It was such a long time ago, but I wanted to share our first family weekend away earlier this year. Back in June, I booked a cabin at Olifantkrans to celebrate KB’s first Father’s Day with our tiny human. We love to go camping, but having a baby makes camping seem a lot more daunting. For now, we’ll stick to glamping or self-catering getaways. (Because have you seen how much stuff you need to take with if there is a baby in the mix?)
Olifantkrans was the perfect getaway. Not only are the cabins along the Breede River, but they’re also fully equipped – braai grid, braai tongs, electric blanket, flat screen TV, ceiling fans, the works. And they allow dogs, which meant we could take Ozzy (our pit bull) with us! We arrived on the Friday of the Father’s Day weekend. Our travel time was just over 2 hours; although it wasn’t a long drive, both the baby and the dog had reached their travel limit by the time we got there.
We stayed in a one bedroom unit, but there are also 2 bedroom units available. We were very impressed with the accommodation and the setting is absolutely beautiful! Each unit has a private, enclosed yard, so you don’t have to stress about your kids or dogs wandering off. There is a built-in braai on the terrace, as well as a braai pit with seating in the enclosed garden. Each cabin is also supplied with 8 bags of firewood. There is an honesty jar in the kitchen where you leave cash for the wood you’ve used. It was quite cold when we went, so we used all 8 bags over the 2 nights we were there. However, we didn’t feel the cold inside. The cabin also had a heater, down duvet and plenty of blankets.
If spending time outdoors is your thing, then you’ll enjoy Olifantkrans. There is a sandy beach, so swimming on hot days will be awesome (you don’t have to wade through reeds to get to the water). The cabins are all also equipped with a canoe that you can rent. We went for walks in the vineyards and along the riverbank every day – it was such a relaxing weekend away. Robertson is also wine country, needless to say, we enjoyed a glass of wine (or two) in front of the fire every night after we had put the tiny human to bed – it was so lovely!
Our dog settled in well, but became super anxious on Sunday morning – the day we were going to leave. We realised why – the river had risen at least 3m! He seemed to be urging us to leave and for his sake (and our sanity!) we decided to leave early. But there is no rush to book out on a Sunday, you can enjoy the day first and leave when you are ready.
All in all, it was a successful first long trip away from home! Hopefully in future, I’ll be able to cut down the baby paraphernalia to what we actually need, but for now, I am that person who packs EVERYTHING!