Nature & Farm life
Themika is a working fruit, wine and olive farm that lies in the Tulbagh Valley
Located 10 Km outside the Historic town of Tulbagh. The farm is nestled at the foot of the Saronsberg Mountain and offers spectacular views of the surrounding Winterhoek mountain range and Tulbagh Valley. For a relaxing, peaceful getaway, we offer 3 rustic, free-standing cottages on the farm, perfectly situated for guests to explore various sites and activities in and around Tulbagh.
Tulbagh was discovered in 1658, is it is the 2nd oldest town in SA and it has the largest concentration of provincial monuments, all in one street. It is also know for extreme temperatures, snow-capped mountains in winter and 40+ temperatures in summer.
Idyllic farm life is exemplified at this secluded getaway. Options of staying in the Farm House for groups with an attached Family Suite or Farm Cottages for couples or a family getaway.
Starring naturally fermented Chenin Blanc, Kalamata Olives, Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Jams all directly from the Themika Farm produced by the owners themselves.
Mountain Biking Trails
Explore the pristine Tulbagh Valley on a Mountain Bike. Trails for kids, the experienced enthusiast or just a relaxing ride you are sure to get your fix here.
THE ADVENTURE STARTS
Home to some of the finest kid friendly MTB trails. Inspired by lockdown, family and friends. Ride along the snow capped mountains of the Witzenberg mountains in winter. If you need the exercise, or just to have a peek at the daily farming activities, stunning views and surrounding areas. Bicycles can be rented on request, and if you think you might get peckish, we can offer you a picnic basket while you are out there. For those more daring, you could mountain bike to neighboring wine farms along the official Tulbagh Mountain biking route which goes through Themika Trails.
What you Get
Amenities, Services, & Travel Guide
Pick fresh Vegetables
The valley has 11 wineries which produce some of South Africa’s finest wines – so wine-tasting at the various cellars is a must!
You may sip a glass of organic wine at Waverley Hills wine farm. Pop into Saronsbegr and Rijks wine cellars to taste their award winning wines.
Love sparkling wine? Well, there is Twee Jonge Gezellen’s flagship Krone Cap de Classique.
Not to mention the well-known Mont Pellier estate, Drostdy, Tulbagh Winery and up and coming Lemburg cellar. Bicycles at one of the farm are to rent if you would like to go wine tasting at the various cellars, by bike
Kimilili cheese is on the road just past Montr Pellier and boasts a local cheese maker.
You can go for chocolate tasting at Monniki, (Het Huis van Waveren in Church Street) with tea, coffee or Amarula … for breakfast if you like!
The valley is surrounded by the Saronsberg peak, Winterhoek, Witzenberg, and Obiqua mountains and the Waterval mountain range down south. They provide a spectacular site in winter when covered with snow
Tulbagh Hotel also offers massages and other treats for a relaxing day
One of the most amazing sites to see, is Santa Claus on a fire truck, Christmas lights and decorations, and everything else that goes with Christmas … only, its IN JUNE when the town hosts “Christmas in Winter”.
The Arts Festival is held in September when local artists as well as artists from other parts of the country, exhibits their work. At various venues on farms and in town, Concerts, plays, tours and talks are also hosted Then there is the annual event that proudly displays two of Tulbagh’s most prized assets … the Horse and Wildflower show. In November, at the Drostdy-Hof Christmas market, you can purchase handmade gifts
Arts & Culture
There are several professional artists in and around Tulbagh. A must-see is the incredible gallery of Vasek Matousek on the Winterhoek road.
There is also Annette Barnard’s studio and gallery at Paddagang in Church Street … as well as the Christo Coetzee Meuseum.
The Saronsberg private art collection at Saronsberg Cellar is also not to be missed.
Tulbagh lies in one of the most beautiful and fertile valleys in the country where peaches, pears and 70% of the country’s plums are grown. If you take a drive down the Winterhoek road during Spring, you will be surrounded by orchards full in bloom ranging from snow-white to deep pink blossoms, and a few months later, the branches are heavily laden with fruit. Then you realize where it all comes from when you buy it in the supermarket! Prunes are also cultivated in the valley – natural and sun dried, as well as numerous other sun-dried fruits. Sample a variety of olives and virgin oils
Outdoor & Adventure
Some of the farms including, Themika Guest Farm, have cycling trails … some of these trails host the Absa Cape Epic and MTN mountain bike races.
Spectacular hiking trails at Waterval and Murludi Hiking Trail Permits available at the tourism office.
Horse About … down Wolsley way, offers moonlight rides during full moon, as well as sunrise and sunset trails. Then there is Tulbagh horse trails on the Winterhoek road.
In Ceres there is Ceres Zipslide Adventure for the longest tour in Africa, and Matroosberg Nature Reserve offers a 4×4 track up the highest peak in the Western Cape.
Community, History and Town
The beautiful site of masses of white roses greets you as you enter the town. This is a community venture by Dream Tulbagh and the roses were planted by locals and are being cared for by a team of local ladies. Another venture is the Community gardens in Church Street. Fresh produce are sold to residents on a weekly basis. The monthly Country Market is packed with local’s stalls selling fresh produce, arts and craft and other goodies you won’t find anywhere else.
Take a stroll down Church Street, exploring the 32 national monuments there …. Original Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture painstakingly restored to its original form after the devastating earthquake in 1969. Some of these buildings now house museums (no less than 5!), B&B’s, restaurants, galleries, gift shops, etc. You will find a plaque in front of every house, telling you about its history of over 300 years.
Tulbagh also boasts Saronsberg Theater where some of SA’s top bands, singers and actors perform. Across the road from the rose park is Tarzan shoes, an unimposing building but a peek inside reveals hand-made leather boots, shoes and sandals – all manufactured on the premises by locals. Peek in at a deli, gift shop, restaurant, the hotel and other quaint shops in the main road (van der Stel Street)
Visit Tulbagh Valley
Stay at Themika
Themika is perfectly situated for guests to explore neighbouring award winning wine cellars, and try the new craft brewery, explore the local cuisine at a host of restaurants in Tulbagh town, and of course the delicious chocolate tasting at Moniki Chocolatier.