Set in the Western Cape’s Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) near the towns of Montagu and Touwsrivier, Leeuwenboschfontein Guest Farm is an off-road camper’s wonderland. Go Camp’s marketing and social media team member, Caira Durand, recently shared her adventure to one of the farm’s offsite camping spots with Escapes Magazine…
Off-Road Camping at Leeuwenboschfontein
After discovering the farm’s off-road camping option, set high on the top of the 4X4 Mountain Trail during a recent day trip, I had to go back there. My next 4×4 camping trip was booked and just a few weeks later I was back, armed with one of Go Camp’s snazzy iKamper Roof Top Tents.
A Haven for Rooftop Tents
Leeuwenboschfontein has its own private Astronomical Observatory – a realisation of the dreams of a group of amateur astronomers, John Richards, Eddy Niieboar, Marius Reitz and Willem Brazelle. Their vision: “to make the beauty of the Universe accessible to all who have ever looked up at the night sky.” It was all rather fitting since the iKamper’s Skyview window gives a great view of the night sky while you’re lying back in your roof nest and as all your problems suddenly disappear as quickly as it takes a star to shoot across the sky.
The stunning off-site camping location involves an exciting drive up several inclines through the farm’s legally approved Grade 3 4×4 trail. Things can get technical if you don’t have your wits about you but what awaits up top is worth every rev count: an overnight location above the clouds with 360-degree views of your surroundings will take your breath away. A wooden shelter provides a space for seating as well as a cosy fireplace and braai area, and good news – the farm owners have built some extra shelter beneath for you to ‘do your toilet thing’ so you feel a bit less exposed than doing gong about your business in a hole in the ground.
It’s hard to leave this place above the clouds once you’ve reaped the full benefits of being able to connect with life up in the mountains at Leeuwenboschfontein. Once you’re settled here you’re allured into more of the activities that the mountain provides: bird-watching, hiking, it’s not easy to take a bad photograph and wondering further around each part of the mountain makes you feel as excited as a child opening the window of a Christmas calendar. This place, above the clouds, is where wanderlust never ends if it wasn’t born here.
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More about Leeuwenboschfontein
Leeuwenboschfontein’s standard, family-friendly, campsite offers 29 separate stands at the base of the beautiful farm surrounded by endless views of the Klein Karoo mountains. Some of the farm’s more rustic, offsite camping options, such as the mountain-top hut that we enjoyed visiting, require guests to be more self-sufficient and a capable 4×4 vehicle to access these overnight sites are a must.
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