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AFRICAMPS FOREST AT KAM’BATI RIVER RESORT – GOING GLAMPING

The Overberg Lifestyle Magazine had the privilege to be part of the launch of the Africamps Forest at Kam’Bati River Resort on Saturday 30 July 2016.The Resort is situated on an Overberg farm about 20km west of Swellendam. The Sonderend River and Breede River meet on the property and the 5 Luxury Boutique Camping tents are located in a beautiful and quiet patch of forest close to the river.

On arrival we were welcomed with champagne and tasty treats after which we were shown to our luxurious tents to settle in. I soon realized that this is the perfect get away for the adven-turous family. The 55m² tents are fully furnished and equipped with two comfy bedrooms, 2 Queen sized beds (extra length) 1 Single bed (extra length), en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, a private kitchen, lounge and fireplace, air-conditioning and a wooden deck overlooking the Langeberg Mountains, each tent sleeping a total of 5 guests. They call this Glamping – Glamorous Camping! This I could definitely do!

The evening programme consisted of a warm get together with short speeches, a toast and a lovely braai. We thoroughly enjoyed the company of all the guests and the delicious food! I also made use of the opportunity to ask Jaco Badenhorst, the owner of the resort, to tell me about the history of the resort.

Jaco’s grandfather Bati Badenhorst, owned the 1000ha farm since 1958. In Jaco’s own words… “ it all started from a love for camping” and on 11 November 2007, carrying the name of their grandfather, Kam’Bati River Resort opened its doors. As youngsters Jaco and his friends would camp on the farm. They later started organising music festivals on the farm and so it escalated to outdoor expos, off road rally’s and canoe mara-thons. Peak season for the resort is September to May.

It is easily accessible since the turnoff is from the N2 and it is situated on the banks of the Breede River. Jaco enjoys designing, creating and building things and enjoys it when he sees that people enjoy using the things he created. He has a passion for what he does and has a great love for the farm. Jaco’s vision is to develop the farm into one of the major attractions in the Western Cape, a resort that caters for the whole family.

A special feature he would like to include in future is a farming experience for kids. The idea is to allow kids to experience life on a farm so that they can learn first-hand where their food comes from. They will be included in the daily farming activities. Jaco’s motto in life is to dream big and work hard to achieve your goals. Kam’Bati River Resort boasts with the following attractions: Accommodation provided in selfcatering cabins, camping on a large campsite on the river bank and don’t forget the Africamps! Activities include canoeing, mountain biking and swimming. The swimming pools have 3 water slides. The kids also enjoy the Putt-Putt course and Jungle Gym. The resort is very safe and you won’t have to worry about your kids while they enjoy themselves on the farm. And for the grownups…Bati’s Pub is open on weekends but is for the use of resort guests only. The resort is also a fisherman’s dream. The river boasts a large number of fish including carp, bass, eel, springer and barber. The resort is ideal for your special “Country Wedding” There is a conference facility which caters for between 80 and 100 delegates. There is also a reception area with its own little shop for your essentials.

So, all in all, Kam’Bati is packed with a rich variety of activities, nurtured with the intent to create an all-inclusive and relaxing breakaway from fast-paced city living. The latest addition of a boutique glamping facility has added comfort and luxury for the discerning camping enthusiast, who yearns for a night under the starry sky, whilst still having access to all of life’s dearest amenities within the comfort of your own tent.