Weekend Wanderings: Slanghoek Valley

I’ll be honest and say I never really thought of myself as a camper… I’m more of a 5 star kinda gal… but when you don’t have a 5 star income and you love travelling and getting out and exploring the world you make a plan.

And so camping it is!

A few years ago we were introduced to the camping concept by my sister and her husband and realising the wonderful way it opens up the world for your kids we decided to invest in some equipment of our own. Over the years we’ve built up a collection of the basics to set up camp. We’re by no means the most well-equipped of campers and habitually have to borrow from our friends but we’re getting there. We aim to buy one more item every time we go on a trip – usually 3 – 4 times a summer.

Things I love about camping include:

The freedom it gives kids to be kids again

Listing to the sounds of nature as you fall asleep

Chatting and chilling around a campfire

Exploring new parts of the world

Disconnecting from technology, reconnecting with people

Playing games



etc etc


Things I dislike about camping:





The “likes” list is endless in fact. I haven’t got enough space and time to go into more detail but the main point is that there are far more positives than negatives and I’d encourage you to get out there and try it for yourselves. Don’t just write it off saying “I’m a city girl” or “I don’t like insects” – I really am and I really don’t, BUT I can get past that to give my kids amazing family holiday memories and special times with friends.

One of the best things about camping is that it will take you places you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered which is exactly what happened back in January when we spent a few nights camping with friends in the Slanghoek Valley. This beautiful valley is located not far from Cape Town but prior to this was a place we’d never visited. Here are a few pics of this beautiful valley…

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What are you thoughts on camping? Yay, Nay? Where do you head out with your kids to create special family memories? And which campsites can you recommend? Leave me a comment below!

Images: Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. When I look back on my childhood, the camping trips are the holidays that stand out the most. The fun of sitting around a campfire, boiling a kettle on the fire and sleeping in makeshift little houses.

    As an adult, camping is our go to weekend away. Far away from the hustle and bustle and usually as close as you can get to sleeping on the beach itself.

    I just need to invest in thicker camping mattresses… ugh… nothing quite like a nice comfy bed to come home to!


    1. Aaaah yes I agree. My kids are totally hooked on camping already and I’m so excited to share more of the world with them this way… But top of my list for our next camping season stock up is a new mattress! 😉

  2. We really want to take our children camping but don’t have the space in our car for all the stuff. Your trip looks lovely

    1. Dear Sula
      Hire a trailer.. It’s not expensive and well worth it as it doubles up as your storage area so it frees up your tent and keeps things organized.
      Our annual pilgrimage since 2005 is to Tweede Tol, Bains Kloof.. 1 hour from Cape Town. No electricity and no cellphone reception.. Just the way we like it for one whole week. My kids are teenagers now and they still love it!!

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