Just outside the village of Hermon in the Riebeek Valley, one would find Fish Eagle River Lodge. A working olive farm, which provides bed & breakfast, camping and self-catering accommodation. The farm is just an hour outside of Cape Town just off the R44 before the town of Hermon.
We took to the road after work on Friday and arrived to be greeted by the friendly owners and their dogs. The campsite is situated next to the Berg River with grass sites, pool, electrical points and spacious stands. We were also happy to find a clean and spacious ablution block with showers, toilets and hot water. An honesty shop is also onsite which stocks the basics needed for camp. To note, no children under 18 allowed at the campsite. It is a tranquil space reserved for relaxation and the mature nature lover and no its not a nudist adult camp ☺
The environment is filled with various birdlife and you can enjoy long walks around the farm. The farm is named after the famed fish eagle, which, if you listen very carefully, can be heard flying up above. Being away from all city lights, you get to enjoy the wonder of the clear night sky. Stars feel like they are within reach.
Up early on Saturday, we explored the surrounding towns. We purchased our trusty bug killer (a must have for all camps) at the Agrimark in Wellington and visited the Kloovenburg Farm in Riebeeck Kasteel for wine and olive tasting. You should definitely try the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc……. it’s delicious! We also enjoyed a craft beer & cheese platter tasting.
The town of Riebeeck Kasteel has many shops and restaurants on offer. We popped in at the Red Tin Roof to enjoy an early supper (food is yummy) and watch the rugby before returning to camp.
We had to pack up quite quickly the Sunday morning as the weather gods were not on our side. We woke up to a gentle rain which soon turned into a downpour. This in no way dampened our spirit as a fantastic weekend was had by all.
All in all one of our favorite camp sites we have been to and definitely one if you want to get away from it all!
Thank you Fish Eagle River Lodge for a fantastic camping experience. We will be back!