In an earlier post I talked about walking in the calming indigenous forest of Platbos near Gansbaai and De Kelders in the Western Cape, a two- to three-hour drive east of Cape Town. And I promised to tell you more about where we stayed, at the Honey Bee Camp at Platbos Forest, Overberg.
We found it sheltered by a huge white stinkwood tree with a gnarled trunk and branches spreading wide to create shade. In the evening a full moon peeped out between its branches; in the morning, sunlight played among its leaves as the sombre greenbul and Cape robin chirruped to welcome the new day.
Honey Bee Camp in the Platbos Forest is a lovely place to spend at least two nights - off the grid, private, romantic and calming. To get the most out of your visit I recommend taking a walk in the forest – it’s a chance to meet some of the stars of the forest, from milkwoods and sea guarris to wild peach and white pear.
- Apart from Honey Bee Camp, you can also stay at Forest Camp or Old Olive Cabin, etc. More details about what each offers at www.platbos.co.za.
- How to get there: take the R43 from Stanford to Gansbaai. About 12km from Stanford take the left turn towards Grootbos. 6km further on this gravel road you’ll come to the Platbos turnoff on your right.
- Get a map of the walking trails from the info kiosk. If you’re staying at Platbos, the trails are free; if not, you need to pay R50 an adult and R20 a child into the honesty box. Day visitors should book ahead on 082-4110448 (Mon-Fri, office hours).
- For more info about the forest, read my post Platbos indigenous forest in the Overberg.
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