The holiday village of Pearly Beach and its beautiful beaches is only 2km away. Klein Paradijs is within easy reach of Gansbaai (21km), Hermanus (65km) and the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas (70km). Even thought the 140ha private estate was once a farm, much of the land is covered in unspoiled fynbos with several copses of indigenous milkwood trees. Spectacular fynbos that includes king protea (Protea cynaroides), pincushions, and a variety of ericas ensure that there is plenty to do. Bird-watchers will enjoy blue cranes, African fish eagles, owls and other raptors.
Klein Paradijs has a guesthouse with five en-suite guestrooms under high open thatch. The rooms are equipped with all modern conveniences. A healthy and hearty breakfast is served and delicious table d’hôte dinners are prepared on request.
Alternatively, Klein Paradijs offers five rustic self-catering farm cottages, which sleep two to six people. The cottages are fully equipped with indoor and outdoor braai (barbecue) facilities. Bedding and towels are supplied.
Everyone has access to the farm dam, where a rowboat and a canoe are moored, and the fynbos mountain slope with its short informal walking trail. Guided walks in the fynbos can be arranged with an accredited guide. A wide variety of birds make Klein Paradijs their home. Bird lists are provided for bird enthusiasts. Comfortable lawn chairs are dotted around the place for simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery.
Michael and Susanne Fuchs tell their story:
“We discovered Klein Paradijs on a holiday from Switzerland in 1996. We fell in love with the wide open spaces, the Fynbos and the peace and quiet.”
They made an offer, which was accepted to their surprise and they found themselves packing up their things in Switzerland and starting off anew on the other side of the world within just a few short months of acting on their whim. They transformed the former rather neglected health hydro into a stylish guesthouse with comfortable restaurant, as both Susanne and Michael have experience in the hospitality industry. On the suggestion of South African friends, the other buildings on the farm were converted into self-catering units to cater for a local clientele.