Adventure: Boegoekloof Easter Weekend Trip Report
It was Eastern Long weekend and I wanted to get away from it all. A colleague once told me about this secluded mountain cottage only reachable with a proper 4×4 and had no electricity, hot water only by way of donkey (an old school water boiler which requires you to make a fire in a steel drum which heats up some water for showering), is completely remote by all accounts. I was late in organising something and quickly fired off a number of emails a week ahead of time to some prospects – Boegoekloof being one of them. I had very little change to actually get a place because these spots are booked months, sometimes years in advance for this 4 day weekend.
All my angles and luck conspired to get us the spot on the back of a last minute cancellation!
We drove there, not very far out of Cape Town on the Friday morning. We were met with the farmer which gave us the keys with strict instruction to drive very carefully and leave the place in perfect condition. The drive there was indeed proper 4×4, at least a grade 4 which required a vehicle with significant ground clearance. I stopped counting the number of times my diff and engine protection plates was knocked hard! But that’s why I have the Defender right – was it not built for exactly this type of adventure!
We arrived unscathed – both the vehicle and ourselves to find this little heaven set high up the mountains with a river in full flow right next to it. The little rock house had all the amenities adventurers like us could hope for. There was stacks of firewood, a gas burner, nicely appointed couches, dishwashing facilities, full cutlery and crockery as well as beds with brand new mattresses and high end linen. There was even a refrigerator running off solar panels to keep the food fresh and the meat frozen! Now that’s the way to rough it.
We spent the weekend hiking up the river to the waterfall, we read our books, had a good kuier, spend many hours just baking in the sun on the large exposed river rocks and making decent sized fires for our braais every night. There is no cell phone reception, or any indication that there are any humans in the vicinity! A truly magnificent breakaway from it all. By the time we left we were completely settled into our little heaven and I could serious stay for another couple of days without missing anything.
There are lots of wildlife – mountain leopards, Blouwildebeest, Bobbejaan, lots and lots of snakes (we saw at least three in our four days there), and many more. The magic about this place is going to bed at night. The river running next to the cottage is clearly audible and you fall asleep with the noise of the water running over the river rocks and various animals making their noises as they also retire for the day.
Boegoekloof is one of those incredible little secrets in the Western Cape. It is almost unbelieable that one can be this secluded and get a feeling of such remoteness within an hour of Cape Town with all the infrastructure and amenities of large town (Worchester) a mere 10 kilometers away. I will definitely make this spot a regular place to visit.
Here are some of the picture we took over the weekend.