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Adding to the fun of this trip was the fact that the boss gave me the thumbs-up to use my old Landie camper for the adventure.

The Old Gal needs to drag a petrol bowser behind, as the twin SU carbs on the 3.5 V8 just literally guzzles petrol, so she mainly does duty as a spare bedroom for guests at home in Greyton... the kids usually love to sleep in the camper.

Secondly, it was great to be able to camp and take my best mate, my dog Pippin, along to two of the camps, Eco Camp and Champagne by the River.

None of the campsites were further than 10 kilometres from my front door, and I actually got to discover how many things there are to do in my own hometown. There are tons, as I will share with you.


My first port of call was the Eco Camp down on the Sonderend River, just 3 kilometres from town.

Actually, the camp is sited on the confluence of the small Gobos River (more a stream than a river) and the larger Sonderend River that originally had its source in the foothills of the Franschhoek Mountains. This was eventually dammed up and is now known as the Theewaterskloof Dam.

A constant flow from the dam still feeds the Sonderend River on its long journey eastward before joining the Berg and flowing down to the sea.

Entering the boom gate my first reaction was a loud “wow, this looks great”!

The reason for my delight is the fact that I have had an off/on relationship with

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