Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Welgegun - Rawsonville.
I have not done any updates to this blog for a long time as I have been involved in a few other projects. However we have still been camping as often as possible, although mostly to the places we have visited before. However about a year ago we went to this hiddem gem, only an hour's drive from Cape Town.
After a bit of research on Facebook, I found a few mentions about Welgegun. It is another of those very special campsites that when you book it, the whole campsite is yours and there will not be any other people there. Now obviously over weekends there is a minimum charge and I think it is around R90.00 per person per night with a minimum charge of R1000.00. Therefore you do need a group of 11+ in order to not have to pay a premium over the R90.00pp charge. However during the week they are happy to waive the minimum charge and you just pay the R90.00 pppn. I could be wrong about the charges as their facebook page states R80.00 pp but this could be outdated.
Welegegun is situated on the Breede river near Rawsonville, Western Cape. It is just off the R101 which is also known as the Old N1. The entrance to the campsite is a bit obscure as there is just a farm gate with no signage whatsoever. However it is quite easy to find. As you go from Rawsonville towards Worcester, about 200 meters before you cross over the bridge over the Breede river, there is a lone Palm Tree on the right hand side of the road and the gate is next to this tree. After entering the gate you turn immeadiately left and follow the road running right next to the R101 with small signs to the campsite. The entrance is quite easy to see on the street view on Google Maps.
The campsite itself is lovely. It has two sections with a communal Braai Lapa in the middle. Nice green grass on the River bank. There is good fishing in the river and although we did not do any fishing, I saw lots of nice photo's of good catches made there when I was doing my research. The are a couple of canoe's that one can use as well. We took our SUP's and you could paddle for about 1km plus downstream quite easily. There is not much shade other than next to the ablutions and at the Braai area. The ablutions are good with 2 separate bathrooms with a shower, basin and toilet inside the block.
The only slight negative is that the campsite is quite near the R101 where it crosses the Breede River and you therefore do get a bit of traffic noise.
Their contact no is 082 871 8745 for bookings. Here is a link to their facebook page.
Here are a few photo's