Tortoise Terrace is tucked away at the back of The Storytellers organic farm. The main sleeping tent boasts a double bed, while the front room has a sleeper couch and can be used as a lounge or an extra bedroom. All necessary bedding and extra blankets are provided. In front of the tent is a shaded wooden picnic bench, perfect for dining outside on those hot summer nights. The kitchen and bathroom, in the wooden house, are all gas powered, as is the fridge.
Tortoise Terrace is situated at the base of a majestic sandstone cliff, home to nesting Rock Kestrels and Rock Doves. At night, swooping owls silently silhouette against the night sky as they hunt for rodents in the bushes around the unit. If your looking for a quiet, off-grid and wi-fi free detox from city life, this is the place for you!
Guests will have access to all amenities on the farm Vleiplaas, including the world-class bouldering and climbing areas on De Pakhuys guest farm, the hiking trails and the swimming holes. Access into the neighbouring CapeNature wilderness reserves is strictly by permit only. These can be purchased from several outlets in the valley including The Storytellers and De Pakhuys, as well as from CapeNature directly. All climbing, regardless of where it is taking place, is by permit only. These permits can be obtained from the aforementioned outlets.
Either JP or Tracy will be on hand to assist guests with any and all queries. We supply firewood for the water boilers, as well as gas for the cookers and fridges. Should any of these run out, simply let us know and we will refill as soon as possible. As all of our units are off-grid and wi-fi free, we have set up a guest services office at the The Storytellers main house where guests can access the internet, charge any electrical devices that need mains electricity and, for long-term guests, freeze any food for later in their stay.
Summer: as The Storytellers organic farm is based in a semi-arid region, we experience extremely hot and dry summers with temperatures often exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Sun protection and hydration are essential. Our hottest months are December, January, February and stretching into March.
Winter: the farm is in a winter rainfall region and experiences sporadic downpours. Temperatures seldom drop below 1 degree Celsius (33 Fahrenheit). Our coldest, wettest months include May, June and July.
Autumn and Spring: these are by far the best seasons to visit the farm, bringing with them a magical mix of hot days and cold nights. There is little rain, but enough cloud for magical sunsets. Springtime (August, and September) sees the eruption of wildflowers throughout the region, while autumn (March and April) brings welcome relief to the intense heat of summer, celebrated by the emergence of countless butterflies.
- Permit required for all bouldering and climbing activities.