The Campsite of Edenvallei is located on the western bank of the Misverstand dam, about 5km upstream from the dam wall. This is a must do, especially if you have a boat or canoe. We, unfortunately, did not have either but we still had an amazing time at Edenvallei. So do book and go even if you don’t have access to a boat, you won’t regret it.
At this point the Berg river is slow-flowing and 100m wide. The best way to get to Edenvallei is to head north on the N7 and then turn right onto the Gouda Road just past Moorreesburg, about a 100km from Cape Town. Note, do not take the first road right as you get into Moorreesburg (R311), because that takes you to Riebeeck West. Follow the Gouda Road for 10km, up to the point where it turns into a gravel road, where you turn left. After about 2km you need to turn left again onto the Edenvallei sign-posted farm road. From there follow the signs for another 10km on decent gravel.
There are 7 campsites at Edenvallei, most of which are suitable for trailers. One site called Janlu is on the small side and maybe a bit difficult to access with a largish trailer, so make sure you mention to the owner, Mr Jan Nel, that you have a big set-up. All the other sites are bigger than your average campsite. Most sites have good grass cover and there is sufficient shade. More shade trees have been planted, but they are still a “work-in-progress”. Each site has a braai room of sorts, which provides shelter from the elements, and there is easy access to a tap. One large ablution block serves all 7 campsites, and it’s a short walk back from the sites.
The ablutions are well maintained, clean and so spacious. Every cubicle has ample space to hang clothes and towels as well as place to put your bath bag etc.
There is a large gumtree on the edge of the dam, which makes for a great spot to place a camp chair and enjoy the tranquillity of an early morning sunrise.
For non-campers there is also a chalet, sited a short way from the campsite. The Chalet is self catering and can sleep 8 people. There are 3 bedrooms and the undercover braai area is perfect for all weather conditions.
Check-in time is 2pm. You will receive the gate code before arrival. Check-out is at 12h00, but it is possible to request a later departure if possible. That would have to be confirmed with the owner.
Important Additional Info For Your Stay
- There is no shop on site for very specific reasons with guests in mind, and the nearest facilities are in Moorreesburg.
- Wood and ice can be ordered and is delivered a short time later.
- There is limited cell phone reception at Edenvallei; but WhatsApp messages eventually come through.
Activities at Edenvallei
Misverstand dam is one of the premier ski boat destinations near Cape Town, and whilst most of the action takes place nearer to the dam wall, there is still a fair amount of boat traffic at Edenvallei. The campsite itself has a boat launching facility. There is a jetty along which boats can safely be moored.
For us the pool was such a welcome relief and very clean and well maintained. We spent so much time in the pool as it was a particularly hot weekend.
Another big attraction at Edenvallei is the fishing, with specimen carp and barbel have been taken out here over the years. We lost count of all the fish we caught; the biggest of which was a 6kg barbel.
There is a fruit orchard adjacent to the campsite, which attracts many species of birds, with the most common being mousebirds and sunbirds. Waterfowl is abundant, and you will see many darters catching fish and skilfully manoeuvring them down their throats. The opposite bank has a sizeable stand of gumtrees, which are home to a beautiful pair of fish eagles.
For the cyclists there are many kilometres of quiet gravel roads to conquer.
We will be back at Edenvallei very soon.
For BOOKINGS, contact Jan Nel – 083 2253810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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