Situated close to the town of Rawsonville approximately, 110Km from Cape Town, Slanghoek Mountain Resort is nestled in the majestic Slanghoek Valley on the slopes of the Du Toitskloof Mountains. The picturesque mountains and endless vineyards provided the perfect backdrop for our next camp.
Slanghoek Mountain Resort has something for everyone. They offer a range of accommodation types, making it an ideal destination for a quick weekend getaway or a relaxing longer stay.
There are two sides to the farm. The Safari Tents (already set up) and Chalets are located on the upper farm. There are also two pools, a rustic lapa and a convenience store stocking all the essentials.
The campsite and the Platbos Log Cabins are located on the lower farm, between the vineyards. The Platbos log cabins are the perfect winter getaway location, situated along the banks of the farm’s water reservoir. They have a beautiful view that you can just get lost in… We can’t wait to visit!
This time though, we were there to camp. The Camp site has 18 plots, all have 220v power points and each has its own ablution facility. The ablution facilities comprise of a toilet, basin and shower with gas heated water.
The camp site is divided into two sections separated by the Slanghoek stream, which unfortunately had no water at the time we visited. They have a pool area with a kiddies and adult pool. They also have a play park to keep the little ones busy while the adults put their feet up.
Except for plot # 18, all others are grass covered and well shaded. Plot 3 has slightly less shade but still one to consider. Slanghoek have security personnel patrolling the camp site from 6pm to 6am. This provides a sense of security, especially seeing for the many people bringing their mountain bikes to ride the magnificent trails in the area.
Eddie arrived early on Friday and had us set up in no time. We had some rain predicted for later that evening and this arrived as promised. We wished it rained a bit longer, but were grateful for what fell. After a braai and a good ‘ol camp chat, we headed off to bed.
The boys got up early on Saturday morning and headed for the Slanghoek Mountain Bike Trail, which starts just 600 meters from the campsite, at the chalets. At the start of the trail, they also have a hiking route and a putt-putt course on the slopes of the “koppie” for all to enjoy.
The mountain trail formed part of the WP cross country championship a few years back. This meant is was very technical and challenging. After a lung busting climb and technical single track, we reached the top. The views from mountain slopes are spectacular, overlooking the Slanghoek Valley. As you can imagine, we had lots of fun going down.
After getting back and having a chance to catch our breath, we had a scrumptious camp breakfast. Ed is the camp breakfast master chef! With a good lining in, the girls were ready to explore the surrounding winelands.
We recommend popping into Jason’s Hill Wine Estate. With a spectacular venue, good wines and our friendly attendant Martinette, the day was set. This is not a place you want to leave in a hurry, but with time running out, our last stop before heading back to camp was Opstal, where we also enjoyed exceptional service & good wine. When we return for our winter break to the Platbos Log Cabins, we will be enjoying a meal here.
After spending the day tasting wines and basking in the sun, we went back to camp for an afternoon snack and just to laze.
At our last camp, the campfire chat was about our favorite childhood food. Warren reminisced about his favorite Breyani in a tin. Lisa wasn’t familiar with this particular ‘delicacy’ and so we decided to try some on this trip. We all tasted, “opening a can of worms” around the taste, LOL. But we all agreed it wasn’t bad.
It was another stunning evening in the Slanghoek Valley. The sun setting, the fire smoke lifting through the trees and the sound of potjie lids being opened and closed allowing the aroma fill the air. All that was left to do was relax and enjoy the evening.
Sunday morning was a lazy. We had the traditional leftover jaffels for breakfast and started our pack-up as check-out time is 12:00 noon.
Another lekker weekend !!