I love camping on the Cape’s West Coast, and I recently “discovered” Ganzekraal Coastal Resort. Literally on Cape Town’s doorstep, the resort is right on the Atlantic Ocean and has a large tidal pool which offers safe swimming. The resort is just off the R27, some 23km before the coastal village of Yzerfontein.
Ganzekraal has 46 grassed campsites with power. The caravan- and campsites are split into two sections, A and B. Each section has its own ablution block which consists of four showers, four toilets and four wash basins. There are scullery facilities at each ablution block.
The resort also has 28 sea-facing selfcatering wooden chalets, a tidal pool, a slipway, conference facilities with a lapa bar, and a restaurant. Each campsite has its own braai facilities. Braai wood is available, only in season, at the tuck shop.
Although many campers have reservations about municipal campsites (Ganzekraal is run by the Moorreesburg municipality), I found this gem on the West Coast to be secure, with entry through a security gate that’s manned 24 hours a day.
I have now camped at Ganzekraal twice. The first time was in winter, and I was the only camper except for one other couple in a tent. I loved it.
The second time, more recently, was in the middle of the week… and it was again practically empty. However, when I spoke to Cheryl-Anne January in the office, I learnt that in high season (15 December – 15 January, as well as the Easter weekend) the Ganzekraal Resort is packed to the hilt!
The complex also has a conference facility, a communal lapa area, a wedding venue, and a restaurant and bar. With this focus on group events and getaways, I’m sure it can get quite noisy and rowdy at weekends and in peak season. You may want to take note that, during summer, your trip might coincide with a wedding, a work function or a family reunion.
But, if (like me), you prefer peace and quiet, I would recommend visiting in winter, or in midweek in the early summer. Your site is literally on the beach, with incredible views over the bay, rocks and ocean. Just remember to pack your umbrella or gazebo, and a wind screen, because (although the sites are usually beautifully grassed) there are no trees to shade you, or to protect you against the wind.
There are plenty of places of interest near Gaanzekraal. The small towns of Darling and Yzerfontein are close by; and just up the road, (the R27) is the Langebaan Lagoon and the magnificent West Coast National Park.
If you enjoy beer, you should head out to Darling Breweries, one of South Africa’s first award-winning microbreweries − it has been there since 2010. They brew a wide range of great craft beers, including traditional lager, ale, pale ale, IPA, wheat beers and exotic dark beer.