Those who know us, know that we love to break away every so often and go camping. When Hubs heard that I had managed to secure some January leave, he extended his leave and got to work finding somewhere for us to escape to. He soon found Rivierplaas campsite, with one site still available for the dates we were looking for. The photos online looked gorgeous; the turnaround time on our inquiry was super speedy; and the price was right. It surely couldn’t get more better than that!
Here we go…
It took us no longer than an hour and a half to reach our destination, on a small branch of the Breede River just outside of Worcestor. We arrived to find the site surrounded by trees as expected, but we had no idea of the scale of these beauties. They provided the perfect amount of shade from the hot summer sun and they kept our tents nice and cool.
As mentioned, our campsite was surrounded by the most beautiful mature trees. Due to the trees, however, our site didn’t have any grass. We easily solved that with a few groundsheets, so it really didn’t bother us at all. In fact, when we go back (which we definitely will), we will look to book the same site again. I prefer the shade to a patch of grass, especially in the hot Worcestor summers!
I took a short clip when we arrived, to show you the expanse of the site. I think that groundsheet is 10 x 12 meters, and there was still space to fit an additional smaller tent without sacrificing play or relaxation space. This specific site has a restriction of 6 adults. There are however sites available for groups up to 16, so you could definitely do a big group family or friends reunion.
Each campsite has a tap (river water only), a braai and bins for rubbish.
None of the sites have electricity, so that’s definitely something to note before you book. If you want any sort of power, you need to make sure that you have the necessary equipment to create your own. We have portable solar panels and battery packs to power the fridge and freezer. Hubs actually built his own battery pack, because it worked out a lot cheaper than buying one. It also helps with load shedding, because we can at least still connect to the wifi. Because, you know, priorities! 😂
The first thing I do, once we’ve arrived at our site, is investigate the ablutions. I need to know what I’ve let myself in for!
The ablution block closest to our site was very rustic. And I loved it! The structure is set up on paving, with corrugated iron creating the toilet and shower cubicles, as well as the roof. To top it off, the hot water is provided by a “donkie”; i.e. you heat the water by starting a fire. I mean, it doesn’t get more rustic than that, does it?
Ok, maybe just a teeny bit more rustic – you have a view of the tree tops from both the toilets and the showers. You do get the privacy that you need, but you also have the distinct feeling of being in an outdoor ablution!
Oh, one more thing, the ablutions are unisex. This did take me a little bit of getting used to, but it certainly made bath time easier with the kids because Hubs could help.
Once we had settled in, we went in search of one of the number of available swimming spots to cool off.
The water temperature was just right with more than enough shallow area where the kids were able to stand comfortably and play. The river did get gradually deeper, however my 6’4″ husband was able to stand for most of it.
To add to the fun, the Rivierplaas campsite has 2 rafts, a number of canoes and rubber tubes for campers to use and enjoy.
The kids really enjoyed the raft; you can hear my son’s rendition of row row row your boat in this clip 😍:
*The kids were well supervised with Hubs under the raft and other adults just out of the video frame.
For the more adventurous, there is also a foefie slide – a huge hit with the kids (both younger and older 😉).
- There is no electricity. None. If you want/need some, you need to take your own.
- There are taps, but they supply river water. Bring your own drinking water.
- Mobile internet is spotty at best. I am on Vodacom and was hardly able to use any internet; my friends on Cell C had better luck.
- The campsite is dog friendly – be prepared to be greeted by all manners of man’s best friend on your meanderings through the campsite.
- There is a shop on site that sells the necessities. While we were there it was open from 10:00 to 10:30 and 17:00 to 17:30. The times will be displayed on the notice board of the ablution facility though, in case those were just for the week that we were there.
- The site is on a working farm. Next to a river. There will be bugs – flies, mosquitoes, bees and praying mantis to name a few. Be prepared, bring the tabard (the candles work really well) and/or peaceful sleep, and don’t forget your meds if you are allergic to bites and/or stings!
- There are playgrounds for the kids as well – my kids were partial to the swings, roundabout and see-saws.
I hope that you have enjoyed this glimpse into what we get up to while we are away. The time away was just what I needed; it was time well spent disconnecting from the world and catching up with family and friends.
We really did have the best time while we were at Rivierplaas; we can’t wait to go back!