Reader Resort Review: ATKV Hartenbos


Musicians and songwriters have been singing Hartenbos’s praises for years. No surprise, then, that this village is often called die hart van die Tuinroete. It’s a beautiful, relaxing spot best known for its pristine beaches − and the caravan park reviewed here.

Words & Images P-J Hannabus

During Easter and the Christmas season, thousands of caravans, tents and boats converge on this stretch of coast; tanned, oiled bodies fill every restaurant, movie house and beach. Happily, there’s lots to do and lots to see, despite the crush.

But, if you’d prefer to miss the holiday peak times, ATKV Hartenbos is also well worth visiting out of season, when you can enjoy everything that Hartenbos and Mossel Bay has to offer − at your own pace.

The long sandy beaches nearby are safe for swimming, fishing and hiking. There are shopping malls, movie theatres and restaurants to suit everyone’s tastes. Within easy walking distance of this caravan park are shops, restaurants, a water world, putt-putt, a hot-water indoor pool, takeaways, and pubs with sea views… all this fronting on miles of beaches and boardwalks.

In fact, there’s about two kilometres of paved, wheelchair-friendly boardwalk along the Hartenbos beach which is lit up at night for safety.

The resort offers chalets and rondavels interspersed with camping ‘blocks’ along the beachfront. Blocks C and D are set about 10 metres above sea level, with about 48 sites in each block; they’re also closest to the shops. Block J is set back with no sea view, but is close to shops.

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