Klipkuile River Bush Camp
Klipkuile bush camp is a comfortable down to earth experience. The name refers to the unique natural rock pools in the Klein Sterkrivier which is the heart of this place. The camp is set on the edge of a valley with the rock pools in the river right below. Days are based around the clear water pools with swimming, reclining and exploring to your heart's content. Opposite the valley, the famous Sterkrivier Castle, started in 1999 is to this day in the process of 'growing' out of the rock, an impressive sight to behold from a distance.
This unique bushveld hide out is a two and a half hour’s drive from Pretoria, ideal for a weekend getaway for small groups (2-13 people). Bigger groups can be accommodated when including the tent stands. The camp is perched on 400Ha of pristine Waterberg bushveld. The view on the mountain range is spectacular from here. Approximately 30km length of jeep tracks meander creatively through the farm. These roads are great for hiking, not all suitable for non 4x4 vehicles, but 100% fun for mountain biking.
Klipkuile is a game farm boasting many small and medium antelope to eland, as well as buffalo (kindly and calmly change your hiking route if you happen to bump into the latter on foot).
The Camp consists of a thatched roof lapa overlooking the river, and two chalets. Guests sleep in the lapa and the chalets. Cooking is done over the open fire in the lapa or outside in the boma.
Here is no electricity or cell phone reception. Klipkuile is a place to forget the world and surrender to nature’s pace. The lazy blue tailed lizards who love baking in the sun in and around the camp will remind you of this, just in case you forget.
- Swimming and splashing in the river pools.
- Mountain Biking (bring your own)
The camp is rented out as a whole. You will not be sharing the kitchen and bathrooms with strangers. There is a large lapa, kitchen area, 2 chalets, and an open boma braai area.
Accommodation: Up to 13 people can be accommodated
Chalet 1: 3 beds, with an on-suite bathroom
Chalet 2: 2 beds, with an on-suite bathroom
Lookout lapa: 7 mattresseson a raised platform and two sleeper couches
Amenities: Each chalet has an on-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, basin and gas heated shower. A communal outside toilet and shower (both with magnificent views) is situated thirty meters away.
No electricity, no cell phone reception
Only fitted sheets are provided, campers bring their own bedding. Bedding can be provided at R50 extra per person per night.
Hot water showers, flushing toilets.
Gas fridge and running water in the kitchen area.
Plates, bowls, cups, mugs and cutlery are provided.
Grids and big pans for cooking over the fire
Kettle for heating water over the fire.
One camp gas stove.
Drinking water in a separate container.
Some battery or gas powered lights are provided. No cleaning staff will be around for the duration of your stay. This is great for privacy and peacefulness, but implies that dish-washing and basic cleaning will be up to you.
The route from the gate to the camp can be made with a regular vehicle provided it has reasonable ground to body clearance.
Check list of what to bring:
- WOOD - for braai and cooking
- Torches- for visiting the loo at night. The terrain in this magical setting is rather uneven
- Hiking shoes/ tekkies that can handle rough terrain
- Anti histamine (for those allergic or sensitive to Thatched roofs, Bushveld grass, and camp fire smoke)
- Board Games
- Binoculars & Cameras
- Swimwear (Robust farm 'swimwear' as staining by algae is likely)
- Sun screen, sun hats, towels
- First-aid kit and basic medications - nearest town is 45 minutes drive away
- Insect repellent
- Food, spices, beverages
- big game (less than 30km)
- cycling trails
- Malaria free
- mountain biking
- nature trail onsite
- parking all onsite
Please note that GPS devices are giving faulty directions after crossing the
river and guests are getting lost. If you want to reach us in good time, print
out the directions below.
From Gauteng: From Pretoria head north on the N1. Take the off-ramp to Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) ±20km after the Kranskop Toll Plaza. Travel through Mookgophong, although this is your last stop for fuel and last-minute shopping. After Mookgophong continue for 33km and take the Sterkrivier/ Entabeni/ Dooringdraai turn off to the left. (If you have reached Mokopane (Potgietersrus) you are 18km past the turn off.)
Continue on the Sterkrivier Road until the road becomes gravel (approximately 40km). Continue on the gravel road which goes gradually up, down, through a sharp left bend, down into the valley, and 200m after crossing the River turn right into another public gravel road. After 200m you will find the KLIPKUILE gate on the right. Once in the premises follow the arrows that show you the way to Klipkuile.