Budget Getaways Review
A fruit farm on the Zonderend River, Champagne offers a small campsite, a new bushcamp and a cottage, all set on the water and with a lovely open outlook towards the mountains.
The campsite is sheltered and private (great for a single group booking!), and the adjoining river has deep pools and is navigable for several hundred metres - you are more than welcome to bring along anything that floats, as long as it's human-powered (as in, lilos, canoes, Castaway rafts, etc).
The ablutions are basic but clean, with two hot showers and two flush toilets (no longdrops at Champagne!), plus there are four power points available - to access these you will need a loooong lead. A small kitchen with wash basin has been recently added, plus you will also find ample places to braai (after all, this is what it's all about...), with the first bundle of wood thrown in free and extra wood available for purchase on the farm.
As the campsite is still developing and the trees mere saplings, shade is at a premium so definitely take along an umbrella, or better still, a gazebo of sorts.
A recent addition to this rustic mix is Champagne Bushcamp, comprisingthree privately located sites set among the trees along the river. The sites vary in size and can accommodate between one and four tents, each with its own pathway leading down to the river. There are shared ablution facilities, with two solar-heated showers and a flush toilet.
Now, if you would like to trade in canvas for concrete, Champagne's new cottage is close at hand. A fairly simple abode with a timber deck facing the river, the cottage sleeps four and is fully equipped. Furnishings and decor are simple but more than adequate in this natural setting.
Apart from the aquatic attractions, there are various routes available for mountain biking, roaming antelope, birdlife along the river and fynbos in the Simonskloof.
As the farm is only 15km from Greyton itself, paying a visit to the Saturday market and spending time at one of several decent coffee shops will fill a decent chunk of your weekend.