Oew­erzicht, Grey­ton

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Rack­ing your brain for a venue for Dad’s 70th where the whole fam­ily can cel­e­brate to­gether? A place that suits ev­ery­one’s pref­er­ences and bud­get? Oew­erzicht is a good bet. The af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion is laid out along the banks of the Son­derend River: two sa­fari tents and four stone cot­tages, a fully equipped com­mu­nal kitchen, in­door braai, din­ing room and lounge, and a hot tub heated by a wood fire un­der a stand of bluegum trees. For those who pre­fer to use their own camp­ing gear, there’s also a camp­site a lit­tle way up­stream – and there are big­ger self­ca­ter­ing cot­tages on the op­po­site bank. The sa­fari tents have dou­ble beds with white linen and springbok-skin rugs on the floor – it’s like you’re stay­ing at a lux­ury sa­fari lodge. Each tent has its own bath­room, a braai, a fridge and elec­tric­ity. Your chil­dren will have a ball. There are ex­ten­sive lawns, jun­gle gyms, a tennis court, Tarzan rope swings, a sus­pen­sion bridge, a raft that the kids can pull across the river and a friendly sheep­dog. The adults will be able to toast Grandpa in peace next to the braai. Nig­gles? When we were there, there was some­times a faint whiff of sep­tic tank in the air. Rates: Camp­ing R360 per night for four peo­ple, plus R90 per ex­tra per­son (max six per stand). Sa­fari tent R770 per night for two peo­ple. Stone cot­tage (sleeps four; newly built, each with a fire­place) R990 per night. Big­ger self-cater­ing cot­tages from R1 155 per night for four peo­ple. Where? Oew­erzicht is about 10 km west of Grey­ton along a gravel road. The farm is ac­ces­si­ble in a sedan, but you will have to park and carry your gear across a sus­pen­sion bridge over the river. High-clear­ance ve­hi­cles can drive right up to the tents. Con­tact: 028 254 9831; oew­erzicht.co.za What else? Dur­ing Grey­ton’s Rose Fes­ti­val on the week­end of 27 – 28 Oc­to­ber, lo­cal gar­dens are open to vis­i­tors free of charge. At some you’ll even get a free glass of bub­bly. Book now.

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