Avoca farm and the story behind it's beauty


The ancestors of today’s owners were responsible for surveying the entire district in 1861 and given the choice of any farm they decided that this was the loveliest of them all. As you look at the stunning views you can understand why – Avoca and Snowdon peaks tower overhead and waterfalls cascade down into valley streams. The farm is still owned by the same family as those early settlers and today they are well known for their quality wool-producing sheep and for breeding Sussex cattle.

We pride ourselves in providing a flexible service, so please contact us to discuss your requirements in order that we can ensure that your trip to Wild Mountain country is an unforgettable experience.

Feel free to do your “own thing” in this stunning environment and at the same time your hosts, Gareth and Bianca, will ensure that you are comfortable and happy.

About Us

Avoca is a beautiful guest farm owned by Geoff Orpen. It is situated in the mountainous area of Barkly East in the Eastern Cape. We provide farm style accommodation and activities on a 150 year old  5000 Ha property with a variety of activities including hiking,  fishing (access to your own 12km stretch of pristine private water), mountain biking, swimming and most importantly of all…relaxing!

​All the accommodation is situated in and idyllic setting and is situated approximately 60km from the Tiffindell ski resort, 60km from the village of Rhodes and 36km from the town of Barkly East. We offer accommodation to large groups of friends and/or families and/or couples that want to “get away” from the mad rush of city life.

Snowdon waterfall
Amazing hiking trails
Swim below a waterfall
Write down your experience
Hikes with amazing views
Relax down a river
An unforgettable stay
Surrounded by mountain range
During snowing season
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