History of Abrahamskraal Guest Farm

History of the Farm

Abrahamskraal offers a fascinating history. In the early 1900’s a little bit of gold was discovered on a nearby farm. Mr. Struben, a British citizen, who was involved in gold mining at Pilgrims Rest bought Abrahamskraal in the hope that this area will become the next profitable goldfield.

Unfortunately, this dream never came true. He then employed William van der Bijl and his wife Debora to manage the farm for him. The beautiful gabled Cape Dutch farmhouse, which functions as a luxurious guest house today, was designed and built in 1912 by William. William and his wife Debora developed an interest in their respective fields, paleontology, and botany during their stay on the farm. Both of them made an important contribution towards research in these fields.

In 1945 Dirk van Vuuren bought Abrahamskraal for sheep farming and since then it still belongs to the same family. In the year 2002, Johan and Hestie started renovating the old farmhouse after it was not in use for 30 years. Since then the farmhouse, as well as the farm cottage, serves as guesthouses. An old school building on the farm has also been transformed into a very popular wedding and function venue.

Today the Damara sheep still graze on the healthy Karoo vegetation while many travelers come here to enjoy the serenity of the farm.

  • Asemrowend en oorweldigend

    “Vriendelik ontvang. Omgewing asemrowend. Totale verblyf oorweldigend, g'n mens het lus om verder te reis as jy eers daar afgepak het nie, veral as jy 'n Karookind is wat nou in die stad bly nie. Die nostalgie en heimwee hang nog dik in my geheue. Ai, sien julle vir seker weer!”
  • Just as we pictured it

    “Friendly and helpful people - Johan quickly fixed my flat tire! Everything is clean and tidy. The location, silence, and tranquillity speak to your soul! Happened upon it by chance, but as stated - nothing is a coincidence! Will definitely go back for a decent visit.” Peet
  • Goeie waarde vir geld

    "Wat 'n heerlike ervaring om te kom afsaal in die middel van die Karoo na 'n lang dag se reis. Om 'n vuurtjie aan te steek en 'n tjoppie te braai maak dit ekstra spesiaal. Ons beveel Abrahamskraal enige tyd aan vir dié wat van die Karoo en sy stiltes hou." Henning
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