Guest Reviews

Amazing time away

What an adventurous and eventful weekend it was for us. Starting with playing stuck in the mud with the car, to being spoiled with the Milkyway above us. Getting to taste a delicious selection of wines, having a very personal interaction with a black and white worm that needed to get off one of us instantly, and seeing the scorpion mama with all her little babies clinging onto her.

A big thank you to everyone who assisted us and a big special thank you to Nelmarie for showing us what Rogge Cloof has to offer.

(Feb 2022)

Thekla Mentz

Cape Town

Beeindruckender Ort, einmalige Gastfreundschaft / Impressive place, unique hospitality

Es begann bereits mit einem sehr warmen Empfang und wir fühlten uns sehr willkommen. Die Menschen die hier arbeiten und sich um die Gäste kümmern, sind äusserst herzlich und man hat das Gefühl, dass es sehr ehrlich ist.
Die Bungalows von welchen wir eines gemietet hatten, sind in Fuss Distanz vom Haupthaus entfernt. Diese sind sehr modern und praktisch eingerichtet. Da sie mit Solarstrom betrieben werden, ist das Angebot an Elektronik eingeschränkt. Also auch keine heated blankets welche wir in diesen Nächten gerne genutzt hätten. Hier hilft aber der kleine Holzofen.

Neben der exzellenten Küche bauen sie ihren eigenen Wein an. Dieser sollte unbedingt probiert werden. Wir hatten das Gefühl, dass die Anstrengungen welche diese Weinreben in diesem Klima und Meereshöhe durchmachen, sich im Wein wiederspiegeln.

Alles in allem ein toller Ort mit sehr aufmerksamen Service und viel Freundlichkeit.

It already started with a very warm welcome and we felt very welcome. The people who work here and take care of the guests are extremely warm and you have the feeling that it is very honest. The bungalows, one of which we rented, are within walking distance of the main building. These are very modern and practically furnished. Since they are powered by solar power, the range of electronics is limited. So no heated blankets either, which we would have liked to have used on those nights. But the small wood stove helps here. In addition to the excellent cuisine, they grow their own wine. This should definitely be tried. We felt that the hardships these vines go through in this climate and altitude are reflected in the wine. All in all a great place with very attentive service and lots of friendliness.


Zurich, Switzerland

It stole my heart

This place is a gem of a place located in the Karoo and I truly wish that more people should visit. We were allowed to check in early and the welcome we received was so heartwarming with friendly smiles and jokes upon arrival. We stayed at The Stables which is so well designed and decorated. It has everything you need for your stay. We were given hand soap, shampoo , conditioner, a little welcome note. It has Large sliding doors overlooking the dam where springboks come and drink water. This place runs on solar power so no tv or hairdryers etc but the natural beauty surrounding you, you definitely won’t be missing the tv. I highly recommend this place to all.

(Feb 2022)



Overall experience
From the moment we arrived until the time we sadly had to leave, was an incredible experience. We were totally overwhelmed by the quality of the accommodation, cleanliness and space. Rogge Cloof is definitely the ideal place to unwind, rest and find your soul.

(Jan 2022, Via TripAdvisor)

Maryke Sage

Cape Town

WHAT A SURPRIZE...WHAT A GEM IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!! We will definitely be back for more. The food is awesome!!! The Cabins are beautiful with amazing views through the huge windows of the grazing springbuck. The Fossil tour was most informative and the personal service we received from the staff is commendable. We Loved it!!!! We will be back to come and climb the volcano!!!

(January 2022)

Marietjie Jordaan

East London

Remote break away
Stargazing, finding fossils and kids riding their bicycles all over. We had an amazing time with the friendliest hospitality experience. We even requested side dishes making the self catering experience a half catered experience.

(January 2022)

Este Welman


Wow! .....James ......has already decided that Rogge Cloof is his favourite destination so far (and we have been to some truly spectacular places!). ......

As a foodie family we really want to compliment your chefs, the food was spectacular and they went out of their way to make us feel spoiled. I fell in love with the greenhouse too, it is one of the best and most successful I’ve seen!

We sadly didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to Andre who was really kind to include my boys in the cheetah surgery and was always available to provide ideas for walks and activities for my active family. He is truly a gem.

When we drove away yesterday, my usually quiet James was so animated about the beauty of the area and couldn’t stop talking about how he is a “farm boy at heart”.

We are so glad to have found this treasure! We just wish it wasn’t so far away from us.

(December 2021)

Brigitte Purchase


"Versteckt im Nowhere"

Versteckt in den Weiten der Grossen Karoo, wunderschön angelegtes Feriendorf mit freundlichem Service und tollem Essen.
Wir haben in der Leopard Suite übernachtet und wohl mal wieder zwei der kälteren Nächte (3 Grad) im Dezember erwischt. Die Suite ist geräumig und wird mit Solar betrieben. Somit gibt es kein Fön und keine Heizdecken. Der Kamin im Zimmer spendet die nötige Wärme und das grosse bequeme warme Bett haben ebenfalls geholfen.
Das gesetzte Menü am Abend war hervorragend gekocht und der eigene Wein vom Resort war würzig und hat wunderbar gepasst.
Es ist schon erstaunlich wie auf solch einer Höhe und harten Bedingungen der Wein trotzdem wachsen und schmecken kann.
Wir haben dort übernachtet weil wir uns das SALT-Teleskop angesehen haben, doch die kleine und feine Sternguckertour am Abend im Resort war jedoch viel schöner und eindrücklicher.
Wer also Mond, Saturn und Venus mal aus der "Nähe" sehen will, sowie blaue und gelbe Sterne und deren Unterschied wissen möchte, sollte auf alle Fälle den Abend so verbringen.
Wir sind rundherum zu frieden gewesen und waren auf Grund der Corona Situation weit und breit die einzigsten "ausländischen" Touristen ....

"Hidden in the Nowhere"

Hidden in the vastness of the Great Karoo, a beautifully landscaped holiday village with friendly service and great food. We stayed in the Leopard Suite and once again caught two of the colder nights (3 degrees) in December. The suite is spacious and solar powered. So there is no hair dryer and no electric blankets. The fireplace in the room provides the necessary warmth and the large, comfortable warm bed also helped. The set menu in the evening was superbly cooked and the resort's own wine was spicy and worked wonderfully. It is amazing how wine can grow and taste at such altitude and harsh conditions. We stayed there because we had a look at the SALT telescope, but the small and fine stargazing tour in the resort in the evening was much nicer and more impressive. So if you want to see the moon, Saturn and Venus up close, as well as blue and yellow stars and their difference, you should definitely spend the evening like this. We were completely satisfied and were the only "foreign" tourists far and wide due to the Corona situation ....

(December 2021)

Petra Bruggisser

Zurich, Switzerland

The most incredible place.

Rogge Cloof clicks every single box, we’ve never been so impressed. From the service, to the food, to the level of comfort and cleanliness - they really make sure every single thing is perfect. We enjoyed every single moment on that very special farm.

(December 2021)

Charlotte Senini Mortlock

White River, Mphumalanga


We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Rogge Cloof. It is a very special place – the quietness and feeling of remoteness one gets in the Karoo may not be for everyone but we certainly loved it. The game & fossil drive was very interesting and makes you appreciate all the little things that are easily overlooked. The accommodation is lovely and the enthusiastic and friendly staff made our stay extra special. And of course the night sky and stargazing is fantastic and a real treat for any astronomy enthusiasts.

(Oct 2021)

Sandra Stanofsky

Sunningdale, South Africa

Quick weekend break

We recently spent a weekend at Rogge Cloof. It was a great experience, even though the weather was bad, with a howling icy wind. We stayed in the Cedar cottage, where we kept the fire burning against the cold. It was a perfect fit for my wife and I with our 5 year old. We did a game drive with Cara, and I have to commend her on her ability to keep my son interested. The food was very nice, the people were great, and we will surely come again. Oh, and you have to try, and buy, the wine!

(Oct 2021)

Guide44567078751 via TripAdvisor

Cape Town

The perfect little getaway

Rogge Cloof is the perfect place to recharge a bit. Will strongly recommend it to outdoorsy people, with an appreciation for nature. Such friendly staff, and wonderful food, especially for meat lovers.

It has free WIFI, but no other cellphone signal, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you want to unwind.

Cottages are clean, with everything one will need. Perfect for summer and winter, as it has a pool, and various hiking routes.

We will definitely be back for a hike to Salpeterkop.

(Oct 2021)

Jana Scheepers

Stellenbosch University Journalism Group

Wonderful week end in Nature!
My husband spoiled me on my 65 birthday with a week end at Rogge Cloof and from our welcome on the farm to our last going away was a wonderful experience, starting with friendly, welcoming staff - nothing was to much trouble to make us happy...we enjoyed the walks and the veld flowers was absolutely amazing. The Cedar House was great with indoor fire place, comfortable beds and everything that you would need on a week end away. The cleaning staff was friendly and efficient and sorted us out with enough fire wood for the indoor fire place... we would definitely go again!

(Sept 2021)

Fia de Wet


Great Stay at Rogge Cloof
We had high expectations and they were all met. The staff were warm, friendly, efficient and helpful. Manager Andre runs a slick operation. Food was good and the Orion suites were spacious, comfortable, clean and blissfully quiet. There was a wood burning heater for cold nights. Wi-Fi but no mobile reception. Off grid but solar power for small devices such as cameras and mobile phones. Not much to do other than stargazing, cycling, walking, birding and some game viewing. It's a great get away from hectic city life. We recommend it.

(Sept 2021)

Doug & Fern Emanuel


Fantastic Getaway
Celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary with a getaway to Rogge Cloof Eco Village was absolutely wonderful. The service, food and facilities were out of this world. The staff could simply not do enough for us and we had a great time! The Nature Drive was very educational and the systems accommodated all our desires.

(Sept 2021)

"Qitraveller" via TripAdvisor

Cape Town

Stars and serenity in the Karoo
Our road trip included Sutherland to view the stars. Rogge Cloof is a pleasant surprise and for the first time I really appreciated the Karoo. The Eco Village is a beautiful place, blending in with nature. Attention to detail in the interior decorating of the secluded accommodation is outstanding and the fireplace a blessing. Fabulous linen and bedding. All the meals were beautifully presented and delicious. We loved every moment of our stay at Rogge Cloof. Involved and informed management and staff. Just keep in mind that the travel time from the main road to the Eco Village is approximately 30 minutes on a dirt road.

(Sept 2021)

Cecile Niewnhuizen


We loved our stay, it was new moon and we felt as if we were swimming among the stars!

This was such a memorable holiday for us, the all girl guiding team is fabulous!!! And they made this such an interesting and memorable stay for our two boys.

(Aug 2021)

Louise Pheiffer

Hout Bay

What a privilege.
I wish I could give more than 5 stars. Rogge Cloof is such a magical place. André and his team go far beyond the requirements of regular accommodation. I've never experienced hospitality that's so authentic. It's a great venue for star gazing, just far out of town to be on your own and surrounded by springbok and other wildlife. The Eco Village is designed to show you what comforts are possible when it comes living off of the grid. We hope to make this an annual trip. Make sure you have a car that can take a dirt road and come with sense of adventure. What a privilege to have spent time in this magical corner of our world with such fantastic people.

(Aug 2021)

Grant HInds

Cape Town

Amazing stay at Rogge Cloof!

We had an incredible stay at Rogge Cloof. It is the most beautiful place to be in touch with nature and yourself.

To help this relaxation...The accommodation is of such a high standard and was most luxurious, the meals were prepared with fresh ingredients, and was utterly tantalizing.

Notwithstanding the above, The best part of our stay was the excellent service from the entire team. We will definitely be back!

Rogge Cloof has definitely put Sutherland on the map as a must visit destination in the best way!

(Aug 2021)

Nooshin J


Ons wil baie dankie sê aan Andre en die personeel vir uitsondelike diens en gasvryheid. Ons was bevoorreg om die sneeu te beleef maar met die uitkomslag kon ons bakkie nie die bult wat toegesneeu was uit nie en het Andre ons met sy ervaring uitgehelp. Baie dankie.

(Aug 2021)

Aletta Smit


Ons het baie lekker gebly dankie en julle het ’n pragtige opset. Mens kan sien dat daar aandag gegee word aan detail om dit keurig te hou - ’n kompliment aan bestuur en personeel. Ons het ook die toer met Nelmarie gate uit geniet. Ons meisiekinders dink sy is “cool and sweet”.
Het julle reeds aanbeveel by vriende en familie en hoop om weer eendag terug te kom
Beste wense aan almal by Roggecloof

And via TripAdvisor:

Beautiful well-run farm, excellent accommodation. Professional booking service. Friendly, helpful, professional management and staff. Most interesting field trip with lovely guide Nelmarie. The attention to detail and style is clear in all aspects - just nothing wrong here.

(Aug 2021)

Jacus Pienaar

Monument Park

Excellent Winter Stay

I have experienced the loveliest time recouperating after recent surgery at Rogge Cloof Farm - it was quiet, peaceful and staff were amazing. The highlight of my trip was definitely cheetah tracking - we found 2 male cheetah, very close to us - such a blessed and amazing experience.

(Via TripAdvisor, July 2021)

Dr Blanche Cupido

Claremont, Cape Town

Great Place - Great Team

We as a family had an absolute Blast at Rogge Cloof Reserve.
From Learning about the stars , to learning how to use our cameras and take photo's of the stars,
To very interesting and informative game drives ; Visiting Mona the Cheetah ; climbing an old Volcano and having a coffee on top ; The caves ; Eagles ; Fossils ; Playing in the snow ; Building a snow man ; Riding bike in the snow ; Entering the Polar Bear Swim Challenge, Great Meals prepared by an amazing Chef!
Rogge Cloof has an amazing team running it, with great team spirit.
When the team gets along and has fun doing it, this really shows!
We really enjoyed our time at Rogge Cloof.
Andre; Sam, Nelmarie and Cara were absolutely amazing. We did not get to meet the Chef in person but his/her food was tops!
We will definitely be back.

(July 2021)

Shaun Benn

Port Elizabeth

Winter Wonderland, Karoo Solitude

The Rogge Cloof units are cleverly equipped to accommodate visitors in comfort and to enable the enjoyment of extreme cold temperatures (associated with cold snaps and, luckily for us, snow in the Sutherland area).

(July 2021)

Beukes Kotze

Via TripAdvisor

Hidden gem
We loved our stay at Rogge Cloof, perfect for those who prefer to stay in nature and not in town. We were warmly welcomed and our gorgeous cabin was comfortable and cosy with a lovely wood burning fireplace. The food was out of this world - I nearly brought the chef home with me! The dining room is also cleverly designed with multiple fireplaces to take away the winter chills. We had a lovely star-gazing information session too. Definitely a spot for families and couples. We will highly recommend it and will certainly stay there again when we visit the area.

(July 2021)

Vanessa Witte

Western Cape

Baie dankie vir n heerlike naweek al kon 'n mens nie braai nie. Dit was een vir die boeke en ons sal verseker weer kom kuier by julle.

Julle is puik en doen baie moeite hoor ek moet se. Ek sal vir almal van julle vertel sodat hulle ook dit kan ervaar.

(Junie 2021)

Marnus & Kie-Mari Fouche


We will be back the place is simply amazing.

It is an amazing place to stay, fantastic location, delightful rooms, friendly staff, food is yummy..............everything is perfect.

(May 2021)

Joachim Eichhorn (via


Good day everyone,

This is just a short note to thank you for your exceptional service.
I have been staying at Roggecloof for the past +_ 18 Months for work related traveling.

First and most important is the friendliness, helpfulness and professional treatment received from all the staff. From house keeping up to senior management.

The accommodation facilities are first class, neat, clean and well managed.

Small little things that management has done was to get rid of the shower curtain and replace it with a shower door in Cedar cottage. It looks soooooo much more professional………..

The major operations are impressive as well with all the changes, new buildings, carports, swimming pool area, rebuilding of screen walls, upgrading the dining room area etc.

The general maintenance is managed very well from road maintenance up to general maintenance inside and outside all cottages.

Well done to all the staff and management team of Rogge Cloof, it is a real pleasure to stay here, and it feels like a second home.

Thanks to the Rogge Cloof team that always supplies me with an additional work table in my cottage for my laptop and additional electrical extension cords. I don’t even have to ask for it, it is always just there.

Kind regards

Francois le Roux
(May 2021)

Francois le Roux

Sandton, RSA

I just wanted to send an email to thank you all so much again for the most wonderful stay at Rogge Cloof, we were just blown away by the hospitality, welcome and amazing environment we were lucky enough to enjoy last week. Rafe told me this morning he wanted to go back today, I’m sure it has nothing to do with school starting again!

I literally haven’t stopped shouting about how amazing our stay was,

Wishing you all a lovely week further and we will keep in touch.

(April 2021)

Lucinda Keefer

Cape Town

Awesome setting, most amazing guides. Food excellent and chalets spotless...all totally off grid. Fossil experience was truly a wow. This must be an even greater experience when snowed in. Try their Gemsbokkop a great malbec blend.

(April 2021)

Stephen & Jeanete Hardcastle (via TripAdvisor)


Memorable relaxing stay
Andre and his team run the farm like a well oiled machine. Loved our accommodation in the Wolskuur. Clean, tidy and beautifully decorated. The staff were attentive, helpful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed the scrumptious breakfasts. We also enjoyed a lovely dinner at the lodge accompanied by the farm’s own superb Syrah We highly recommend Rogge Cloof for an unforgettable stay under the magnificent night sky and open vast plains.

(April 2021, via

John du Toit

Somerset West

An incredible stay!
We absolutely loved our stay at Rogge Cloof and everything this beautiful eco-reserve represents. We were welcomed by Cara, one of the guides who also checked us in & saw to our needs whilst staying at Rogge Cloof for 2 nights. This beautiful reserve catered to our special meal requirements and also introduced us to game cuisine. The food was good & hearty and we savored the succulent Karoo cuisine as well as enjoyed the good wine of Rogge Cloof. We even bought some wine for home. No words can properly describe the night sky. It was magical, so bright & beautiful. We can understand why Rogge Cloof is called “ spaceport karoo”. We loved the gorgeous night sky at Rogge Cloof and our time by the outside fireplace just watching the incredible night sky and enjoying our best stargazing experience. We also explored the reserve cycling and did an interesting excursion with Cara learning about fossils & the Karoo plants & a bit about the reserve and its animals. Cara even indulged our special request to see the injured cheetah, Mona. All in all an amazing stay and experience & we would love to return in winter to experience the snow.

(April 2021)

Sivannah Padayachee


New moon under the stars

I’ve been to a nature reserve, I’ve been to a game reserve, I’ve even been to an aquarium, this was my first time even hearing of a ‘Dark Sky Reserve’.

That is exactly what Rogge Cloof is, a dark sky reserve. Think about it, they are literally preserving the darkness by controlling the artificial light pollution that prevents us from truly seeing the stars as they are.

Being close to Sutherland and spanning an entire 18 000 hectares, with minimal structures emitting artificial light it gets crazy dark and is super close to the curvature of the earth which makes it the perfect location for admiring the stars.

This place has a magical energy and after only 2 days of being there we left in awe of nature.

Being a family run establishment adds to the experience, expect a warm welcome as if you are long lost family returning home to the clan.

We stayed in the Oryx House which has all the creature comforts of home and a large wrap around balcony with a fire pit.

Can’t wait to visit again.

(December 2021)

Arline Burger (Via TripAdvisor March 2021)


Memorable weekend

Our running group booked out the entire village for the long weekend to spend a weekend with our families and running under the stars.

Andre and his team absolutely blew us all away with their hospitality, they were welcoming, professional and completely accommodating of all of our needs and wishes.

A truly magical lodge, we will be back over and over again.

(March 2021)

Daniel Cunnama

Cape Town

We really loved our time at your lodge, it was the most unique and special experience. Cara is an absolute GEM and truly made our trip memorable.

Thank you to the Rogge Cloof Team & to wonderful Cara for a truly incredible and diverse trip, we loved it very much and shall never forget it.

(March 2021)

Jodi-Ann Palmer


Hi all the lovely team at Rogge,

We are now safely home after our epic 4500 kms journey through the Northern Cape -as guests of Northern Cape Tourism .

Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to all of you for our amazing time at Rogge Cloof - not sure what we enjoyed most - the Super Rogge Cloof wines ,the fantastic fresh meals, the luxurious Orion suites or the windy drive to see the fossils!!

The best was actually the super friendly and enthusiastic team at Rogge Cloof -we learnt so much about the Karoo , the dinosaurs ,volcanoes etc

(March 2021)

Derek Houston

Centurion, RSA

Just a brief note to say many thanks to you and all your Team for the excellent hospitality, catering, and guided tours (geology, paleontology, wildlife, plants and vegetation, history, and more) of the wonderful natural environment you are systematically recreating in your 'reserve'. Particular thanks for the visit to Saltpetrekop and your exceptional fossil localities last Wednesday, and for sharing your knowledge of these fascinating places with us.

(March 2021)

John Bristow


A place where you can choose the beautiful privacy of your accommodation or the many excursions on offer. The staff and hosts are friendly and informative. The chef is excellent! Fresh delicious food. Everyone goes out of their way to enhance your experience at this beautiful lodge. Cant wait to o back in the winter to experience the roaring log fires....

(Via TripAdvisor, Feb 2021)

LTZA (via TripAdvisor)

The most amazing Karoo experience
We stayed at Rogge Cloof for 4 nights and enjoyed various of their activities like the fossil tour and cheetah tracking.
We stayed in one of the self-catering units, used the flexibility of cooking on our own and also having dinner at the beautiful Rittersaal.
The staff at Rogge Cloof is amazing, friendly, helpful and informative all the time.

(Jan 2021)

Mirjam (Via TripAdvisor)

Pretoria, SA

Roadtrip stargazing
Wonderful stay in the new Orion suites. Delicious food, fresh produce out of the greenhouse. Take your time, stop take lots of photo's, smell the Karoo, look down, look around you and then look up. Listen to the silence and breathe. See you soon again!

(Jan 2021)

Rinet (Via TripAdvisor)

Benoni, South Africa

Just magic
What a wonderful place this guest farm is! How beautiful and with its own style, grace and elegance, its own magic. We stayed at one of the Orion suites - just awesome (and I don't use this word so much). The cheetah tracking and the guides are overwhelming...

(Jan 2021)

Dasamphibium (Via TripAdvisor)

Frankfurt, Germany

Die Maartens en Cloete groep van Saterdag wil net vir Rogge Cloof bedank vir 'n heerlike oggend. Ons het die oggend baie geniet en nuwe dinge geleer. Ons het twee lieflike gidse gehad en Sam baie dankie vir al jou moeite om vir Mona te kry en haar vir ons te wys, dit was baie spesiaal. Julle twee dames is tops!!

Ronell Cloete



... and thank you for choosing the picture! (for Guest Gallery)

BTW: This is an opportunity to assure you what a wonderful place your guest farm is! How beautiful and with its own style, grace and elegance, its own magic.

We're now at the XXXXXX XXX X XXXXXX and it's just... terrible. Full of people, loud, anonymous, game drive trucks... we should have been warned by the slogan "REAL AFRICA. XXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXXX"... ;-(

During the first minutes and hours we came to the conclusion, that we just wanted to return to Rogge Cloof... But we have to move forward to Stellenbosch. So maybe again in April, if the Corona-Situation doesn't become worse...


(Via e-mail, January 2021)

Oliver & Beate Bechmann


Heaven on Earth
We spent 2 nights at this wonderful resort. This eco lodge is very well maintained, has very nice people and excellent service. Breakfast and dinner were of outstanding quality. We went on a tour into their reserve (18.000 ha) to search - and find - the cheetahs who have been re-wilded on their land. Sam, an extremely passionate guide brought us within a few meters to "Mona" who was hiding under a bush. At a another place, hiding below rocks, we found two twin cheetah boys. The evenings we spend on the terrace at our bungalow and looked at the springboks grazing in front of us and enjoyed the spectacular starry sky. Definitely a place to come back to.

(January 2021)

Thomas Claussen

Frankfurt, Germany

A Christmas to Remember
We had a short stay at Roggecloof from 24 to 27 December 2020, but it felt like we had been on a two week holiday. We arrived tired, in desperate need of some time-out and we left, feeling like we have returned from a faraway planet.

We were welcomed like royalty by the staff at Roggecloof (masked and sanitised according to protocol) and it immediately felt like we had arrived to visit family. The staff were exceptional throughout our stay, no matter whether we enjoyed the delicious food at the restaurant, the great wine, the gorgeous setting, the cheetah game drive or an unusual request. They went above and beyond. Andrè, Jacqui, Cara, Nelmari and the team made it a super special stay.

Roggecloof impressed us with a spacious and cosy unit, outfitted with everything we might need, right down to a corkscrew and more. Our bed was comfortable and the white bedding and towels put my mind at ease. The two large sofas are perfectly comfortable to curl up with a good book.

It was simply delicious to wake up in the morning, the wind whistling across the valley, the sky clear and carefree, sipping coffee and eating biscuits, while the Karoo awoke from its bedazzled slumber.

Bedazzled, is an appropriate description of the night sky at Roggecloof. Millions of heavenly bodies light up this spectacular space every night. Stargazing is one of the main attractions in Sutherland and I would recommend you stay longer, just to experience the excitement of seeing planets, stars, nebulas and constellations.

It was our first time visiting Roggecloof, but it will certainly not be our last.

Sharon Blignaut

Rogge Cloof was the perfect spot for our Trip to Sutherland. As we were there to see the stars, Rogge Cloof was great as we could keep entertained on the reserve during the day with game drives, bike rides, etc, and at night it’s close enough to town that a trip to the town/observatory is not a hassle. Not to mention that the reserve is the perfect place to see the night sky due to its remote location! The service was amazing. Any questions or issues were answered/ dealt with quickly and well. When going here, you must bear in mind that it runs on Solar Power, and so you can’t expect anything high tech. But this is part of the experience. (Although saying that, the complementary WiFi was faster and more reliable than my WiFi at home). We had a wonderful time here and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to go to Sutherland.

(Oct 2020)

Emma Lock

South Africa

A perfect way to spend my husband's birthday. The food was plentiful, prepared by Chef. One can literally cycle all day. Hospitality is home-from-home, everyone welcoming and informative. We will definitely be back!

(November 2020)

Bufe Family

Somerset West, Western Cape

Pragtige verblyf en mense. Heerlike kos. Warm ontvangs. Insiggewende inligting. Dankie!

(November 2020)

Marx, van Rooyen, Moll & Von Willigh Groep

Cullinan, Ermelo, Hendrina

Beautiful location. Stillness. Quiet. Braving cold. Peaceful. Amazing hospitality & food. Will hopefully be back soon!

(October 2020)

Jonathan Smit

Cape Town

I unfortunately only spent 1 night at Rogge Cloof but I’m planning a longer stay as soon as possible. Its a stunning reserve with excellent accommodation, great food and friendly, accommodating staff.

(October 2020)

Mark Ilbury

Cape Town

Loved the experience - cheetahs, food, the farm and most importantly, the people.

(September 2020)

Warren & Ciska Blair


A peaceful and perfect escape
I cannot thank the Rogge Cloof team enough for the most remarkable, and on a personal level for me, profound stay.

I really cannot say in words just what a special place and team you have. From the whatsapp check-ins to see if I was travelling safely, to the warm welcome, exceptional and personalised service, delicious Karoo food, to the mind-blowing safari, fossil tour and general tour around, fat bike ride, beautiful smiles, incredible unit, the stars, the animals, the owls, the attention to detail and generosity.

I could quite literally go on for an age but I think you get the point, you have both a very special place and team - but one without the other would mean nothing!

(September 2020)

Mark Bland

Cape Town

I just thought that I would let you know that Rogge Cloof was by far (by a long way) my favourite place we visited. The family also agreed on this :)
Your attention to detail and just the general product was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Please send our thanks to all the staff and please let them know how impressed we were.

(September 2020)

Nadia Lautenbach


WHAT a surprise!!
what a hospitality!
what an atmosphere. the space. the details.
I had booked last minute and didn't expect to end up in a reserve so for me the surprise was complete. 18.000ha of bush, wildlife, cosy cottages and yummy cold climate wine. and great hosts.
I couldn't have been happier :-)

(Via TripAdvisor, September 2020)

Valerie Simons

Brussels, Belgium

Enduro Adventure

We arrived late because of difficulties not related to the establishment. We were welcomed with typical Karoo smiles, served a dinner and had the most awesome Rogge Cloof wine. Waking up was awesome, the rooms were perfect. Breakfast was perfect and the entire setting awesome. I shall be back to enjoy the wildlife and maybe the cold.

(Via TripAdvisor, September 2020)

Archie HItge

Addo, South Africa

Hi 👋 everybody .... - wow, we got back on Sunday evening, or from our weekend away... - the Peanuts prize from the quiz evening - we went to a ‘gem’ in the Karoo.... - Rogge Cloof ( just outside Sutherland, where they not only offer awesome accommodation with very friendly and helpful staff, but also lots of ‘extra’ activities.... - a fossil field with fossils dating back as far as 250 million years ago; game drives with the chance of seeing cheetahs, Springbok, Eland and many other species of wild life and bird life; the use of ‘fat bikes’ for the energetic and a swimming pool for the not-so energetic.... - the night skies are indescribably beautiful and you feel like you could almost touch the stars... the peace and quiet and openness of it all is what has inspired numerous books and poems. Not only is Rogge Cloof worth a visit (or two) but it is also close enough to visit SALT...( South African Large Telescope) at the South African Asronomical Observatory AND the Sutherland Planetarium. The team had a great time....

Catherine Filmalter

Cape Town

Baie dankie vir n fantasiese kuier, ons het dit baie geniet en sal binnekort terug kom.

Die kos was ongelooflik lekker en ons 2 gidse het uit hul pad gegaan om dit baie lekker te maak. Dankie aan almal wat dit spesiaal vir ons gemaak het!

(Sept 2020)

Arno Roux

Western Cape

Went for the stars and got so much more

We had a 2 night stay at Rogge Cloof as part of a post lock down road trip from Johannesburg through the Karoo.

This really is a very special place. The rooms are lovely and modern with a big warm fire place and ample wood, the farm is huge and has got more animals than we ever expected.

The people however are what make this place so special. Andre and Corlia from the time of booking were superstars and they took care of us like we were old friends. A special treat was when the young and passionate rangers Sam and Franco introduced us to the cheetah twins. The chef made sure we were well fed with his delicious food.

We never got stars, we got beautiful snow and were richer for the kind and lovely people who are Rogge Cloof.

(August 2020)

Natalyn Portwig


Wat 'n ongelooflike ervaring!
Mooiste plek met die vriendelikste mense.
Ons kom beslis weer!
Absoluut fantasties!

(Augustus 2020)

Andre, Annalene & Luceel Beukes & Lourens & Margo van As

Bellville & Swellendam

Ongelooflike diens, uitstekende fasiliteite, vriendelike en effektiewe personeel. Baie rustige atmosfeer en verseker sielskos,

(Augustus 2020)

Elsa & Craven Gertenbach


Sprokies mooi, dierbaarste mense, uitstekende diens.
Ons kom terug!

(Augustus 2020)

Natalyn Portwig


What a spectacular piece of heaven - thanks for your incredible hospitality!

(August 2020)

Linda Buckley

Cape Town


Like a good red wine this establishment grew on us the longer we stayed. After an initial not so good first impression (in fairness though due to the writer being unnecessarily grumpy but also due to us arriving through the back entrance amidst building works on the go) Rogge Cloof turned into a gem of a place to spend an extremely chilly long weekend. Andre and his entire team were fabulous hosts and the passion portrayed by Sam and her caring for the cheetahs left a lasting impression on my wife and I. The food was plentiful and of a high standard and the chalet we stayed in was luxurious and perfect with a roaring fire which we kept going at the foot of the bed for the entire weekend. We will be back and we cannot highly recommend enough this establishment in the middle of no-where but well worth the drive from wherever you may originate from, in our case Paarl, Western Cape. A stunning drive which show cases why the Western Cape is miles ahead of the rest of the country with great roads and beautiful scenery, although admittedly the 80 or so km's into the Northern Cape was equally stunning.

(August 2020)

Paul Clark


Checking out a couple of cold cheetahs...

My first visit. Now I know why my partner enthused about her previous visit! And it's changed plenty since. Andre and his team run a smart operation. Their hardware is sound and software even better. No question it's going to continue improving...

(August 2020, as per TripAdviser Review)

Layton R Smith

Prins Albert

Just wanted to say that I have emailed a few places over the last few days and your service and responsiveness has made all the difference!

Can't wait to visit you soon.

(July 2020)

Enrico Girolo

Webpage Booking

Amazing stay

Perfect if you want to make a wild and peaceful break. Amazing staff ! We travelled with friends and family, and all of us enjoyed our stay. The high light was the cheetah tracking and the stargazing.The cottages are perfect.

(December 2019)

Patricia Lota

Cape Town

Super impressed!

We love visiting Sutherland as a family and this past visit to Rogge Cloof was just amazing, the animals were great to see, including a cheetah !! The stars were so bright, one could pick them from the sky - hospitality was warm and very impressive, as was all services supplied - the house was clean, well spaced and the huge bed was big enough for all four of us!!

(January 2020)

Johan Kruger


Thank you for making my stay special - I will have very fond memories of Rogge Cloof and your most enjoyable hospitality.

Please convey my thanks to the team who all contributed to my most pleasant stay. I will certainly be back!

(December 2019)

Michael Lindsell


We visited Rogge Cloof guest farm/cheetah reserve as a last minute activity after a stay in Matjiesfontein, and before we drove back to Cape Town.
We spent a wonderful and few hours here - and were so lucky to see a cheetah extremely close up, after tracking it for a couple of hours. What a treat! Andre and his team could not have looked after us better. They are all obviously so
passionate about the work they do here in Sutherland at this guest farm.
Rogge Cloof is also planting vines - and is one of the highest and coldest vineyards in SA.
Other things to do here/nearby include star gazing and if you have an interest in geology, a visit to the volcano.
Next time we will spend a night or two at the guest farm - there was too much for us to do in a few hours.

(November 2019)

Brendan Jennings


We would like to thank you for your kindness and hospitality with arranging the trip around Rogge Cloof. What a wonderful experience it was for all of us, and something we would not have known about if we had not met you at The Lord Milner. None of us have seen cheetahs so close up before. You all obviously have a deep affection and respect for these animals, it was so lovely to see.

Our time spent with you, Corlia and colleagues was an added bonus for our 40th celebration weekend, and we thank you so much for giving up your time to host us. And the wine was the icing on the cake ..... we enjoyed a bottle or two with our friends before they returned to the UK on Saturday.

(November 2019)

Brendan & Liz Jennings


What an experience.

My wife and I stayed at Rogge Cloof on our honeymoon in October 2019. We were received by the friendliest people on our whole trip of 4500 km across South Africa.

When the staff found out that we were on our honeymoon, they gave us some of their incredible wine (WOW) and arranged that Sam (a very experienced field guide) take us out to see the whole reserve including one of their famous Cheetahs. Sam told us about the history of the reserve, all the historic landmarks and a boatload of cool facts about the area. It was a cold morning so we were offered warm coffee and rusks.

The entire experience is something that we will never forget. we will be back very soon and definitely take our friends and family along.

Thank you for your hospitality, top-class accommodation and working so hard to look after our beautiful country.

(October 2019)

Shane & Lize Clifford


Ons het dit baie geniet! Gaan as nuwe mense terug!!!

(September 2019)

Gideon & Hantie Louw


We had a relaxing time at Cedar Cottage and saw a cheetah! Andre and Anna-Marie made us feel like family by going out of their way to share the beauty of Rogge Cloof. Best ever!

(September 2019)

David & Gida Wessels

Cape Town

Awesome experience ... definitely recommend
Would definitely stay at Rogge Cloof again ... great reserve, lots of bokke, beautiful landscape, friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend to anyone heading to Sutherland and/or needing to get off the grid.
Also enjoyed the game and fossil drive... fossil field is really amazing and fascinating! Thanks Andre for Showing us around and being such an expert!

(September 2019)

Bavini Naidoo

Via TripAdvisor


Was baie vriendelik ontvang op die plaas! Ons het laat aangekom, maar Corlia was reg vir ons en het ons gou tuis laat voel! Verblyf is uitstekend met alles wat nodig is ─ selfs 'n kaggel in die eenheid wat help teen die koue van Sutherland! Sterre was asemrowend! Sal weer terug wees!

(September 2019)

Cornè Griessel


"Il posto è magnifico , i proprietari sono eccezionali e il trek al vulcano e il track ai ghepardi valgono il viaggio"

"The place is magnificent, the owners are exceptional and the trek to the volcano and the cheetah track are worth the trip."

(August 2019)

Gianpaolo di Pietto


Best long weekend away
We stayed at Rogge Cloof for the long weekend in Aug for my dad's 60th birthday and were treated to the best time. My dad especially loved the Sutherland stars, the visit to SALT, and our outing to the fossil field. Thanks so so much to Andre for treating us to a wonderful day out, and for the delicious wines. We all had the best time and cannot wait to return. We will be sure to do so in summer when the water in the pipes is unlikely to freeze ;-) Despite one day of freezing cold, our house was perfectly warm and comfy, and the beds are really top-notch. Thanks again Corlia, Andre and Anne-Marie.
(August 2019)

Candice Lyons

Via TripAdvisor

Awesome service, really felt like everyone we dealt with at Rogge Cloof had our best interest at heart. Thank you!
My family and I were really impressed by the level of service we received from everyone at Rogge Cloof. Our game driver, André, aka Oom Piet, was really entertaining and tried his best to prevent us from freezing on the drive. Anna-Marie was very welcoming and made us feel right at home when we arrived and when we left. The accommodation was perfect, thanks to the fireplaces that we kept burning from the time we arrive till the time we departed. I really need to get me one of those fire places! Driving to the lodge/cottage through the reserve was amazing, even while driving my hatchback Hyundai i20. We're looking forward to visiting again, hopefully we'll get some snow the next time we visit!
(August 2019)

Dean Southgate


Wonderful stay. The people make the place and the people here are amazing. Keep it going!!
(August 2019)

Josh & Carmen


Incredible hospitality, amazing peace, lovely accommodation.
(August 2019)

Veronica & JP

Cape Town

Wonderful experience, feels like home. Next time we will climb Salperkop!
(August 2019)

Thomas & Felix


Absolutely beautiful.
Thanks to the staff The chalet we stayed in was magnificent The clear sky at night is awesome The game drive we went on with Andre was an absolute experience with him showing us the fossils.
Plenty of game Also showing us and telling us about the stones and the various plants.
Wish we could have stayed longer. Being away from the hustle and bustle of City Life was an added bonus.
Once again thank you guys for the hospitality.
(August 2019)

Charmaine Lyons

Kraaifontein (Via Afristay)

Wonderful Karoo experience
We went to Sutherland to visit the Planetarium and were lucky to be told about this amazing newish remote game reserve a few km's from town.
We were a party of 7 and stayed in a excellent Cottage which slept 8 with lots of space and ideal for families.
We used the large Fire Pit and Braai
Total seclusion and authentic Karoo experience - very friendly staff, awesome breakfast and for those that want - Guides available for organised Game viewing/star gazing etc
We will return.

(August 2019)


Via TripAdvisor

Dream location for Astronomy

A dream location for everything Astronomy-related.. Exceptionally dark skies, great foregrounds for astrophotography and the chance to visit one of the largest optical telescopes in the world. Also game, wine, paleontology and history. I had a wonderful time!

(August 2019)


Via TripAdvisor

Pragtige plek! Ons gesin was bevoorreg om in die sneeu te kon speel, dit was omtrent 'n wintersprokiesland. Bestuur baie vriendelik en gasvry.

Via TripAdvisor:
Winter wonderland
Amazing place. We were blessed to experience the beautiful snowfall. The kids loved this. The accommodation was beautiful and relaxing. Driving through the reserve we saw a lot of springbuck and eland which made everything more magical.

(July 2019)

Christelle Meyer


Karoo Space Retreat
The last few years travelling to Sutherland I have always seen the big blue wall of Rogge Cloof just as you come over the pass. So recently decided to Google and see what the Space Port is all about. And decided to book a weekend, and I was not disappointed. Corlia and Andre welcome you as if you are royalty. The 11 km drive from the reception to the village is amazing, and please take your time like I did. The cottage I stayed in lacked nothing. It was cosy and spacious. I had a visit from a mongoose who came to see if I had any left overs from the braai. I will be back in summer time, as I cannot think of a better venue to sit outside with a fire on warm summers evening below a blanket of stars. As there is no better place to do so ...

(July 2019)

Paul Gibbons


Simply fabulous

This accommodation is an experience not to be missed. The houses are isolated and the night skies are simply mesmerizing from your veranda. If you have your own telescope you do not need to go else where to check out the stars. The management is warm, friendly and very accommodating.

The beds are huge and very comfortable. The cottage itself is large.

If you going to Sutherland stay HERE.

(July 2019)

Paula Coelho, via TripAdvisor

Maputo, Mozambique

Our stay was fabulous in every way possible.

I am truly grateful I found your accommodation it was an unparalleled experience.

These photos are the cherry on top.

(July 2019)

Paula Coelho

Maputo, Mozambique

Relaxing weekend space for a great family get away.

This is an amazing space for family get-togethers. Warm sherry awaited us on arrival and a fantastic indoor fireplace to keep warm during the cold night. Lots of space and freedom for the kids and the fat bikes were an added bonus for our youngest son. The star-gazing event was excellent and informative and overall the hosts were just incredibly welcoming and friendly. A truly remarkable weekend - will definitely be back to see those stars and maybe even a cheetah cub or two!

(June 2019)

Jennifer Cresswell

Tokai, Cape Town

We've visited Rogge Cloof on three different occasions, and every time we go there, it's like visiting old friends again. 😊 We just love everything about Rogge Cloof! The accommodation is stylishly designed, with everything you need for a perfect getaway. The trip to the village is so exciting each and every time, since it's a chance to see some wildlife on route. The wine tasting experience is fun and engaging. Rogge Cloof wines definitely makes it into my personal top 10 favorites! Corlia, Andre and Annemarie, thank you for your amazing hospitality, friendliness and for always going the extra mile.

(June 2019)

Martin & Nadia Coetzee

Cape Town

The vast openness, get to experience the Karoo silence in all its glory. The slow combustion fire place was surprisingly easy to use and plenty warmth for sub zero temperature. The view of volcano and endlessness of the desert was a humbling experience. The plethora of game on the property was a very nice surprise.

(June 2019)

Raasesh Parbhoo

Cape Town

Friendly and helpful staff is always a plus. The quiet and beautiful location was inspiring. The cheetah tracking was a highlight. Will definitely recommend to all.

(June 2019)

Enid van Jaarsveld

Cape Town

We arrived thinking how barren the surroundings were and shocked at how people and animals survive in this arid landscape. We left amazed at the beauty of the Karoo and the generosity and spirit of the people.
Andre has a wealth of knowledge and an amazing passion for the land and the animals, he clearly loves what he does and is always willing to share this knowledge with his guests. Corlia and Anna Marie are also absolute gems who are willing to help with anything you may need. This is truly a special place, I would return in a heartbeat.... thank you for an unforgettable trip.

(April 2019)

Mandy Trent

Port Elizabeth

Milky Way, Cheetahs, Springboks, Fossils, Volcano, Wine

Where to start with Rogge Cloof? Well the drive there from Matjiesfontein takes about an hour along a road that you will see almost no other cars.
Once on the compound there is a drive of a couple of km to get to the reception and then a further 11km drive to the village where all of the cottages are located. The drive is along a dirt track so you have to take it fairly slowly, however this means that you get more of a chance to see all of the wildlife roaming though the farm.
We stayed in the Wolskuur cottage which was spacious and comfortable. The WiFi connection was strong and there was no TV in the room.
Outside there is a firepit that we made good use of as we had bought provisions in Sutherland for a Braai, once we had eaten we built the fire up again and watched the stars by the warmth of the fire. The sky is so dark in the Karoo that you can easily see the constellations and the milky way.
The following morning we had booked Cheetah tracking, Andre advised that this could take anything between 3-4 hours, but we found Calvin in well under an hour and were guided to within 10 metres of him. Because we found him so quickly we were taken as a bonus to the fossil field where you can see fossilised dinosaur bones just laying on the floor (don't pick them up though). On the drive to the fossil field Andre was very engaging in showing us and talking to us about the flora and fauna in the reserve along with the geological changes.
The cooked breakfasts are filling and cooked to order, although do remember that if you say that you'll have a 9am breakfast you will need to leave the village about 20 minutes beforehand for the drive.
I actually cannot fault anything with our stay and will return as we didn't have a chance to hike on the extinct volcano within the farm.
They also make wine, and we have brought a bottle back to the UK so that we can remember our wonderful stay.
(April 2019)

April Guest "markmF6209PR"

Via TripAdvisor

Alessandro and I had the honour to stay in RoggeCloff for few days during our trip around Southafrica. We had an AMAZING experience and it is one of our favourite spot over there. The roggeTeam is fabulous, we felt like at home! Our south african family! Thank you again. We miss you guys! Kisses from Italy 🇮🇹

(January 2019)

Paola Bellini

Italy (Review via TripAdvisor)

Amazing place
Rogge Cloof is a place where you can come to rest. An amazing second time at Rogge Cloof. Definitely a place you need to visit for the best way to hear the stillness. No social media, TV etc. Camp Escape will definitely be back!

(March 2019)

Ria de Villiers (Camp Escape)


Stay at Rogge Cloof

Excellent location with beautiful views. We stayed in the Pollux unit, which was luxuriously furnished, with everything we needed. We loved the firepit. The staff felt like family and walked the extra mile to make our stay enjoyable.

(March 2019)

March Guest "Maps68217167303"

Via TripAdvisor

Weekend stay at Rogge Cloof

Excellent service by owners and staff. Extremely friendly people.

Site seeing on Saturday, the visit to Salpeterkop and the archeological site (complete with Karoo presentation) were excellently presented.

(March 2019)

March Guest "Connector48836080660"

Via TripAdvisor

Our stay at Rogge Cloof was an excellent experience.Your friendliness and professionalism in the way you treat your guests was way above the rest.The food was of a high standard.The chalets was comfortable,neat and clean.Your guided tour was excellent and again the professional way in which you handled the guided tour was a great experience.Special thanks to Andre,Corlia,Anna -Marie and all the other kitchen personnel.I/we will definitely visit Rogge Cloof again

(March 2019)

Schalk van der Merwe

Mossel Bay

Perfect family or couple getaway

We found the hosts and amenities to be of the highest order. We are ready to book our next visit. Whether it is romance, dinosaurs, biking, stars, escape, mountain passes or friendly hosts that you like, Rogge Cloof has all of it. Go go go.

(March 2019)

March Guest "N2305GLadamt"

Via TripAdvisor

A magnificent escape into a Karoo paradise

Andre and Corlia are simply brilliant hosts, friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, professional, helpful, and everything else. Such a wonderful experience in a huge park that oozes history with its fossils and dinosaur footprints, has everything for the animal lover from antelope to cheetah, beautiful stargazing with a captivating amateur astronomer, wonderful opportunities for hiking and cycling, plenty of space for families, and cosy ambiance for couples. All I can say is treat yourself to a wonderful break at this 5 star establishment. One of the most seamless blends of raw nature and extraordinary comfort I can imagine. I will be back...again and again.
(March 2019)

Adam Thomas

Cape Town, South Africa

Starry starry night

Fascinating to see and learn about the night sky, so crystal clear no need for a telescope. And all from the comfort of the garden outside our cottage with a glass of home grown chilled white wine in hand.

(March 2019)

March Guest "RubiPlett"

Via TripAdvisor

What's not to like?

Wanting to get away from people, cities, highways, and distractions, we were on the road to Rogge Cloof within 24 hours of a phone call. All my questions were answered promptly so that I could prepare, pack, and travel efficiently. My two non-negotiables were pet-friendly and WiFi. What is important is that they use solar power, so that you can leave your power-hungry appliances at home. You can plug in a laptop and charge your phones. Cooking is on a gas hob and oven, and an outside braai. In winter the wood-burning stove will keep the room cosy. Hot water is plentiful from the gas geyser. The borehole water is sweet. The cottage is smart and clean and fully supplied for self-catering. We chose an out-of-season weekend getaway, and were happy to be alone in the rocky Karoo veld, with the stars above. Absolutely top value for money. André and Corlia are the perfect hosts. We want to be here in spring!

(February 2019)

Bess Richfield


Star Quality

We were a group of 28 people on Company Conference. André and his team were incredible hosts. They were friendly, caring and looked after our safety during a hike up the extinct volcano. Their knowledge of the area is amazing. They stopped on the way back to share with us the discovery of Fossils on the property and showed us where a Dinosaur will be excavated. Their hospitality knows no borders and we received unexpected gifts like hats for everyone and several bottles of exclusive wine for a number of our staff. Stargazing is incredible here with unbelievably clear skies. No TV's in rooms as it is not needed! It is an unforgettable experience and everyone of us will go back to Rogge Cloof one day.

(February 2019)

Philip (Specifying Techniques)

Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal

Many thanks for sending through the pictures as you promised. I would also like to say a huge thank you to you all at Rogge Cloof for making our stay so wonderful. When we got back to Cape Town after our trip to Kimberley and were reflecting on the week we all, without reservation, felt that the time at Rogge Cloof was the highlight of our trip. It really was most enjoyable and we have recommended Rogge Cloof to a number of our friends. We enjoy following the development of your project on Facebook, it is very interesting and we wish you luck with the Cheetah programme.

(January 2019)

Richard, Beryl, Chris & Joy

UK & Hout Bay

"Become a star"

Here you will be star-gazing with astronomer Lucas, and be taken care of heavenly and with warmth by Corlia, André, Anna-Marie and Amanda. Your spirits will be reset. You will have karoo lamb, and wine that stems from vines at 1500 meters. Fossils that accumulated at a watering hole eons of years ago will catch your fascination. The springbok will jump across the road on your way to the Village where you will be staying. This is where your place in the universe and in time will be understood. This ambitious team has great plans for the future and for the cheetahs in rehab, so we are coming back.

(January 2019)

Christer Allgulander


Incredible Experience

We visited Rogge Cloof as a group of 26 students and academics and they went out of their way to make our experience truly incredible. From watching the introduction of 'Shadow' the newest cheetah to Rogge Cloof to the amazing game drive, food and superb accommodation. It really is a place that is difficult to leave! We certainly hope to visit again in the future. What an amazing, amazing place filled with the kindest and most hospitable people!

(January 2019)

Ella & UCT Group

Cape Town

Thank you for the most incredible trip! We were really blown away by how well you catered for and considered us. We really appreciated being a part of Shadow’s release. We all really hope that the cheetah program is a success.

Thank you for everything. I can’t express how impressed everyone was at the care, time and effort that you put into our accommodation, food and experience.

Best wishes,

(January 2019)

Ella-Kari Muhl

UCT, Cape Town

Beautiful setting and the cottage was overall great. The team were fantastic and really welcoming. Had great chats. It is a very long bumpy track to get to cottages but worth it.

(January 2019)

Ann Egglishaw

Jersey (Channel Islands)

Star Visit

We spent three nights at Rogge Cloof and left feeling a desire not to leave. Our accommodation was so comfortable. We were not expecting such a beautiful setting and our star gazing with a delicious meal at the restaurant. From a trip that was to see SALT and view the stars we left happy in the thought that we need to make more plans for another visit.

(January 2019)

January Guest "Tour015777..."

Via TripAdvisor

Bike Family

Excellent accommodation, superior service. Staff and employees were helpful and made the trip comfortable. The food at their restaurant was awesome. Unfortunately it was a cloudy evening and we could not star gaze, however, the helpful staff provided interesting information about the farm and a bit of information about stars. The accommodation was excellent.

(January 2019)

January Guest "Travel061..."

Via TripAdvisor

Game farm in the Milky Way

We stayed in our own farmhouse, ate in the restaurant, toured the reserve on bicycles and observed the most amazing sky with an astronomer at night. Animals were wonderful to see... simply awesome couple of days.... didn’t have time to climb the volcano !

(January 2019)

January Guest "Compass606331"

Via TripAdvisor


Lovely piece of heaven under the karoo skies. Stylish and comfortable. Clean and well equipped.Quiet and peacefull. Friendly hosts.It definitely exceeded all our expectations.We're already planning our next visit !

(January 2019)

January Guest "Culture 026..."

Review via TripAdvisor

Hear the Silence

Very remote, stark stony beauty with a loud silence ! And a never-seen-before night sky - 360° 3D stars on display. Get an app like "Sky Map" to help you navigate through the 1000s of visible stars. Very friendly and helpful hosts. Well appointed cottages - with everything you need including uncapped WiFi !

(January 2019)

January Guest "173 Enjoy Life"

Review via TripAdvisor

Ticked all our boxes for a relaxing break.

(January 2019)

Brendon & Claire Livings


A great place - wonderful welcome and really fascinating and all round enjoyable couple of days. Very professional.

(January 2019)

Richard & Beryl, Chris & Joy

UK & Hout Bay

Beautiful, quiet and serene. The landscape was breathtaking!

(January 2019)

Jana & Neil


Perfect, welcoming & just such a superb example of professional caring hospitality.
Ps: Love the dogs

(January 2019)

Hele Family


Was such fun and so glad we could help feeding the eland! Andre and Corlia and staff you made our stay amazing. Thank you so much for an unforgettable adventure. Kids haven't missed TV once.

(December 2018)

Belinda Hope & Kids

East London

Very special stay at Rogge Cloof with people whom let you feel at home. We will come back any day for a treat of a lifetime. Their stargazing was an excellent and personal friendly experience.Our whole stay was as if we were visiting relatives on the farm.

(December 2018)

Peet & Celeste Blaauw

George, Western Cape

Absoluut heerlik gewees. Akkommodasie is pragtig. Aandete was puik, personeel so vriendelik. Mal oor die honde!!

(Oktober 2018)

Dina & Frans van Wyk


Honestly, one of the best places we've stayed. Top class quality accommodation & services and a great breakfast! THANK YOU!

(October 2018)

Alistair & Kamaal

Cape Town

Andre, baie dankie vir die uitstekende wynproe. Die mense in die Kaap kan maar kom leer!!

(Wynproe, 27 Desember 2018)

Hein, Elsabe, Juen, Helaine

Kaapstad, Suid-Afrika

Lovely wine & amazing people! Thank you for an exceptional experience.

(November 2018)

Kat Porter & CIEE Global Scholars


A beautiful spot

Tastefully furnished, all amenities available.
Beautiful and quiet spot in the solitude and splendour of the Karoo.
Awesome night sky and star gazing opportunities nearby
Plentiful and dry firewood!
Would love to see the reserve in winter

(October 2018)

David van Eeden

Cape Town, South Africa

A Hidden Gem!

One of the better places we've stayed on the outskirts of Sutherland, Northern Cape. Thanks to the friendly staff, the stunning accommodation, the great breakfast and the fact that you can do your own little game drive put the cherry on top!! We saw herds of Eland, Rheebuck, a few Black Wildebeest and literally 100's of Springbok! Rogge Cloof are bringing in some Cheetah and possibly Brown Hyena this space! :) And last but not least...thanks for the awesome "Spaceport Karoo" cap we received on arrival. My colleague and I was super impressed! :)Thank you for making our stay extra great. Any nature lover would love this biosphere reserve.

(October 2018)

Business Guests

Cape Town, Western Cape

Awesome stay, beautiful scenery, friendly & interactive staff. We'll be back.

(September 2018)

Zaituna Skosan, Claire Browning, Samu Mtshali

Iziko Museum, Cape Town

What a great excursion perfectly guided by Inge. Next visit by plane then....

(September 2018)

Wilhelm Eilers


Very special place. Enthusiastic and engaging staff. Well worth a visit.

(September 2018)

Carolyn Sussens


Magical Time winter time in Rogge Cloof Sutherland

Was perfect in all the aspects, the cottage was so cosy and comfortable and Eco friendly, the staff are very friendly and helpful, the surroundings were magical and tranquil, I would definitely go back there.

(September 2018)

Faten Smith

Somerset-West, South Africa

A wonderful experience and such warm hospitality. Accommodation is luxury at its best in Sutherland. Attention to such detail. Absolutely loved photographing the night sky. Highly recommended place to stay. Thank you guys for this wonderful experience.

(August 2018)

Abhilasha Ramurath

This is the Sutherland that everyone should experience!! Thank you for having this vision, it is truly an amazing piece of the earth.

(August 2018)

Latisha & Suvasin Moodley


What a vast incredible blessing!

(August 2018)

Caron Lehmann & Rob Templeton

Greyton, Cape Town

Dear Andre, Corlia and all the Rogge Cloof team

Thank you sincerely for the wonderful stay over I had with you last Monday. It was so good to meet you all, and enjoy such a hospitable evening. Of course, the Rogge Cloof experience was just tops - it was almost as if the snow was ordered in!! I truly loved every minute of my time with you.

Once again, thank you for your kind hospitality, and a wonderful stay at Rogge Cloof.


(August 2018)

Wendy Dwight

George, South Africa

Beste Rogge Cloof-mense,
Ons ses hou gereeld so saam “vakansie” en Rogge Cloof was beslis een van die bestes! Het reeds besluit om weer te kom kuier. Baie dankie aan elkeen! Julle is ‘n besonderse klompie bymekaar.
Tot weersiens,

(Augustus 2018)

Sandra van Zyl

Somerset Wes, Western Cape


Ek het 'n stukkie van my hart in die Karoo verloor! Rogge Cloof is 'n stukkie hemel of aarde. Ek is baie dankbaar en bevoorreg dat ek dit ontdek het! Sal beslis terug wees so gou en gereeld moontlik!

(Julie 2018, via TravelGround)

Annemarie Muller

Durbanville, South Africa

Heaven on earth

200 characters is not nearly enough to describe how wonderful Rogge Cloof is. The people are amazing with great personalities. I have never felt more grateful and welcome. I would recommend them with all my heart!

(August 2018)

Dominique Cook

Pretoria, South Africa

Great Place To Escape The City

I spent the long weekend here with my family, it’s a beautiful game reserve with the wild life right outside your door step. The view of the stars at night is breathtaking, if you have a telescope or good camera, be sure to bring it along.
The staff are unbelievably friendly and helpful, it’s clear that they love what they do.
Be sure to take the Game Reserve Drive and check out the Fossil Field (where you can find fossils from millions of years ago!!)
Andre and Inge are two stand out members of staff - GIVE THEM A RAISE!

(August 2018)

Nadine Suliaman

Newlands, South Africa

What an absolute joy and once in a lifetime experience for us all!
Andre, Corlia & Team, you are the best of the best and Rogge Cloof is a gem! Thank you for the effort and love!

(July 2018)

Raphaeli Waldorf School

Plettenberg Bay

Beautiful snow, blue sky! 5 Happy dogs. Thank you!

(July 2018)

Anita & Max Streich


Hoogtepunt in die winter-vakansie! Ons kom weer kuier, baie dankie!

(Julie 2018)

Terblanche Familie


Ons sal Rogge Cloof absoluut aanbeveel!

Van die begin tot die einde was dit wow! Baie vriendelike personeel en ons moet André uitsonder. Hy het ons op 'n Sondagmiddag 14:00 soos eregaste ontvang!
Ons beveel Rogge Cloof beslis aan vir enige reisiger. Skoon, netjies en baie lekker ontbyt met vriendelike personeel.

(Julie 2018)

Charmyne van den Heever

Ons wil net baie baie, baie dankie se vir ‘n wonderlike tyd daar by julle; het dit vreeslik geniet.

Corne kan nie uitgepraat raak oor al die sneeu wat hy gesien het nie en ook die sneeuman wat hy gemaak het. Asook die vriendelike tannie Inge en die oom wat saam met haar was; hy se hulle is cool en baie vriendelik.

Julle sal ons weer sien; wil graag die sterre nog kom kyk.


Die Roux familie
(Julie 2018)

Pierre & Janie Roux

'Very Nice!'

Most friendly and helpful personal that I have ever met ! They went out of their way to make my families stay very special ! Will stay there again any time !

Food and wine is also very good ! The rooms where very clean and nice
The only thing that is not 100% to standard is the breakfast.

(July 2018)

Pieter Ruthven

George, South Africa

Thank you all so very much for our excellent stay at Rogge Cloof. All creatures too!

The ongoing materialisation of the vision is awe-inspiring and simply being at Rogge Cloof is humbling. We can't wait to be back.

So good to also see the interesting mix of guests you're having, really enjoyed seeing the school group yesterday.

(July 2018)

Wayne & Linda Suttie

Cape Town, Western Cape

'A true gem!'

Rogge Cloof is an exceptional place!

We were only able to stay one night, unfortunately. However, the reception we received by André was outstanding. Every staff member we met, had introduced themselves by name, and gave us so much information about the farm and the sustainability that they promote on the farm.

Gemini Pollux was the name of our cottage. A beautiful, quaint and clean home for the evening. We were in awe from the moment we entered the farm. Just when we thought we had seen it all, from the exceptional welcoming, the beautiful cottage, the alluring wildlife and the captivating landscapes; the sunset began to show its colours. The stars came out and lit up the sky for miles to see. With a fire flickering to keep us warm, the stars put on a show that cannot be described.

Upon departing our lovely cottage, we headed for the breakfast cottage, situated in a little valley. Only to be welcomed by friendly staff, whom carried us on their hands like royalty. Their friendliness and willingness to serve us was absolutely astounding. We can truly say that we were sad to leave. However, their exceptional wines which we purchased will bring back remembrance of a fantastic place with exceptional people and beautiful scenery. It was an honor to have met the team of Rogge Cloof.

This is a place that will definitely see us again!

(July 2018)

Brendan Nortje

Mosselbaai, Suid-Kaap, Suid-Afrika

'A special place'

From the moment we arrived, to the moment we left, Corlia and Andre were welcoming and attentive. The accommodation was well appointed and comfortable. The attention to sustainability was commendable.

The sheer wide open space of the estate was awe inspiring and the plentiful game lovely to see. It even has its own volcano. A few days before we arrived the rains had exposed what I could only describe as a field of dinosaur bones which Andre and Corlia were happy to show us. I believe there are some interesting plans for this fantastic find.

Soon after we departed my son asked me when we would be back. Rogge Cloof is a real eye opener for adults and kids alike.

Thanks for everything guys

(June 2018)

Pieter van Heeren

George, South Africa

Ongelooflik met sneeu daarby. Beste twee dae!

Vandat ons gearriveer het, het ons die beste behandeling ontvang. Die personeel was uitstaande. Die huisie gesellig. Die beddens goed vir 'n koning. Hoogtepunt die kaggel met oorgenoeg hout en sneeu sneeu sneeu. Die Scotte kom weer.

(Julie 2018)

Wouter Scott

Ons het die gasvryheid, vriendelikheid en persoonlike & natuurlike aandag geniet en ons sien julle binnekort weer. Kan nie wag nie.

(Junie 2018)

Nadia & Martin


Ons het die verblyf baie geniet. Alles was so skoon en netjies. Die ontbyt was heerlik. Ons sal julle altyd aanbeveel.

Ek wil binnekort weer kom en my vrou saambring.

(Julie 2018)

Barry Uytenbogaardt

Ons wou net weereens se baie dankie vir 'n lekker wynproe wat ontaard het in die perfekte dag! Dit was ons eerste wegbreuk vir die jaar gewees, en toe ons op jul plaas is het ons 'n rustigheid ervaar waarvoor ons al so lank soek.

Elke persoon wat in jul span is straal net vriendskap, passie en "mense-mens" uit. Ons het so tuis gevoel vandat ons daar aangekom het tot ons weer gery het. Ons gaan verseker vir almal wat ons ken vertel van ons ervaring en jul sterk aanbeveel. En natuurlik sal ons weer kom kuier!

(Julie 2018)

Nadia Coetzee

Marie and I were bowled over by the welcome we were given. It was a truly exceptional experience, and what a wonderful bunch of people.

All the very best, and sincere thanks for all you did for us.

(May 2018)

David Muirhead

It was an experience we would love to have again. All the staff were helpful and friendly, the breakfast was 5 star. Meeting the Gimmie, always fun. We will be back for sure. Maybe just longer next time.

(June 2018)

Theuns Hanekom

What a wonderful experience we had on the game drive.

The warm welcome when we arrived was so special.

Inge, aka Sarah, has a wealth of knowledge of not only the farm but also the surrounding areas.

Although cold we were amazed at how the antelope roam the area so freely.

Coming back to reception after the drive was a welcome sight after the winds had picked up just a few kilometres after we left the village.

The food, first time I ate and enjoyed skilpadjies, the lamb chops was excellent and the Malva pudding was great. Shirley and Aaron enjoyed the Ox Tail. This all thanks to Marzanne and Tegan.

It was also nice meeting Andre and his story of how Facebook started.

We will be back to do the Salpeterkop drive.

(June 2018)

George & Shirley Smith

The Perfect Karoo experience

We had the most wonderful karoo experience. It was so much more than we expected! The view, the food, the service and the experience was perfect. We would definitely recommend it to anyone and every oneMore

Duwayne & Lucretia Otto
(April 2018)

Duwayne & Lucretia Otto

Wat 'n wonderlike plek! Mens beleef 'n absolute saligheid en die mense is awesome! Baie dankie vir 'n wonderlike ondervinding!

(Junie 2018)

Andries & Yolandi Potgieter



Goeie bestuur en personeel. Vriendelik en gaan die ekstra myl vir gaste. Die verblyf is baie netjies en het alles wat gaste benodig. Groot verskeidenheid wild en voëls gesien. Sal vir seker Rogge Cloof aanbeveel.

(Junie 2018)

Jaco Wentzel

Robertson, Wes Kaap

Onverwagse Wonderlikheid!

Rogge Cloof was 'n onverwagse gelukkie wat ons getref het. Ons het net 'n dag voor die tyd besluit om Sutherland toe te gaan en het toe besluit op Rogge Cloof. Dit is 'n fantasiese plek! Die plaas is 16 hektaar en hulle is deel van die Black Sky Reserve wat beteken dat daar geen buite ligte in die aand brand nie en hulle gebruik solar energie. Die mense daar is fantasies. Dit voel eerder asof jy by goeie vriende gaan kuier. Van die ontvangs area waar jy jou sleutels optel, is dit nog 11 km na die huisies waar mens bly. Dit is tjoepstil en jy kry absoluut vrede vir jou siel. Daar is heelwat wild (meestal bokke) en baie paadjies wat jy rondry om hulle te sien. Die huisies is fantasties toegerus, met groot vensters om die omgewing te kan beleef. Ontbyt was ook by die tarief ingesluit, wat 'n aangename ervaring was. Al die personeel is vreeslik vriendelik! Ons is net jammer dat ons net vir een aand kon bly! Rogge Cloof sal ons beslis gou weer sien, maar volgende keer is dit vir langer!

(Junie 2018)

Andries & Yolandi Potgieter

Mosselbaai, Suid-Kaap, Suid-Afrika

Very very good service. Friendly ++++ staff beautiful scenery to die for... 1 of the best experiences ever... I would definitely recommend Rogge Cloof any day to any one. Not to forget the scrumptious meals. Thank you guys... See y'all soon. Looking forward to the cheetahs and the planetarium.
(Via TripAdvisor)

April 2018

Duwayne & Lucretia Otto

George, South Africa

'n Juweel "in the making" en hier in ons midde! Heerlike kos & warmte, gasvryheid! Kom beslis weer, lieflike plek!

(April 2018)

Billy & Eloise, Hans & Hettie, Hennie & Susan, Inge

Moordenaarskaroo, Laingsburg

A place away from the rat race. A place where you can find yourself away from your mobile phones etc.
(Via Travelground)

April 2018

Ria de Villiers

Brackenfell, Cape Town

Beautifully appointed accommodation set in peace and tranquility. Excellent food. Gobsmacked by the breathtaking stargazes. Nothing was too much trouble for Andre, Corlia and wonderful team. Thanks so much for making the Roggeveld a place I'll be visiting again.

(March 2018)

Further feedback from Paul, via TripAdvisor:

Tranquility among the Stars

Paul du Plessis

Pretoria, South Africa

Wat een fantastische plek!
Goed gezelschap, rust, sterren! Meer heeft een mens niet nodig.

(February 2018)

Myra Tosseram & Marien Lokerse


A complete unplug from the hussle & reconnection to nature.The silence was so loud!

(March 2018)

Jules, Warren, Sienna, Seth, Saba


A fantastic morning outing plus a really delicious lunch.

(March 2018)

Tony Cain plus 13 others

Garden Route

Wonderlike gasvryheid. Heart & soul into every detail. You're so passionate.

(Maart 2018)

Tom & Sanet de Lange


Een van die mooiste aande ooit! Rustig, lekker swem, mooi sterre. En onverbeterlike gasvryheid.
Sal vir almal vertel!

(Februarie 2018)

Annaliese Brink

Somerset Wes, Western Cape

Hi Andre & Corlia,

We had a fantastic time at the farm. Thanks so much for being so accommodating and giving us a tour around the farm.

We would definitely visit again and recommend this to others.

Kind regards,

(February 2018)

Mustafa Rashid

Claremont, Cape Town

Love, love, love this place! Lovely experience & atmosphere. Will deff's come back!

(January 2018)

Bronwyn Festor

Cape Town, Western Cape

Wunderschoner sternenhimmel. Perfekte gastgeber. Ausgezeichnetes essen. Sehr schon gelegene unterkunft & sehr gemutlich.

(January 2018)

Marianne & Dave Etter

Winterthus, Switzerland

We've fallen completely in love with Rogge Cloof, how could we not.

... Such a magical 24 hours, I couldn't have wished for more from it.

We're already becoming regular visitors!
Stunning...discovered the Karoo's best kept secret; not for long! An amazing wilderness encounter & totally unexpected. Love, love, love it here!

(January 2018)

Wayne & Linda Suttie

Cape Town

Wow... we could not have asked for a better place to stay to experience the Upper Veld in the Karoo. The house was perfect. Very clean, all the amenities we could have asked for if we wanted to cook, and perfectly situated out on the high desert plain so we could view the stars and watch the natural habitat. We had a three bedroom, 3.5 bath house that sleeps 6 adults comfortably. Very large porch overhang around three sides of the house for covered viewing. The staff… we can’t say enough about how helpful they were on our visit. Andre, Corlia, and Riana were all perfect hosts. Andre’s guided tour up Salpeterkop was one of the highlights of this trip to South Africa. The morning breakfast in the lodge is to die for! Corlia and Riana gave us great advise on places to eat in Sutherland at night. You can visit without an SUV and they will take you into the park… but I would highly recommend coming with an SUV so you can drive on the reserve. Game drives available if you want. Also… fat wheel mountain bikes available to rent.

(19 January 2018)

Clark, Lori & Travis Kelly

Hamilton, Ohio

Peaceful. Good accommodation, View stunning. Wildlife exceptional. Stars spectacular.

(January 2018)

Anita, Philip, Candice, Alicia, Kendall

Brackenfell, Cape Town, Western Cape

Stunning venue, awesome dam for swimming. Fun mountain bike tracks!

(January 2018)

Francois, Natasha, Jarrett & Juarnett Esterhuizen

Manic Cycles, Worcester, Western Cape

Fantastic hospitality, wow food, amazing venue & destination. Great photos taken. Thanks

(December 2017)

Craig & Dominique Fouche

Craig Fouche Photography, Worcester, Western Cape

Karoo hospitality with a twist. Keep up the excellent work & especially community upliftment efforts! Thanks so much!

(December 2017)

Claire Browning

Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town

Wonderful weekend of volcanoes & fossils & great hospitality. Viva Salpeterkop!

(December 2017)

Dr Phil Janney & Dr Wendy Taylor

UCT, Cape Town

Wir hatten ein wunderbares erlebenis hier. Super! Ruhe & tolle gastfreundlichkeit!

(November 2017)

Erika & Ulli Gerntholtz

Cape Town, Western Cape

We had the pleasure to be among the first guests at one of the beautiful houses -Waenhuis this past weekend. Very comfortable and spacious accommodation. The highlight would have to be the location! Never before have we seen so many stars. During the day we sighted many varieties of buck and interesting landscapes from one of the safari vehicles in a guided tour after which we had a delicious meal at the restaurant. Would definitely recommend Rogge Cloof and will definitely be back, next time with a telescope. Thank you team! Well done.

(13 November 2017)

Nadia Hoffman

Cape Town, Western Cape