AfriCamps, Robertson

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Look around: The hills of the Lange­berg are crowded so closely to­gether it’s as if they’re jostling for space. And you’re right in the mid­dle of it all, cof­fee in hand, on the wooden deck of your sa­fari tent. AfriCamps has hit upon a nice con­cept: They build trendy self-cater­ing tented camps in es­tab­lished re­serves and on guest farms. This one is in Pat Busch Moun­tain Re­serve near Robertson. There’s white linen on the bed and fresh wild­flow­ers in a vase on the ta­ble. There’s air con­di­tion­ing for hot days and a fire­place and elec­tric blan­kets for chilly evenings. At sun­rise, pull on your hik­ing boots and ex­plore the slopes on one of three trails of vary­ing dif­fi­culty – there’s a hik­ing book­let in the tent. You can also pad­dle on the farm dam or swim in the pool. Spread your towel on the lawn and watch the sun as it moves through the sky. Make sure you’re back on that deck for sun­set as the last rays dis­ap­pear be­hind the mountains. Nig­gles? The work sur­face in the kitchen is minis­cule. The only space for the dry­ing rack, for ex­am­ple, is on the din­ing ta­ble. Rates: Five-sleeper tent from R1 140 per night for two peo­ple, plus R200 per ex­tra per­son and R100 per ex­tra child. Where? About 17 km north-east of Robertson on the Klaasvoogds West road. Con­tact: 063 170 4222; What else? There are AfriCamps near Oudt­shoorn, Stan­ford, Hazyview, Swellen­dam, Plett and Wilder­ness.

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