A working farm, Doornfontein has passed through 4 generations of the Melck family,
with Nick & Petra Melck as your hosts. Doornfontein is world renowned for the
simple pleasures of the West Coast Sandveld way of life.
Our guests stay in the restored original homestead or in the cottage adjoining besides our indoor pool. During August and September the countryside explodes in a floral splendour as the now famous Namaqualand daisies come into bloom. Our Mississippi style riverboat is ideal for bird-watching and sun downer cruises where numerous birds visit our wetlands.
Wing shooting is available by prior arrangement on various peasant and duck species, as we are forced to cull moderately during the non-breeding season. This popular trend of travel on private estates gives the visitor a good insight to country life through direct personal attention by the owners. We specialise in small tour groups to maximise the West Coast farm experience.
The farm is a working operation with 1,000 sheep and 300 head of cattle. Wheat and other grain crops are grown in winter and our climate is typically Mediterranean with 300mm of annual rain.
We have 9 individually decorated rooms en suit. Our guests can be assured of our professional and personal attention throughout there stay in a relaxed and homely atmosphere.