Stradding the banks of the Breede River and sitting sort of mid-point between Bonnievale (17km) and Swellendam (27km), this cheese-producing farm is tailor-built for a big group of buddies who like to camp in style.
Why? Because on offer is a tented camp comprising a total of six comfortable tents - each with its own bathroom and private patio (wow!) - and a shared kitchen/clubhouse/lapa, where your tribe will gather at meal and other times. In other words, what Melkhout offers is a perfect blend of privacy, comfort and the great outdoors, with the languid river forming the central focus.
The tents are equipped with bedding and towels, braai wood is supplied, and since it's a dairy farm, you are welcome to trundle along to the dairy with a container and top up on Jersey milk that's come straight from the udder. Wandering along to the clubhouse, you'll find everything and more for a group of 12 happy campers, including DSTV (bring own card or suffer the perils of SABC), all kitchen and braaing supplies etc. What's more, ye camping hedonists can opt for either a full or semi-catered service. Melkhout sounds more and more like our kinda place.
Now what to do? Chill out under a tree, swim, fish, birdwatch, drink beer, braai, drive to Bonnievale, drive to Swellendam, don't bring your quad bike, drink milk, eat cheese, drink some more milk. If you ask us, this could be a darn near perfect group getaway.