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    We have been caravanning since 1975 and enjoy the lifestyle very much.

    I tow my 1982 Jurgens Magnificent with my 1996 Isuzu Double Cab KB260 and am still very pleased with the caravan and the vehicle.

    Over the past forty-plus years, we have visited 98 different caravan parks, some more times than others. I think I can really say that we know what to look for in a caravan park after all these years.

    In May this year, when we celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary, we decided to try out a brand new caravan park, a first for us, and can truly say we found a gem in Moloto which is north-east of Pretoria. The name of the park is Wagondrift Lodge and Game Park.

    At the present time there are two electrified sites, each with its own ablution block, aptly named Porcupine and Warthog.

    These consist of a shower, scullery and separate toilet.

    Hot water is provided by gas water heaters. These facilities are tiled and very well appointed, with all that is necessary for a good stay.

    The blue caravan plug has to be used and this is on a pole in close proximity to where you park. In the event of power outages a generator kicks in.

    The owner has indicated that he wants to make two more similar caravan sites and also provide tented accommodation for those who prefer it.

    He has also indicated that he would in future be providing an extra two plug points on the existing sites, so that if a group wanted to go and is prepared to share the facilities.

    The grass is newly planted and once established should be good.

    Each site has a fire pit where you can make a log fire with the wood that is supplied. The braai area is built up to waist height, has a grid and a light that shines over the braai.

    There is a tiled work surface where you can prepare your food and keep your gas stove for cooking, as we do. The beauty of this facility is that you make your fire in the fire pit and then with the long spade provided transfer enough coals to braai your favourite meat. This works very well.

    Each site also has its own thatched lapa where one can place chairs and tables to enjoy the great outdoors.

    The park is on an established game farm, with most of the game one would normally find, such as kudu, impala, zebra, bontebok, wildebeest, waterbuck and nyala.

    There is a game viewing hide under thatch by the water hole.

    At the main lodge there is a swimming pool and 7 self-catering chalets.

    Game drives are also available. You can also take mountain bikes and ride along the game viewing tracks for relaxation and exercise.

    To stay at Wagondrift Lodge, click HERE.

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    Andre Pieterse
    Andre Pieterse on

    Do you use a travel magazine to find new venues and if so which magazine/s would you recommend as the better ones to use

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    SATRAVELER
    SATRAVELER on

    I simply love the Great Outdoor Guide as well as the Caravan and Outdoor Life magazine and SA4x4! The new Great Outdoors Guide is out now and I must say I LOVE IT!

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    Brian Hibberd
    Brian Hibberd on

    Hello Andre,

    We use two Reference guides, the CAMP AND LIVE  and the GREAT OUTDOOR GUIDE as well as the Caravan and Outdoor Life magazine.

    Each of these have their own individual  character and advantages.

    The caravan and outdoor life does regular reviews of parks and includes personal accounts of the parks by a specialised travel Writer / Camper which are very informative, interesting and entertaining.

    As for the Great Outdoor guide, it provides a very good profile of a fair number of parks around the country, and covers several parks not detailed in other Guides.

    My personal favourite and long time resort reference  Bible is the “Camp and Live”                     ( CaravanParks.com ).

    One of the features of this particular  camping Guide is the resort rating feature which provides resort ratings in five catagories as rated by actual campers after visiting the resort. The ratings are on a 1 – 5 basis, one of the most valuable as far as we are concerned is the “Safety”  Rating. Our preference is to visit only parks with not less than a rating of not less than a 4.  ( have a look on www .caravanparks .com )

    I encourage all campers to contribute to this rating of resort after all visits, both in a written overview and a numerical rating.

    In summary I suggest you use all three of the above to get the full picture.

    Good luck and safe camping.

     

     

     

     

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