General Dealer

It is difficult to single out our greatest assets in comparison to those of the many beautiful country places you could choose from, but we'd venture to say it's the soul of the people, the character of the village and its sense of place.

To this day it portrays the early 19th-century Boere uitspannings plek it started out as. In addition to the historic police station, which was recently developed into a modern facility, existing historic buildings include the old eenmanskooltjie, which has been renovated into a cottage, an old Edwardian farmhouse that's being operated as Afsluit Gastehuis, the koöperasiewinkel (general dealer), now housing Smileys Restaurant, the old mill, and a few old houses that have been put to use as guest houses and backpackers' rooms. The auction kraals and adjacent boeresaal are the main social and commercial colocation of the community. Apart from our New Year dances, boeresports and fun rides on horseback, we recently hosted shows by big entertainers such as Valiant Swart, Ollie Viljoen, Frank Opperman and Chris Cameleon during our annual Herfsfees.


All accomodation is self catering & fully serviced. Relax on the stoepEnjoy farm life with modern luxuries relaxing in the Edwardian-era Afsluit Gastehuis. Those who will not miss modern amenities will find the eenmanskooltjieOld Eenmanskooltjie Cottage with its wood

stove and gas geyser a pure delight. Hikers camping is available at the old farmhouse site down in the ravine. Umgidi Backpackers & Village camping.


On the farm:
Hiking (dogs allowed)
Moutain biking (bring your own)
Junior four and two wheeler motor cycles are available
Nguni herd, farm animals and small game
The Farm is home to the Aboukir Arab Stud, with six horses under saddle
Fly fishing on various dams

In the Area:
Excellent wetland birding
Bass and fly fishing
Plainsgame and wing hunting
River rafting, rowing, rock climbing and quad rides
Round day trips - DeBeers Pass, Mullers Pass, Normandien Pass

In the Village:
Traditional General Dealer
Umgidi Backpackers & Camping
Smileys Restaurant for Sunday Buffet (open during the week on reservation)
Woodcraft workshop
Regular art, craft and performance events by well known South African artists


Verkykerskop is 45km from Harrismith on the R722 route.
GPS coordinates: S-27.920695 E29.280564
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