Over the long weekend we were lucky enough to join a group a friends on a camping trip. Camping is a newish venture for me as my own family weren’t campers while I was growing up, so I initially started camping for the benefit of our kids! What has been great is that over the past 4 years I’ve started to embrace the experience and now I actually look forward to some time out enjoying the natural surroundings, switching off the technology and getting up close and personal with nature. An added bonus is that I actually manage to read real books too! Yay!
In total we have now camped about 8 times – from Beaverlac to Palmiet and a few other spots inbetween. This trip saw us venture to a spot outside Robertson for 3 nights. The campsite we stayed at is a great spot for fair weather campers like us – I’ve not yet got to the level of hardcore camping, and I’m not sure I ever will! I am not ashamed to admit that I prefer my showers to be hot, the ablutions to be within easy walking distance of my tent and for access to electricity so I can enjoy a hot drink when required!
We went with a total of 12 adults and 12 kids so it was quite a bit group but made for so much fun. (Feeding the masses was interesting – at one stage we had about 4 braais on the go at the same time – see the pic below)
Swimming in the pool, tubing on the river, kayaking up to the rapids, racing to the tuckshop every time the bell range, racing bicycles around the campsite, discovering frogs & crickets and playing endless games of cricket meant it was pretty much kid heaven. Fortunately us adults got to experience a small taste of heaven when we ventured out to Bon Courage wine farm for lunch and wine tasting!
It was a winning weekend filled with lots of laughs amidst great company. Magical memories were made for the kids and adults alike and it’s definitely something I hope we will repeat annually, if not more often!
Are you a camping family? I’d love to hear your camping memories from childhood or suggestions of campsites you love so please do leave a comment below.
I’m hoping to put together a few more articles about camping to inspire you. Come back soon for some top tips and favourite campsites near Cape Town!
Images: Kathryn Rossiter
(All the pics have been chosen deliberately to protect the privacy of my friends who may not appreciate themselves or their kids appearing on my blog!)