Papkuilsfontein guest Farm
This is certainly up there among the most memorable places to stay in South Africa!
For starters, you stay in an old stone cottage, (two cottages also outside showers), surrounded by rock, gum tree and wildlife, not another human in sight. The quality of peace and stillness defeats description. Gas-fire plumbing for baths, hurricane lamps for light - many guests have refused to come back if electricity is installed (although there's a restored corrugated-iron cottage for those who can't do without).
Then there is the small matter of the gorge and waterfall, which I would have kept secret if I wasn't insistent on you visiting the farm. Your jaw will drop 180 metres into the canyon - take a picnic to the deep rock pools for swimming above the waterfall (or there is a swimming pool, which was built like a farm dam typical to the area, situated between the two cottages) and you can climb down into the gorge in an hour and a half.
The wild flowers in season are sensational even by Namaqualand standards; the plantlife divided between Cape fynbos and Karoo succulents, a botanist's dream; steenbok, klipspringer, porcupine and dassie love the terrain and have not been specially introduced.
Breakfast a string of surprises!!
It's a magical secluded retreat that not many know about and the van Wyks are tremendous hosts - you should definitely stay at least two nights!!