28 March 2012 by Kate Turkington

Become a pioneer – sleep in an oxwagon

A peep into the lives of South Africans’ far-travelling forebears, the Voortrekkers … with some romance and campfires thrown in.

So you’ve camped out in a tent and slept under the stars, but have you ever thought of bedding down in an old pioneer oxwagon?

Choose a family wagon, a 4-bedder, or if you’re in romantic mood, the Love Wagon with just 1 double bed.

If you go to Clarens in the Eastern Free State – one of the loveliest areas in South Africa with soaring golden sandstone mountains – and make your way to St Fort farm you’ll find old canvas-covered oxwagons parked in a tall poplar grove.

Choose a family wagon, a 4-bedder, or, if you’re in romantic mood, the Love Wagon with just 1 double bed.

Don’t worry, you won’t be roughing it like those early brave Voortrekker pioneers who trekked 1 000s of kilometres into the unknown interior in the 1830s and 1840s to escape British rule in the Cape.

Although you bring all your own food to cook, there’s hot and cold running water, a kettle, a 2-plate stove and an undercover braai area.

Best, before you snuggle down for the night, sit under the brilliant stars round a crackling camp fire and dream …

Category: Culture & History


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