About two hours out of Cape Town, nes­tled against the banks of the Breede River and cam­ou­flaged by a work­ing farm, lies a hid­den gem of a camp­site.

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - Text and pho­tos Kyle Kock

It’s prob­a­bly safe to say many of us have a sound­track of our lives. You know, there are just those cer­tain songs that rile up the emo­tions – whether that’s boost­ing the morale of the rugby first team that’s slightly be­hind at half­time, a per­fect send-off at a me­mo­rial ser­vice that sums up an in­di­vid­ual’s life, or even just the trusty old party-starter that’s guar­an­teed to get ev­ery­one off their seats at a fam­ily gath­er­ing. That’s why we see so many peo­ple sport­ing head­phones on their daily commute, or even at the of­fice. Mu­sic has be­come such a big part of our lives that you al­most do a dou­ble take when you see the strict “no mu­sic” pol­icy when you scroll through the book­ing con­fir­ma­tion let­ter for Rivier­plaas – an in­ti­mate, fam­ily-owned camp­site about 20 km south­east of Worces­ter. Rivier­plaas is ac­tu­ally, first and fore­most, a work­ing farm. But about 40 years ago its own­ers, the Hugo fam­ily, de­cided that the nat­u­ral for­est next to the river would be an ex­cel­lent spot to pitch a tent. They kept it to them­selves mostly, but in re­cent years it’s been opened to the pub­lic. As you turn off onto the farm, the re­cep­tion area is to the left and dou­bles as a shop and of­fice. You’ll find man­ager JB van Ee­den there most times. If the doors hap­pen to be closed, you can send him an SMS and he’ll open the shop up for you in a jiffy. While you’re in­side tak­ing care of the pa­per­work, the kids can ven­ture to the sty next to the of­fice and en­ter­tain them­selves by watch­ing the farm’s pigs. When we vis­ited there was a fresh far­row of piglets sleep­ing peace­fully un­der an in­frared lamp de­spite the grunt­ing and squeal­ing of the ma­ture sows, boars and ado­les­cent pigs close by. The lat­ter group is very con­fi­dent and even stand up against the boards to take a closer look at their vis­i­tors and revel in the at­ten­tion… al­most like teenagers on so­cial me­dia these days. JB ex­plains the of­fice hours and lays down the law. Dur­ing low sea­son, you can SMS him and he’ll open up if you need to stock up on wood, ice or fire­lighters. There are a few other small items in stock like sa­chets of sugar and cof­fee. Oth­er­wise he opens up twice a day for 30 min­utes. If you didn’t bring a ta­ble, you can book one for your stand. Ours cost R50 for the week­end. >

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