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Set in the heart of the Lowveld in the Schagen Valley on the Maputo Corridor 10 minutes from Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga. This tranquil homestead and chalet of well-travelled Johann and Wanda Sippel, is within close proximity of the Kruger National Park. It is also perfectly located for exploring the Lowveld tourist attractions like Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim's Rest and Sudwala Caves. Alkmaar Farmstay is a birdwatcher's paradise with nesting white fronted bee-eaters, resident paradise flycatchers and long crested eagles being seen regularly. Hiking, bass fishing and kayaking are available as well as a scenic 4X4 route. It is also the ideal stopover enroute to Mozambique.

The Alkmaar 4x4 Trail is a medium challenging course where one can do some birdwatching and game viewing. Participants can partake in the obstacle course before heading out on the 7 km trail. After the obstacle course is completed, drivers receive a certificate – great techniques are learned.

4x4 Trails and Training

Johann Sippel does 4x4 training at his farm Alkmaar, it lies about 16 km west of Nelspruit, the capital town of Mpumalanga. There is a training facility with a obstacle course which consist of natural obstacles, up and down hills which will test any driver and his/her vehicle. After a basic training on this obstacle course everybody gets the change to try out there newly learned techniques on this 7 km route. After completion of this course everyone will get his/her certificate The courses are for all 4x4 drivers, with or without any experience and also on all type of vehicles, the course is designed in such a why that the driver will get maximum advantage and service life out of his/her vehicle.

Mountain Biking - Trails & Routes

Mountain bikers paradise, a few km outside Nelspruit with a variety of long and short mountain biking trails to suit all rider skill levels from kids to novice to expert at Mankele Mountain Biking.


Bass and other fish in farm dams -- Crocodile River close by.

Game Viewing

Alkmaar is close to the Kruger National Park. The Kruger sustains 147 species of mammal, 112 species of reptile (including 50 of snake), 34 of amphibian, 49 of fish (including the 'living fossil' lungfish and an ocean-living shark found in one of the rivers) and nearly 230 species of butterfly. For the bird-watcher, the park has special appeal: more than 530 avian species have been identified, among them ostrich, African fish eagle, vulture, bateleur, secretary bird, owl, hawk, francolin, hornbill and korhaan. The birds of prey are especially impressive.

Bird Watching

Alkmaar Farmstay is a birdwatcher's paradise with nesting white fronted bee-eaters (arms-length from the beakfast nook), resident paradise flycatchers, purple crested loerie's fish eagles, kingfishers and long crested eagles being seen regularly. We do trips to Mozambique (fishing, 4x4 sand driving course, scuba, dolphin encounters)

Other Activities

Lowveld Botical Gardens -- one of the finest and most interesting botanic gardens in South Africa, set in beautiful surroundings on the Crocodile River near Nelpruit. The gardens feature a number of unique botanical collections from a Cycad garden to a tropical forest containing a comprehensive variety of fig trees.

Additional Info

  • City: Nelspruit
  • Distance to closest town: 16km
  • Province: Mpumalanga
  • Country: South Africa
  • Google Longitude: 30.826605
  • Google Latitude: -25.450056
  • Grade: 2 - 3
  • Low-range: Yes
  • Vehicle Type: 4x4
  • Good Ground Clearance: Yes
  • Accommodation: Camping and Chalets
  • Trail distance: 7km
  • How many hours of driving?: 2 to 3 hours
  • Self Drive or Guided?: Self Drive and Guided
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