Welcome to Woodcliffe


Woodcliffe is a 1000 ha cattle farm extending into the upper slopes of the southern Drakensberg in the north Eastern Cape and is situated 22km from Maclear.

Nearby is the remarkable Naude’s Nek pass, at 2 620m, the highest mountain pass in South Africa. On the slopes of the Southern Drakensberg near Maclear, where the valleys and waterways cut and gouge their way to the sea, can be found what many describe as the ultimate ‘eco’ experience.

At Woodcliffe the peaks of the high berg soar to touch the sky. Cascading waterfalls laugh and chatter through the stunning riverine landscapes, where indigenous forests cling. Here the call of birds without number chase the sound of city life. Woodcliffe is a delight for the ecotourist, hiker, artist, photographer, birder and fisherman.

Woodcliffe is a treasure for those who enjoy the enduring majesty of high mountains and lush valleys.

- Southern Drakensberg -

Stay in comfort

Woodcliffe is one of the few places that offers comfortable accommodation in the Maclear area on a farm .


Choose between the farmhouse , Castle View Unit and The Cottage, they are excellent base for exploring the natural wonders of the area.


Units available:

- The Loft at the Farm House max 4

- Cottage max 6,

- Castle View Unit max 2,

- Camping 1 group at a time


Please enquire for rates. Rates are dependant on length of stay and number of people in the group.

Children stay (3-12) stay at 50% of the adult rate.


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Woodcliffe offers some of the
finest Drakensberg scenery
in the Maclear area

The Beautiful

The rock art on Woodcliffe and in the surrounding area of Maclear is world-famous for its clarity and preservation.


The Maclear district is also well renowned for it's fly-fishing. Woodcliffe is situated on the headwaters of the Little Pot River. Fishermen are assured of a challenge to catch the wiliest wild trout.


Woodcliffe is a botanical paradise. Guided flower walks in the summer months will impress you as you find orchids, disas and gladiolus growing on the mountainsides.

Our Guests say:

One night was not nearly enough; we are sad to be leaving this silence and beauty behind. We will also miss our morning cow visitors. Spaces like this deserve poetry:

“Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of rain

Are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and deep trees,

the mountains and rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –

over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”

Extract from “Wild Geese “ by Mary Oliver

Jan Pretorius & Nicole Best

contact us

CELL:+27(0) 82 925 1030


P.O Box 65
Eastern Cape

30 59.671’S
28 10.985’E

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