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Campsite review: Koningskop

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If you are ever looking for an oasis set in the picturesque region of Citrusdal, then look no further than Koningskop. It is the ideal campsite to release the stresses and strains of your busy work schedule and enjoy this pristine environment and scenic surrounds. We spent two days at Koningskop and we were reluctant to leave, as it is such an amazing camping venue.

There is a large central dam with a super tube for the kids to enjoy during summer, mountain biking, swimming pools, hiking trails, 4×4 routes, fishing, kayaking, bird watching and various other activities to keep young and old entertained. And, if you decide you don’t feel like being entertained, simply sit back in your comfortable camping chair with your favourite beverage in hand and watch the world go by. You’re on holiday, you’re allowed to do as you please. You deserve it!

Izak and Lize-Anne Spreeth are the owners of Koningskop and Mari heads up at reception. What kind and generous hosts they all are. They even invited us for a gin tasting and pizza night during our stay and what delicious fare it was with good conversation. Nothing was too much trouble and Izak took time out of his busy day to take me on the 4×4 routes on the Koningskop working farm which produces citrus and Rooibos tea. More about the Koningskop 4×4 routes can be found at the SA4x4 website.

The thatched central lapa overlooks the large dam and is a great setting for any function. They can seat up to 120 people with enough space left for a dance floor. The lapa and function room is available for functions and has its own whiteboard, projector, sound equipment, catering and bar facilities. There is also a shop and restaurant for holidaymakers to enjoy.

The large outdoor pizza oven is offers traditional wood-fired pizzas to be enjoyed with a glass of wine on the deck while admiring the surrounding nature? The Lapa is open for all campers on Saturdays and sports can be viewed on the large screen TV. If you do get a chance, drive the few kilometres to De Tol farm stall for a scrumptious breakfast or even a wine tasting, they stock some great Piekenierskloof Wines.

Koningskop is home to some excellent 4×4 trails for those who want to get their adrenaline pumping. I undertook the easier route to start with and then ventured some way up the tougher route. One thing is for sure, the routes will test your off-road abilities and they offer some of the most amazing elevated lookout points to the valley below.

During our stay at Koningskop the Motorhome Club of South Africa (Western Cape region) had a block booking and arrived in force with about 15 motorhomes of various shapes and sizes. Though the weather wasn’t great, they still enjoyed lots of “gees” and could be seen chatting with one another, beverages in hand, around a braai fire. Ralph Jackson, the chairman of MCSA, was kind enough to show me around his plush motorhome and have a quick chat, while the other members welcomed me to take photos.

Camping facilities

Koningskop has 50 generous camping stands to choose from and all are grassed with trees offering good shade. The campsite is well manicured and the ablutions are clean and neat with hot showers and outside washing up facilities. The camping stands are suitable for caravans, motorhomes, trailers and tents and each is equipped with an electrical point.

Koningskop boasts a variety of indigenous fynbos and wildlife. You can even view the Bushman paintings at the top of the mountain by either walking or driving the 4×4 trail. The Hiking Trail, which is marked out by arrows, takes about one and a half hours to complete and the views of the valley below are impressive. If you are in the Citrusdal area, be sure to book your spot at Koningskop, it is quite simply a quality campsite, safe as houses, in a beautiful setting.

If you’d like to get hold of Koningskop, email them on info@koningskop.co.za.

 

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