Place: Tweede Tol, Bainskloof, Western Cape
Closest Town: Wellington (15km)
Facilities: Good ablutions, kids area, picnic and braai facilties
Water: On the corner of Witte and Wolwekloof rivers
Turf: Shady, grassy
Distance from CT: 94km
Privacy: Slightly squished- limited campsites, but crammed into a fairly small area
Highlight: 8km Rockhopper trail, Waterfalls on the Wolwekloof river
Cost: R175 per campsite per night (regular weekends)
GPS Coordinates: -33.569710, 19.138280
|Rockhopper Trail, Witte River
|Wolwekloof River, Bainskloof
Despite experiencing Tweede Tol in December (twice) in what felt like 2 day, inland hurricanes, Tweede Tol has a lot going for it. It sits comfortably next to the Witte and Wolwekloof rivers, with most campsites along the latter. Spots are mostly shady and every effort is made to keep the grass growing and green.
Walks and hikes in the area are rewarding, especially if you’re looking for satisfying day hikes, the rock pools are beautiful and the area is conveniently close to Cape Town.
But what comes with some natural charm coupled with regular weekend accessibility, is a spot that gets booked up quickly and that’s usually pretty full and subsequently quite claustrophobic. The campsites are pretty compact, so you’re bound to hear your neighbour’s late night pillow talk unless the wind is howling (which was the case both times when we visited), and instead, you encounter pieces of their tent from inside your flattened shelter.
While being a very pleasant campsite in a remarkable location, the close proximity to other campers makes getting out of the campsite a necessity. I wouldn’t hesitate to spend 7 demanding hours rock-hopping down the river versus sitting in the middle of the tipsy lunchtime braais at the campsite and picnic spots or lounging in the beautiful, but popular and packed pools at the campsite.