Innikloof a weekend away
I love Patensie. After countless drives to this iconic eastern cape village for scrumptious lunches, breathtaking countryside and many photoshoots I decided it was time to see what Hankey had to offer. Hankey is a village enroute to Patensie and is so very often overlooked. Subsequently I found innikloof which lies 11km out of Hankey.
As you enter the valley also known as Honey Clough you can’t help but be astounded by the huge trees that welcome you. Innikloof is a working Citrus Farm that allows guests to share the beauty of their Estate. No day visitors and no cellphone reception (what bliss).
“Sky above. Earth below. Peace within.”
They offer a main camp ground with ample shade, electrical points, braai area and ablution facilities. A short stroll leads to the most amazing natural swimming hole. For those that don’t want to camp they have 4 fully equipped cottages. But the real deal for me are the three private camping sites they have available. You park your car and you carry your belongings through the bush on a path to your designated campsite. This is most certainly not everybody’s cup of tea but it is something you would like to do then pack lightly. The three sites are a good distance away from each other for optimum privacy. The shared ablution facilities are rustic but quaint and even boast a hot shower.
My husband and I choose Bosmusikant which is the site closest to the car and the toilet. That particular site boasts an enormous yellow wood tree. Our tent was dwarfed by this massive creation.
Bosloerie would would in fact be my favourite site as it has its own swimming hole. But just too far to shlep our equipment. Once you have set up camp and you sit and have your well deserved rest the peace and quiet engulfs you and causes instantaneous relaxation. Then you realise there are some sounds present, sounds of birds and the gurgling stream that runs past the campsite.
The farm offers two hiking trails which we did not manage to complete due to the heat. But instead we tested all the swimming holes and we will return and do the hikes. A weekend to behold. I can highly recommend it.