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Ganzekraal Coastal Resort Resort Review

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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.

Words & Pictures by Richard van Ryneveld

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.


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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.

 

Ganzekraal Coastal Resort Information

No. of stands: 46 grassed stands
Electricity: 220V power available for all 46 stands
Water: Shared potable water taps close to each stand. Water drinkable but slightly brackish
Braai: Yes
Ablutions: Yes
Pets: Not allowed
Tuckshop: Open in season on weekends

Tariffs

Full Season 15 Dec – 15 Jan & Easter Weekend

Weekends R210 per night for up to 6 persons per campsite

Week days R180 per night for up to 6 persons per campsite

Out of season

Weekends R190 per night for up to 6 persons per campsite

Week days R150 per night for up to 6 persons per campsite

Nearest town

Melkbosstrand and Yzerfontein are equidistant at approximately 25 kms.

Vygiesvallei Padstal is some 16km on the way to Yzerfontein: it offers basic groceries, wood and ice, and is a good wine outlet which sells all the local wines.

Contact Details

Address: 1020 Main Street, Hluhluwe
GPS: S 33° 31’ 25”, E 18° 19’ 20”

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