Wilderness – AfriCamps at Oakhurst, glamping in the Garden Route
Eat & drink
We’ve got a feeling that AfriCamps at Oakhurst is going to be a favourite amongst our visitors. Oakhurst is 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.
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, old graveyard and water mill. These were all established by Henry’s brother, Walter, between 1840 and 1870, pointing to Oakhurt’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 – from 2pm onwards on day of arrival
Prior arrangements need to be made, guests are kindly requested to inform the AfriCamps office of their estimated time of arrival. Please phone the camp reception 30 minutes prior to arrival. This way you are ensured that the check in can be arranged without delays. Please find the telephone number in the bookings confirmation email.
Check out – before 10am on day of departure
Activities on site
Wood-fired Hot Tubs
All eight 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!
Enjoy a guided 1 hour 20 minute walk through the indigenous forest, with a guide. Pony rides are available for the kids.
*R350 per person, pre-booking is essential
Guided formal dairy tour
Did you know the milk from Oakhurst is used in Steri Stumpies – SA’s favourite milkshake? Join us at the dairy for an in-depth look into the farm’s thriving dairy business. This hour-long tour provides a thorough introduction to modern dairy farming.
*R80 per person, pre-booking is essential. Alternatively, you are welcome to visit the dairy on your own time as well.
Mountain Bike and Trail Running Tracks
Use the pipe track and/or beautiful tracks through the indigenous forest for a walk, run or cycle.
Mountain Bikes and Kids bikes are available to hire:
Full Day Hire: Adult Bike R250, Child Bike R150.
Arrange one of the following massages 48 hours before arrival to enjoy in the comfort of your tent:
Full Body (1 Hour) R500.00
Head & Shoulder (30 minutes) R350.00
Other Activities on site:
– Fishing: bring your own fishing rods
– 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.
Breakfast – placed in the tent for guests to prepare themselves
Breakfast Basket ‘Cook Your Own’
- Fresh muffin
- Oakhurst yoghurt
- Oakhurst rusks
- Free-range eggs from our coop
- Oakhurst farm milk
- Freshly ground coffee
- Butter and jam
- Fresh seasonal fruit
R130 per adult
R90 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
Dinner- Placed in Tent for guests to prepare themselves
Traditional South African Braai Pack
- Lamb Chop
- Chicken Kebab (Sosatie)
- Green Salad
- Potatoe in foil (to do on the braai or in the oven)
- Stokbrood (bread dough on a stick to braai)
- Marshmallow on a stick to braai
R195 per adult
R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
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.
From the N2 between George and Sedgefield: Take the HOEKWIL turnoff, which leaves the N2. Follow this road and bypass Hoekwil village to continue for 7.2km to the farm gate. Having turned right off the tar, continue for 2.4km on gravel to reach the sign posted junction to the reception area and shop. You will be directed from here.Distance from Oakhurst to George: 35km; Distance to Knysna: 45km;
GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -33.954947 | Longitude: 22.653653
Distance to Wilderness: 20km
Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our shared rates are based on a two person stay. Please note that the rates below are just a price indication, use our online bookings calendar to check current rates and availability. Food & beverage and activities & tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.
Rates as from 18 March 2020
|Rate per tent (pp)||Additional fee adults (pp)||Children fee (pp)|
|Season||Single||Shared||3rd||4th||5th||0 – 2||3 – 16|
|Low season||1340||670||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
|High season||1840||920||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
|Peak season||2340||1170||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
18 March to 30 September 2020
1 October to 10 December 2020
10 January to 30 April 2021
11 December to 9 January 2021
Please look for the full terms and conditions on our website www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions
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 wood-stove and campfires (for sale at property shop)
Unfortunately no pets allowed on the farm.
To secure your stay a 50% deposit is required. The balance of the booking amount must paid in full to AfriCamps, at the latest, one month before arrival. In the event of a booking made within one month before arrival the entire booking amount must be paid immediately.
In the case of a late or incomplete payment you are in default. AfriCamps will reserve to the right to cancel the booking within immediate effect. You are responsible for all damages which suffers or will suffer as a consequence of this, as well as all costs which AfriCamps has made with regard to your booking and the cancellation.
In the event of a cancellation more than a month before arrival, your deposit of 50% will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation within a month before arrival the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps. In the case of premature termination of the stay, the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps.
- > 1 month: 50% Cancellation fee (50% deposit is non-refundable)
- 1 month – arrival: 100% Cancellation fee (Full amount is due and non-refundable)
AfriCamps and the corresponding farm accept no liability for: theft, loss or damage, of whatever nature, during or as a result of a stay on one of our affiliated farms, falling into defect or putting out of action of technical equipment and loss or closure of supplies on the farm.
The guests and those who accompany him or her, are jointly and severally responsible for all loss and/or damage which arises, for AfriCamps, the farm in question and/or any third party as a direct or an indirect consequence of their stay, irrespective of whether this was caused through actions or refraining from actions by themselves or by third parties, who are at the farm through their making, as well as of all damage which is caused by any animal and/or matter which they have under their responsibility. If you leave your tent in an improper condition, AfriCamps is entitled to charge R250,- of additional (cleaning) costs. This can double to R500,- in combination with a late departure.