This campsite is situated on the banks of the Riet River, 35km South of Kimberley, near the villages of Modderrivier and Ritchie – about 3km off the main N12 on route between Cape Town and Johannesburg. The last 50m to the campsite is good gravel road.
When we reached Riverside Country Club and Caravan Park, we received a friendly welcomed from the owner, Lucy van Dyk. Lucy and Philip van Dyk bought the riverfront property 1994 and soon decided that they want to share this peaceful environment with others. They started developing the land into a camping site with campsites and neat self-catering units and named the campsite Riverside Country Club and Caravan Park.
Lucy accompanied us to our campsite, overlooking the Riet River. Our stand was situated near the communal ablution facilities. There are separate entrances to the men’s and ladies ablution and are both equipped with two hot water showers, flush toilets and enough mirrors. The ladies ablution is also equipped with a baby bath for moms with babies. Lucy is very “hands-on” across all areas of the camp site and makes sure that the ablutions and dish washing facilities are kept neat and clean at all times.
There is a total of 33 clearly marked stands and campers have the choice of either a stand on the side of the river or near the swimming pool on the upper terrace. All the stands are equipped with electricity and the large trees provide shide over the lush green lawns.
After we set up our tent, we kicked off our shoes and lit our campfire in the portable braai drum that was supplied on site. Soon we were enjoying the scenery over the river with a much needed sundowner in the hand. The welcoming sound of sheep and the abundance of the riverine bird life enhanced the relaxing atmosphere.
Later that afternoon some campers booked in that visit the campsite regularly to come fishing. They confirmed that Riverside Country Club and Caravan Park offer them excellent fishing opportunities from the luxury of their riverside camping site. Except for fishing, campers can also enjoy boating, canoeing and other water sports at the campsite as there is a boat launching slipway too.
Except for camping, you are also welcome to stay over in the self-catering units available on site. There are two chalets that can accommodate 4 guests as well as a chalet that is suitable for 2 guests. For travellers that only need a sleepover on their way to their next destination, there are five overnight rooms, kept in excellent condition!
Riverside Country Club and Caravan Park has many nearby attractions. The main ones include the Kimberley Mine Museum where the first officially recorded diamond discovery in South Africa was made. Also remember to visit The Big Hole with its observation platform that provides a good view of the Big Hole. A visit to Mokala National Park is also recommended. It is situated approximately 35km from Riverside Country Club and Caravan Park.
After a very relaxing few days, we had to pack up, but we would definitely visit Riverside Country Club and Caravan Park again and recommend this campsite to friends and family.
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Name: Riverside Country Club and Caravan Park
Location: 35km South of Kimberley
Accommodation: Camping and self-catering
Pricing: From R330 per night
Contact: 082 924 3075
- Electricity – Yes
- Hot water – Yes
- Fishing – Yes
- Relaxing space – YES
- Swimming pool – Yes
- Nearest town – Kimberley (35km)
- Bring your tent or caravan and your fishing tackle and show the yellowfish and carp who is the boss.