We recently had the pleasure of camping at Doringlaagte resort, just 2.8 kilometres outside Montagu. It is built around a lovely dam, so visitors can enjoy fishing, paddling and canoeing. For the kiddies there’s a lovely playground with a trampoline, a swimming pool (if you don’t like the idea of swimming in the dam), as well as four greens for practicing pitching and putting … and an island green to test your nerves!
Birdlife is plentiful and Sociable Weavers make their nests in the trees on the banks of the dam. In the nearby mountains you’ll find a 4×4 route, hiking and mountain biking trails. The campsites are large and grassed with powerpoints. But note, there’s no electricity supply for the campsites close to the dam: you’ll need to bring a 30–40 m long extension lead to connect to the campsites further away from the water. Electricity is supplied by a generator, which can’t handle electric kettles or microwaves.
If you aren’t into camping ,then book into one of the resort’s four self-catering chalets which overlook the dam. All are fully equipped and boast their own wooded deck, and a lapa for braaing; each is sized for a family. You can even get an adventurous African experience in the men’s ablution block with its beautiful African-style finishes, while for the ladies there is a brand-new ablution facility. They’ve also recently added a new communal washing-up area.
No day visitors, motorbikes, pets or loud music are allowed in the camp … and children under the age of 21 aren’t allowed to camp by themselves. This well-kept resort truly is a hidden haven of peace.