20 – 22 August 2021
On Friday morning we all departed and met the entire group but for Eric and Cathy in Nieuwoudtville. Blooming flowers were seen all the way en route in yellow, white, purple and orange. The town itself was very pretty with locals selling some roosterkoek, skuinskoek and dried fruit from their stalls as you enter the main road.
Smidtwinker restaurant was chosen as a brunch stop but was sadly closed due to Covid. We then came across Die Blou Huis in the main road. A restaurant/campsite with tents and caravans in the middle of town. Very pleasant and great for groups. The menu consisted of afval, potjiekos, burgers, boerewors roll and toasties. Great variety and good food…..with added character! J
After lunch we departed to Starwors camp, a mere 6 km out of town.
The only and best way to describe Starwors is to say it is brand new, the attention to detail must have taken lots of time and passion and Johan, the owner, is really great. He based it on his Starwars dreams and built it on his farm.
There are 3 campsites with covered areas, basins, taps and a work area plus 2 toilets and 2 showers. No one was brave enough for a swim in the heated mini pool amount the rocks. We also found 2 other braai areas with beautiful views over the valleys and the flowers.
The rest of Friday was spent catching up and listening to travelling stories, through the year, around a campfire.
Saturday morning a group set off to explore the flowers on the farm for about 2 hours before getting lazy in the winter sun. The owner even arranged a TV under a gazebo to ensure we watch the Springbok game at 5pm. That was a nice surprise as we were glued to the game and Lana and Shannon made a beautiful cheese platter on the side.
However the braai that followed was done in a very short space as it was freezing cold. Temperatures dropped to -1 degrees overnight.
On Sunday morning we went to see the famous waterfall in the area, the Kokerboom forest that is a must and went through to Vanrhynsdorp for lunch at Baghdad. Another gem in the area with boerekos served from 1pm – roast potatoes, chicken and beef pie, butternut soup and homemade bread, 2 salads and dessert. You can bring your own wine and beers to the table and there was a guitarist with Afrikaanse liedjies. The perfect way to end a great weekend.