The new Jurgens Classique at Dube Private Game Reserve
The new range of caravans from Jurgens Ci has everybody talking, and really turned heads at the Beeld Holiday Show earlier this year.
So, it will come as no surprise that we were the “talk of the resort” when we took the Classique away to the Dube Private Game Reserve in Brits for a long weekend. Fellow campers and caravanners were intrigued, and popped in to chat about the Classique, and several wanted a guided tour of the caravan. A few even contacted their local Campworld dealerships the very next day to enquire about availability!
Hitching up and towing was a breeze. You would expect a caravan of this size to feel heavy when towing, but our Nissan Navara 4×4 bakkie (you need a towing vehicle with a tare greater than, or equal to, 1 800kg to tow the Classique) had no problems on the open road, as we headed from the city to the Dube Private Game Reserve.
If you want to benefit fully from all that Dube has to offer, then the longer you stay, the better! From the fun of the days, to the calm evenings of campfires and stars, the city feels a million miles away.
Setting up the Classique is simple, and the four corner-steadies stabilised and levelled the caravan perfectly.
The caravan comfortably sleeps two adults, and the mattress is an absolute win! We love a firm, comfortable mattress, and this one delivered the goods. Although the interior is pretty compact, it did not leave us feeling cramped, thanks to the layout.
We loved the choice of fabrics used throughout, and agreed that the finishes and furniture were definitely in line with modern interior-décor trends. The new ‘square design’ also has a current feel to it, and offers significantly more head room.
The cupboard space is ample, with long, short, mini and medium cupboards, wardrobes and overhead lockers. We managed to store everything we needed for a four-night trip. The fridge/freezer (228 litre / 220 V) is big, and offered enough room to pack away all our goodies for the long weekend. We were particularly impressed with the amount of food we could stash away!
Another interior feature that impressed was the lighting – reading lights next to each side of the bed, touch-lights with dual settings in the kitchen area and bathroom, and extensive, consistent illumination throughout the interior and exterior. The two roof skylights (one on each end of the caravan) added extra light, and definitely contributed to that interior feeling of spaciousness.
There are plenty of plug points throughout the caravan and the USB ports are a welcome addition. Considering the number of devices, smart phones and tablets we took away with us this weekend, we were pleasantly surprised that no one had to stand in the queue for a USB port to become available for charging. There were more than enough to go around!
The bathroom – what bliss. Tons of storage space, a toilet, and the shower was super! The 60 litre water tank and 220V geyser provided hot showers on tap. The stainless steel vanity basin with hot and cold running water was a win, especially for late night tooth-brushing after a day of wall-to-wall fun.
The internal kitchen sported a 34-litre multi-function microwave and a Snappy Chef pot and pan, and the drawer was packed with a Jurgens crockery set. The external pull-out kitchen features a portable Snappy Chef induction stove which is extremely energy-efficient with fast cooking times.
Because of the dual kitchens, the day’s designated cook doesn’t need to feel excluded from the rest of the caravanners – if the action’s happening outside, the meal preparation can be done outside as well!
The stainless steel bowl with hot and cold running water in the external pull-out kitchen was great for soaking and piling up dishes, ready for the big wash-up!
The Classique comes with a full tent and groundsheet. This increased our living area dramatically and provided more than enough space for six kids to sleep comfortably.
To find out more about the New Jurgens Classique and for dealer locations, visit www.campworld.co.za
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Dube Private Game Farm
Enjoying the natural beauty of the North West bush, highlighted by the magnificent sunset, was our perfect way to end each day. A stroll at dusk allowed us to view a number of the game-animal residents in the reserve. And for the energetic few humans, a jog in the tranquil bushveld, breathing in such fresh, clean air, was a wonderful way to start each day.
The reception offers an expansive covered seating area overlooking a pool and a natural dam. Bring your fishing rods, paddle on the boats and kayaks, or watch others do that while you sip a cold one. The variety of activities available to each and every guest makes the days way too short. The water slides which are in the process of being installed promise to pump up the fun on offer for young and old at Dube.
There are 12 chalets available at the game farm, but most visitors head for the more than 150 camping sites. Surrounded by trees, and grassed, the camping area is very popular.
Apart from the normal stands, there are 4 Exclusive sites which are paved. Each has a shade cloth, with its own ablution, and a kitchen with a fridge and a microwave, as well as braai facilities.
The 3 Private stands are paved and each has a bathroom, kitchen and braai facilities.
The indoor heated pool was fantastic for both adults and kids. This feature alone provided hour upon hour of sheer bliss! The trampolines just next to the heated pools also provided endless entertainment for the young ones.
For the children, the sheer freedom of being able to hop onto their bicycles and go to any of the ‘fun’ spots in the park is priceless. They have the opportunity to explore the park safely in its entirety.
A typical day for our kids went something like this: ride their bikes, swim, paddle at the dam, come back to camp to eat and drink. Jump on the trampolines, play putt-putt, ride their bikes, come back to camp to eat and drink. Swim, paddle at the dam, play table tennis, buy an ice-cream from the shop, swim, jump on the trampolines, fit in a quick game of cricket and come back to the camp to eat and drink.
And that’s how it went for four days. As long as we, the adults of the group, fed and hydrated our children, our job was done.
The free time for us was very refreshing – a true gift! Any time that was not spent swimming, walking, playing table tennis, or enjoying a game or two of Scrabble and 30 Seconds, was spent relaxing in the shade with a book or enjoying an afternoon snooze. For the grown-ups, THAT was priceless!
Now, after the visit that we have just enjoyed, we are eyeing the calendar for the next gap!