Monday morning started bright and early. As described HERE, we only had our tents to pack before we hit the road.
The destination for our final night was Oewerzicht in Greyton.
As gravel was the preferred travelling surface for this trip, we decided to use the R406 from Riviersonderend to Greyton, which is roughly 68Km in length. This is a fantastic piece of road, taking you through some of the most scenic farmlands the Western Cape has to offer. The road is used mainly by farm trucks, so is slightly corrugated. We do recommend dropping the tyre pressure and maintaining some distance from cars and trucks ahead, as they can kick up stones. Keep an eye out for the friendly farm workers during apple picking season and don’t forget to say hi! Take care though, don’t get too distracted by the majestic mountain views of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range. For those adventurous souls with a 4×4, you can try the Glen Oaks 4×4 trail. It takes you through a working fruit and livestock farm and all proceeds go to clearing the alien vegetation from the area.
In no time, you will find yourself in the enchanted little town called Greyton. With its quaint antique shops and mouthwatering eateries, you can do nothing better than meander down the high street to take it all in. To read more about this mesmerizing town, visit Jarred Ruttenberg’s blog HERE
After stopping at the local OK for some supplies, we headed back towards the R406 to Oewerzicht. It’s a 11km stretch of gravel, but because of the sights, the drive was over in a flash.
The first thing you notice when arriving at Oewerzicht is the lush green grass. It is truly an oasis in what we have come to know as a very dry Western Cape. Upon arrival, you head past the campsite and the solid structure accommodation to the office, which is located on the working apple farm. We were welcomed by friendly staff who, despite the extremely hot weather, seemed really excited to see us. Its important to note that the campsite, the Safari tented camp and the Guest houses are all located along the Sonderend River. This makes for beautiful scenery, but more importantly, an excellent place to cool off in the heat of the day.
We were allocated plot no 16, situated right next to the river. You instantly feel relaxed at Oewerzicht. A quick setup enabled us to enjoy the cooling river in the blazing heat. The plots are fairly well sized and green. There are no defined borders but campers were very friendly and this did not prove to be an issue at all. The campsite has a spaza shop which is open Friday – Sunday. They stock all the basics one would expect from a camp shop. The thing that stood out most at the campsite was the ablution facilities. They are clean, spacious and the outdoor showers are phenomenal. Hot water was in no short supply.
The campsite has cctv cameras and a night security guard, which adds to the safety aspect… not that it is needed. The site is family and kid friendly, with swings over the river, keeping the kids entertained all day. The self-catering Safari tent camp is just a bit further down the river. These are glamp ready – all you need to do is arrive and enjoy. There is various solid structure accommodation available around the farm too, all surrounded by green grass. Oewerzicht also has a hall to host functions and is definitely not a bad wedding venue! We took some time to explore the various accommodation options and each were quite impressive.
All that was left was to relax, enjoy the Overberg sunset and laugh the night away. Well… at least that’s what we thought. With some inclement weather approaching, we were hit by a swarm of weird beetle bugs. Because of this, we retired to our tents earlier than we would have liked. On the positive side, we were assured that this was not a regular occurrence and we also really needed the rain. We woke up to a fresh morning in the mountains, clear of rain and bugs. We packed up and said good bye to this little gem in the Overberg.
We passed though Greyton for breakfast, heading on to Ganadendal and then home via the N2. A fantastic weekend was had by all.