Houdenbek – Koue Bokkeveld

Houdenbek – Koue Bokkeveld

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.

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Klipkrans – Worcester

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.

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Rivierzicht – Robertson

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.

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ShooAway Fly Repellent

What Is The ShooAway

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.

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Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

View over the Forest

With the spicy fragrance and the sound of crinkling leaves still fresh in our minds from our visit to Platbos Forest, we were excited to explore Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. The profound calming and healing powers of forests and water is well documented but, what we didn’t expect was that once you have had a taste of it, you long for the next dose of forest meds. We were ready and excited to discover life in this precious forest.

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Tweede Tol – Limietberg Nature Reserve

For me, Bainskloof is synonymous with a cooler box, the smell of coconut sunscreen and a convoy of cars filled with excited kids impatient to start the day exploring the pools and rocks of Bainskloof

It is one of my favourite mountain passes, not just because it is so picturesque, but also because it awakens happy and familiar memories of my childhood. During our stay at Tweede Tol Campsite I experienced a warm feeling of dejavu as I watched all the families and friends still getting together and making those same memories. This is one place that has remained the same through many many years of change in the world….and I liked it.

Our day at the pools. Stunning  video made by my daughter Katharina

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Bontebok National Park

Visiting Bontebok National Park was a long overdue trip for us as we have not been back for 26 years. It was a trip down memory lane and we were super excited to explore all that Bontebok National Park has to offer.

    We were expecting change, but did not expect to be completely blown away by all the park has to offer now. All the upgrades and development is a reflection of the commitment to preserve a special place for visitors to enjoy, experience and share in this piece of wilderness. Our first impression, as we entered into the park, was that conservation is the main objective and it is wonderful to experience this commitment.

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Suikerbossie Guest Farm

We were super excited about this weekend away because: 1. We have never been to Suikerbossie Guest Farm before, 2. the farm is in the magnificent Cederberg area that we are extremely fond of and 3. we were joined by one of our children for some long overdue quality time.

Suikerbossie Guest Farm

The farm is situated at the most southern part of the Cederberg between Ceres and Citrusdal.  We drove via Ceres as the road is better with only about 5km of gravel road. The road from Citrusdal to Suikerbossie Guest Farm is not a vehicle friendly gravel road but if you have time to take it slow and you have a 4×4 vehicle, it is worth the drive. The road is extremely scenic and if you can brave the 30km of poor gravel road, it’s worth it.

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