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.
A Braai, in the South African culture, is the art of cooking meat over hot coals. The word originated from the Dutch word braden (roasting) and evolved into the verb braai. A braai is not just a way of cooking in South Africa, it is a social event that brings people together and it is definitely associated with fun and togetherness. Everybody in South Africa is a braai expert and everyone has their own braai, vegetable side, salad or drink speciality that completes the event. If I can give you a heads up…..never use the word barbeque at a braai.
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.
So which creature am I likely to encounter during local excursions that can actually harm me? That is a question many of us have, and is something that prevents would-be nature lovers from getting out there. This article is written to debunk some common myths, create awareness of the dangerous animals, and what can be done should something go wrong.
Of the 42 snake species present in the Western Cape, there are only six that can cause you harm.
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
A biome is a large community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct region.
The Fynbos Biome consists of two vegetation types; Fynbos and Renosterveld, and whilst it occurs primarily in the Western Cape, small batches are also found in the Northern and Eastern Cape provinces.
The Fynbos Biome covers a surface area of approximately 85,000km2, making up less than 7% of South Africa’s total land area of 1.2 million km2. Yet its 8,000 species represent nearly 40% of all floral species in South Africa, making the Fynbos Biome a major biodiversity hotspot of the world.
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.
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.