From the moment I heard the cheerful laugh of Anneke Olwage on the phone, I felt at home at Koro-Koro. I arrived quite late in the day, and waiting at the gate to show me to my site was Anneke’s husband, Daan.
Strolling across the neatly-trimmed lawn to the ablution blocks, I found that I had all 16 family bathrooms to myself. And let me tell you, Koro-Koro (just half an hour’s drive from the popular Bela-Bela) is as neat as a pin.
Number of stands:
2 x Bush Camps (7 stands each)
Haak en Steek camp (6 stands, 3 ablution)
Despite my late arrival, I was up and at it again early, excited to see more of the resort. I soon made my first camp friend… the Olwage’s friendly Staffie, who I found in the bathroom. He must have chased a bird or something into the building. And there certainly isn’t a shortage of birds in this area, with some 250 different kinds being reported.
With the morning rituals done, Daan took me on a tour of this bushveld campsite. There are 31 camping stands all with electricity and drinkable borehole water. Most are shaded.
But it’s the neatness of everything that impresses me. In the middle of the main camping site is a large swimming pool, and there is a another small, lapa-enclosed heated pool near the main restaurant and pub recreation building for those cold days.
Daan told me that they found that campers with bush trailers wanted something more rustic, so he also developed a few “Bush Stands”. This consists of two loops with seven stands each. Added to this is the Haak and Steek Camp, which is perfect camp for a group of friends, and consists of 6 stands with 3 family bathrooms. There’s a path linking Haak and Steek with the neighbouring Bush Camp, and the camp is also wheelchair friendly.
I got talking to Kobus Scholtz who was camping with his wife Alta, his daughter Alta Cornelius and son-in-law Johan Cornelius. With his little granddaughter Joalet sitting on his lap, Oupa Kobus told me: “We just love Koro-Koro for the peace and quiet… and how neat and clean everything is at this camp.” I agreed.
On weekends, Daan and his staff have hamburgers and chips available from 11 am to 2pm.
Another nice touch at Koro-Koro is that during holidays and weekends, a bakkie goes around selling ice, cooldrinks and marshmellows.
There is really homely touch to this resort. And once again I must mention the overall neatness of the camping facilities.
By Richard van Ryneveld