Night Sky Caravan Farm
Night Sky Caravan Farm is a good spot for a family getaway. Its open-plan grounds and private dam make it a very sociable venue and the prices are reasonable. You also have a choice between roughing it in a tent, bringing along your caravan, or making yourself comfy in a simple chalet.
Where is Night Sky Caravan Farm?
You can find Night Sky Caravan Farm on a wine farm resting a short 17km from Bonnievale and 34km from Robertson, backdropped by the beautiful Riviersonderend and Langeberg mountains. Driving from Cape Town, you can choose to take either the N1 or the N2 and you can expect the trip to take approximately 2h30m via either route.
Accommodation and facilities
As mentioned before, Night Sky Caravan Farm offers sites for both tents and caravans, as well as 6 timber chalets.
Campsites are grass-covered and trees scattered around the grounds offer some shade. Most sites (not all) come with personal braais and there are 24 power points (220V). There are two ablution blocks on the grounds. They are pretty small but they are clean and offer everything you need, including hot water showers and a large scullery.
The self-catering chalets offer a bit more comfort. They are basic wendy-house style chalets, varying in size. The ones along the water have their own individual decks, equipped with a personal fireplace, a great view overlooking the dam, and a bit more privacy. You will be supplied with a fridge, a small microwave/stove, and a bed.
If you’re looking for solitude, this may not be the place for you. Campsites and chalets are randomly scattered among the grounds and this kind of set up doesn’t offer much privacy. It’s better suited to larger groups or families.
A 10-15 minute drive will get you to Bonnievale which is where the closest shops are. Be careful though – when we went to stock up, we found that their main shops have quite strange opening times on a Sunday. But there are a few smaller ones that offer all the basics you might need, so don’t panic!
The sites main attraction is their private dam. You can swim or fish for black bass. They also offer canoes, free of charge, that can provide hours of paddling fun. We went in April this year (2018) so the dam had been badly affected by the drought. Hopefully, it’s filled up a bit by now!
Walking / Cycling
You can take a stroll or cycle in the veld or in the vineyards. Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve, with its rocky landscape and Karoo vegetation, is not too far away if you desire a longer walk. There is barely any shade at Vrolijkheid so be sure to pack sun protection and plenty of water.
With the towns of Bonnievale, Robertson, Ashton, and McGregor all in close proximity, there are plenty of wine farms in the area to choose from! Although not too far away, some of the roads can be dangerous. Make sure to have a designated driver!