A visit to the iconic Ou Skip Holiday Resort is always a welcome break from the bustle of city life. Set along the Cape West Coast, just outside Cape Town, the resort offers camping and caravan stands, tented camping and chalets, event and function facilities and a variety of activities to suit the entire family in search of the perfect holiday. Ou Skip, with its 206 level grassed sites, is one of the largest resorts on the West Coast. There are five neat ablution blocks offering hot and cold water, showers, baths, a scullery and a laundry. The resort also
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Sunset Mountain Caravan Park can be termed an exclusive boutique resort. It is small, discreet and beautifully set against the mountainside, with great care being taken to integrate the campsite flawlessly into its natural surroundings. The caravan park has six just camping sites, and caters only for over-18s. The reason for this is that they market themselves as the quiet couple’s getaway – a place where mom and dad can escape for a peaceful weekend. All the excavations and removal of rocks to form the camping sites were done without disturbing the large trees in the area, so expect lots
The ATKV Hartenbos resort started way back in 1936 as a part of the South African railways, and soon Hartenbos became one of the most popular venues on the Cape East Coast. With the influx of yearly holiday makers, ground around the resort was sold off and over time the town of Hartenbos developed. With the development of the nearby seafront complex, ATKV Hartenbos probably offers more activities for holidaymakers than any other similar resort in the country. It’s a massive resort, probably one of the biggest in South Africa. There are more than 570 caravan and camping sites in
One of the things that I love about working for Caravan & Outdoor Life is discovering caravan and camping sites. On a recent trip through the Eastern Free State near Clarens, I found the Old Mill Drift Guest Farm. Actually that’s not true. Truthfully I should say I “rediscovered” the Old Mill Drift Guest Farm. Because way back in 2002, I’d stayed at one of the old dressed sandstone cottages down on this farm that was surveyed on Paul Kruger’s instruction back in 1860. Originally, the farm was known as Beginsel. The land was then gifted by Queen Victoria as
It had been a long day in the saddle. We’d come a circuitous 400 km route from Cambria on the eastern edge of the Baviaanskloof via the Elandspad outside Patensie to Uitenhage, and then through Grahamstown onto Cathcart. Needless to say we were tired and a little grumpy when we got to our destination at dusk. But when you are welcomed by a friendly farm manager like Stuart Pringle, who shows you around your sumptuously green and well organised campsite, your mood improves quickly. After being taken on the tour of the modern ablution blocks and centralised communal lapa with
I remember sitting with my fiancée a few years ago on the south-eastern arm of the Gariep Dam.
From the moment I heard the cheerful laugh of Anneke Olwage on the phone, I felt at home at Koro-Koro.
The Sterland Caravan Park, on the right hand side as you enter the small town of Sutherland, is one of my favourite campsites in the Karoo. I say this for a number of reasons. Firstly the owners Jurg and Rita Wagener, who in their words “farm with stars”, make you welcome from the moment you arrive at the small, well-run campsite. Entering the property you get the first intimation of what the Sterland experience is all about. What are those five strange white doodads on your right? It looks like a tribe of R2-D2 robots. Then the penny drops: they’re
I’ll never forget my first sighting of the Spitzkoppe. We arrived late in the afternoon, when the air was starting to cool after a typical hot Namibian day. Seemingly growing out of the plains of the Namib desert was a sandstone mountain massif, a sight that will be forever imprinted in my memory. By Richard van Ryneveld Known as the Matterhorn of Namibia, the Spitzkoppe are found to the north east of Swakopmund, with the closest town of Usakos some 50km away. It’s an imposing “sharp head”, rising some 1 728m off the desert floor. Adjacent to it is the minor
There are very few places in the world where you can breathe almost pure ozone and feel as free, safe and secure in your solitude as you do at Kwass se Baai. ESSENTIAL INFO Number of stands: 4 Electricity: No Water: No Ablutions: Shared enviro-loos only Braai facilities: Fire-pit, but bring your own grid Pets allowed: No Security: Not as such, but rangers do patrol daily Tariffs: Rates: R145 p.p.p.n plus conservation fee of R 40 p.p.p.d. Shop: The Groenriviermond office sells wood and water. One of nine basic coastal campsites between Groenriviersmond and the Spoegrivier Estuary in the Namaqua National