Bella Vista is situated 23km from Piketberg on the Langeberg Road, on top of the Piketberg Mountain. As the name "Bella Vista" implies, we are blessed with some beautiful views of the surrounding farms, the Swartland, the Sandveld and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
What we do:
We farm, on a small scale, with Buchu and we grow Bonsai. We have a small nursery, mainly for private use. We also like to have fresh veggies and herbs available. We try to keep everything as organic as is possible, but are not certified as such.
THE CAMP SITES:
The rustic and very basic camp sites are situated near some beautiful rock formations, a natural ''rock garden'' in fact, with many indigenous species of trees, shrubs, succulents, mosses, and other plants. In February the aloes are in full bloom and their bright red flowers are quite a spectacular site. The rocks have been shaped by wind and water over millennia.
The camp sites have access to the rock garden, which have a number of natural ''seats'' under the trees where you can read, relax, meditate, or just enjoy the views.
From the camp sites you will have a fine view of Kasteelberg, Koringberg, and part of the Swartland. Walk up the slope behind you and you can spot Table Mountain and the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the distance.
Bokmakierie "Caravan Chalet":
A revamped 1961 vintage Jurgens 13B caravan comprises this unique ''caravan cottage''. It gives new meaning to the word ''cosy''. It sleeps 2 adults (on a double bed) and 2 small children on bunk beds. The caravan is fully equipped, except for bedding, towels and other personal items. The kitchen is equipped with pots and pans, and cutlery and crockery for six people. A sink, a 2-plate gas stove, camp chairs and tables are all provided.
Ideal for new campers who do not have all the necessary equipment, or for anybody who likes camping but do not the like the hassles of setting up and breaking down camp. We will, however, need a day's notice to get everything ready for you.
A shower is available, with hot water provided by a large gas geyser. A dry (composting) toilet is provided.
Hangklip Camp Site:
A terraced camp site situated close to the rock formation where it got its name from. There are 5 terraces, some large enough to accommodate caravans, off-road trailers and larger tents, if you plan to come as a group. The site is ideal for campers who are fully equipped with all the necessary camping gear and equipment.
A shower is available, with hot water provided by a large gas geyser. A dry (composting) toilet is provided. If your group consists of 6 (paying) campers or more you can have the exclusive use of the ablution facilities at this site.
THINGS TO DO:
- Walk, on the farm or on safe tar or gravel roads in the area.
- Cycle, on tar or on gravel roads. You can, for instance, ride down the gravel road pass to the village of Goedverwacht, a historic mission station.
- If you are interested in plants, large areas of the farm is covered with pristine fynbos. Jeep tracks and footpaths lead to different areas of the farm, where you can see the different types of flaura.
- Watch the stars or the satellites go by at night, or marvel, in the light of a camp fire, at the bats' ability to navigate.
Climate / Weather:
We are situated at an elevation of more than 600 meters above sea level (i.e. about 400 meters higher than the nearby town of Piketberg) so our summer temperatures are generally more pleasant than that of the Swartland, but during the other seasons it can become quite chilly. Therefore you are advised to bring sufficient warm clothes, and especially warm sleeping gear, as the nights can be cold.