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I was on my way to Jackal Creek some four kilometres from the coffee shop on the R364 to Clanwilliam. Jackals Creek is another of those wonderful conglomerations only the West Coast could produce. Firstly, the oversized, big white rondawel is a pub, art gallery, wedding venue, restaurant, or just the home of local character Curnall. Writing a note, I asked Curnall what his surname was. His immediate answer was, “Moneyflower”. Looking a bit puzzled, he gave me what I was to learn was one of his signature laughs, “No man it’s, Gelderbloem.” I liked him from the start. Jackal…

The Jongensfontein Caravan Park is the flagship of the Hessequa Municipality, and with good reason. It’s simply wow! This thickly grassed and tiered gem of a campsite is set right on the beach and offers everything you’d want in a holiday location – it’s as safe as houses. What’s more, there is not an electric fence in sight in Jongensfontein. The campsite itself is carefully manicured with power points and water close on hand. The stands are large and, given the surrounding beauty with sea views and blue skies, you’ll need to book early in season as this campsite bursts…

Preekstoel is situated about 4km from Stilbaai and borders the clean, white sandy beach and shallow bay that offers a variety of water sports, which include swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, angling sailing, canoeing, boating and waterskiing. If sport is not on your agenda, relax and do a bit of sunbathing on the pristine beach, while the kids frolic in the warm sea. Communal braai areas are available to guests, with power and water available at each stand. Preekstoel Caravan Park has 404 camping stands allowing six people per site as well as 16 self-catering chalets and a youth hostel…

We arrived at Witsand Caravan Park in the evening and it was spitting with rain, but that did not put us off, as we were in the well-appointed Discover FunX – with everything we needed within arm’s reach. So there were no tents to erect, no flapping awnings, just a quick plug into the power and the rest was easy. We enjoyed the warm interior of the motorhome, while the bad weather continued outside. We then made a simple snack supper of cheese, liver paté and savoury biscuits, after which my better half fired up her laptop to do some…

If you really want to get away from it all, then Gouritsmond Caravan Park should be your destination of choice. It is housed in the perfect coastal setting with the river mouth and the beach converging to form the focal point of this quaint town. If water sports are on your holiday agenda, then you’ve come to the right place, but if relaxing next to a braai fire in the neatly grassed Gouritsmond Caravan Park is too, then you’ll feel right at home. Birdwatchers will find an abundance of birds in the area and they should keep their binoculars on…

This large campsite has 338 stands, all of which are grassed and have power. There are also 21 self-catering chalets and bungalows offering accommodation for groups between two and six people, which are kitted out with a bathroom, kitchen, crockery, cutlery, fridge, microwave and braai facilities – for those who don’t feel like setting up tents and camping. Ablutions are clean and neat offering hot showers, basins and toilets. The campsite borders the Blue Flag swimming beach and is close to the Goukou River. Holidaymakers can enjoy a number of activities in and around this cosmopolitan campsite, such as mountain…

The wonderfully named Vatikaki Bush Camp is situated on Bakenskloof Farm, owned by Reenen Kritzinger and his wife Tracey and three kids. Created by Reenen and five friends, the group cleared a great camping site on the banks of the river. He later joined an informal bunch of 4×4 enthusiast called the Vatikaki 4×4 Adventure Club. The Vatikaki bunch so enjoyed camping at Bakenskloof farm, one of their members welded up a huge rocket-like donkey boiler for the camp. Reenen in turn built a toilet and a really large double shower, and the Bakenskloof Vatikaki Bos Kamp was born. The…

Champagne by the River Campsite and Cottage accommodation is a fruit farm with a private campsite and a cottage on the Zonderend River. Situated 15 km from Greyton and 32 km from Caledon in the Western Cape, and hour and a half drive from Cape Town. Camp or stay in a beautiful small cottage which is situated next to the Zonderend River surrounded by fruit trees. The campsite is sheltered and private, and the Zonderend river has deep pools for swimming. The ablutions are basic but clean, with two hot showers and two flush toilets. There are 4 power points…

Oewerzicht has 25 beautifully mown grassed campsites, some with an adjoining wood shelters. The campsites are all on the banks of the river. The ablution facilities are amazing, while the character of Oewerzicht is still pure country at its best. The campsite is on a large working farm, and the feeling is of openness and space along the palmiet reed-fringed river with the Riviersonderend Mountains towering in the background as a backdrop. The river that runs through it is off course where everything happens. Whether its fishing for bass, canoeing, tubing or simply contemplating your navel as you watch the…

Heading for Cape Town and need a stopover? Some four hours from Cape Town on the N1, and 33 km from Prince Albert, is a farm destination that is literally an oasis in a wonderfully barren wilderness:  Abrahamskraal Guest Farm. Keep an eye open for the R353 – it is a gravel road 18 km on the Cape-Town side of Leeu Gamka. The actual farm lies 10 km from the national road (33 km from Prince Albert), is a working sheep farm, popular as a guest farm and function venue, and a favourite stop for mountain bikers. That stretch of…

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