R150pp - R350pp nightly (group rates apply)
Budget Getaways Review
Suikerbossie has evolved in massive leaps and bounds since the Captain Getaway and his trusty hound, the Budget Brak, first visited a few years ago. What started out as a rough and ready experience is now the ‘safari getaway’ of the Koue Bokkeveld.
A 1700ha farm pressed deep into this wild and craggy region, Suikerbossie is envied among locals for its gushing rock pools and waterfalls. Complementing the pristine setting are 18 camp sites, all virtually in the water and two of them equipped.
You have to experience it firsthand, but to give you a small taste...
Waterfall Camp (sleeps 12 in six double beds, plus 10 in own tent) is the most secluded – a spacious abode set above a waterfall and crystal pools. It's fitted with shutter windows, a thick timber counter and benches, a fridge, gas stove, oil and solar lighting and enough cutlery, plates, pots and tin mugs for a posse of campers who like their wild in style. Outside, there are hot showers, ablutions with two loo's and a scullery area.
Moving along to the main river, Ghoeboontjie Camp (sleep 4, plus 4 in own tent) is more rustic. In this case a caravan (or, if the group is larger, your own tent) provides a bed for the weekend, decked out in front with a pebble-fringed patio and a patch of green lawn under a shady wild almond tree. Like Waterfall, the camp has everything you could wish for in a rustic African safari, including an expanse of open water stocked with yellow fish.
Fairly close by are Kuil Camp (sleeps 12 and more), Waterfront (2-6), Bo River (10) and the Bo Tarzaan Swing (6-8) camps. All four are grassed, equipped with thatch gazebos for shade, and have access to fridges. You'll also find a Tarzan swing over the river - the experience just wouldn't be the same without it.
A little further along, River Camp is a private campsite spread on lush lawns, under an enormous Cape pine tree.
All the camps have a tap for drinking water, a braai area, a large and centrally positioned ablution block and of course, the nearby river.
Apart from unique infrastructure and gushing water, Suikerbossie offers good odds on spotting duiker, klipspringer, baboon, and maybe even a leopard. There are several walking trails in the area, among them a donkey trail that was used in the old days to transport wheat down the mountain. A super new 4x4 route has now been opened and there are tubes and boats for hire.
Really, what more could one ask for?
"This is the second time we've been to Suikerbossie Guest Farm and it has been brilliant both times! Great location, great amenities. Its clean, well kept and beautiful!"
(Laura Cockrell, visited Apr 2017)
"We stayed in Allison's Cabin for the Easter Weekend and had a beautiful, blissful time. Please take note that you need to take your own refuse bag, dish cloths, dish washing liquid and loo paper. We didn't know this but owner, Karien helped us out! We would definitely recommend this to any nature lovers that are looking for peace and tranquility. I wouldn't want to try this if it's too cold though so would keep it for summer months only."
(Jessica Rycroft, visited Apr 2017)
"Unbelievable! Great Facilities available that are perfect for large groups. This is the best place to have a weekend away."
(Titus Shatona, visited Nov 2016)
"A spectacular spot with camping in all forms available. We had 4 sites along the river and each was well maintained and positioned beautifully."
(Kerrie Taylor, visited Mar 2017)
"Suikerbossie is the best place to go if you need some rest, peace and quiet. The views are amazing. The setting is so tranquil. The facilities are neat and clean. Karin and Johnny are the perfect hosts with heartwarming hospitality. And lastly, a freshly baked roosterkoek is a must! Delicious!"
(Elreze Pohl, visited Apr 2017)
"A lovely setting and a well maintained campsite. We had an awesome experience! We will definitely be back."
(Elsmie Otto, visited Feb 2017)
"We received a warm welcome at Suikerbossie by Karin! We were supposed to have a romantic get away but ended up having to take our 2 small children. Karin added a mattress for us in Alyson's cabin and off we went. It's a beautiful setting and top notch for tranquility. Just don't forget anything as there is no shop anywhere around so make sure to pack even tea and sugar. The only downfall is that we couldn't find the art rocks or cave but were told only on departure that these are not accessible at the moment - we were disappointed as we drove around an entire afternoon trying to find those attractions. We will definitely come back though!"
(Cat Flanigan, visited Jan 2017)
"We stayed in Allison's Cabin. The views were spectacular and the linen pure white and clean. The fact that it doesn't have a toilet and basin wasn't an issue as the ablution block is close enough. Jumping from the Tarzan rope felt great and the clean fresh water felt exhilarating. There are canoes for rowing down the river/catching fish. The green grass is inviting and the braai facilities are perfectly situated. All in all I just cannot fault this establishment and would love to go back!"
(Joan Ernstzen , visited Dec 2016)
"Baie dankie julle! Dit was werklik een van die lekkerste kampeer plekke waar ek ,Willie en ons Suki (ons poedeltjie) nog was! Ablusieblokke en kampterrein so skoon en netjies. Die Campsites is so privaat en op die rivier. Amazing van julle om jul mooiste plek oop te stel dat ons ook deel kon he van julle pragtige landskap en die historiese deel. Ons sal definitief aanbeveel en weer teruggaan!"
(Alet Vermeulen, visited Nov 2016)
"Paradise! Spacious camp sites each with lovely green lawn and shaded area. The views are magnificent and nature walks on your door step; mountain pools provide hours of easy, safe entertainment for kids of all ages. The ablutions are neat and clean. There's no cell phone reception so no excuse not to unwind. Food for the soul...we can't wait to come back!"
(Suzy Botha, visited Oct 2016)
"We loved this place. It was stunning for the kids, they had so much fun on their bikes by day and star gazing by night around a camp fire.We definitely have to return!"
(Ashleigh Makka, visited Apr 2016)
"We had a wonderful stay at Suikerbossie! It was very clean, the ablutions are beautiful and they recycle. The camp works on an honest policy so if you need ice or wood you leave the cash in the can or you inform Karin on your way out. Karin is fantastic and very warm and friendly. The fruit orchards are stunning. My husband and I went on a hunt for the bushman paintings - took us 4 hours before we gave up. On our walk back to the farm we passed some very friendly farm workers who actually took us down to the paintings. We would never have found them if it wasn't for friendly Denver. We also saw a bat-eared fox. You need time when you go to Suikerbossie so you can unwind fully and experience the nature that is so vast there. The only things that bothered us was a large group of people who were VERY noisy during the day. When we go away we like absolute peace and silence. The noisy bunch did leave one day before us so we managed to experience the silence for 1 day out of the 3. We chose not to moan as we were hoping one of the owners would pop down to see if everything was fine. And the gas ran out for the showers so we had freezing cold showers on 2 of the days. Thought the owners would pop down at some point to check the noise levels and gas but we didn't see anyone. We will be back and next time we will speak up if there is a noisy bunch or if gas runs out."
(Victoria Vink, visited Apr 2016)
"A fantastic area alongside a huge water hole in a river, set aside for camping. Here you can hike, 4x4, or just spend the day canoeing or on a tube in the river. A photographers paradise with beautiful mountains in the background. A getaway worth remembering."
(Frikkie Hansmann, visited Mar 2016)
"Welcomed in a very friendly and professional way. Camp site good with fantastic views of river and mountains. Enough activities to keep you busy for the weekend. Owner without knowing me offered me a private swimming place when asked about alternative places to swim."
(Manfred Hesse, visited Mar 2016)
"Absolutely brilliant place to camp. Well worth the drive from Cape Town. Next time I go, we will remember to take a lamp with us as just assumed there was one with gazebo (Kuil camp) but there wasn't. On the bright side - the stars were amazing!"
(Laura Cockrell, visited Feb 2016)
"We had the most amazing weekend! The sites are well taken care of, with green and lush grass. The river was a pleasure as the temperature got higher and higher. Karin & family were very welcoming and helpful. As an extended family weekend away, everyone's needs were catered to and the kids had a fantastic weekend. The ablutions were clean and tidy and stayed that way at all times. We can't wait to go back... all we need to do now, it find the time! Thanks Suikerbossie... we'll see you soon."
(Heidi Mia, visited Jan 2016)
"A truly wonderful getaway. We had a fantastic weekend, adults and children alike. Beautifully maintained site alongside the river, with shaded areas to escape the heat when you are not swimming in the river, or floating along in tubes. Starry sky at night while braaing and no mozzies! A superb getaway."
(Shirlee Jenkinson, visited Jan 2016)
"Suikerbossie Guest Farm is an absolute oasis. We camped for 2 nights at Kuilkamp at Suikerbossie. Kuilkamp has a big gazebo or lapa that has a long table and benches, a work area as well as a gas bottle with a 2-plate burner. You could even pitch a tent in the one half under the thatch roof. We were right on the river and spent our time in the intense heat drifting on the river in tubes and on lilo's. The 'tarzan swing' was right at our camp and with the campsites on the river all occupied it became a little noisy but not enough to complain about it. In fact, we got involved with the youngsters, and the not so young, egging each other on to take the swing. The ablutions and facilities are beautiful, airy and light and clean. The lawns and surrounding area is beautiful although I would have liked more of an uninterrupted view of the river from the campsite - the bushes and reeds on the bank takes the view away a bit. We did not explore too much of the farm but from what i could see the other campsites were just as nice as Kuilkamp. I can strongly recommend this getaway."
(Carol Neethling, visited January 2016)
"Lovely weekend away."
(Richard Procter, visited Jan 2016)
"Had a great time."
(Malani Arendse, visited January 2015)
"Amazing setting! Facility has all you need and clean."
(Nicole Wagner, visited January 2016)
"A wonderfully relaxing place to stay, having a fantastic location is just what we needed to getting away from the busy life of suburbia. What a change being so close to the water and surrounded by stunning mountains. Star gazing another unbelievable experience, felt like one could reach up and pick them out of the night sky. To all you campers, a definite highly recommended camp site having plenty of shade and great grass cover. And finally to our hosts, what an awesome place and “keep up the good work.", we will be back."
(Leon van der Walt, visited January 2014)
"What a brilliant find, tucked away amongst dry, rocky mountains, you round a corner and enter lushness, river rock pools and white sandy beaches! we will definitely be back!"
(Frances Thorndike, visited January 2015)
"Beautiful camp site. Right on the banks of a river. Owners Karin and Johnny are an absolute pleasure to deal with, they were very friendly and helpful beyond expectations. Accommodation is not the cheapest out there, but it's actually great value because you get a lot of space in a beautiful setting and it doesn't feel crowded, even in peak season. No reception at all! A true getaway. Budget extra for daily canoe/tube rental, as this is the camp site's biggest draw card and the best way to enjoy the river."
(David Robertson, visited January 2015)
"Loved it, suitable for our boys. swimming close to your camp to watch them. Love the gazebo idea. Just makes packing lighter."
(Verni Johns, visited January 2015)
"If peace and tranquility is what you require from the humdrum of life, look no further. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, a sprawling river, green grass that your feet can sink into, and an abundance of bird life, Suikerbossie encompasses the perfect getaway for the fatigued person who needs some much needed rejuvenation. Our stay was enjoyable and very relaxing. Even though there were other campers, your camp site is situated in such a way, that you have total privacy from the group camping next door to you. The camp sites were clean, grassed, and had taps for your convenience and ease. The ablution facilities was clean, and had hot water on tap. The tractor rides, slippy slides and rope swing, kept the kids entertained for hours at a time. We arrived tired, and left refreshed after our stay. Thank you to Karin and Johnny for your hospitality. We will definitely recommend your establishment to all we meet, and will certainly be back."
(Rochelle Van Heerden, visited January 2015)
"Awesome weekend, awesome place. if you looking for tranquility Suikerbossie is the place to be."
(Monique Moses, visited January 2015)
"We had a lovely weekend. They even put a tv under the trees so all the campers could watch World Cup rugby! This was our second time but definitely not our last. Beautiful hot showers and clean bathrooms, lovely green lawn everywhere and the best is the size of every camp, you dont' hear or see other campers. It feels as if you have the whole place to yourself."
(Chrismie Kirsten, visited January 2015)
"We try to camp once a month and usually every time in a different camping spot but that will now change! From now on this is my second home. There is just so much to do and see and by far the best physical camp site I have stayed at. We left the camp site feeling like we just spent a couple of days with very close family. Loved it."
(Adriaan Bosch, visited January 2015)
"Great experience, would definitely recommend it."
(Tanya Lochner, visited January 2015)
"We unfortunately were unable to go due to the winter season. We received a email from the owner stating that due to weather conditions we should rather make our plans for a warmer period. The mere fact they took the effort to contact us and advise us that having a two-year old and the cold weather was not weather was not a good idea. For that reason alone I will give them a 5-star and they will definitely see us in the near future."
(Steven Schnugh, visited January 2015)
"Awesome, stunning, breathtaking, rustic! Loved it and will be back."
(Melinda Loubser, visited May 2015)
"What a beautiful setting, had a fantastic weekend."
(Jennifer Lang, visited April 2015)
"Will definitely go back again. A beautiful setting and very clean."
(Debbie Leonard, visited January 2015)
"So little time so much to do! Amazing setting. Unbelievable evening drive to view bushman drawings and braai marshmallow in veld, a once in lifetime experience picking fruit in orchards. The kids loved the river and swing rope (the adults as well, just will not admit they are kids at heart). We will be back."
(Mariaan Tuck, visited January 2015)
"Had a lovely time at Suikerbossie and will definitely return. We loved walking through orange and peach trees and tubing in the river, would definitely recommend this place."
(Becky Baldeo, visited January 2015)
"An absolute awesome setting on a beautiful farm. We had an absolute wonderful stay at the Waterfall camp in January 2015. I would recommend this site to anyone who are looking for a child friendly, secluded getaway. We swam in the crystal clear rock pools and enjoyed stargazing in the evenings. Make sure to bring warm bedding cause as we found out even the warmest days ends with a bit of a chill in the Cederberg! We will definitively return fro a longer stay next time."
(Annika Rudman, visited January 2015)
"The best camping experience! Johnnie and Karin are the most hospitable, genuine and most caring people ever! There are no words to describe how incredible out camping experience was. We will definitely be back soon."
(Fairoza Allie, visited January 2015)
"Firstly I would like to thank Karin and Johnny for their hospitality. We went back for a second time and had a wonderful time staying at Suikerbossie. Very neat and one of our top camping places. The electricity really made our lives easier, thank you for that effort. The campsites are very nice and clean. You will definitely see us again soon."
(Sunette Victor, visited January 2015)
"It was stunning. Thank you for a great time."
(Angela McTavish, visited January 2015)
"Really an amazing experience! Stunning scenery and great hospitality."
(Inge Botes, visited December 2014)
"What an awesome breathtaking stay filled with tranquility. The juicy plums will remain a memory till our next visit. Our three boys (11, 8, 1) year old, enjoyed themselves to the max. Activities such as a trip on the canoe, Tarzan swing, slip and slide and swimming. What more do you need and enjoy the natures surroundings. Love the gazeebo idea, it makes your stay pleasant. Awesome camping, clean and top class."
(Verni Johns, visited December 2014)
(Rachel Weiss, visited December 2014)
"An unbelievable camping experience. I spent two weeks there, I'd original booked for one but refused to leave, so added on on an additional week. The setting is magnificent with the river, grass, trees, fynbos, walks, bomas, great ablution block with hot and cold running, fridge facilities, recently laid down power, wood, and fishing. (I caught this monster yellowfish, this alone was lekker). I didn't bother pitching a tent, and just slept in one of the bomas. Over the weekend when site filled up a bit, it still felt quiet, most of the sites are shielded from the others to give max privacy. And the entire campsite is immaculately kept. Suikerbossie moves to the top of my camping list, and I'll definitely be back. I have no hesitation in giving it 5-stars."
(Tam Newdigate, visited October 2014)
"What an awesome venue and host. Will definitely come back again. Nicely done guys!"
(Henry Jonker, visited October 2014)
"We had a fantastic stay at Suikerbossie. Being the beginning of May it could have gone either way with the weather but we were lucky to have lovely warm sunny days. The nights were chilly but certainly not enough to put us off. Facilities were fantastic, bathrooms very clean and neat and also just enough loos and showers so we never had to wait for our turn. So many fun things to do from swimming in the canyon (very cold water at this time of year but we did it) to "slip 'n sliding" and canoeing down the river as well as gorgeous scenery and sunsets to feed the soul. Karin, Johnie and their family were so accommodating even offering to go to the shop in Citrusdal for us when we needed resupplying after some of our food got stolen by a hungry animal. We stayed in the old caravan which had a well appointed outdoor kitchenette and dining area, perfect for us non-equipped campers. The camping sites though also looked very nice and comfortable with each of them having their own "lapa" construction and braai area. I would highly recommend Suikerbossie and would love to return in the summer to get the full benefit of all the activities. Plus next time we will get a guide to show us all the bushman paintings in the area."
(Helen Paice, visited May 2014)
"An absolutely beautiful location. Accommodation and comfort exceeded our expectations. Beautiful scenery. A real get away from everything, perfect for the soul. We stayed at the waterfall camp and the kids had so much fun jumping into the pool and sleeping under the stars, absolutely amazing. So unspoilt. We will definitely book again."
(Julie Sanders, visited March 2014)
"Lovely rustic campsite. Brought back memories of camping as kids. The river was lovely to swim in and to kayak as well. On the down side, possibly because the camp was full, we found it difficult to get hot water, so had to take a few cold showers. Don't forget to take a walk down to the canyon, a waterhole and waterfall where you can spend some time relaxing in the pool. Karen was also kind enough to allow us to swim at Waterval, a private camp a little way from the happy campers (after the occupants had left of course). Will definitely recommend Suikerbossie."
(Jenny Bell, visited December 2013)
"This is the best campsite we have every stayed at. We stayed here weekend of 22-24 November and hired Kuil Campsite. It is equipped with a large gazebo with cement work top, two-plate gas top, long picnic bench and ground floor sheeting. There is enough space for 4 or 5 tents on the perfectly manicured lawns around the gazebo. Set right on the river bank with stunning views and a rope swing over the river. The ablutions are about 30 meters away in a very smart building. The mens and womens ablutions each have three showers (with hot water) and four toilets and two hand basins. There is also an area where there is a fridge and freezer with ice (for sale). On the outside of the ablution building is a double washing up sink for dishes. There are numerous waterfalls and rock pools to visit as well as canoeing and swimming right in front of the site. Beautiful sunsets, sunrises and endless spots for sundowners. They are also pet friendly, so you're welcome to take your dog(s) along for the camping trip too."
(Bridget Sole, visited November 2013)
"Absolutely fantastic. Felt like camping with family. Home-baked bread and vetkoek and mince. Will be back again and again. Thank you for the hospitality."
(Tania Mouton, visited April 2013)
"Simply fantastic! We had a great time in a great place. We plan to be back as soon as we can and are recommending it to our friends as well. We stayed in a tent which bordered along the river, spent hours hiking, swimming and enjoying the sights along the water. Next time I would bring a fishing rod as well although I'm sure if I had asked the Hanekom family would have made a plan with that like they did with any of our other requests. Bring lots of sunscreen for the days and a warm blanket for the nights as temperatures can vary. Miss it and miss out!"
(Gary Dreyer, visited December 2011)
"What a treasure! LOVED LOVED LOVED the rustic gas powered showers with a view of the mountains and the stars. The family were super welcoming and helpful - wished we could have stayed longer, will definitely be back with friends."
(Karla Cook, visited October 2011)
"Beautiful setting! Mountains, river and rockpools. Nature at its best. For me it is like "heaven on earth" and medicine for the soul. Hosts "the Hanekom family" very friendly and helpful. True South African hospitality."
(Madeleine Ross, visited November 2011)
"Great getaway in a stunning setting, with the best river swimming opportunities I've had anywhere."
(T Katz, visited January 2011)
"Being away from the city life and going back to your roots is what Suikerbossie is all about! It was truly awesome being there and I will love to visit them again!"
(Elicia Jansen Van Rensburg, visited April 2010)
"Marvellous. I recommend this for anyone who wants to get out of the busy city and enjoy the spacious wildlife on Suikerbossie!"
(Willem Burger, visited October 2009)
"Superb camping under the tree at River Camp. A wonderfully spacious and peaceful campsite. The setting is spectacular and there is plenty to do.... swimming lengths in the river (yes, it really is that big), mountain biking, walking, running and chilling in the pools in the canyon and in the river."
(Nienke van Schaik, visited January 2010)
"Awesome experience! Value for money and, oh, what a view! I won't forget the sunsets anytime soon!"
(Waldo Brand, visited December 2009)
"Suikerbossie is a fantastic place to go to when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. My partner and I had a divine time enjoying nature and each other and left Suikerbossie with a sense of peace and tranquillity :) We will definitely be returning for another dose of love and fresh air."
(Lana Sassman, visited January 2008)
"We loved every moment of our visit."
(Rina Benz, visited March 2008)
"Brilliant spot for chilling and time with family/friends, especially if you love water. The river may have a little surprise for some too!"
(Jayne Holness, visited March 2008)
"This place is just amazing. I would love to be there every spare weekend I have. This place brings the true spirit back to your soul. Just love it!"
(Nicole Koorts, visited October 2007)
"What a joy! Getting away from everything that you live with each day. No cellphone reception, no electricity.. Just nature. We are definitely going back, it was one of the best weekends away I've ever had! Beware of the basic toilet - a bucket! But even that is part of the adventure!"
(Rene Ferreira, visited May 2005)
"Kuilkamp tent site - what a pleasure to be there. No need for luxury, just you, your partner a fishing rod and a burning fire, all in peace and quiet, with an absolutely fantastic view of mountains by day and the mystery of the stars at night. Fantastic!"
(Francois Bleuler, visited March 2005)
"An absolute gem. We all felt totally relaxed after our weekend and have already booked for a long weekend in December. We stayed at the Waterfalls Camp and found it a great site for kids as the shallow rock pools are a safe place for kids to swim without stressing the parents too much."
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