Camping in the well-known Cederberg Mountains
Last month we had a great camping experience next to the big Atlantic Ocean. Now, it was time for another camping trip, but this time in the mountains – and to be more specific, the majestic Cederberg Mountains!
We like to explore different camping grounds and not always going to the same one … we thought of giving Cederberg Park Kromrivier a try – and what an excellent choice it turns out to be!
Different types of accommodation:
Cederberg Park is 250km north of Cape Town and a working eco-friendly farm. Their accommodation ranges from luxury chalets, cottages and luxury campsites – of course we chose to camp!
Each camp site has its own-private ablution facilities (shower and toilet), a sink for the washing of dishes, power points and (very important) a “braai pit” – that is of course barbeque to our English-speaking friends.
There are 18 BIG campsites – we pitched our tent at the back of the ablution facility and from the front it looked almost deserted… if it were not for the fact that our car was parked under the trees. You can definitely bring your whole family and a bunch of friends to camp with you!
Stunning views and a river:
While sitting at the fire, we had a lovely view over part of the farm and the impressive mountains. The Kromrivier flows past the camp site and we spent many hours there to cool off during the heat of the day.
With so many oak trees on the camp site, it was inevitable to see little acorns everywhere … on the trees, on the grass and every now and then one acorn would fall on our tent/head!
Sunset is always a beautiful time of the day … and especially so in the mountains. The almost blue mountains change their colour to a bright orange with sunset – it was great to see nature delivering its own artwork.
Of course, when you’re camping on a farm, there have to be animals. During one of our strolls on the farm, we saw a couple of animals together and just had to stop and take some pictures.
While on one of our excursions, there was a small building that got our attention – it may be old, but looked fairly renovated. Berto’s guess was that it must be an old watermill.
We had really HOT weather while camping at Cederberg Park Kromrivier. The temperatures were in the mid 30 degrees Celsius and we were never too far away from a shady tree or water. But surprisingly, we had twice experienced thunderstorms during our visit. It started out with just one huge white cloud on the horizon and an hour later, it was almost dark with thunder roaring over the mountains – what a spectacle!
A daily visitor:
Oh, and I have not yet mentioned the “camp mascot” (well, that’s what we called him anyway). Early every morning, a horse grazed through all the camp sites … he was clearly not bothered by all the campers and went his way peacefully up and down every day. By the way, there are more horses on the farm and visitors can arrange with Reception to go on horseback excursions (they provide helmets).
While camping, a highlight is always the food we prepare next to the fire. As always, we would like to share some pictures with you of what we enjoyed … but we’ll be starting off with something you definitely can’t be without during the summer here at Cederberg Park Kromrivier … ice! Fortunately, we could buy big bags of ice (daily) from the shop on the farm!
We made something on this camping trip that we have not ate in ages … jaffles! It was so good, we made it twice (with different fillings). We borrowed my mom’s old jaffle pan (it’s probably around 40 years old) and it’s still working fine!
Restaurant on the farm:
The added bonus at Kromrivier, is their amazing restaurant! Here you can eat like royalty – we enjoyed a delicious breakfast here on the morning we left (just what we needed after packing up our tent and all other camping gear)!
You will not walk empty-handed away from Kromrivier – that I can guarantee you! Their farm stall offers a variety of nice goodies, such as olive oil, jams, sweets and unique gifts to name just a few. You can also buy wood, firelighters, ice and even toiletries … a really well-equipped shop for anyone who spend a few nights here.
Microbrewery & Kromrivier Wines:
Yes, we have saved the best for last! Kromrivier is home to the first microbrewery in the Cederberg, named Nieuwbrew. There are 6 different beers which are on sale at the farm stall. We did not buy any beer, but next time we’ll definitely not miss out on this quality craft beer.
But what we did taste, was their excellent Kromrivier Vineyards Wines! Since it was Valentine’s Day while we camped at Cederberg Park Kromrivier, it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy one of their bottles of wine together with a cheese platter. It was delicious … the wine, the cheese platter, the view … just perfect!
We did well on the wine shopping! We bought a bottle of each of the wines to bring back home and enjoy next to our home fire … to remember what a great time we had at Cederberg Park Kromrivier!
We enjoyed a great camping weekend at Cederberg Park Kromrivier! If you ever want to camp in style in the mountains, this is the place for you!
Hiking in the mountains:
But, as some of our regular blogger friends will know, we did not just camp … in fact, we went camping to actually do something else we enjoy a lot … to hike!
In the next couple of posts, we will share our hikes with you. It was HOT, but the scenery stunning! We will soon see you in the mountains – geared with a hat, sunscreen and lots of water!