What’s new at Kam’Bati?

This season we did not hold back, with not only welcoming families from all over for camping, glamping & cabin accommodation. We went into top gear with renovations and building 4 brand new AfriCamp tents.


One of our 4 new tents completed, we welcome for our first guests.


We made sure that you cannot miss the turn off to Kam’Bati, only 20km from Swellendam & 40km away from Riviersonderend. We can’t wait to welcome you with us.


Our four sleeper cabins received a little upgrade, just enough to make you feel home, away from home! With a beautiful scenery of the langeberg mountains.


Come and sink into one of our wood fired hot tubs or simply soak up the golden sunset from one of our extended decks.

Camping season is officially open so if ‘fancy camping’ is not your thing we still offer the best river side sites next to the mighty Breede River.

Life truly is more fun next to the camp fire at Kam’Bati River Resort!

Book your stay with us at reservations@oena.co.za

KAM’BATI is proud to be part of the OENA group


If there’s one thing I’m terrible at, it’s saying no to a wine tasting.

As a Joburg import living in Cape Town, I’ve taken to the Mother City’s wine culture like a fish to water.

In fact, I’m pretty certain I crawled out of the womb with a wine glass in one hand and a bottle of sauvignon blanc in the womb.

And my love affair with vino is more apparent when I travel and stay in a hotel like Jan Harmsgat Country House that caters to my obsession.

Located on a historic working vineyard established in 1723, you can sip your way through the JHG Wines selection and feast on delicious French cuisine.

As a foodie in South Africa’s wine country, what more could you ask for?

If this sounds like your idea of a weekend escape from Cape Town (or a pit stop en-route to the Garden Route), here’s my review of Jan Harmsgat Country House!


Jan Harmsgat is one of those picture-perfect road trip destinations. Only 2-hours from Cape Town on the R60 highway, you can stop here for a weekend getaway or on your way to the Garden Route.

If you’re travelling from elsewhere in South Africa, fly into Cape Town International Airport (CPT), hire a car and drive through. The road there is stunning, and once you leave the city, rolling green hills and vineyards are all you can see.


Only two years shy of turning 300-years old, Jan Harmsgat is where luxury and old-world charm meet.

The country house offers ten exclusive rooms. Choose from double, twin, family or the tres romantique honeymoon suite.

I had the pleasure of staying in room one. Located in a Cape Dutch style building (and once slave quarters), it comes with a private outside deck area, an en-suite bathroom, and is steps away from the stunning salt-water pool.

The highlight?

The bathtub.

With an entire jar of bath salts and tea candles, it was the ultimate way to unwind after a day of wine tasting and an encounter with the farm’s resident wildebeest (more on that below).

The room has everything you need, including a sitting area for your morning coffee routine and a table if you need to hop onto your laptop and fire off some emails.

If you’re looking for an upgrade, check out the executive and superior. Each one comes with a claw-foot bath and is decked out with Jan Harmsgat’s signature historical (yet luxurious) charm.

The Amenities

  • King-sized bed
  • En-suite bathroom with a shower and tub (bathsalts & candles included)
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Underfloor heating
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hairdryer in each room
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • DSTV
  • Aircon


One of the best (and delicious) things about staying at Jan Harmsgat is the food.

Just Amy is a fine-dining farm-to-table French restaurant where you can grab your complimentary breakfast and stop by for lunch and dinner.

Chef Josh and his wife Christelle whip up an unforgettable experience, and each meal is expertly paired with a JHC wine.

My favourites?

The Sauvigon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

 The menu is full of options for omnivores. Expect dishes like seared salmon steaks fillet of beef and grilled sole.

 For vegetarians and vegans, your choices are limited. There was only one option on the lunch and dinner menus during my stay, and it was the same dish (a vegetarian lasagne).

This is unfortunate as I wasn’t able to try different menu items during my two-night stay.

However, the food I did try was incredible!

For dessert? Don’t miss the pecan pie. It’s Jan Harmsgat speciality with the nuts grown on the farm and is topped with homemade ice cream.

And I’m not just saying the food was good. Just Amy has the awards to back it up. The restaurant won “Most Memorable Dining Experience in the Western Cape” at the 2021 Restaurant and Bar Awards.

Tip: If you have any dietary requirements, please let Jan Harmsgat know in advance. The chef can tweak the menu to meet your needs.


4X4 Safari Wine Tasting

Safari and wine tasting??

Yup. You read that right.

A unique activity on Jan Harmsgat is the option to jump into a safari vehicle for a tour of the 680-hectare vineyards and ending it with a sunset wine tasting.

Along the way, you might spot wildebeest grazing in the distance.

At the sundowners spot, your guide will set up an array of white and red wines to sample with an assortment of delicious treats.

Spend a Few Hours at the Spa

Got a knot you can’t get out?

Head on over to the on-site spa at Jan Harmsgat. Indulge in a range of massage options and other full-body treatments for an hour or two.

Some of the items on the spa menu include:

  • Full body scrub and massage
  • Reflexology
  • Back, neck and shoulder massage
  • Mardouw deep tissue massage

Bontebok National Park

Only 25-minutes from Jan Harmsgat, Bontebok National Park is a haven for nature nerds like myself. 

Come here for a day of hiking, and spot an abundance of flora and wildlife like bontebok, zebra, and Stanley’s Bustard. If you’re not much a hiker, the park does have mountain biking trails.


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For wine lovers, foodies, and fellow Tauruses, Jan Harmsgat is the perfect affordable luxe weekend getaway from Cape Town.

Indulge in delicious French cuisine, sip your way through the vintages, and unwind in your glorious claw foot bath after a day of exploring.

What else do you need? 💆‍♀️

Thank you to Jan Harmsgat and Hot Oven Marketing for inviting me to stay. As usual, all opinions are my own.


Situated on a historic farm just outside Robertson, Jan Harmsgat Country House is an oasis of tranquillity. Hectares of low hanging pecan nut trees surround elegantly renovated farmhouses and cottages. The accommodation offers the perfect equilibrium of old-world charm and luxurious comfort. If you are looking for a weekend to escape the inner city madness, a romantic weekend away with your loved one, a family weekend where the children can run free while you put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine (or two), or perhaps you need a stop on the way to the Garden Route, JHG Country House will provide the perfect setting for your needs.

A two-hour drive from Cape Town, the five-star country house comprising of ten deluxe rooms – double, twin & family rooms plus a romantic honeymoon suite. All rooms are furnished exquisitely with understated elegance and an authentic rustic charm.

Jan Harmsgat is also home to a charismatic country restaurant, “Just Amy”, which offers delicious cuisine, delightfully conjured up from fresh, local produce. Expect comforting dishes such as an aged fillet of beef, grilled sole with mussel and white wine sauce, Springbok loin with red wine sauce, or their famous slow-roasted lamb shank.

To accompany your meal and stay, JHG also makes award-winning wines. Each wine is produced from single blocks on the farm. There is no cellar on at JHG, so the winemaking is outsourced. Lourens Van Der Westhuizen of Arendsig made all the wines until the 2019 vintage in which Francois Haasbroek of Blackwater Wines took over. The wines are made with minimal interference to highlight their unique terroir. The portfolio includes seven single cultivar wines and one Cap Classique. Their Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, and their flagship Pinotage were standouts for me. All very accessibly priced for everyday drinking; the kind of wines where one bottle turns to two very easily!

Fill your weekend with leisurely walks, bike rides, picnics under the pecan nut trees or farm drives on their game vehicle where you might encounter their resident Wildebeests. There is also an in-house spa, for the ultimate pampering.

We didn’t want to leave… Thank you to Francois and the team for making our stay so memorable.


After my last visit to Swellendam in 2019, my heart has yearned to return to the country opulence of Jan Harmsgat Country House. If you haven’t visited this stunning side of the Cape, you should pick up your bucket list and pencil it in right at the top.

It’s no coincidence that the farm’s original name Jan Harmansz Schat translates to treasure. Space, charm and an unsurpassed opportunity to indulge is the most apt description of this elegant space with every comfort you could wish for.

On our arrival, we were met with the warmest welcome. A whole-hearted embrace and broad smile on a familiar face. General Manager, Francois, is the epitome of hospitality and it was a true joy to be back with him and his wonderful team. Right from the start we were spoiled in real Jan Harmsgat style. Two days of luxurious rest and relaxation began as we checked in to the gorgeous honeymoon suite which is country living at its finest. As we settled in, we could hear the sweet French melodies filtering through the shuttered windows from Just Amy, the cosiest fine-dining restaurant down below.

A gentle twilight began to fall and the air turned chilly so we bundled up warmly and ambled downstairs for dinner. Walking into Just Amy and past the grand piano nestled in the corner, the fondest memories of my last visit made me smile contently. True to form, Chef Josh’s menu was filled with a selection of the finest French-inspired dishes. His lovely wife Christelle joined us for a chat as we waited for our starters to arrive. The creamiest and sweetest Baked Camembert made my foodie heart swell – cheese is my weakness and combined with cranberries, caramelised onion and toasted Crostini, I was in heaven. A few glasses of fine JHG wine and we were warm and happy. Mains was a succulent Lamb Shank – slow braised Karoo lamb, mashed potato with red wine sauce and vegetables. Indulgence on a plate! Just Amy has recently been acknowledged as Most Memorable Dining Experience by the UK’s LUXlife Magazine so you’ll be assured that every mouthful will be an unforgettable experience.

The next morning as the sun’s rays peeked gently in, we awoke and headed back down for another delicious experience. Sweet French Toast with banana syrup and fresh pomegranate juice out in the winter sunshine was a blissful start to the day. After breakfast we were treated to a rejuvenating experience at the new Oena Spa. Our day continued with a visit to Jan Harmsgat’s sister property – Mardouw Country House. We took a leisurely afternoon stroll through the grounds before hopping onto the safari vehicle for my most favourite JHG experience.

We wound our way up the hill through the pomegranates and pecan trees to the most awe-inspiring lookout point. As the sun set around us with views of the Langeberg all round, we sipped and chatted and enjoyed a selection of charcuterie treats. Be sure to make this a part of your stay!

This was the ideal way to end off our magical weekend. Thank you, Jan Harmsgat, for another incredible visit. We left with so many more memories which we’ll think back on until we see you all again.


I first discovered Swellendam when looking for accommodation for the wacky wine festival a few years back this picturesque town is not too far out of Robertson which meant just a 40 hour minute drive into each of the wineries for the festival.

Sadly, during our wacky wine stay we naturally out most of the day exploring nearby wineries and not making the most of what I now know of Swellendam

Where to Eat in Swellendam?

When I got the opportunity to revisit whether it was as a over pitstop towards the garden route or as a destination in itself I discovered gorgeous places to eat such as Field and Fork. Which is right next to the tourism and information offices of Swellendam and walking distance from our accommodation Moffids Place.

This  part of town seems to be the hub for good food, local wine and shopping in the area. With this in mind though, I would advise that the town is geared more towards spending time relaxing at your accommodation and with friends and family perhaps having a braai rather than heading out into the town.

There are a few coffee shops in this area. Ikigai  being one of my favourites. They make an incredible cappuccino and the breakfast are  ofgood quality. There’s also a Honey/Bee shop that sells all things related to bees honey from beauty products through to cooking and home items anything related to bees can be found here.

Accommodation in Swellendam?

My accommodation when I last visited Swellendam was part of the curated “group” of accommodation in the vicinity run by the OENA escape’s portfolio.

This is a group of boutique countryside properties are owned  and operated by a husband and wife team. They created a portfolio of homes and historical buildings in and around Langeberg area which include destinations – Rotterdam Boutique Hotel in Swellendam ( https://www.oena.co.za/rotterdam-boutique-hotel/ )

The latter being where I  recently spent 48 hours on my last visit to Swellendam

About Moffid’s Place

Moffid’s Place is a four-bedroom home tucked away at the hillside just a stone’s throw away from a stud farm with beautiful paddocks and mountain views. The peaked house is positioned along the riverbed which whistles with it’s trees and waterworks as you arrive in the gardens just adjacent to the River.

There is a plunge pool which I imagine, in summer makes for the perfect afternoon doing not much else then sipping some local wines from neighbouring farms like Sijnn Wines, Joubert-Tradauw, Zanvliet and gorgeous bubbly from Bon Courage.

We stayed in a ground floor room with the house exclusively booked for our stay and us.

From what I could tell there were four rooms that make up Moffid’s Place.

One bedroom situated on the ground floor next to the communal lounge area, library and three upstairs. As mentioned, we were lucky enough during lockdown to have had the place to ourselves and were allowed to roam the public areas freely.

There’s a beautiful indoor fireplace with old cigar lounge-type furniture and gorgeous antiques which would be perfect for a family weekend away. I dreamed up large lunches as  there is a kitchen on-site as well this is very industrial looking and would be more than sufficient for a 7+ night stay should you book Moffid’s Place in its entirety

Our home for our sojourn was mere walking distance from some of the best eateries in Swellendam as well as the High Street that I mentioned offering cafes and shopping. We braved this on a very rainy day thinking that it was a short walk and we wouldn’t get too wet. We were ere very much mistaken and found ourselves spending almost two hours at the cafe waiting for the storm to pass. What’s that adage?

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain”

This is precisely what we did. Never to have left the confines of our comforting cottage until utterly imperative i.e the day of our departure.

Historical charm at Jan Harmsgat Country House, Swellendam

On our recent weekend to Mardouw Country House near Swellendam we also found ourselves spending quite a bit of time at the neighbouring property, Jan Harmsgat.

A beautiful estate with a rich history, Jan Harmsgat Country House is located on the R60 highway, just off the N2. A haven of historic charm, the property boasts a 5-Star guest house, a fine-dining restaurant and an on-site spa.

During our weekend we were accommodated at Mardouw, but we were equally able to spend time enjoying the picturesque Jan Harmsgat. We had most of our meals at the restaurant, enjoyed a farm tour on the back of a 4×4 vehicle, sampled the estates wine and Mardouw’s olive oils in a tasting and indulged in spa treatments at the gorgeous OENA spa space.

Our first outing at Jan Harmsgat was a tour of the working parts of the farm. We were collected for our farm 4×4 at our door at Mardouw and hopped on the back to enjoy a visit to the pomegranate orchards that Jan Harmsgat is most well known for being one of the top pomegranate exporters in South Africa.

The 680-hectare working farm also is home to hand-picked cultivars that make up the single-block JHG Wines. On our return to the estate’s historical hub we enjoyed sampling these with a wine tasting under the shade of a grove of pecan nut trees! Bliss on a hot summer’s day!

The tranquil country setting that surrounds all of Jan Harmsgat offers the opportunity to take things slowly and we really enjoyed the fact that we didn’t have to venture far all weekend – enjoying all our delicious meals in the relaxed, yet upmarket Just Amy’s restaurant.

We enjoyed breakfast and lunch on the terrace and dinner in the cosy dining room space that has an authentic country ambience reminiscent of its’ rich history.

All our meals were incredible and the service world-class. This little gem of a country restaurant is definitely worth a visit even if you’re passing through the area or staying nearby!

The estate offers beautiful outdoor spaces allowing guests to spread out and enjoy nature. There’s a gorgeous pool with luxe loungers to relax on, abundant walking, hiking and biking trails as well as the cutest little pomegranate “pod” – perfect for a lazy afternoon of reading!

A highlight of our time at Jan Harmsgat was our visit to the on-site spa located in one of the historical staff cottages on the estate. Beautifully renovated, the spa opened in late 2020 and has already become popular with locals and visitors alike.

The space is serene with splashes of soothing green to calm the soul and a gently atmosphere. Our therapist treated us each to 30mins of magic with a back, neck and shoulder massage that certainly felt longer than half an hour!

Visitors to the Oena spa at Jan Harmsgat can book individual treatments or day packages that include lunch at Just Amy’s as well as access to the pool and the opportunity to linger longer on the estate.

Our time at Jan Harmsgat was brief, yet beautiful – and we certainly left with a desire to return soon…

Contact Details

Bookings for Jan Harmsgat are made through Oena Escapes

Tel: +27 87 012 5356Email: reservations@oena.co.za

Web: book.nightsbridge.com/13027


The past few days at Jan Harmsgat is exactly what we needed. The 5-star country estate delivers on every level of farm life, natural beauty and absolute relaxation.

The estate is nestled beneath the Langeberg Mountain range, boasting 1000 hectares of pomegranate orchards, pecan groves, and single block vineyards. The perfect setting for our sunset safari farm drive, exclusive wine tasting and topped off with a delicious dinner by Chef Josh at Just Amy. Chef Josh and his beautiful French wife, Christelle are the dynamic duo behind the restaurant Just Amy on JHG. Named after Amy Kleinhans (who won Miss SA in 1992) who now owns the estate. Every meal was absolutely delicious, the children loved it all too! It is such an incredibly exquisite setting dining under the pecan trees.

I highly recommend booking yourself a treatment at the Oena Spa. Grant and I both had the full body massage with Anke and it was absolute heaven! The only problem is that I never wanted to leave!

We were actually meant to go for a romantic weekend away, sans children.. but we ended up taking the kiddies with. We all had such a wonderful time together exploring the farm, swimming, tanning and reading at the pool (something I don’t get to do enough of). My ultimate break involves sunshine, swimming and relaxing at a pool or ocean so this definitely ticked all the boxes for me. JHG really is perfect for a romantic getaway, family holiday or even a fun girls trip!

I’d even recommend driving through for Sunday lunch. It’s about 2 hours leisurely drive from Cape Town, just outside of Swellendam. The Overberg is definitely a region that I am going to be exploring more of. Its wonderful to experience the gorgeous gems that our country has to offer, to support locals (they need it more than ever after the craziest year) and spend quality time with loved ones. A weekend away really does wonders for the body, mind and soul!

A very special thank you to Francois, the manager at JHG, who literally does it all!

This smile says it all!

Jan Harmsgat Country House

R60 District Bonnievale/Drew

P.O.Box 161

Swellendam 6740

A countryside escape at Mardouw Country House, Swellendam

This past year has meant many changes, not least of which has been the curtailing of travel – a great passion for many. Not being permitted to travel has only exacerbated the feeling of being trapped.

Fortunately, now we are no longer on Lockdown Level 5, we are permitted to travel locally again and in the past few months I’ve been taking advantage every chance I can to escape and rediscover the great wide world – well, the South African parts of it!

While international travel may be a long way off, local travel is no longer cancelled! And that is great news. There are so many beautiful places to discover within the boundaries of our beloved country.

Too many South Africans go on the same local holiday year in and year out, forgetting to explore and discover new hidden gems and secret places that this country is full of.

We recently discovered a beautiful new part of the country and spent a weekend enjoying the splendour of the region off the R60 road near Swellendam.

This road stretches between Ashton and Swellendam and is bordered by a majestic mountain range. The verdant valley beneath these soaring peaks are abundant with vines, orchards and pastures.

After a 3 hour drive from Cape Town, we arrived as the sun was bathing the entire area in the beautiful glow of golden hour – and it was the most wonderful warm welcome!

Our accommodation was Mardouw Country House, a gorgeous house located on a working olive farm just outside Swellendam.

After dropping our bags in our large suite, we settled on the large covered patio overlooking the pool and enjoyed our “takeaway” meal courtesy of Just Amy’s restaurant located at neighbouring Jan Harmsgat.

After a deep sleep in our cocoon of a room, we awoke early (our own doing!) to discover the incredible peace of the place.

We swung the doors wide to fully appreciate the beautiful birdsong and gentle morning light, sipping coffee in our robes, reading and enjoying a slow start to the day.

Once again we ordered breakfast from Just Amy’s and were able to enjoy it while overlooking the rolling hills of olive groves, imagining we were back in Tuscany!

In fact, the whole stay at Mardouw felt very much like we were enjoying a weekend in an incredible “Italian villa”

That’s just the thing about travel in South Africa – there are so many corners of the country that can transport you to another place. The West Coast could be Greece, Cape Town could be California, the Drakensberg – Scotland, the Midlands – England, Knysna – the island of Capri.

Our time at Mardouw Country House definitely had more than a hint of Italy about it – the olive trees, the views, the large rim-flow pool, the wide patio, the luxury of space.

This large “villa-style” accommodation is idyllic for private parties or group accommodation. The house has five suites and can accommodate up to 10 people. Resident staff are available to cater for culinary and housekeeping needs.

Accommodation is offered in double rooms, deluxe suites and superior suites and the rooms are fully equipped with double or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom, a mini bar, safe, telephone, internet, DVD player, TV (DStv), hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, robes, slippers, heated towel rails and complimentary toiletries. Each room has its’ own balcony with incredible views of the Langeberg Mountains while the deluxe suites offer a lounge with fireplace and a private vine-covered veranda.

While spending time here we certainly felt it would make a great getaway for a family gathering or a group of friends. The house can be rented in its’ entirety for R10 000 per night (accommodation only) so if you’re looking for an intimate big birthday celebration with your nearest and dearest it could be a great option!

That being said, we spent time here connecting as a couple and loved it!

The privacy and peace were priceless. We lounged around the pool, read our books in the shade, spent time chatting, napped and relaxed with no interruptions or demands. Pure bliss!

When we found we’d had enough quiet, quality time we ventured out – but not too far! (In fact we barely got in our car all weekend which made it feel much longer than just 2 days.)

At Mardouw there are plenty of walking, hiking and biking trails as well as a golf driving range but we chose to head over to the neighbouring estate, Jan Harmsgat, to fully appreciate an authentic country ambience on this historical estate.

We took a tour of their pomegranate orchard, a wine tasting in the pecan grove and an indulgent spa treatment at their on-site spa. Olive oil tasting as well as tours of the olive making process can be arranged. But more about our time there in the next post!

Contact Details

Bookings for Mardouw Country House are made through Oena EscapesTel: +27 87 012 5356Email: reservations@oena.co.za

Keeping you safe

While South Africa is currently in lockdown we want to ensure our guests that we are doing everything in our power to use this time to deep clean our properties and putting prosedures in place to keep you safe while staying with us at any one of our properties and estates.


We have put the following procedures in place accross all our properties to ensure your safety while staying with us.

  1. Hand sanitizer at all basins
  2. Our bedding are washed in warm water
  3. We offer a ‘self check-in’ option
  4. Staff adheres to social distancing from guests
  5. Our staff all wear gloves and masks
  6. All surfaces in our rooms are disinfected
  7. Shopping service available
  8. Isolation vacations available
  9. Self-catering units available
  10. Access to medical care

Move your existing booking to any date after 17 April and before 30 September 2020 and get one Free Night during your stay.

Subject to your unit being available and only valid for existing bookings.

Contact our reservations team at reservations@oena.co.za

We can’t wait to welcome you back .

Beat the lockdown blues and book your next stay with us and pay NO DEPOSIT! Full payment to be settled one week before arrival and dates can be changed if needed.

Our reservations team is working from home and standing by to help with your booking reservations@oena.co.za

Visit our website to view the different holiday options we have available and we hope to welcome you soon. https://www.oena.co.za/

Food for thought and elephants

When your boss poses the question:  “Let’s find a sustainable solution for welcoming guests instead of leaving something on the stack of towels that simply wilts and dies”, You think – why didn’t I ever question this …

Our creative team came up with a solution over night that got all of us excited – we now leave a Spekboom cutting with note including planting instructions as part of our welcome gift – from our garden to yours.

Since we rolled the concept out to all our properties in the OENA  group – others have followed and we welcome this whole heartedly.

Our proud moment is that we were the first and imitation is the best form of flattery – and in this case we are all working towards the greater good for our planet.

So why Spekboom (also called Elephants food)? Because it has an exceptional ability to remove large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and convert it to oxygen.

Did you know that one hectare of Spekboom can average 4.2 tons of carbon dioxide annually to oxygen?

In this respect it is up to 10 times more effective per hectare than a tropical rainforest. Isn’t that astounding!

Best of all is the fact that the Spekboom is easy to propagate: simply stick your cutting in a garden bed, water every few days and soon enough you will have one of these versatile carbon-munchers happily growing in your garden.

Spekboom leaves also tastes great in salad.


#5 Top Tips for travelling with kids

We know how daunting it can be to pack, plan and execute a family holiday without any hiccups. Therefore we have put together this handy list of our top 5 tips for parents travelling with kids of all ages.

Picture shot on location: Country Paradise House, Swellendam

#1 Easy does it

Be flexible and leave enough time for check  ins, boarding and getting to activities and destinations. Things will go wrong and there will be unplanned bathroom breaks. Just go with the flow and don’t put too much pressure on yourself or the family to stick with a strict timeline.

Two little campers – Kam’Bati River Resort

#2 Game plan

Talk your kids through the trip. They will be much more secure and cooperative if they know exactly what’s coming next. Most importantly – make it fun! Teach them travel games like ‘I spy with my little eye’.

Picture shot on location: Country Paradise House, Swellendam

#3 Entertainment and snacks

Pack one bag of toys that you know keeps the little ones busy so they have something to play with in the car or on the plane. Tablets are great to stream some of their favorite shows, educational episodes or movies but try to keep a balance by also letting them enjoy the view and the journey.

Make sure to pack snacks for young and old as we all get grumpy if we are hungry. Keep it healthy and remember the beverages to keep them hydrated.

Shot on location – AfriCamps at Kam’Bati River Resort

#4 Do your homework

Be sure to book accommodation that is child friendly and has activities that tickles their interest. Some resorts like Kam’Bati has a children’s entertainer and holiday programs that is perfect for the little ones and to give parents some much needed time off to recharge.

AfriCamps at Kam’Bati offer guests the camping experience with all the luxuries of home and children are encouraged to do a scavenger hunt on the river trail with parents. Once they have finished the hunt, they return their bag of found treasures to reception and get a free round of putt-putt as reward!

Other activities at the resort includes water slides, swimming pools, canoe, fishing (catch and release) and a chance to experience farm life on the banks of the Breede River.

Uitkyk and Diamant Farmhouses also gives families access to these activities at Kam’Bati River Resort.

Picture shot on location: Country Paradise House, Swellendam

#5 Just in case

Pack your basic medical aid kit for the kids. You never know what could happen and might need a cartoon plaster to fix.

Wet wipes are standard for fixing most messes, spills and other thrills. Try and buy the biodegradable type that are more gentle on the environment.

Extra set of clothes are also a must as you can’t always predict the weather at your destination or on the trip. It can also happen that a muddy puddle gets explored while on a bathroom break. Pack for all these worst case scenarios so that you don’t have to get upset over dirty children.

Picture shot on location: Country Paradise House, Swellendam

Most of all, have fun. Make memories and take lots of pictures! There is nothing more precious than spending time with family.

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