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Letskraal Introduction

As custodians of a home built over 200 years ago, we take delight in sharing it with those who have an interest in Karoo Heritage. You will find the serenity pleasing and we trust that you will come away feeling rested.

Letskraal was the home of Voortrekker Leader, Andries Pretorius. It was here that he received amongst others the cleric Sarel Cilliers who appealed to him to assist the Trekkers in Natal. Pretorius moved in 1838. The restored homestead stands much as it did at the time of his tenure. Built of mud and straw in the Karoo Vernacular style, this humble dwelling sits proud against the harsh climatic conditions.

We do not live on the property. You will be the custodians during your visit and will be the only guests on the farm. Embrace a simplistic lifestyle in a home with an outside bathroom and without electricity. Furnishings are appropriate and comfortable. Walking, swimming, cycling, reading, bird watching and braais by moonlight will revive your soul.

The three bedrooms comfortably host seven guests - the ox wagon will appeal to the adventurous. Letskraal has no telephonic communication whatsoever. Noisy toys are not allowed but pets are welcome!

Comments by guests:

"I am writing in my wagon at the place of Andries Pretorius - it is a fine sheep farm and the pen in which they are folded is made of stones"
Dr. Mackrill, 1816
Somerset-East

"Comforable quarters on a farm which is a very beautiful one and once belonged to the rebel Pretorius"
Bishop Robert Grey, October 1850
Cape Town

"Letskraal, enters our top 5 best travel experiences. After all, travel isnít all about 5 star hotels, its about 5 star experiences. The Karoo is one such experience, in particular Letskraal."
David Beaumont.
Twickenham, UK

"The place is breathtaking Ė food for the soul and a profound lesson in the importance of history and engaging the ancestors. "
John and Denise Battersby.
London, UK

"All is good, real and appropriate. The house lacks for no comfort and contains no unnecessaries. The impression one has is that the 20th century came and went leaving no trace. How wonderful! How harmonious!"
Mike and Jenni Thomson.
Wynberg