The Moreson Cottages and Campsite is a must visit for many reasons. We had an amazing weekend but could easily have extended our stay if it was possible at the time.
Moreson River Cottages & Campsites is located on the upper reaches of the Breede River near Wolseley, 18km away.
It is probably the closest access to the Breede River from Cape Town (about 1 hours’ drive and less than 100km away), but still far enough from civilization to justify this outing. The camp site is situated on a working grape farm in the Slanghoek valley.
Onverwacht Cottages is different from the other places we cover in our articles. Why? Well, for starters there is no camping, which is odd since this blog is all about camping. The truth is, occasionally we part with tradition and enjoy the change, especially when it allows for a different bunch of people to get away with into nature.
After enjoying the hustle and bustle of Botswana’s frontier town Maun, head north for 40km on good tar road to Shorobe. Thereafter the tar gives way to good gravel for another 25km, where you need to turn left towards South Gate, another 30km away. All up it should take you one and a half hours, maybe two, allowing for time to deflate your tires. This last stretch is already in a game area, where you can expect to see just about all the wildlife you will encounter in Moremi itself, because there are no fences around Moremi. We saw plenty of impala and a large herd of elephants.
Maybe it’s the unspoilt wilderness, maybe it’s the friendly people, maybe it’s just Africa; or maybe it’s because we had our unforgettable honeymoon there all those years ago, but something keeps drawing us back to Botswana.
So, for these reasons and many more, we decided to write about our epic Botswana itinerary, which we recently completed for the third time.
Being our honeymoon, the first time we obviously went alone, back in 1991. Bright eyed and bushy tailed we embarked on an adventure, into a Botswana that was still relatively undiscovered. Blissfully unaware of the various hazards one must contend with, like soft sand and water crossings, we dived right in, with no idea how to use that old Land Rover. The second time, when we took our 4 kids to retrace that honeymoon, we again travelled alone, albeit equipped with a decent 4×4 and some basic skills to use it.
The point is, this trip can easily be done solo, provided the necessary preparations are taken. So this year, we decided to share this special trip with family from Austria and South Africa who share our sense of adventure.
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s biggest tourist attraction, and there is a very good reason for that; the Kruger National Park scenery and plenitude of wildlife will capture a part of you forever. It’s a place everyone should experience – at least once in their lifetime.
Where is the Kruger National Park
At nearly 20,000 square kilometres, it is the size of a small country and stretches for 360 km north to south along South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique, and 65 km from east to west. And unlike its bordering famous private game reserves, like Mala Mala and Timbavati, the Kruger is exceptionally accessible; there are affordable accommodation options to suit all pockets.
Houdenbek is a campsite on a working fruit and vegetable farm in the Koue Bokkeveld near Op-die-Berg in the southern Cederberg.
It is a restored monument situated in the Skurweberg mountains. The air is fresh and unpolluted with uninterrupted views of the unique rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains.
We thoroughly enjoyed looking at the rock formations and identifying pictures in the rocks while appreciating the magic of the rocks and mountains. It is distinctive to the Cederberg and a unique experience not to be missed.
Klipkrans is a private game farm and campsite located on a particularly beautiful stretch of the Breede River near Worcester. It is the closest camping facility on our largest river from Cape Town, being a quick 1-hour drive (just over 100km away).
The game farm is not especially large, but you will see gemsbok, blue wildebeest, zebra and springbok. There is an easy 4×4 route on the farm which offers some spectacular views. However, the main attraction is the 2.5km river frontage on a broad, slow-flowing part of the Breede River.
De Drinken is a campsite located on the Berg River near Moorreesburg. It is conveniently close to Cape Town (about 1.5 hours’ drive), and yet you feel like you are in another world. The camp site is situated on a working farm, called Drie Heuwels Farm.
Rivierzicht is a campsite located on the magnificent Breede River, 13 km before Robertson. We found Rivierzicht a few years back when we researched campsites that has accommodation options for non-campers as well. All our friends, campers and non-campers alike, spent a weekend together and we were all hooked on this getaway spot, which ticks so many boxes for such a diverse group. It is conveniently close to Cape Town (about 1.5 hours’ drive), which makes it a “go-to” place for us Capetonians.
This little gadget is such a clever chemical free fly repellent that just keeps going. We have been testing it for about a month now and it is a must have when those flies keep hanging around. We spend a great deal of time cooking and eating outside, whether camping or at home and flies are always a problem. In the past we tried everything from fly nets to fly tape. Now we use this one little gadget that works like a charm to keep the flies away.