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    We are busy planning our weekend trips for 2014 and would like to try a few new places. Our criteria is simple:


    1. No commercial campsites
    2. 1.5 2 hour radius from Cape Town
    3. We are geared for places with no electricity or running water
    4. Close to nature
    5. Must have a strict NO MUSIC policy
    6. Secluded sites not a must but would be nice
    7. Be able to accommodate about 4 families +

    We have been to:

    Secret Falls - Tulbagh (a favourite)
    De Drinken - Mooreersburg
    Die Gatjie Boskamp - Citrusdal
    Jamaka - Cederberg (a favourite)
    Koningskop - Citrusdal (a favourite)
    Tietiesbaai - Paternoster
    Fynbos - Wolsley
    Rivierplaas - Worcester
    Riverzight - Robertson
    Kambati - Swellendam
    Guano Caves - Montagu
    The Baths - Citrusdal
    Kwatthu - West Coast
    SkurweKop - Robertson
    Slanghoek - Worcester
    Vloedbos - Caledon
    22 Watervalle - Porterville
    Yzerfontein



    Still need to check out these feedback will be appreciated:

    Klipkrans
    Isle of Sky Farm
    Gecko Rock
    Skilpadfontein
    Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway
    Klondyke Cherry Farm
    Riggton River Farm
    De Bos Guest Farm
    Olifantsdoorn Guest Farm

    Do you know of any others places worth checking out? Please post the names.

    Thanks!


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    Khomeesdrif just outside riviersonderend
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    I think you can tell us about campsites.
    Can you post a few pics of some of the ones you recommend.
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    Marcuskraal betweenClanwilliam and Citrusdal is very nice.

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    Kroonland near Villiersdorp - nice 4x4 trail on farm
    Simonskloof near Montagu - nice hikes and awesome site and quiet.
    Panorama near Tulbagh - Can book entire site for yourself. Close to Isle of Sky.

    This one is a bit further but great place, Koedoesberg in Tankwa Karoo - 2.5 - 3 hours from CT. Nice Trail and you can also book entire site with 4 familes.

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    This is a fantastic list. Thank you for sharing!

    Some comments I would like to share:


    1. No commercial campsites -> No sure what you mean with 'commercial', since most listed below are businesses.
    2. 1.5 2 hour radius from Cape Town -> I notice you are bending this a bit.
    3. We are geared for places with no electricity or running water
    4. Close to nature
    5. Must have a strict NO MUSIC policy
    6. Secluded sites not a must but would be nice
    7. Be able to accommodate about 4 families +


    Jamaka - Cederberg (a favourite) -> Very much not in the 2hr bracket. You can then include closer places like Nuwerust, Driehoek farm and Kromrivier.
    Guano Caves - Montagu -> A really incredible place. So much effort done here. Stands are so big, you hardly realise you have neighbours.
    SkurweKop - Robertson -> The stands are so small, I felt like a sardine.
    Slanghoek - Worcester -> They really deserve 5 stars, but the price! OUCH.

    Skilpadfontein -> I heard they closed down...

    My additions:

    OK, a bit further than 2 hours. Outside Calitzdorp. The Ou Kraal campsite at Gamkaberg (Cape Nature).
    It is only ONE campsite. (Sleeps 8)
    It an hours drive by 4x4 from the bottom of the mountain to the campsite! You are guaranteed isolation and spectacular views!

    Nuwerust - Cederberg. It can get busy, so, probably not the quietest site you can find. (NEVER noisy tho.)
    However, if you have young children - it will be heaven for them. What always amazes me is how 20-30 children all troop together running up & down the campsite having an utter ball!

    They following I havent been too, but have my eye on:

    If you are a bigger group, Red Cederberg looks interesting.

    Kagga Kamma - Cederberg. This looks very intriguing. They have 3 campsites, but it is well hidden on their web site under 4x4. They also have a 2 day long 4x4 route! Talk about getting away!

    Petervale Guest Farm - Ceres. Good reviews on the forum for them.

    If you in Ceres, contact Grassie (from the forum). He has some 'confidential' places up his sleeve...

    Karooadventures - Montague. Also has various 4x4 trails up to grade 5. You can even take your own horse!
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    Very interested in the camping surrounds in western cape.
    Would be Gr8 if the OP can rate the list where she has been with some comments

    I've been to Guano Caves - Montagu: They do have electricity & water on each site & their facilities was clean & service = top notch. Would be gr8 to have a database of recommended places
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    Quote Originally Posted by RogueFrontier View Post

    JThe Ou Kraal campsite at Gamkaberg (Cape Nature).
    It is only ONE campsite. (Sleeps 8)
    It an hours drive by 4x4 from the bottom of the mountain to the campsite! You are guaranteed isolation and spectacular views!
    Sounds very interesting: How hectic is the trail up to the site (lowrange 4x4 used allot? Mainly sufficient ground clearance required?) Then, do you have pictures of your last camp there? What is the cost?
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    Zevenfontein out side Robertson. Complies with all your requirements
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamakazi View Post
    Sounds very interesting: How hectic is the trail up to the site (lowrange 4x4 used allot? Mainly sufficient ground clearance required?) Then, do you have pictures of your last camp there? What is the cost?
    Iirc it's rated Grade 2/3.

    You definitely need good ground clearance. The frontiers tow bar hit the path a few times. The really hectic steep sections have cements paths laid down.

    Since it's a mountain, the path is rock, rock plate and stones/pebbles. No sand. Although its fairly intimidating for a newby, the path is in daily use by the rangers.

    For safety, I'm always in 4x4 and in low range if I'm not going to do over 60kph.
    It was my 1st ever 4x4 outting, so, I cant gave a objective opinion of the road. In front of us were a toureg, which had no problems what so ever. (You can do the drive (and hike) as day visitors too)

    There is a well sized parking area. Apparently larger groups put up their tents in the parking area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KampGat View Post
    Still need to check out these – feedback will be appreciated:

    Klipkrans
    Isle of Sky Farm
    Gecko Rock
    Skilpadfontein Not much protection, but OK if you like the Karoo
    Dwarsberg Trout HideawayVery nice and secluded, highly recommended
    Klondyke Cherry Farm
    Riggton River Farm Too commercial and accessable by all for my taste
    De Bos Guest Farm
    Olifantsdoorn Guest Farm

    Do you know of any others places worth checking out? Please post the names.
    See my comments in red. Which "De Bos" are you referring to?
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    Thanks for the feedback.
    I will sit with the list next weekend at Koningskop to plan our monthly 2014 camping trips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamakazi View Post
    Bump

    Very interested in the camping surrounds in western cape.
    Would be Gr8 if the OP can rate the list where she has been with some comments

    I've been to Guano Caves - Montagu: They do have electricity & water on each site & their facilities was clean & service = top notch. Would be gr8 to have a database of recommended places
    Agree.

    It would be nice to have a list to choose from that complies with certain criteria.
    We don't like big crowds or lots of noise.
    Even our kids enjoy the quite.
    On our Namibian trip in June one of their highlights were Ampspoort where there is not even a bathroom or a water tap


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    Default Camping spots - off the beaten track.. cont.

    Secret Falls - Tulbagh (a favourite) stunning view up in the mountain, we had campsite to ourselves. One of best
    De Drinken - Mooreersburg - on the river, great for group bookings
    Die Gatjie Boskamp - Citrusdal - great for group bookings & 4x4 route stunning during flower season
    Jamaka - Cederberg (a favourite) - peaceful and close to nature
    Koningskop - Citrusdal (a favourite) - peaceful, nice 4x4 route and kids can have pizzas at the lapa
    Tietiesbaai - Paternoster - can be great unless wrong crowd books the same time as you
    Fynbos - Wolsley - quiet
    Rivierplaas - Worcester - rustic and next to river to river
    Riverzight - Robertson - nice and open next to river
    Kambati - Swellendam - nice and next to river
    Guano Caves - Montagu - beautiful campsite but choose site away from wind
    The Baths - Citrusdal - lovely for winter months
    Kwatthu - West Coast - rustic have not been here for a while
    SkurweKop - Robertson - canoeing on river but can be noisy
    Slanghoek - Worcester - beautiful and small
    Vloedbos - Caledon- nice for kids in summer but can be noisy
    22 Watervalle - Porterville - beautiful, nice hike
    Yzerfontein - don't go here anymore

    Our ultimate best (not within the 2 hour range) is StormsRiver (Tsitsikama) during Dec/Jan holiday and have been for the last 16 years.


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    Gecko Creek in the Cederberg is an amazing place. No normale camping though. Exclusive and private. They have a few (I think about 5) wooden huts on stilts and a few permanent tents. No electricity. They use solar geysers and natural water, and gas for their shared freezers as well as gas stoves.

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    Definitely a Very high on my list.
    You do need a 4x4 to get to the wooden huts. But only a vehicle with high clearance to get to the Main House.

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    [QUOTE=Pietie;1983746]Kroonland near Villiersdorp - nice 4x4 trail on farm
    Simonskloof near Montagu - nice hikes and awesome site and quiet.
    Panorama near Tulbagh - Can book entire site for yourself. Close to Isle of Sky.

    Pietie got two of my favourites listed. Simonskloof and Kroonland. I will also put Leeuwenboschfontein and Anysberg on the list. They are just more than two hours drive from Cape Town.

    Closer to home is Rvrehouse close to Slanghoek.
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    Then there is also Blomboschfontein. Close enough to town (Yzerfontein), but DEFINITELY off the beaten track. You cannot get to the campsite without a 4x4, and there is nothing! Only place to braai - and a nice small little dam Don't be squeamish about light scratches on the 4x4's flanks - as there are a LOT of thin reed-type plants (afrikaans: biesies) that can cause light scratches.
    Awesome location though.
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    Boegoeberg in Cedarberg, Petervale Guest Farm (very nice-no elect, hot showers tho) and dam for swimming with nice hike to small waterfall. Further on next to Klondyke is Matroosberg! Very nice

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    Glen Oakes, 17km outside Caledon has a nice sheltered and secluded camp site. There is a nice dam and MTB trails. Google it or speak to Julie on 028 2122710.

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