Die Mas is a tranquil destination on the Orange River bank in the town Kakamas, a mere 80km from Upington in the Northern Cape Province. The region boasts unique climatic conditions, where the waters of the powerful Orange River and the clear African skies bring life to the rich soil of the semi-desert region. This is where we grow our main crops of grapes.
The farm was established by the Hanekom Family in 1970 and has since grown to much bigger business. Visitors can expect a unique combination of export table grapes, raisins and award-winning wines and brandies at our wine cellar for a memorable experience of our hospitality and products.
Die Mas plays host to quaint self-catering chalets and a scenic campsite along the banks of the Orange River. It is also furnished with a large cozy Lapa available to hire for special occasions and weddings.
Die Mas van Kakamas Vineyards
Die Mas mandates a high regard and respect for conservation and sustainability across our numerous agricultural and horticultural undertakings. We are proud to protect and conserve the livestock as well as our bees on the farm. We also make sure to protect the numerous plant and bird species, that are unique to the Northern Cape.
Our tortoise sanctuary speaks for itself. We keep and care abandoned and mistreated tortoises and educate children who come to visit us. We eventually set the healthy ones free after good rains, back into natural areas that provide appropriate vegetation and protection from the harsh elements. Please feel free to come and visit.
The eradication of alien trees are being conducted in a responsible manner as not to cause soil erosion and to ensure the total suppression of any possible regrowth. Given that bees use these trees as forage plants to provide nectar and pollen, we have placed bee hives on our grounds to offer the bees an alternative resource. See our online shop if you would like to buy some of our own pure, raw honey produced by these bees.
The concern for the environment is followed through in our cellar, also in respect of the management of waste water and other pollutants. Glass and plastic bottles which are used in our cellar are also recycled.
Our new generation fertilizers and spray programs are closely monitored, and spraying practices are done with regard to pests and diseases, weeds and plant growth. Our programs ensure that residues of agri-chemicals are both environmentally, bee and consumer friendly and only used as necessary. We also protect and preserve our riverbanks and bird life as much as we can.
Our policy basically comes down to: Reduce, reuse, recycle, preserve and protect through prudent management.
Open 6 days a week, our wine cellar offers wine and brandy tastings without having to make an appointment. Customers can purchase our award winning wines, brandy, gin and dessert wines at cellar prices. We also have a selection of home cooked jams, chutneys, raisins and green figs on sale in the cellar. Groups of over 10 guests are required to book, in order to ensure the best possible experience.
Camping & Caravans
Camping at Die Mas is and always will be the ideal way to put your feet up and get away from it all, whether you are relaxing around the camp fire enjoying a well-earned break or touring to various places, you are sure to experience our beautiful town and its people first hand. Getting back to basics is one of the best means of relaxing and recharging one’s batteries. For some it’s a holiday, for others it’s a way of life. It must be one of the most affordable ways to take the whole family on a holiday for an extended period of time and it certainly is the best way to see our country.
Our campsite offers 20 stands and is situated on the bank of the Orange River. This newly renovated campsite is fully equipped with electricity points, ablution blocks and braai facilities. This campsite is ideal for bird lovers, as the location is ideal for many different species of birds. Fishing is permitted at own risk.
Please Note: During November & December it is our packing season which means our Lapa bar & restaurant (located next to the camp site) is operational on Saturday nights only from 18:00 – 2:00 and has loud music during this time which may be disturbing. By booking over a Saturday during these months, please keep this in mind as no refunds may be demanded for Lapa related disturbances.
Die Mas offers 3 fully equipped self-catering chalets. The setting for the chalets are perfect for enjoying scenic strolls along the mighty Orange River or getting some fresh air amongst the vineyards.
Each of these quaint cottages has its own kitchen, bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Air conditioning is a must for summers in Kakamas, therefore each unit has a built in air conditioner as well as a DSTV package.
- Chalet 1: Sleeps 4 people comfortably.
- Chalet 2: Sleeps 2 people.
- Chalet 3: Sleeps 3 people.
The River Boat
Our river boat is a great way to get up close and personal with the beauty of nature in and around the great Orange River.
The vessel is spacious measuring at 8 meters long, 3.3 meters wide and comfortably seating a maximum of 25 guests. It is equipped with a toilet stall, braaier as well as a table which can be used for preparation or serving drinks and snacks.
Excursions or private functions can be arranged for groups for sunset cruises, wine tasting on the boat or private parties. These trips have a duration of 90 – 120 minutes.
- River boat trips can only take place when the river is high enough for the boat to comfortably travel safely.
- River boat trips can only take place during daylight.