Budget Getaways Review
Situated on a wine farm 17km from Bonnievale (and 34km from Robertson) Night Sky offers the hardy weekender a nicely laid out campsite and six Wendyhouse-style timber chalets, both arranged around a pretty farm dam and backdropped by the Riviersonderend and Langeberg mountains.
With most eyes pointing towards the dam this is a good option for nervous parents, who would like their children to have fun in the water but without the constant nail-biting worry. The campsite is open to both tents and caravans, and as far as camping goes it's a comfortable experience, with grass-covered sites, 24 power points, braai spots and clean ablutions.
For a little more comfort, Night Sky's cabins are the way to go. Although we haven't yet seen them firsthand, they appear to be fairly basic affairs, but with all the essentials, including fireplaces in the larger units. Basically the bigger the chalet you book, the more home comforts and better appointment you can expect. What you shouldn't expect though is much in the way of privacy as the chalets and the happy campers lie cheek by jowl, especially when things get busy.
Turning to the activities, the dam seems to be the main focus. Apart from swimming and fishing for black bass, canoes are available. If the campsite starts feeling a little too intimate there is the option of taking a walk in the veld or through the vineyards, bird-watching (45 species ticked to date) and racing around on your mountain bike.
Bottomline: if you are looking for a sociable venue where your kids can have a lot of fun, Night Sky appears to be a good call.
"Nigh Sky Caravan Farm is een van die oulikste kampplekke wat ek in 'n lang tyd ontdek het - dit is skoon, netjies, stil en weggesteek van alles en almal. Ons het geswem, gekanoe en visarende gesien. Of jy nou in 'n tent daar bly of in een van die houthuisies - dit is groot pret! Ons gaan beslis weer."
(Michelle Jooste, visited Feb 2017)
"A lovely little gem. It was our first time "camping" and loved the relaxed and family-oriented atmosphere. All the campers were so friendly and our kids had visitors within 20 mins of arriving. We stayed in a cabin and absolutely loved it. The views, the tranquility, the peace...an amazing getaway from the city. We can't wait to go back."
(Dominique Bolligelo-Smith, visited Jan 2017)
"Wow, what a beautiful place! Clean and so peaceful, with lots to see and do. There was never a dull moment. I saw lots of interesting animals... on my last day I found a frog in my cooler bag and a rain spider on the painting I had let Natalie from "Natalies in Bonnievale" do for me. I would go back tomorrow if I could."
(Ingrid Bredenhand, visited Jan 2017)
"It was great to be so close to nature yet have all the basic comforts of home. We just love the idea of mixing cabins in between the camping area and the choice of how much luxury you want to add to your outdoor experience. For the aspiring campers out there it's a great place to get started. You'll soon be hooked to the great outdoors. My favourite was the view from couch in the lounge - it was peace to my soul. It's a definite return venue."
(Nadia Abercrombie, visited Dec 2016)
"This is great for a weekend break, or value for money year-end holiday. Bonnievale Town is about 15-20 mins away if you run short of anything. The most amazing place for star gazing. It was awe inspiring!"
(Tashreeq W, visited Nov 2016)
"This is a great place to go away to. The facilities were clean and of a high standard. The dam and camp site was very nice too!"
(Cliffy Wort, visited Oct 2016)
"We enjoyed nature and the calmness of the camp."
(Chris Groenewald, visited Oct 2016)
"Night Sky Caravan Farm has a very relaxing setting."
(Melanie Kotze, visited Aug 2016)
"The Night Sky Caravan Farm was such an awesome experience. It was beautiful, clean, has the most extraordinary view and it so peaceful. The cottage we were in was absolutely magnificent. We were short of absolutely nothing. It was my first time camping alone with my kids, and this was really the best experience ever. On arrival we received such friendly and loving reception from Gesina. She really accommodated us with the best. I have already bragged to all of my friends about this amazing paradise and I'm definitely going back there soon!"
(Elize Bothma, visited Aug 2016)
"Super relaxed stay in a very quiet back pocket of Bonnievale. This was a complete de-stressing weekend away! Awesome."
(Julia Williams, visited Aug 2016)
"I have been coming here with my family for years and this year decided to make the trip on my own. I thoroughly enjoyed the complete silence, fresh air, being able to see all the stars at night and I even got to photograph a Fish Eagle. Definitely recommend! Wonderful value for money and excellent owners."
(Carlene Nel, visited Apr 2016)
"Wow! What a lovely place. We had such a lovely long weekend here and our kids just played from the moment they woke up till they eventually collapsed in the evening. Many hours of fun was spent on the dam. A really amazing safe place for families and we will definitely be going back. If you go in Winter or anytime from now on I would really recommend taking lots of blankets and warms clothes, while the days are still warm the nights were freezing!"
(Nikki Schutte, visited Apr 2016)
"This is an excellent venue for the self-catering camper."
(Dennis Laidler, visited May 2016)
"Very remote, beautiful setting and wonderfully peaceful and well run campsite."
(Tracey Broom, visited Mar 2016)
"Lovely camp site. Great ablutions. Plastic kayaks provided lots of fun. Nice farm roads to ride and run on."
(Kim Murphy Bellairs , visited Feb 2016)
"This was honestly one of the nicest camp sites I have ever stayed at. It has an amazing layout, the sites all face the water, there is lots of grass and shade. We have small children, so it meant we could relax and watch them in the water. The site has a number of canoes and paddles which the kids and adults enjoyed. The ablutions blocks were good. There were great braai facilities. There were a number of walks/runs and cycle paths to explore. The stars in the night sky were incredible, hence the name of the camp site. Gesina was friendly and accommodating of our requests. I would definitely go there again!"
(Rochelle Reid, visited Feb 2016)
"We just love Night Sky, have been going there since 2007 and everytime it's wonderful. Peaceful, relaxing, great fishing and jeep tracks for mountain biking. Always a pleasure to stay there, whether we camp or stay in the houses."
(Shelley Hillier, visited January 2016)
"It was our first time camping and what an experience it was! We loved it."
(Claudette Paton, visited January 2015)
"Wat n wonderlike plekkie om wegtebreek van die stad se geraas,was heerlik,geen selfoon opvangs so net jy en die natuur. Heerlik vis gevang,baie visse in die dam,lekker kanoe gery en dan natuurlik die lekker braai op die deck. Met die maanlig oor die dam,selfde in die oggende met die mooi sonsopkoms. Baie lekker plek om net bietjie stil te word. Baie dankie tannie Gesina en span."
(Chantel Sieckers, visited January 2015)
"Baie mooi en het baie lekker gerus."
(Chris Marais, visited January 2015)
"I've taken the wife and kids to many different places in the past but there was always something that was not right with the places and this time we expected the same. This however was not the case. when you plan on going away having a braai with the family and just taking some time out "Nights Sky Caravan Farm" is the best place to go and chill. On the water jetty's and clean ground, believe it or not even mowed lawns this is the place. This was the best time away sins my honey moon and would most definitely go back. I would rate this place x10 stars. Go for a walk in Bonnievale and enjoy craft shops, restaurants and even antique cars and furniture. there was more than enough to do at night sky and surrounds. Thanks Night sky, we will see you again in 2016."
(Bennie van Dyk, visited January 2015)
"Was a fantastic place, wish Monday was a holiday so we could have stayed longer. Only issue we had was water pressure other wise all was well. Things to bring in winter include a heater and lots of wood, Bird life was amazing, forgot fishing rods but there is black mouth bass and blue gill in the dam. And watch for the cat, they like to steal food. We bought a bag of cat food which sorted that problem out quickly. Other than that enjoy the sunset and the peace and quiet."
(Jason Meiring, visited June 2015)
"It was a most enjoyable stay and we really got to relax and just have some well needed time off. It is now my new favorite place to go and chill."
(Dylan Ashfield, visited April 2015)
"My wife Lynnette, friend Auke Slotegraaf and I have just hosted the 9th Southern Star Party since 2011 at Night Sky Caravan Farm. We are going to host the 10th one there in November 2015. It is the sort of place you just have to keep on going back to and Gesina is the the "best in the West"as far as hosts go. Night Sky is also one of the darkest venues within easy driving distance of Cape Town for astronomy enthusiasts and certainly the most affordable one."
(Edward Foster, visited February 2015)
"Thanks to the hostess, Gesina ,who gave us a warm welcome .We enjoyed our stay immensely. We will definitely be back."
(Genevieve Smith, visited February 2015)
"An absolute gem!"
(Louise Boshoff, visited January 2015)
"We had a ball of a time. The bathroom facilities could have been a little bit cleaner BUT its a budget getaway so we where happy. We camped right opposite the ablution block and under a nice big tree. We will definitely be going back."
(Sanet van Rhyn, visited January 2015)
"We had an excellent four days there in January. The dam provides great entertainment for swimming, fishing (bass fishing is fabulous) and readily accessible good quality two man and one man kayaks. The surrounds are rugged and provide some good mountain-biking. While cycling you may see resident blue cranes, mountain Reedbuck and many other animal species. It was really hot in the middle of the day, so choose a spot that gets afternoon sun. Some good wine tasting spots are nearby, which are great to visit in the middle of the day and to return to the awesome moon-rise over the dam in purple-pink sky."
(Jeremy Thompson, visited January 2015)
"Stunning setting, lovely sites, peaceful, family orientated and safe. An absolute fantastic place with a great atmosphere! We'll definitely go back."
(Tracey Clulow, visited January 2015)
"We were pleasantly surprised at the setting and appeal of Night Sky. Definitely a venue we would like to visit again. Thank you Gesina for everything, much appreciated."
(Roland Brits, visited January 2015)
"We had a wonderfully relaxing holiday! Christine is an excellent hostess! Beautiful location incredibly clean and tidy, not one mosquito bite! The other regular guests very welcoming. We cannot wait to go back."
(Cindy B, visited December 2014)
"Gesina is n engel en hulle het n diamant beet. Dit is n juweel van n plek!"
(Eloise Smit, visited November 2014)
"This was truly the best holiday we have had in a while, kids and hubby had an amazing time fishing even when it rained. Will definitely recommend to anyone. Value for money and will be returning."
(Nikki Ferreira, visited October 2014)
"Love this place! We spend many holidays camping at Night Sky. Best place ever. Great rates and great hospitality by the owners. Excellent place to just get away from it all especially for small children. Ideal place for a family weekend away."
(Louis Trichardt, visited June 2012)
"We were very fortunate that one of the cabins on the water opened up last minute and that Gasina bumped up our stay to this cottage at no extra cost. We were grateful and had a wonderful time all together. Beautiful setting, cozy chalets and greaat value for money. Thank you so much Night Sky for making our weekend so special. We loved it! We told our entire family about this hidden gem and will bring everyone next time. Absolute bargain. "
(Amori Birch, visited May 2014)
"There was a fly infestation, but apart from that it was beyond awesome! Thank you."
(Louise Hamman, visited April 2014)
"Wonderful facilities and location, highly recommended."
(Allan Holcombe, visited April 2014)
"Dit was 'n wonderlike ervaring. Ek sal dit vir enige iemand aanbeveel. Die rustigheid daar doen iets aan mens se siel, jy voel weer lus vir die lewe. Die natuurskoon is besonders, jy hoor niks van die stadsgewoel nie. Ek sal beslis weer en weer gaan."
(Amelia en Albert Knight, visited February 2014)
"What an awesome place for a breakaway! We really enjoyed staying at NightSky. Thanks again for your great Hospitality Gesina! See you soon."
(Lindi Harris, visited September 2013)
"Dit is hemel op aarde, geen beter plek om 'n naweek of meer deur te bring nie. Sal altyd terug gaan vir nog rus en vrede."
(Andrew Davidson, visited September 2011)
"Jurie en Gesina, baie dankie vir 'n wonderlike naweek. Dit was die regte plek om weer jou self te vind. Dit was hemels om net na die natuur geluide te luister. En al die sterre in die aand. Sal julle baie gou weer sien. Weereens baie dankie."
(Cliff & Angie Van Ass, visited January 2009)
"Unbelievably relaxing. Never seen so many stars in my life. Will definitely go back, again and again!"
(Dawn Saayman, visited December 2008)
"We enjoyed every second of the weekend! We will go back again and again! Thanks for a great weekend!"
(Zurett & Deon Erasmus, visited March 2008)
"The first time we camped at Night Sky was December 1999... We have been doing so since then! December 2007/08 has been our 9th year... Four weeks were too short! Jurie and Gesina, we are proud of you. A better place to relax and unwind we will never find. The children can run around and play outside till late and it is very, very safe...! Everything at Night Sky is special, from the clean and quiet campsite, to the best wines. You must try Langverwacht Shiraz 2004 if visiting! Don't even consider going there, just go...!"
(Annelize Bergh, visited December 2007)
"Part of me wants to say that this is a terrible place... just to keep the rest of you away... but a gem like this is worth sharing. Easy to get to, great value and a great place to get away and forget."
(Lindsay Magnus, visited August 2007)
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