All the Hoerikwaggo tented camps on the Cape Peninsula are fabulous but my favourite is Orange Kloof, near Constantia Nek. Despite being only 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, the camp is so cleverly designed that all you hear are bird calls and the tinkling of the stream.
Tucked away in the indigenous forest, the four two-person and one four-bedded tents are built on wooden decks connected by wooden boardwalks – a nod to the ‘touch the earth lightly’ approach of minimising the impact on the natural landscape. These, and the big wooden beds, are built almost entirely of alien vegetation chopped down within Table Mountain National Park.
The camp has everything you need for self-catering including a spacious, fully equipped kitchen and big, open fireplace.
Eco-friendly touches like the funky recycled glass jars that are used for lighting, and the wonderful showers, make the place special, but it’s fundamentally an easily accessible wilderness escape where you can walk, enjoy sundowners on the raised deck, or sit around the fire under the starlit sky.