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AFRICAMPS AT OAKHURST, WILDERNESS

Glamping on a working dairy farm at the heart of the Garden Route

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AfriCamps at Oakhurst is on Oakhurst farm, one of the few remaining large working farms along the Garden Route and covers a massive 640 hectares – 200 of which are pristine fynbos and indigenous forest. To fully immerse visitors in the beauty of the surroundings, the eight AfriCamps tents overlook rolling green fields and the beautiful surrounding Outeniqua mountains. Here the breathtaking Wilderness meets the Garden Route’s lesser-known farm lifestyle. Grazing cows and horses create a truly authentic farm experience.

At Oakhurst there is no shortage of healthy outdoor fun to keep you and your kids busy. Tents overlook grassy fields, where our dairy cows might make their appearance. Try your luck at a spot of fishing or take out one of the canoes on our large farm dam close to the dairy. Soak up the views of the Outeniqua mountains in the distance from your private outdoor wood-fired hot tub, next to each tent. It’s the purest form of relaxation, while taking in the beautiful surroundings. On hot summer days, use the tub as a splash pool! Kilometres of well-maintained single track through the forest is ideal for mountain biking or trail running and the farm’s majestic waterfall makes for an adventurous forest hike. The kids can visit Oakhurst Dairy to watch cows being milked and calves being fed in their feeding camps either early morning or afternoon.

The Wilderness area offers guests the opportunity to explore the iconic Garden Route. Famous for its long stretch of unspoilt beaches, rivers, lakes and lagoons, Wilderness is a nature lover’s paradise. The famous ‘Map of Africa’ viewpoint at Wilderness Heights shows off with a breathtaking vista of the Kaaimans River valley. Dolphin Point at the top of Kaaimans Pass has a magnificent view of endless ocean, with regular sightings of whales and dolphins in season.

There is so much to do in the area, visitors will be spoilt for choice. Hiking, dolphin and whale watching, hang gliding, paragliding, horse riding, mountain biking, scenic drives, the Wilderness Lakes Art Route, and ferry cruises all deserve a spot on your Wilderness bucket list. If you enjoy shopping, Wilderness also has many craft markets selling beautiful, locally made items.

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About the tents

EXPLORE  THE GARDEN ROUTE

Things to do

AfriCamps at Oakhurst is located perfectly to explore the iconic Garden Route. Famous for its long stretch of unspoiled beaches, rivers, lakes, and lagoons, Wilderness is a nature lover’s paradise. 

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Extras on the farm

Meals form a special part of any holiday in South Africa. AfriCamps offers delectable locally-sourced breakfast and braai baskets for guests to cook in their fully equipped kitchens or on the braai. Other extra services are also available on request.

Amenities

  • Africamps glamping8 AfriCamps tents
  • Africamps glamping sleeps up to 5 guests per tent
  • Africamps glamping2 Queen size extra length beds
  • Africamps glamping1 Single bunk bed
  • Africamps glampingOutdoor wood-fired hot tub
  • Africamps glampingPrivate bathroom with rain shower
  • Africamps glampingIndoor fireplace
  • Africamps glampingAir conditioning
  • Africamps glampingElectric blankets
  • Africamps glamping Cot and highchair on request
  • Africamps glamping Bar fridge
  • Africamps glamping Convection oven
  • Africamps glamping4-burner gas stove
  • Africamps glampingCutlery and crockery for 5 guests
  • Africamps glamping All the little extras
  • Africamps glampingBraai facilities
  • Africamps glamping Breakfast & braai baskets to order
  • Africamps glampingWi-Fi at the tents
  • Africamps glampingOnsite shop
  • Africamps glampingDam
Your Hosts

The farm is run commercially by Jake and his wife Claire. They live on the farm with their three daughters. The Crowther family are sixth-generation descendants of the original purchaser, Henry Dumbleton. The Oakhurst farm has a rich history that spans 180 years, evidence of which remains in the original farm buildings, including the forge (now accommodation); the farmhouse (now part of the main homestead), the chapel, the old graveyard, and the water mill. These were all established by Henry’s brother, Walter, between 1840 and 1870, pointing to Oakhurst’s rewarding heritage.

Jake runs the various farm projects and dairy farm, whilst Claire uses her fine eye for detail, to manage, redecorate and renew the now various hospitality offerings on the farm.

After being in discussions with AfriCamps for many years, the time was finally right for both parties to realise our dream of an AfriCamps on this beautiful property.

Check-in and check-out

Check-in: from 14:00 – 17:00 on day of arrival
Check-out: before 10:00 on day of departure

Check-in arrangements need to be made and guests are kindly requested to inform the specific AfriCamps host of their estimated time of arrival. This way you are ensured of a smooth check-in experience. You will receive the host’s telephone number in your bookings confirmation email. For check-in after 5pm please call the hosts at the camp to make arrangements.

Activities on the farm

Wood-fired Hot Tubs 
All 8 tents offer the exclusive use of their own outdoor wood-fired hot tub. The best way to soak up the views of the Outeniqua mountains in the distance. It’s the purest form of relaxation, while taking in the beautiful surroundings. On hot summer days, use the tub as a splash pool!

ACTIVITIES ON THE FARM
The following activities are offered by the camp subject to availability. Please leave a note in your booking form to enquire about rates and availability and your camp host will get in touch. The below rates are subject to change.

1. Horse Riding
Oakhurst offers different horse trails, from 10-minute rides for the kids to 2 hours for the advanced riders.

> Pony rides
This short, easy ride is designed specifically for young children between the ages of five and 10. It takes place in a short loop on our friendly ponies.
Duration: 10 minutes | Cost: R60 per lap

> Horse trails
This is Oakhurst’s flagship country trail leading through the forest, fields, and different vantage points on the farm. It has an interactive element, with Isaac pointing out the interesting bird and plant life along the way. Please note that this trail is weather-dependent.
Duration: 30 minutes | Cost: R220 per rider
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes | Cost: R380 per rider

> Horse care experience
Spend some time in the stables with Isaac and our horses and learn more about these fascinating animals as you brush and groom them. This is an absolute hit amongst kids!
Duration: 1 hour | Cost: R65 per person

> Beginner horse riding lesson
Learn how to ride a horse with our horse lessons for beginners. Perfect for kids and first-timers!
Duration: 1 hour | Cost: R250 per person

2. Guided Formal Dairy Tour
For an in-depth look into the farm’s thriving dairy business, take the formal guided dairy tour. This hour-long tour provides a thorough introduction to modern dairy farming.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes | Cost: R50 per adult | R30 per child (pre-booking is essential)

3. Mountain Bike Hire
Oakhurst offers 16 km of pristine forest singletrack, designed with mountain bikers, trail runners, and kids in mind. Whether you’re an avid mountain biker looking for a challenging ride or just want to get out into the forest with the kids in tow, you’re spoilt for choice on our well-marked routes. Oakhurst also has its very own pipe track next to the cottages. You can rent one of three adult mountain bikes and three kids’ bikes from reception.

Costs: R250 per day for adult bikes | R150 per day for kids’ bikes | Half-day rentals available
*Subject to availability

4. Mobile massage
Spend your day feeling relaxed and pampered! Arrange one of the following massages 48 hours before arrival to enjoy in the comfort of your tent. Strictly by prior arrangement with the camp, subject to availability. Prices available on request.
> Full body: 1 hour
> Back and neck: 30 minutes

5. Archery
On special request, guests can arrange archery and archery lessons at the farm’s archery range. This is available during school holidays and special weekends but can be arranged in advance during normal weekends.
Duration: 
1 hour 15 minutes | Cost: R175 per person | Minimum group size of 4 | Ages 9 and older | Booking in advance essential

Other Activities on site:

– Fishing: bring your own fishing rods
– Trail running, MTB and hiking trails
– Canoeing: Two canoes on the dam to use free of charge
– Bird-watching: Birdlife is abundant on the farm. Keep an eye out for the famous Knysna Turaco only found in these parts.
– Visit the big swing, treehouse or jungle gym on other parts of the farm.

Oakhurst Farm Map

Oakhurst Farm has plenty of hidden gems and is great to explore. Take a look at the map below to find your way around the farm.

Oakhurst Map

Exploring the area

Spend a day on the beach
Wilderness is famous for its long stretch of unspoilt beaches. Visit Leentjie’s Klip, a fantastic local beach offering lots of parking, ice cream and fast food trucks and is great for swimming and walking.

Go Hiking
On the property, a lovely 5km hiking trail runs down the Klein Keurbooms river to the spectacular waterfalls. The hike is mostly through shaded forest and high canopy. There are also a number of lovely additional hiking trails in the nearby area – ask your host for more information about these.

Take in breathtaking Viewpoints
The famous ‘Map of Africa’ viewpoint at Wilderness Heights shows off with a breathtaking vista of the Kaaimans River valley. Dolphin Point at the top of Kaaimans Pass has a magnificent view of endless ocean, with regular sightings of whales and dolphins in season.

Take to the skies Paragliding
The breathtaking Wilderness coastline is perfect for paragliding, you will always spot a paraglider or two every time you go to the beach! Cloud Base Paragliding School or Dolphin Paragliding offer tandem flights.

Explore the area in a Canoe
There are four popular canoe trips in Wilderness ranging from 30-minute trips to 2-hour trips. Eden Adventures offers canoe tours at Touw River Rock pools, Island Lake, the Kaaimans River and the River Mouth.

Get adventurous: abseiling and kloofing at Kaaimans Gorge
The serene Kaaimans Gorge holds one of the most beautiful abseiling spots in the area. Brave two 45m abseils right next to a magnificent waterfall or go kloofing here while boulder hopping and swimming down narrow canyons with lush indigenous forest on either side.  Book with Eden Adventures.

Visit the Woodville Big Tree
Close to AfriCamps, you will find the Woodville Big Tree is an 800-year-old Outeniqua yellowwood that towers above you at 33m and has a 12m circumference. Sit on a bench along the boardwalk, take a picnic or go for a walk along a forest trail.

Take a whale watching tour from Knysna
Enjoy a close encounter, boat-based whale watching tour or marine eco-tours with Ocean Odyssey from nearby Knysna. This is the perfect activities to add to any itinerary.

Visit the local markets
The local markets offer a great selection of local foods and goods and there are two markets to choose from. Visit the Timberlake Organic Village or the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market in the neighbouring town Sedgefield on Saturday mornings.

Meals and extras

Breakfast

We offer ‘Cook Your Own’ breakfast baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your breakfast basket when making your booking. Breakfast baskets should be booked a day in advance.

Each breakfast basket serving includes:

English muffin
Muesli
Oakhurst yoghurt
Oakhurst rusks
Free-range eggs from our coop
Oakhurst farm milk
Freshly ground coffee
Juice
Butter and jam
Bacon*
Fresh seasonal fruit

*Vegetarian option (available on request): Meat substituted with vegan patty from Woolworths, large portobello mushroom, and cocktail tomatoes.

Cost: R150 per adult | R99 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
Delivery time: 07:00-08:00

Dinner

We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ traditional South African braai baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your braai basket when making your booking. Braai baskets should be booked a day in advance. 

Each braai basket serving includes:

Lambchop
Sausage
Chicken kebab 
(sosatie)*
Green salad
One seasonal veg
Garlic bread
Chocolate slab

*Vegetarian option (available on request): Meat replaced with vegan patty from Woolworths, large portobello mushroom, and cocktail tomatoes.

Cost: R195 per adult | R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
Delivery: 17:00-18:00

Build-A-Burger

We offer DIY burger baskets that are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your build-a-burger basket when making your booking. Build-a-burger baskets should be booked a day in advance.

Each build-a-burger basket serving includes:

Free-range burger patties*
Fresh burger rolls and butter
Lettuce, whole tomato and onion
Sliced gherkin
Jars of tomato sauce and mayo
Pour over sauce (best served hot)
Steri Stumpies (flavoured milk drink)

*Vegetarian option (available on request): Beef patty substituted with vegan patty.

Cost: R395 for 4 | R195 for 2 | Extra burger: R85
Delivery time: 17:00-18:00

Pre-cooked meals
Arriving late or you just feel like a home-cooked meal that you don’t need to prepare? AfriCamps at Oakhurst offers pre-cooked meals that you can cook in your tent’s oven. Pop into the farm shop on your way in to see what is available.

On-site Shop
Essentials like water, wood, firelighters, ice, and curios are available at the shop at reception.

Dining Out
There are a number of great restaurants in the area. We recommend:

Pomodoro
Salina’s Beach Restaurant
Joplin’s Steak Bar
Flava
Serendipity
Oysters R Us

Booking is essential, especially during peak seasons, please ask your hosts for assistance with this.

Rates

Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our rates are based on a two-person stay. Please note that the rates below are a price indication, please use our online bookings calendar to check live rates and availability. Extras like meals, activities and tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.

Rates from 1 October 2021 – 30 Sept 2022

Low season
1 May 2022 to 30 September 2022
Excludes long weekends
R1240 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October to 9 December 2021
9 January 2022 to 30 April 2022
Long weekends between 1 May 2022 and 30 September 2022
R1740 per couple sharing 

Peak season
10 December 2021 – 8 January 2022
R2240 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult, R175 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Rates from 1 October 2022 – 30 Sept 2023

Low season
1 May 2023 to 30 September 2023 (Midweek: Sun- Thurs)
Excludes long weekends
R1290 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October to 8 December 2022
8 January to 30 April 2023
15-17 June 2023
22-24 September 2023
R1790 per couple sharing 

Peak season
9 December 2022– 7 January 2023
R2290 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R295 per adult, R195 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Terms and conditions

Please find our full terms and conditions here: www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions

Accommodation

All tents sleep a maximum of 5 people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Activities & Tours
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Wood and firelighters for the indoor fireplace, outdoor wood-fired hot tub and braai (for sale at camp reception / shop)

Pets

Unfortunately no pets allowed on the farm.

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