Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cedar Escape - Rivercamp.

We had been getting withdrawal symptoms having not camped since the end of November as we tend to avoid school holidays. With the schools going back to start their new year, I started looking around for somewhere new to go to. This summer the wind in Cape Town has been almost non stop so this also ruled out our usual favourites like Leentjiesklip and Ganzekraal. I have found in the past, that strong South Easters in Cape Town also often bring rain to the Breede River Valley area as well. I then decided to give Rivercamp, one of the campsites administered by Cedar Escape, a try and booked for 4 nights.

On the Monday morning we set off with our packed Skipper, along with a couple of friends with their tent trailer. The weather forecast for the week was good with high temperatures forecast for the Wednesday. A nice change from Cape Town's continuous wind.

After turning right at the 4 way stop in Citrusdal we found the entrance to the campsite exactly 16.9km as per my gps along the road.

After entering the farm, a very friendly and willing farm worker took us along a dusty but good farm road to the campsite. It was also well signposted.

I had seen some photo's of the campsite on their website and was very pleasantly suprised with what I found when we got there. The website photo's do not do it justice. The campsite is huge. Lush green grass and plenty of shade. There are actually two sites but they are not demarcated. Anyway we had the place to ourselves most of the time, other than 2 very pleasant German tourists doing a quick one night stay over on their travels. The ablutions are in a stone building. There are 2 bathrooms with a huge shower, wash basin and toilet, There are also plenty of hooks and a bench for changing. There is also a nice kitchen area with electrical plugs and a double sink and plenty of hot water . There could be better ventilation, however they are going to attend to this.   

The campsite is on the banks of the Oliphants river and is quite far upstream, so the quality of the water in the river is very good. The water temperature was a pleasant 22 degrees, so very nice for swimming, which we did plenty of as on Wednesday is was 42 degrees outside.

There are 2 braai area's with a fire pit and an electrical plug point and a light at each. I presume this more or less differentiates the two campsites.

Here are a few photo's. Some taken from the air with my drone to give a different perspective.

Looking South from the campsite

Looking East towards the Cedarberg

Sunset on the Cedarberg

Another sunset shot.

This is now among my top 5 campsites in the Western Cape and we will definitely be back.

Here is a video I shot with my drone of the campsite from different angles.For better quality viewing, click on the YouTube logo on the bottom right and once opened in Youtube, click on the settings button next to the logo, also on the bottom right, and then on "Quality" and select at least 720p or 1080p.


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