CEDER­BERG

Af­ter not see­ing each other for more than a year, Lyn­nqwinda Scott from Brack­en­fell and her sis­ter, Mariska van Niek­erk, de­cided to spend some qual­ity time to­gether at the Ja­maka Or­ganic Farm in the Ceder­berg.

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My sis­ter, Mariska, lives in Jo­han­nes­burg and came to visit re­cently. We planned to camp to­gether at Ja­maka, and be­cause it’s slightly less than three hours from Cape Town, we de­cided to make a mini road trip of it by tak­ing the long way round. Tell us more about Ja­maka. It’s par­adise! It truly is a hid­den gem in the mid­dle of the Ceder­berg. There are lush green lawns and trees ev­ery­where. The at­mos­phere, scenery and ev­ery­thing else takes your breath away. De­scribe the camp­site. The stands are re­ally big com­pared to other places we’ve camped be­fore. Each one has a built-in braai, river wa­ter tap and elec­tric­ity point. Most are cov­ered by big shade trees. Some stands are closer to the river and river pools and some are closer to the moun­tain. The stands cost R200 per night. Are the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties ad­e­quate? There’s only one ablu­tion block with hot wa­ter. At the other you’ll have to make do with cold show­ers. They are cleaned ev­ery morn­ing and are neat and tidy. The show­ers each have a dress­ing cu­bi­cle. There’s more than enough basins to wash dishes and there is also a fridge and freezer at the main ablu­tion block. You have to take your own toi­let pa­per, how­ever, and the use of hair dry­ers and ket­tles aren’t al­lowed. How do you keep your­self oc­cu­pied here? There are three big river pools in which you can swim, five hik­ing trails, a vol­ley­ball court erected dur­ing sum­mer months, don­key cart rides to ex­plore the farm on, and there is plenty of space for moun­tain bik­ers. What other kind of ac­com­mo­da­tion is there? There are cot­tages and car­a­vans that are per­ma­nently on-site that you can rent. Any tips for those want­ing to go there? If you don’t want to share space in the com­mu­nal cool­ers you will need to bring your own fridge or freezer. Take suf­fi­cient drink­ing wa­ter and in­flat­a­bles for the river pools. Can you stock up there? The shop at the of­fice will cover the ba­sics like snacks, sweets, bev­er­ages, ice and wood. But make sure you buy enough food and fill up on fuel in Clan­william or Citrus­dal. How did you get there? We drove in my Volk­swa­gen CrossPolo. Halfway be­tween Citrus­dal and Clan­william you’ll see the sign “Ceder­berg Al­ge­ria” where you need to make a right turn onto a gravel road that be­comes a scenic pass, cross­ing the Oli­fants River. Af­ter 18 km you get to the Al­ge­ria For­est Sta­tion where you turn left to­ward Clan­william once again. Af­ter another 5 km you’ll see sig­nage for Ja­maka. What’s the road like? The gravel road is rugged and more ideal for peo­ple tow­ing bush car­a­vans and trail­ers. It’s def­i­nitely not meant for smaller ve­hi­cles, those with low pro­file tyres or reg­u­lar car­a­vans.

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