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Resort review: Boegoeberg Campsite & 4×4

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If you do ever venture to Boegoeberg which takes the dust road off the Graafwater road from Clanwilliam, you will get to meet Sybri de Beer the owner. Though he is called Sybrie, he is one of 5 generations of Sybrand Abraham de Beers. The receptionist is Ben, the Australian sheep dog, who appears out of nowhere to greet you when you arrive. He will pop in often during your stay to check on you. Don’t forget to ask Sybrie to show you the wonderful Anatolian sheep dog recently introduced on the farm in conjunction with The Cape Leopard Trust to protect the sheep from Leopards and Caracals. Over a 5 month period, Sybrie lost more than 20 sheep to larger carnivores in the area. Since the introduction Jumbo the Anatolian sheep dog, no more sheep have been taken from the farm.

Great lookout points, Ben the Australian sheep dog/receptionist,

Sybrie and his Anatolian sheep dog called Jumbo

As it was mid-winter, and that we arrived much later than expected due to about 50mm of torrential rain, we had to go in search of Sybrie. We found him making his own boerewors and as luck would have it, we were the recipients of two packs of wors to throw on the braai fire. Seeing that the two of us looked like a couple of drowned rats, he kindly offered us a chalet for the night and brought us four bags of firewood to see us through the two day stay. I was simply too muddy and rainy to use the campsite.

The indoor braai in the chalet makes for an excellent braai,

especially if the boerewors made by Sybrie 

Boegoeberg 4×4 is situated on the farm Lambertshoek, in the Engelsman se Berge overlooking Graafwater, Elands Bay, Lambertsbay and Clanwilliam.  Sybrie is committed to making Boegoeberg 4×4 an eco-friendly, family orientated venue and it is clear he has achieved just that.

Communal braai, great ameneties, large lapa area, restaurant & pub

The main camp area is situated near the central lapa covered with a large stretch tent and within close walking distance of the restaurant and pub for complete convenience. The ablution blocks, made from sandstone mined on the farm, are neat and clean with a donkey boiler to heat water for hot showers. There are washing up facilities outside the ablutions blocks.

Ablutions are neat & clean with water heated via a donkey boiler

There is a huge swimming pool next to a large scenic dam which kids and adults alike can enjoy in the hot summer months. The dam is surrounded by large trees and willows that are the perfect spot for the chattering weavers to make their intricate nests. There are 30 campsites, sandstone cottages, a rustic camp in the mountain and a self-catering guest house up for grabs for those not wanting to camp.

Sandstone cottages, large camping stands, swimming pool and dam,

mountain retreat and more

There is a sandstone mine on the farm where sandstone building blocks are still handcrafted to perfection and the sandstone has been used at very well-known destinations and buildings. Rooibos tea is produced on this working farm as well as Buchu, which is harvested annually high up in the mountains. The need to get to the Buchu, via many mountain tracks, is how their fantastic 4×4 trails originated.

Camping & accommodation

There are three camping sites at Boegoeberg offering a variety of spacious shaded stands. The Main Camp Site has 30 camping stands. It has hot water showers (donkey powered), a lapa with two indoor fire places, a communal outside fireplace, a swimming pool and big trees. “Die Kliphuis” is a rustic camp up in the mountain set next to a cliff, which offers protection from the elements. It has a donkey boiler for hot showers and flush toilets. “Buurman se Gat” is merely a sand stone shelter with bucket shower and long drop toilet. It is set in the mountain allowing those who make use of it to enjoy extreme tranquility.

The “Tree of Shame” is adorned with various parts torn off 4×4 vehicles on the tough off-road trails

Going off-road

Boegoeberg has three 4×4 trails of varying difficulty and the “Tree of Shame” in the main campsite is adorned with bumpers, fenders, mud flaps and other shiny bits that have be torn off 4×4 vehicles while out on the off-road trails. So drive carefully!

To book your spot at this popular camping site give Sybrie or Julize a call on +27 (0)27 482-2933 or cell +27 (0)83 632-2634. Alternatively email them at boegoeberg4x4@mylan.co.za.

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