Review of River of Joy in

Caravan & Outdoor Life Magazine


The River of Joy Guest Farm is situated just 1km off the N1 highway, some 25 kilometers north of Bloemfontein. Situated on the banks of the Modder River, this small, friendly rural campsite is one that you shouldn’t hesitate to visit. It’s perfectly located for travelers on their way to or from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

The resort consists of 15 shaded and grassed stands, all with electricity. The borehole water in the shared taps is safe to drink. The ablution facilities are good, and there is tons of hot water. Braai and laundry facilities are available, there is a picnic stand on a gazebo overlooking the Modder River, and a playground with a trampoline. 

The venue has a real farm feeling, with ducks, geese and a small flock of sheep grazing in the grounds. Remember to give the two friendly sheep dogs a goodnight pat before turning in for the night. And if you love going on holiday with your own furry friends, pet are allowed at River of Joy! If you can, get the sites down near the banks of the river. And take a fishing rod if you like fishing – there’s carp and barbell in the river. Canoes are available for rent if you want to get out on the water.

If you want to get out and about, there is plenty do in the surrounding area. The Bagamoya Wildlife Estate is close by. Here you can experience getting close to their large lion collection. The Soetdoring Nature Reserve is also close by, and there are some marvelous museums in Bloemfontein. Pop in to the Anglo Boer War Museum, and the Oliewenhuis Art Museum.  

The nearby Boyden Observatory is well worth a visit. The Observatory was originally located in in a place called Arequipa, in Peru. Back in 1927 the whole observatory was packed up and shipped to Bloemfontein. River of Joy also has six self-catering units, and a conference/function center with a large fully-equipped kitchen.

- Written by Richard Van Ryneveld

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