Welcome to Gowan Valley

Gowan Valley Guest Farm in Balgowan on the Midlands Meander is truly enchanting with rolling green hills, endless fields, and a mighty river. Offering different types of accommodation, guests are welcomed with true South African hospitality.

Farm Guest Rooms

Choose from 13 beautifully decorated en-suite guest rooms in 3 different areas on the farm. 

AfriCamps Glamping Tents

Escape in a 2-bedroom self catering glamping tent, fully equipped with everything you need for 5 people. Spend time on the large deck or in your own private outdoor wood-fired hot tub looking out onto the beautiful views.

Create Memories

Spend time with friends and loved ones on the property creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Explore the property

Explore our property by taking a walk along the river or through the indigenous forest to an enormous 500-year-old Yellowwood tree. Have a picnic on the river banks and watch as our Nguni cattle and horses pass by.

Get Adventurous

Spend time in the fresh crystal waters of the Mpofana river running through Gowan Valley. Bring tubes and ride the rapids or find a quiet spot and relax while you float.

Explore the nearby attractions

Experience a variety of stunning nature, adventure activities, South African history, local crafts and delectable country-style food spots. Balgowan is a farming area, well-loved for cycling and fishing in the many dams and streams.

Balgowan, Midlands

13 farm guest rooms with private en-suites

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Five 2-bedroom AfriCamps Glamping Tents

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About Us

Family Owned & Managed

Welcome to Gowan Valley Guest Farm, owned and managed by the Bouwer family, graced by the crystal clean Mpofana river and blessed with the scenic beauty of the Natal Midlands. The farm is the perfect place to spend time with loved ones, take time out and relax with beautiful views surrounding us. Spend time exploring our property or visit the many stops along the Midlands Meander routes surrounding us before coming back and ending off with a picnic along the river.

Gowan Valley Guest farm offers two types of accomodation on the property. It has 13 beautifully decorated guest double rooms, all with their own private ensuite bathrooms. Your stay includes a delicious full farmhouse breakfast, cereals, yoghurt, fruit juice, tea, coffee, to be enjoyed whilst watching the gushing Mpofana river below and Nguni cattle in the fields.

Gowan Valley is also home to KZN’s first AfriCamps glamping location with 5 fully equipped tents, each sleeping 5 guests in two bedrooms. Each tent also boasts their own private outdoor wood-fired hot tub making total relaxation and star-gazing a must when visiting. Here guests can self-cater or take advantage of pre-book delicious ‘cook-your ‘own’ breakfast and dinner baskets consisting the freshest ingredients for a full meal in the comfort of your tent.

Gowan Valley Guest Farm is the perfect venue for small to medium sized functions. It has been chosen as a reception and wedding venue for a few small intimate weddings. We have also hosted Christmas parties, 70th birthday lunches and pre-dance functions for Michaelhouse and St Anne’s parents and children.

Gowan Valley Guest Farm is owned and managed by Brett & Deanne Bouwer and Terry and Tessa Bouwer (past co-owners and managers of Umngazi River Bungalows). As a family, we also built, loved & owned the highly successful, nearby Orchards Wedding Venue. Gowan Valley B&B has been extensively renovated, redecorated and re-landscaped since taking ownership in March 2015. Our Farm now also offers the first KZN AfriCamps Glamping experience. We look forward to welcoming you to our little piece of paradise.



Farm Cottage Guest Rooms & AfriCamps Glamping Tents

Thatch Guest House

Our renovated thatched guest house boasts 6 beautifully furnished guest rooms, each with a character of their own. These comfortable guest rooms are made even cosier with their heaters, percale linen (flannel in winter) and tea and coffee making facilities.
Each room has it’s own bathroom en suite.


The River House

The River House boasts two renovated, lovely bedrooms with shower AND bath en suite.
Room 7 – King XL Bed (A favourite as closet to the river)
Room 8 – King XL Bed

Garden Rooms

Garden Rooms – 5 fresh, spacious and tranquil garden rooms are available, all with lovely large walk-in showers.

AfriCamps Glamping Tent

AfriCamps Tents

Five 2-bedroom self catering AfriCamps boutique glamping tents are situated on Gowan Valley Guest Farm. Each tent consist of a spacious open plan lounge, kitchen & dining area. The tent is equipped with aircon to cool the tent in summer and a fireplace for heating in the winter months. Each tent has it’s own private outdoor wood-fired hot tub.



Farm Guest Rooms


Available at reception

Secure Parking

Kettle (Tea & Coffee)

Breakfast Included


Complimentary Toiletries

Microwave & Fridge

Available in common area

Ironing Board & Iron

Available on request


Two Common Lounges


In common area

AfriCamps Glamping Tents


Available at reception

Secure Parking

Fully Equipped Kitchen


Electric Blankets


Wood-fired Outdoor Hot Tub

Tea & Coffee


Meal baskets available to purchase. Book prior to arrival. 

Two Bedrooms (Sleeps 5)

2nd bedroom with queen and single bunk


Rooms & Glamping Tents

Farm Guest Room Rates 2021 – 2022
Adults – R875 per person per night sharing
Singles – R975 per person per night
Children 2 – 12yrs – R375 per child per night sharing
Extra adult / teen – R475 per child per night sharing

AfriCamps Glamping Tent Rates 2020 – 2022
Rates from 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2021

Low season
1 May 2021 to 30 June 2021
1 July 2021 – Sept 2021 (Sun-Thurs)
R1190 per couple sharing

High season
1 October 2020 to 3 December 2020
10 January 2021 to 30 April 2021
1 July 2021 – 30 Sept 2021 (Weekends)
R1690 per couple sharing

Peak season
4 December 2020 to 9 January 2021
R2190 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult, R175 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Rates from 1 October 2021 – 30 Sept 2022

Low season
1 May 2022 to 30 June 2022
1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022 (Sun – Thurs)
R1240 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October to 9 December 2021
9 January 2022 to 30 April 2022
1 July 2022 to 30 September (Weekends)
Long weekends between 1 May 2022- 30 Sept 2022
R1740 per couple sharing

Peak season
10 December – 8 January
R2240 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult, R175 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Double Bedrooms

Glamping Tents

Total Guests

Food & Drink

Meals at Gowan Valley

Guest Farm Rooms: Join us for breakfast in our dining area. This is part of the River House, where you can watch the gushing Mpofana River. This stunning breakfast view is accompanied by a delicious full farmhouse breakfast, with cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit juice and seasonal fruit on offer.

AfriCamps Boutique Glamping Guests: ‘Cook-your-own’ breakfast and dinner baskets are available for guests to prebook at an additional cost. Everything you need to create a delicious meal will be in these baskets which saves you from needing to head to the shops for food before you arrive.

Perfect place for a relaxing weekend in The Midlands

My husband and I spent a very relaxing weekend at Gowan Valley Guest Farm. Deanne and Brett and the perfect hosts and went out of their way to make us feel at home. The farm is in the perfect position to enjoy all the best sights on the midlands meander. We really loved the beautiful rooms! You can stay in one of the garden cottages or the gorgeous manor house. Each room is clean and beautifully decorated. There is so much attention to detail – even easter eggs left in our room as a treat. The breakfast is excellent and home made to order each morning while you sit out on the deck overlooking the river – just perfect! Overall cannot be faulted!

Fantastic Glamping Experience!

Let me state at the very outset that I am NOT a fan of camping but this experience is anything but and I loved every minute of it. The tents (and I use that term lightly) are fantastically equipped and aside from the zips on the “front doors” you honestly don’t even know you’re staying in a tent. Everything you need for a wonderful stay is provided – comfy big beds with great quality linen, electric blankets, aircon / heater, a very well equipped kitchen (down to veggie peeler and coffee plunger), a great living / dining space, outdoor deck with great built in braai and of course the famous wood fired hot tub. The hosts are wonderfully welcoming and friendly and I highly recommend ordering the breakfast basket which comes beautifully presented (and well stocked ) and gets delivered directly to your front door. Overall a fantastic experience which I highly recommend!


A son’s wedding and a weekend of sheer joy. Nothing was too much for the hosts, from the welcome to the farewell. It is a superb venue, where every need is met and where peace abounds. We could not be more grateful and we’ll be back.

Wow! From start to finish! Tents were amazing – decked out with everything one needs! The hot tub was a highlight as were the pre-ordered dinner and breakfast! We will definitely be back 👍🏻 Enjoyed the park run that was close by as well as a bit of a midlands meander but chose to spend most of our time relaxing at Gowan Valley.

An Excellent Stay!

The hosts were very welcoming during our stay here for a wedding down the road. It is a beautiful location. The breakfasts cater for all tastes and the rooms are beautiful. There is also a communal relaxing room in the guest house with a TV and honesty bar for those that want to keep up with the sport around the world. Would love to visit again.

Boutique glamping in every sense of the word glamping!

Magnificent location, such a unique experience in true “boutique” glamping style. We had hours of fun in the hot tub with the family. The comfiest beds and all the equipment and facilities you need are there. We will be back again and again…thank you!


Beautifully decorated room and spacious bathroom with shower. The king bed was super comfortable with quality linen for a great night’s sleep. The gardens and grounds are stunning and the guest farm is perfectly located on the beautiful Midlands Meander. The hostess, Deanne, was very helpful and accommodating. Breakfast was good, served in the breakfast room with an amazing view over the river. An unforgettable stay, highly recommended!

It truly is every bit of “boutique” glamping one could ask for. Magnificent surroundings. Fully equipped with everything you need. The hot tub was a highlight – spent 3 hours of family fun in it. We will be back again and again.

A delightful country retreat to restore your soul

We spent a night here recently and were blown away by the warm hospitality we were given from start to finish by our excellent and welcoming hosts. The setting is beautiful, especially with all the spring blossoms around. The gardens are stunning, the room was comfortable and delightfully furnished, and we enjoyed a delicious home-cooked breakfast in the dining room overlooking the stream. We enjoyed a lovely walk on the property and a quiet evening in front of a blazing log fire. We can highly recommend this as a place to relax and restore your soul.

Comfort in absolute tranquility and beauty

AfriCamps, Midlands was out of this world! Each morning began with excitement and adoration whilst watching the trains pass bye in the misty mountains.. As a family we enjoy quality time spent together. The Hot tubs are situated perfectly remaining exclusive and private. Lots of fun for the family as a whole.. but also relaxing and enjoyable for the adults whilst the kids slept. Another favourite was the walk through the forest onsite… the beauty within and well prepared path made it easy to navigate through the forest, the benches and bridges stationed along the way gave perfect photo opportunities. If you are looking to wind down from the stress of the city, I would highly recommend AfriCamps Glamping in the Midlands!! We will most surely return – perhaps even in the middle of winter 🙂

Checkin & Checkout

Check-in for all guests between 14.00 and 18.00
Checkout at Guest Rooms: 11.00 |  AfriCamps tents: 10:00

Changes upon request

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type, dates and duration of stay.

Please contact us for more information

House Rules

  • All children are welcome.
  • Free! All children under 2 years stay free of charge.
  • Cots/cribs available on request.

Farm Guest Rooms

  • One child under 12 years is charged ZAR 425 per night when using existing beds.
  • All children under 12 years are charged ZAR 425 per night for extra beds.
  • All further older children or adults are charged ZAR 595 per night for extra beds.
  • The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
  • Any type of extra bed or child’s cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
  • Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.


  • Pets are not allowed.

AfriCamps Boutique Glamping Terms & Conditions

  • Please click here to see full AfriCamps Boutique Glamping terms & conditions here.
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Location & Nearby Attractions

Activities in the area

Golfing (enjoy Gowrie and Boschoek, two of South Africa’s greatest golf courses right on our doorstep)
Mountain Biking – www.midlandsmeander.co.za/biking
Karkloof Canopy Tours
Horse Riding – www.midlandsmeander.co.za/horseriding
Hot Air Ballooning – www.hotairballooningsa.co.za
Midlands Meander
The Junction – www.nottiesjunction.co.za
Piggly Wiggly – www.pigglywiggly.co.za
Nelson Mandela Capture site – www.thecapturesite.co.za
Midmar Dam (home of the famous Midmar Mile!) is close by and is perfect for boating, fishing, sailing or just soaking up the sun! – www.kznwildlife.com/accomodation/resorts/midmar.html

Cell: 071 8819 333
Gowan Valley Guest Farm, R103, Balgowan Rd