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.
Rivierzicht is situated in the heart of the Robertson Valley on a working farm and they specialise in pomegranates. Driving from Cape Town you follow the N1 through Paarl to Worcester. Driving through Worcester you follow the signs to Robertson and the 1st turnoff to Rivierzicht is 1km after the Rooiberg winery (“Goree/Riverside turnoff to your right). This turnoff is about 30 km from Worcester. When you reach the T-junction at the bottom of this road, turn right onto the gravel road and Rivierzicht is about 3 km along this road.
Rivierzicht offers Camping, Bush Camps and Cabins, most with direct access to the river. The Cabins are set back slightly but have an area on the river that is for use by the Cabin guests only.
There are 30 campsites, most of which have direct access to the river. The sites are large (average size 12m x 25m), beautifully grassed, with plenty of shade, courtesy of the sweet thorns and corkscrew willows. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of Port Jackson trees, an Australian invader that keeps indigenous plants out of the area. The owners are trying their best to keep them at bay, but it is a hard slog to stop them from popping up. Learn about Indigenous Plants.
All sites have a tap and basin, electricity, rubbish bin and braai facilities (drums) but remember to bring your grid. Some sites have less shade but have a permanent shade cloth canopy to give some shade – a little tip – I have noticed that some campers cover these canopies with extra shade cloth to increase the shade and it works really well.
Many of the sites have trees in between the sites to add a natural divider between the sites to provide some privacy.
For the non-campers there are 4 self catering cabins, each with their own allocated area on the bank of the river. There are 2, 4, and 6 sleeper cabins and they come fully furnished and kitted, just bring your swimming towels.
The bush camps are perfect for those wanting a camp experience but don’t have the gear. The bush camp tents sit on wooden decks with beautiful views onto the river and also direct access to the river. They come fully kitted but they have shared outside ablutions nearby.
The cabins and bush camps are located centrally, with camping on either side. The river is about 25-30 meters wide here and fairly deep, so it is slow flowing, making it ideal for floating down the length of the resort (some 500m) on your lilo, pool noodle or anything else that will keep you afloat whilst sipping a cold beverage of your choice.
For bookings and more detailed information go to the Rivierzicht website. Always complete the booking form to book, as they don’t accept bookings by phone. The office is efficient and responds within hours from sending through the booking form.
Check-in is from 14h00 but the office closes at 17h00. On Fridays they are available for late check-in. The sliding gate is operated by punching in a 4-digit code, which you are given upon arrival. You can arrange for the code before-hand if you are planning on arriving very late.
Check in is quick and it is great to meet the owners and office staff that always do their best to accommodate everyone.
Check-out is at 10h00, but management is 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 and they sell water, wood and ice.
- Bring your own grid.
- The water at the campsites come from the river and is not safe to drink but they have water tanks with clean water at the ablutions, so take along water containers for collection.
- There is limited cell phone reception at Rivierzicht; your best bet is near the ablution facilities. Funny as this may sound, reception is better when it’s windy…
- Bring water floaties, fishing gear and canoe. Power boats are allowed but there is a speed limit for boats traveling past the camp riverfront for safety and to reduce noise. There is no launch site for larger power boats.
There are 3 communal ablution facilities, which are cleaned regularly (twice daily during season).
The bathroom sections of the ablutions have a basin, toilet and shower in each cubicle which I really enjoy. There is lots of space to hang clothes and towels and also a nice size area around the basin for bath bags etc.
To the side of the bathroom cubicles there are separate toilet and basin cubicles.
Toilet paper, hand soap and air freshener is supplied and refilled every day.
Activities At Rivierzicht
Rivierzicht is all 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 Rivierzicht the river is navigable for 5km towards Robertson, where you will need to negotiate a weir to progress further downstream if you are in a canoe. We have also paddled 5km upstream and not encountered any obstacles en route, so we will have to return to establish the upstream boundaries.
A canoe is a great way to explore the tranquillity of the river, and there are plenty of places to stop along the way to have a break or picnic. The farmers along the river all have their personal river frontage “sites”, which make for a great stopping place, but some do display “private property” signs; still we don’t think anybody would have any major issues if you stop for a quick breather.
Another fantastic pastime is to grab any floatation device and simply float down the length of the campsite, enjoying the occasional chat with your fellow campers while floating past.
Fishing is a big attraction at Rivierzicht, with carp and barbel regularly caught, and the occasional eel making an appearance. Bass fishing is also popular at Rivierzicht. The biggest carp we have landed was a whopping 6.5kg!
Birding is also productive, with plenty of Reed Warblers, Cape Weavers and Red Bishops on offer. There are also regular sightings of kingfishers (pied, malachite and giant), with occasional sightings of the beautiful Little Bittern. Fiery-necked Nightjar and Spotted Eagle Owl mingle with the evening sounds to create a serene ambiance.
Boating is allowed but there are strict rules to speeding along the river frontage of the camp. On either side of the camp there is ample river to enjoy your boat at higher speeds.
Rivierzicht is located in the Robertson Wine Valley that represents over 50 wineries and other tourist attractions.
This map of the Robertson Wine Valley will help you plan an outing into this beautiful and scenic valley.
Apart from the scenic wineries with excellent wines to taste, many of the farms offer hikes, cellar tours, food and wine pairing and mountain bike tracks.
The town of Robertson is a short drive from Rivierzicht and there you will be able to buy everything you need. You can also visit the many restaurants of varied cuisine and ambience, definitely something for everyone.
As we know this area well we were excited to visit something different on a bad weather day and it turns out we couldn’t be happier about the “windy” day. We took a drive through Robertson and turned onto the Klaasvoogds road to Marbrin Olive Farm. They grow and make their own olive oil and infused olive oils. They sell all their various olive related products and balsamic products online, BUT a visit to the farm is one of those not to be missed experiences.
If you ever thought olive oil is olive oil ….. It’s not …. and the best person to deal with our ignorance is Briony. Briony and her partner are attentive and knowledgeable and even shared some recipe ideas to complement their products. We felt like we were friends popping in to share in their excitement of their passion for what they do.
You can find the directions to the farm on the Robertson Wine Valley map.
Rivierzicht is a “go to” for us when we go with friends that prefer a cabin rather than camping or when we just want a sure thing that is always enjoyable.
It is an easy to reach destination with so much to do if you want to be active. If you prefer to do nothing or just read and rest, it is also perfect.
We always think of Rivierzicht as a place to get together with friends and family and chill. Everyone goes about relaxing in their own way.
The smells, sounds and feel of Rivierzicht makes every weekend feel like a holiday rather than a weekend.
We spent 10 days at Rivierzicht over New Years, the longest we have been in one stretch, and we had a good good time. Family and friends could come and go, spending whatever time they had available amidst their festive season activities.
Will we be back? Most definitely!
Till our next adventure!