I have stayed in more quaint and interesting places than I can even remember but something about the Fisherman’s Cabin, at Bonnievale River Lodge, made it one that will stay fresh in my mind for a while. (ed’s note: I wrote this last year – still fresh!)
The word cosy is an understatement. Somehow the cabin manages to retain its rustic and bare minimum feel without one having to give up any creature comforts, right down to the Dstv b&b bouquet that lets you catch a stack of movies should you so wish or whatever sports you thought you may miss over the weekend (unfortunately I watched the Bokke lose to the All Blacks in their RWC 2015 semi final, but, I still got to watch the game heh…) The cabin is a converted wendy house that has been retrofitted with a kitchen and a cool cabin-feel bathroom. It sleeps two.
The lodge has a few different self-catering options but their camp sites are simply idyllic. They sprawl out across lush grass, some on stilted platforms, under the shade of a multitude of trees, all with views of the river – some right on the edge of the river so that you don’t even have to get out of your camp chair to cast your line as you try your hand at fishing in the Breede.
One of the best things to do there, though, is rent one of their single or double kayaks (or paddle skis) and take a trip up a serene stretch of river that runs along farmland and is flanked by riverside homes across the water. When we went it was pretty chilled, it was a scorcher of a day and an absolute pearler for a paddle. We popped on a double ski and tackled a good kilometer or so upstream, with the go pro on hand to capture some of the awesomeness…
Bonnievale River Lodge is a great place to stay for a weekend, easy on the pocket and close enough to Cape Town to not make it out of reach for a quick visit. They also have a pool if you don’t want to test the brown river water and the campsite is pet friendly… All in all, definitely worth a visit. Check out their website here.