If you think that having no tent should stop you from actually going camping, think again. This is longer the case with the arrival of Biesievlak Cottages and Campsite. The hassle and logistics of a camping weekend in the Citrusdal Valley is now a thing of the past. The slogan, “You only bring food and clothes’” shakes up any preconceived idea you have about camping – leaking tents, missing poles and pegs, hard ground and sand fleas.
To set the scene, we have here a 100ha citrus-buchu-rooibos farm located about 20km from Citrusdal, with the campsite located right on the banks of the Olifants River – so we’re not talking dodge municipal setting. We’re talking wide open spaces, green grass, gorgeous sunsets, languid days filled with swimming, braaing and getting to know your neighbours.
Each Biesievlak Campsite (maximum six spread along a 200m stretch) comprises a 9x9m Bedouin freeform marquee with an excellent outlook over the water, and one to three (depending on group size) canvas tents pitched underneath and equipped with blow-up mattresses, cotton percale bedding, blankets, towels and extra sleeping bags. Then, there’s a fully equipped kitchen area (check list provided), braai grid and utensils, chairs, tables, electric light, cooler box, etc, etc.
Furthermore, every campsite has its own power point and hammocks – lest you forget that camping is hard work. Ablutions (hot showers and flush toilets) are communal, so is the fridge for the frosties, freezer, ice machine (!) and microwave. Talk about roughing it in style.
There are 2 homely River cottages both facing the river with a lovely deck to braai and experience your meals under the stars with the sound of running water and natures orchestra from your deck. With a Queen sized bed with Cotton percale bedding and 2 single bunk beds The cottage is perfect for a family. The kitchen is fully equipped with a Fridge/Freezer, Microwave, stove, kettle and toaster.