De Bos

This rock-climbers hangout in Montagu is a great campsite for climbers and hikers alike. De Bos is situated conveniently: you can easily walk into town to visit the shops, and the climbing & hiking routes are either within walking distance, or a quick drive away.

Getting there: Take the N1 from Cape Town, turning off through Robertson, and following the signs to Ashton / Montagu. As you enter Montagu coming from Cape Town, take any left after the farmstall, and then left again into Bath Street. You are now heading back in the direction of Cape Town. At the end of the road you will cross a drift, and immediately after the crossing you will take a curve to the right. The entrance to De Bos, 8 Brown Street, is on your left, less than 100m after the drift. Montagu is about 190km from Cape Town.
GPS Coordinates-33.78809, 20.11372
Website: www.debos.co.za
Telephone:
+27 (0)23 6142532 | +27 (0)82 3325453

De Bos is a working farm: you will see orchards of pecan nut trees all over if you take a look around. There are also horses and donkeys, so there is a lovely relaxed farm atmosphere.

You can’t pre-book campsites, but I have always arrived and found a site with no problem. No dogs are allowed.

Facilities:

  • Camping-sites
  • Bungalows and barn
  • Braai areas
  • Hot water showers (gas heated) & toilets in the ablution blocks
  • A (rudimentary) communal kitchen with electricity & fridge space, a kettle and place to wash-up
  • Swimming pool

Cost:

  • Camping: R70 per person per night
  • The Barn: R95 per person per night
De Bos pool
De Bos pool

This is not one for the rowdier campers: the people here are almost all rock climbers — they take their sport pretty seriously, and don’t stay up all night drinking — and are unlikely to appreciate it if you do! Camp-sites are between neat rows of pecan nut trees on soft grass, making it a pretty comfortable area to pitch a tent, or even just sleep outdoors on a mat under the stars. There are also bungalows to rent, as well as the option to sleep in The Barn: comfy looking beds, two to a stall, in a large barn. The dividing walls are only chest high, so be warned: privacy is at a minimum.

The swimming pool is great after a day of climbing or hiking — or if you have members of your group who are interested in neither and prefer to lay about in the sun for the day!

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