ARBORETUM NURSERY AND GUEST FARM
ACCOMMODATION IN SUIKERBOSRAND
Situated on 440 hectares of farm land just south of Alberton is the Arboretum, a wholesale and retail nursery established by Otto Brandmuller in 1936. The Arboretum (latin for trees) specialises in growing a large variety of trees and shrubs as well as other plants for your garden. The nursery is open to the general public.
Get away from the hectic life of the city. Spend a week-end at our bush camp or relax at our guest cottage. You can enjoy a walk or horse ride through the forests and unspoilt bushveld. We have three walking trails from 40 minutes to 3 hours. Braai and picnic facilities are available for the day visitor.
The Pin Oak was introduced into South Africa by Otto Brandmuller in 1890.
The Thabeng bush camp has a log cabin with bunk beds and mattresses for 24 people. There is a large brick building that may be used for over night accommodation or a lecture / games room, ablution blocks with hot showers, night toilets and basins. The kitchen is equipped with a paraffin fridge, gas stove, table and double sink. No utensils pots or dishes are supplied. There is a large braai area with a lapa and gazebo.
Select any of our marked walking trails, in an unspoilt environment, and be on the look-out for a variety of bird species.
Braais can be arranged at our bush camp on request.
The Suikerbos trail (2.2km) was developed for the flower lovers. The Suikerbos protea, Protea Caffra, grows on the southern side of the escarpment with a beautiful view of the Suikerbosrand as well as Meyerton, Henley, Vereeniging, Vanderbijl and Sasol. An interesting walk that has a few assents and descents. This walk can also be combined with the Red paintbrush at 2km. For the more serious hiker the Tarentaal trail lengthens the walk by 3.1km.
The Red paintbrush trail takes you through thornbush area that was specifically marked out to view the beautiful scadoxus bulbs that are in bloom in their thousands during October. The Bofanie better known as the rolbos or sore eye, which is rare to the area, can also be viewed. The route starts about 250 meters from the bush camp through a small pine forest. There are two picnic spots on route
The Tarentaal trail begins at the nursey and takes you though thick thorn bush, blue gum plantations and grassland habitat. Returning via the 2.9km dirt track road takes about 3 hours.
Walkers Fruit Farms
Tel: +27(0)16 590-1182
Cell: +27(0)82 953-0101