Driehoek is my new favourite destination in the Central Cederberg. We camped here when we went did the overnight hike to Crystal Pools and Sneeukop.
Getting there: take the N7 from Cape Town through Piketberg and on to Citrusdal. Turn off the N7 onto the dirt road to Algeria. Pass Algeria, and travel over the Uitkyk Pass before turning left at the signpost for Driehoek.
GPS Co-ordinates: S 32º26’35” E 19º11’24”
When arranging a hiking trip to the Cederberg recently, I originally planned to stay at Algeria, as we intended hiking from there. However, after finding out that Algeria was the most expensive camping of all the campsites mentioned above, I started to look elsewhere. This turned out to be our good fortune, as Driehoek is superior to the other options in a number of ways: Sanddrif tends to get crazy-busy, Kromrivier is not as green and shaded and is quite a distance further, Driehoek being closer than both if you are entering from the north (passing Algeria).
Like many of the farms in the area, Driehoek is committed to the conservation of wildlife in the Cederberg region, and The Black Eagle Project bases much of their work from here.
Driehoek is a working farm. Some years back they replaced the citrus orchards with vineyards, and they now produce their own rather excellent estate wines. It is a family business, and you will be well looked after. The reception office has a treasure of information in the form of books, maps and photos. And a fridge full of their wine.
The campsites are next to the Driehoek River, and most are shaded by mature oak trees. They are on beautiful, level lawns, and each has its own braai place. Electric points available on some sites. The river has been dammed and provides a crystal clear swimming pool with a sandy bottom.
Other options range from basic wooden cabins to two equipped houses.
The ablution block is clean: mens and ladies showers and toilets with electric lights and gas heated water. There is a scullery to the side of the ablution block with dish-washing basins and a large electric chest freezer.
There is no cellphone reception. No dogs allowed.
Things to do
- Visit the rock formations and rock art at Stadsaal