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Words & photos by John Foreman

Strandskloof Caravan Park, at just over three years old, is a relatively new caravan park.This is one of the first parks I have come across, (since I started camping in 1965), that is ideal for us pensioners and oldies. The park’s owners, Tot and his wife Anje, charge pensioners one rate – a substantially reduced price – throughout the year, which is just one of the many reasons why we support them as much as we do.

On arrival, you will be welcomed by either Anje, or the park’s manager, Isabel, who lives on site, too. At the entrance, you will find a 150m-long tarred road that leads to the park’s campsites, which are tucked away out of sight in the park’s greenery. There are rolling lawns on either side; and, if you glance to your right, you will see the ocean.

The campsite is about seven acres in total and this entire area is grassed, and almost always green. The resort is blessed to have its own natural spring, with water throughout the year. Even the smallest campsite is no less than 10 by 15 metres, and the largest about 20 by 30 metres. Each and every stand has a movable braai, a tap, an electricity point, a partially-buried black refuse bin, and a varnished windbreak on at least two sides for privacy and wind protection. Also on the premises are two nicely-restored furnished cottages available for hire – these are situated behind the campsites and out of sight of the campers.

The ablution facilities are neat and always clean. Can you remember when a campsite last supplied you with toilet paper? Well, here it’s free. Tot prides himself on the fact that he hosts holidaymakers, and not thieves, at his park – he patrols the park at least three times a day and there has never been a time when I’ve felt unsafe on the premises.

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