olive House & Cottage.
Address: Elandsberg Farms,Bo Hermon Road, Hermon
Telephone Number: 022 448 1087
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