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CCSA Cape Western Region: A Foggy but Fun-Filled Weekend at Millers Point

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From 19 to 21 April 2024, the Western Cape Region Caravan Club gathered at Millers Point, a standout among the parks managed by the City of Cape Town. Renowned for its breathtaking views and welcoming atmosphere, Millers Point exceeded expectations with its well-maintained facilities. The ablution blocks remained consistently clean, thanks to the diligent staff who were always on hand and brought a great sense of humour to their interactions. Security was top-notch, with regular patrols ensuring everyone felt safe. The grassed sites provided ample shade and protection from the elements, although the occasional gust of wind reminded everyone of nature’s unpredictability.

Camping at Millers Point proved to be a wonderfully social experience. The spacious plots allowed for double-ups, enabling communal gatherings that fostered a strong sense of camaraderie among club members. The park’s layout, with its well-kept grassed walkways and stairways, added to the overall excellent upkeep. Despite the heavy fog that blanketed the area for much of the weekend, attendees remained in high spirits, taking the opportunity to visit local tourist attractions and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the park.

The rally saw the participation of 28 caravans, including 27 from Cape Western and one visitor, with the highlight being the celebration of Owen and Caron Daniell’s 100th Regional Rally. Friday began on an overcast note, but the weather was not cold, allowing members to set up camp comfortably. Many campers chose to double up on plots, resulting in several sites remaining unused. The evening was filled with laughter and catching up as friends and families reconnected around their campfires.

Saturday morning greeted the campers with dense fog, which took its time to lift. This provided a perfect excuse for many to explore the local attractions in the deep south, such as the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Simonstown’s charming shops, and the vibrant restaurants and pubs of Kalk Bay. Despite the fog returning in the evening, the revelry continued unabated, with members sharing stories and enjoying the communal atmosphere.

Sunday arrived with even thicker fog, but the day soon turned eventful with an unplanned visit from a troop of baboons. The baboons caused quite a commotion, raiding campsites and making off with spoils including a packet of rusks, a dozen eggs, and a two-litre bottle of milk. Campers responded with much shouting and the banging of pots and pans, and some even humourously tried to hand the baboons brooms. Eventually, the baboons were shooed away, leaving behind an entertaining story for the campers.

After the baboon excitement, the community settled into a relaxed Chairman’s meeting. Sonia, the fines master, playfully enforced camp rules and issued fines to those deserving. A memorable moment occurred when Eugene Smith passed the wooden spoon to Chris Sandmann, who earned it after breaking it in an attempt to steal it. Chris now faces the task of repairing the spoon, adding another layer of fun to the club’s tradition.

The weekend rounded off with reports of everyone thoroughly enjoying their time, whether it was exploring local spots like the Black Marlin restaurant or simply soaking in the camaraderie at the campsite. The consensus was clear: it was a fantastic weekend filled with fun, laughter, and memorable moments.

The Western Cape Region Caravan Club invites everyone to join their next outing at Fish Eagle in Hermon from 24 to 26 May 2024 and continue the adventure with this vibrant and friendly community. Don’t miss out on the chance to create more unforgettable memories! For more information, visit the CCSA Cape Western Region’s website by clicking here.

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