Enjo Nature Farm is tucked away in the Cederberd in the gorgeous Biedouw Valley, it’s not easy to get to but I have learnt that the best places are far off the beaten track.
Recently we decided to to an adventure weekend for Mike’s birthday, driving all the way from Cape Town to the Karoo and looping back via the West Coast. We chose to stay at two different place to break up the driving. Luck was on our side and we got space at Enjo Nature Farm for the night of Mike’s birthday.
We heard about Enjo via word of mouth but it looked absolutely glorious and totally signal free which is exactly what we were after.
How to get to Enjo Nature Farm from Cape Town
We took a long but very scenic route all the way from Tankwa karoo into the Cederberg and then around Clanwilliam to get to Enjo. The two easiest and fastest ways to get there though is either taking the N7 to Clanwilliam and then heading into the Biedouw valley from there. Or alternatively drive the R27 Coastal road and then head inland from there. These routes take about 3 and a half hours from Cape Town to Enjo Nature Farm
There are two beautiful mountain passes on the way from Clanwilliam, The Pakhuis pass which has a tar road and Hoek se berg pass which is gravel. We drove with our Jimny which is a 4×4 but we did see some normal cars driving on the road as well. Just take it really easy!
When you get to the bottom of the second pass there will be sign boards directing you where to go and you will have to open two farm gates before getting to reception at Enjo! 🙂
Enjo Nature Farm
Enjo might be a bit out of the way but they are almost fully booked for the rest of the year ( you can put your name on a list if there are cancelations ) We were very lucky to have gotten a little spot and especially in the Lonely planet cottage.
The farm has a lake with paddle ski’s, deck chairs on the jetty and a little fire pit, it also has a big reservoir converted into a pool with wooden decking. So you have plenty of options when you feel like taking a dip. It also has dogs, cats, horses, sheep, goats and a resident lizard called Larry. I loved all the little quirky things that Enjo had to offer, from their honesty bar in the main house to the request to make a little rock monster while staying over.
If you are looking for somewhere to switch off, relax and be one with nature then you will love Enjo! Star gazing is amazing as well and they have a few hikes on the farm spanning from 40min to three hours. Unfortunately we didn’t have time for a hike but that just another excuse to head back there again right?
Enjo Nature Farm Accommodation
There are plenty of accommodation options at Enjo suited for everyone! There are cottages and chalets for smaller groups of people as well as the Lazy leopard house that can sleep up to 6. They also offer camping under the shade of big trees next to the river!
We stayed at the Lonely planet cottage which is about 3km away from the main house. It can sleep four people as there is a double bed downstairs and two single at the top. The Cottage runs completely from solar energy and gas so even though you have lights, a fridge and a gas stove you wont be able to charge anything there.
The Lonely planet also has a cute splash pool hidden next to the rocks behind the cottage where we spent the afternoon sunning it up and having a few cold drinks!
It is really such a vibe watching the sky turn pink in the middle of nowhere with a fiscal shrike family ( a very tame one! ) keeping you company. As the sun sets the braai starts going and the red wine comes out and I promise you that there is nothing quite like that feeling.
The Biedouw Valley and things to do in the area
There are so many things to do in the Biedouw Valley area! If you are a nature lover you can go hiking, or mountain biking ( there are some great rock pools and epic hikes! ) You can also go on 4×4 trails or rock climbing if you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie. We loved taking photos everywhere stopping multiple times on the mountain passes and if you are into stars and astro photography its definitely the place to be!