The Place/Die Plek at Ockertskraal near Route 62 (R62) and Ladismith in Klein Karoo - farm, self sufficiency and artists and nature lovers' accommodation in a beautiful setting

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Die Plek by Ockertskraal

Ladismith - Klein Karoo - Wes-Kaap

Our beautiful farm - One hundred hectares of diverse landscape, beautiful river, hills and hidden valleys.The farm offers views of four mountain ranges and has both open and secluded spaces for walking and contemplation. Access to the river for year-round swimming in our permanent pools with sandy beaches, is a real blessing on those hot summer days.

Our family home - Our 160-year old Karoo farmhouse, which we are renovating, is cool and cosy - visitors are always welcome to share a home cooked meal, snack or cup of something. In our developing organic small-holding, we already have chickens and pigs and will be adding to the family soon. Our garden, all organic, will provide vegetables, salads and, in time, fruit.

The Place/Die Plek looking south towards the Touw river  and the old farm house with accommodation for artists and nature lovers, studio to rent and classes and workshops in crafts and fine art

Touw Rivier

The Touw River, which originates in Touwsrivier near Laingsburg many kilometres away, constantly astounds us with its beauty and variations. After very good or heavy rains, it swells and grows and moodily snakes it way downstream where it joins the Groot Rivier and later, the Gouritz River. These rare moments are for meditating on the power of nature and the staggering power of water.

After a couple of days it calms to a gushing bubbling stream - chocolate box pretty.

Then it settles in the pools and perhaps stops flowing entirely. We have spent many balmy summer evenings sitting on the large white sandy beach by the permanent swimming hole; watching the sun set.

Touw River Touw River Touw River


Wildlife on the farm includes baboons - whose occasionally noisy socialising echoing off the cliffs is very entertaining - koedoe, small antelope, jackals and wild cats - all very shy and seldomly spotted although their footprints are often found at the water's edge - small and giant tortoises lurk under bushes - pale chanting gosshawks are often seen drifting on the air currents looking for prey, or perching on poles - Owls live in the woodland by the dam; probably feeding on the ample veldmuise, shrews and other small rodents on the farm - wild ducks, geese and several other water bird species breed at the dam and the river and every now and then a spoonbill can be spotted after good rain - and best of all, we regularly hear the hauntingly beautiful call of the fish eagle.

There are of course, also spiders, scorpions, snakes, geckos and many different kinds of lizards.

Klein Karoo Biodiversity

The Little Karoo (or Klein Karoo in Afrikaans) is well-known for its extraordinary richness of plant species.The Klein Karoo is an area of only 23,500 square kilometers stretching from Montagu in the west, to Uniondale in the east, bordered in the north by the Witteberg and Swartberg Mountain ranges; and in the south by the Langeberg and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Despite the small footprint of this area, 3200 plant species have been recorded, of which 400 are endemic to the Klein Karoo. This diversity of plant life is rivalled only by the Western Cape fynbos biome; much of which also occurs in the Klein Karoo.

We are compiling a full database of the plants found on the farm. Please feel free to enquire if you are hoping to view a particular species. The Place has mainly River and Floodplain, Karoo Succulent and Gwarrie Veld habitats.


Gibbaeum heathii in flower at The Place/Die Plek Aloe Variegata/Kanniedood/Partridge Breast Aloe at The Place near Route 62


Days are mostly sunny through all the seasons. Summer maximum temperatures average about 35 degrees, but hot days are usually relieved by cool breezes in the afternoon that make uncomfortably warm nights a real rarity in the Klein Karoo. Winter days are generally warm - averaging in the low to mid twenties with cold nights, but no colder than zero degrees. Our best weather and most impressive skies are in spring and autumn when clouds sometimes gather for rain; but more often only result in another dramatic sunset.


Crassula capitella/bergplakkie at The Place, Ockertskraal



Trindentia gemmiflora, Gortjie, flower at Ockertskraal, Die Plek/The Place, Klein Karoo Nymania capensis/Klapperbos/Chinese latern Bush in bloom in Spring at The Place near Ladismith Touw River at The Place/Die Plek self catering accommodation in the Klein Karoo
Nymania capensis/Klapperbos/Chinese latern Bush in bloom in Spring at The Place near Ladismith