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.
Klipkrans is 10km outside Worcester. The quickest way to reach Klipkrans from Cape Town is via the N1 past Paarl. After the Du Toitskloof Tunnel look out for the R101 (Rawsonville) turnoff to the right. Continue through Rawsonville town and turn right onto Mitchell’s pass. Stay on Michell’s Pass road for 8.5km, turn left and Klipkrans will be on your right after 3.9km.
It’s an easy and beautiful drive through farmlands and the small town of Rawsonville.
We thoroughly enjoy driving through Rawsonville on a Friday afternoon. There is always a weekend buzz and Friday feeling in the town that feels good and adds to the anticipation of a good weekend ahead.
There are 36 big campsites, 9 of which have direct access to the river (sites 1-5, 7-9 and 36). Another 6 sites (13-16, 31 and 33) have uninterrupted river views, but there is a common area between them and the river. Therefore these sites do not have direct access to the river.
All sites are well-grassed and a decent size, but if it is seclusion you are after, we recommend sites 1-5. Due to their popularity, you need to book well in advance! There are a number of trees that provide shade, particularly during the morning hours, but we recommend that you take along your gazebos for extra shade during the hot part of the day.
All sites have a tap, electricity and braai facilities (drums).
For the non-campers there are 6 tent houses, offering a variety of accommodation options ranging from 2 to 5 sleepers. The tent houses all have a covered veranda and are set back from the river.
There is also a bush camp that can accommodate 16 people, but this is set within the game reserve between beautiful hills and can only be reached by 4×4 vehicles and off-road trailers.
For Bookings and more information on Klipkrans have a look at the website.
If you are planning a trip to Klipkrans we suggest you plan ahead as they are very popular and get booked for weekends and holidays very far in advance.
Check-in is from 13h00 and you access the Klipkrans via a security gate with a 4-digit code. The code is provided when your booking is confirmed and paid in full. The same code is used to exit the resort.
Check-out is at 10h00, but the owners are relaxed about when you leave, especially on Sundays and out of high season. However, this must always be confirmed with the office beforehand.
Important Additional Info For Your Stay
- There is an honesty shop on site that sells most of the basics like soap and dish washing liquid, firelighters, wood, water, ice, cold drinks etc. It is operated on an honesty payment basis.
- The water at the taps comes straight from the river, so it is not suitable for human consumption.
- Bring your own grid.
- There is limited cell phone reception at Klipkrans; consequently, management has installed free WiFi, but you need to search for decent reception.
The bathrooms and communal wash-up area for dishes are well maintained and cleaned regularly.
Most bathroom cubicles have their own shower, toilet and basin with plenty of space to hang clothes and towels. They also have enough space for a bath bag or vanity case next to the basin.
Toilet paper, hand soap and air freshener are supplied and refilled as necessary.
Activities At Klipkrans
Klipkrans is mostly about the river.
The Breede River is the largest river in the Western Cape, originating from the Skurweberg mountain range close to Ceres and meandering its way through the landscape for 337km before emptying into the Indian Ocean at Witsands.
At Klipkrans the river is navigable for a couple of kilometres. A short distance downstream you will encounter a series of rapids that are easy to get through on the way down, but you won’t be able to paddle back, so take along water shoes to drag your canoe back up. Upstream you can go a lot further and there are interesting islands to explore.
River activities are very similar as have been described in one of our earlier posts of Rivierzicht. Follow this link to Rivierzicht to get more information on the river activities.
Fishing is possibly the best we have had on the Breede River, not because you catch a lot, but what you do catch tend to be of decent size. We caught barbel and carp, nothing under 3kg, with one beautiful mirror carp tipping the scale at close to 5kg. In the ablution facilities, there are pictures showing specimen caught at the site in excess of 10kg!
Birding is not as great as we anticipated, with a steady supply of Fiscal Flycatchers and Cape Weavers, but not much else. (Maybe it just wasn’t a good weekend for birding due to the distractions of fishing!) At night we were rewarded with the awesome call of the Fiery-necked Nightjar and Spotted Eagle Owl.
Klipkrans offers many activities that can be enjoyed by everyone. Apart from enjoying the river, also bring your bicycle, walking shoes and 4×4 and you will not want for anything more.
If you are a wine enthusiast you are also spoilt for choice in the area. The Worcester Wine & Olive Route are well known for excellent wine, food and festivals.
This was not our first visit to Klipkrans and it certainly won’t be our last.
We enjoy Klipkrans for many reasons i.e. it is well maintained and managed, great activities, peaceful and close to Cape Town for a weekend.
In the interest of being transparent, there are two minor distractions at Klipkrans. Firstly, the R43 linking Worcester with Villiersdorp runs about 1 km to the west of the site. Car sounds are audible, not to the point of distraction, but especially when trucks pass it is noticeable. Secondly, there are power lines that pass over the river, directly above site 4. They are high above the ground, so it is only a visual impairment. Despite that, we do not feel this is a reason to avoid this special place.
Will we be back? Most definitely!
Till our next adventure!