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Gifberg Holiday Farm, unofficial river campsite, Western Cape

Place: Gifberg Holiday Farm, unofficial river campsite
Closest Town: Vanrhynsdorp (though let this not determine your judgement)
Facilities: Nature all the way, baby
Water: A flowing river- the Doring
Surroundings: Rugged rocks and mountains typical of the Northern Cederberg
Turf: Sandy river bank
Distance from CT: Roughly 300km
Privacy: this is where the word originated
Highlight: You realise that time is an invention
Cost: R80 pppn and R50 vehicle fee
Contact: www.gifberg.co.za 027 219 1555, email:gifberg@webmail.co.za
GPS Coordinates: -31.866478,18.820696

Doring River
Superior Chilling
Our Rustic Camp

Find a spot, and settle

Early Morning on the Doring
On the way down to the river





















The road to the river
This one’s slightly different. You don’t venture 4 hours out of Cape Town on a standard 2-day weekend, over a dramatic pass and eventually down a fairly taxing farm road and arrive at lush green pastures with scattered trees overlooking  a pretty river. And you don’t neatly unpack your camping gear and then have a hot shower before settling down in front of your campfire in its designated spot. No. 

It’s better.
Instead, it’s really what camping should be. It has nothing. Access is 4X4 only. It takes a few double trips down to the river from where you can park your car to offload your bits and pieces. It’s sandy. It lacks trees. It has no plug points. No ablutions. Nothing, really. And no one. Obviously, that’s the brilliance.
Unconventional hair wash
It’s just you, your company, the Doring River, and nothing else.

Admittedly, it’s quite a drive from Cape Town, but in a place where time is defied, worrying about and accounting for every minute of your planned weekend becomes irrelevant .

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