The Geldenhuys family, Chris, Annatjie and their son Leonard, bought the farm in 2005 after years of dreaming and planning to leave the city, and have a more peaceful and down to earth life on the farm.
The farm was then known as Keenan’s Creek and it had 3 operational guest cottages. The two cottages, Tarentaal and Kiewiet, as well as Suikerbos on the hill had already built up some return business since the Pet-friendly Guest Farm was started in 1999. A bigger vision had to be realised. Six more cottages have been added between 2007 and 2011 and the Guest Farm is now has 9 beautiful self catering cottages. The original house on the farm “Die Plaashuis” is also let out to guests from time to time when the Geldenhuys family in not on the farm.
The name change rests on two family farms.
From Keenan's Creek to Saamrus, the name change not only represents our 'rest from the rest' philosophy, but also reflects our memories of farm life - Saam is the Afrikaans word for 'together' (half of the title of Chris' original family farm, Saamwerk) and rus means 'rest' in Afrikaans (half of the title of Annatjie's original family farm, Ellasrus). So, Saamrus awaits you and your pets for a well deserved rest together.
The secret to our success at Saamrus lies in our loyal, friendly and hard working staff.
Like busy bees from early till late, never absent from work. More reliable and friendlier staff is impossible to find. From fighting raging veld fires on the hill in the middle of the night, carrying guest luggage up and down the hill, cleaning and preparing cottages, gardening, building fences, maintaining and building paths, fixing and paving the road and whatever else needs to be done at Saamrus. Ever willing and helpful, they do everything with a smile while their families are waiting far away in Malawi and Zimbabwe for some money to be sent home.