Doring River bush camping long weekend trip: 16-19 November 2017

Doring River bush camping long weekend trip.

Thursday the 16th – Sunday the 19th November

As those who were with us on the November trip last year, this long weekend outing will push all of the right buttons for those that enjoy bush camping in wild areas along a river. This is a stretch of river to the north of Die Mond in the Tankwa Karoo and is not along the Gifberg stretch of river.

We have arranged access with the land owner for exclusive access to this stretch of river which has swimming, fishing and plenty of exploring on foot. The spot that we will camp at has plenty of space and more than comfortably accommodated the 8 vehicles on the outing last year with space to spare. There is some 4x4ing involved getting to the campsite but nothing that will test your skills. However, the stretch across the scree slope will keep those who have not done it before awake!

For those that have a driving itch, there are many small tracks in the area that can be explored but the primary purpose of this outing is to chill out and enjoy this fabulous stretch of river.


The plan is to meet up on the Thursday morning and travel in convoy through the Tankwa Karoo, possibly doing a little exploring on route, to this stretch of river. Last year we opened up an old track leading down to the river and this may need a little work if there has been rain damage over the winter or if any of the branches are in the way.

Friday and Saturday are ours to do as we please. November is an ideal time to be here as the weather is warm during the day and the river will be warm enough to swim in. Pack the fishing gear if you enjoy Bass fishing. Some hiking boots will be useful if you want to explore on foot.

Sunday – pack up and make our way back home. If time allows, we may include a little more exploring.


The last fuel will be Ceres so please have enough fuel to do +-500Km comfortably.


There is no charge for this long weekend outing. The farmer has given us free access at no charge as long as we leave the area as we found it.

What to take

  • 29mhz radio
  • Plenty of wood, and then some more.
  • Shade – it can be hot in the direct sun and there is limited shade under trees.
  • Fishing gear – this river is teeming with Bass.
  • Swimming gear – very pleasant swimming but pack some water shoes if you don’t like the muddy bottom in places.
  • Lighter to burn toilet paper – no paper flowers please! (A specific instruction by the farmer.)
  • All drinking water.
  • All the gear you need for bush camping.
  • Spade and cutters in case we need to do a little work on the last stretch down to the river.

Meeting place

As getting there requires us traveling together, the meeting time and place on the Thursday morning will be communicated to those going.

Please note that due to the last stretch to the river that offroad trailers or caravans cannot be accommodated.

Interested? Let me know ASAP if you want to book a spot.

Andy McMahon  082 968 7237

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