During the Easter holiday, my friend and I decided to go camping at Theewaterskloof dam. Theewaterskloof is a small municipal district centred around the Theewaterskloof dam and is part of the Overberg area in Western Cape, South Africa. We stayed at the sports club, where you can fish, camp, sail and kayak.
We arrived on Wednesday afternoon, after an hour's drive we arrived at the beautiful (tumblr worthy) campsite. Pine trees, lush grass and quaintly decorated caravans adorned the area, and a clubhouse was situated 200m from our tent. The clubhouse is simple, with a beautiful bar, and a small common room where you can eat lunch, breakfast and dinner if you're too lazy to make scrambled eggs on the gas cooker. There's also free wifi, which reached our tent.
We had finished packing out our stuff and putting up our tent, so we went for a long walk to explore the area. There's a beach along the dam (which is more like a small lake) and we took the opportunity the capture a golden sunset on camera, and the mountains and pine trees made a perfect natural setting. The wind started to pick up and dark clouds rolled overhead and rain threatened, but luckily didn't start. We messed around on the beach, skipping rocks on the water and rolling tires around to the edge of the dam and eventually made our way to a jetty for a photo op.
We made our way back to the main campsite as it got dark to start on dinner. We had pre cooked some wholewheat penne pasta the day before, so we just heated that up on the gas cooker with some marinara sauce, and I had a lamb chop from the barbecue. We got supper psyched to go to the 'party' and made our way down to the clubhouse at 8 o'clock with our torches, since it was already dark outside. When we got to the clubhouse, there was not a soul in sight. It was dark, locked up and silent (plus creepy since we were alone). We headed back disappointed, but made a fire and sat around it to stay warm. The stars looked amazing as there was no city light pollution and the moon was full, so although it was very dark, we could still see relatively well.
During the night, the rain clouds that threatened earlier during the day finally broke lose. Luckily our tent was waterproof and we brought our thermals to stay warm through the night.
The next morning, we got up early to make breakfast, only to find that the bad weather had stayed until the morning and it continued to drizzle for a while. We made a makeshift rain cover attaching a tarpaulin to the 4x4 roof racks on one side and a large boat trailer on the other and sat under there reading for a couple of hours.
For lunch we headed to the small cafe on the campsite grounds and had tea and toasted sandwiches for lunch. The rain kept on falling and the weather was getting much worse. By 3pm that afternoon we made the call to pack up camp. The campsite was muddy,cold and wet and it didn't make much sense to stay since we couldn't do much in the rain. We drove back and stopped halfway at Peregrine farm-stall, which has the most beautiful store and cafe filled with artisan food and goodies. We ordered a tall glass of refreshing green juice and then drove the final leg of the journey back home.
If I learnt anything from the experience it's that you should probably check the weather report BEFORE camping, not during or after....
I hope you all enjoyed reading about the trip - hopefully next time I'll go camping in better weather and will have more to write about. There's a couple more travel posts coming up in the next month as I'll be away for most of the holiday, so stay tuned!
-The Traveling Oyster xxx