Aurora 7-9 September 2018

Wonderful weekend out in Aurora amongst the flowers on a beautiful farm off the beaten track, just sea views, mountain backdrops and tranquility.

We started out from the Engen garage on the N7, on a rather chilly and raining Friday afternoon. The only directions we had were – about 9km from Aurora, (FYI we had to go through Aurora) lookout for the solar panels and from around 5pm our farmer would be on the lookout for us. We turned off towards to Velddrif just before Piketberg. Driving through some heavy showers on a very corrugated road, we wondered if this was really good camping weather …

After a slight detour we found our farmer, he showed us his man cave and then proceeded to guide us on his scrambler motorbike to the first of the two possible camping spots he’d envisaged. Through the rows and rows of Rooibos tea and bee hives, we soon arrived at an ‘almost level’ spot with a beautiful rocky backdrop, this was to be our campsite for the night. A recent fire had left a lot of burnt bushes that we could cut down for firewood and as the evening was chilly we made good use this.

After a hearty breakfast and chat with the farmer it was off to recce the farm and see what the roads were like while admiring the beautiful sea and mountain views.

Our evening campsite was to be up the mountain – so after a light lunch at the man cave, we began the trek up the mountain. Here the bush cutters, saws and strong legs were necessary as the road needed to be found and cleared. It was well worth the hard work as we arrived at a lovely spot on the cliff with a spectacular views.

It was another chilly evening resulting in a big fire and a few glasses of red wine.

The morning dawned bright and warm and after a late start we headed down the mountain towards home with a detour through Velddrif.

A wonderful peaceful weekend was had by all.