A visit to the iconic Ou Skip Holiday Resort is always a welcome break from the bustle of city life.
Set along the Cape West Coast, just outside Cape Town, the resort offers camping and caravan stands, tented camping and chalets, event and function facilities and a variety of activities to suit the entire family in search of the perfect holiday.
Ou Skip, with its 206 level grassed sites, is one of the largest resorts on the West Coast.
There are five neat ablution blocks offering hot and cold water, showers, baths, a scullery and a laundry.
The resort also offers 86 permanent tented campsites that are also fully self-catering, and has fully equipped self-catering chalets if camping is not your thing. The chalets are neat and functional, all you need to do is turn up and have the holiday of a lifetime.
As if those aren’t enough camping options, Ou Skip also has a bush camp for those who want to ‘rough it’.
Ou Skip is graded by the SA Grading Council as a 3-star resort, and a pleasant venue for the entire family to enjoy their holidays in a safe and secure environment.
For those seniors that love exploring South Africa, Ou Skip offers a 10% discount for pensioners.
The friendly staff at reception will point you in the right direction for all you camping needs, and braai grids are available for a refundable deposit of R100 at the main gate for the half drum braais at each stand.
To get a feel for the large stands, we set up our tent, gazebo, camping chairs, dining table and groundsheet (kindly supplied by Tentco) before lighting a braai fire and cooking some meat to accompany a selection of fresh salads for lunch.
It’s days like this that I’m very thankful and feel blessed to have a job as a travel journalist. Truth be told, I don’t even want to brand it as a ‘job’.
It didn’t take us long to cook the pork rashers and boerewors to perfection, and then it was time to dig into a well-deserved lunch in the shade of the large trees that surrounded our campsite.
There is a gentle river that flows through the main campsite, which is ideal for kids to look for frogs and tadpoles.
There is a children’s play area with swings, jungle-gyms, slides and trampolines. There is also a putt-putt course and a games room where the whole family can enjoy playing pool or watching television.
Stands: 206 grassed shaded stands
Self-catering chalets: 12
Tent sites: 86
Ablutions: 5 blocks
Laundry facilities: Yes
Swimming pool: Yes
FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
Games room with TV & pool table
Ou Skip Holiday Resort has a half-size Olympic swimming pool with an additional kiddies pool, and a convenience store that offers necessities.
There is a big hall that seats 200 people for functions and a conference center, which can seat 50 people.
Campers are kept completely safe with 24-hour gate security, which monitors all traffic heading in and out of the park, and there are security guards patrolling the grounds throughout the duration of your stay.
They say location is everything, and Ou Skip has this in spades! The resort is only 300 metres from the beach, and there’s tons to do in the surrounding area if you are in the mood for some activities.
The Dikkop and Grysbok hiking trails pass through areas with sandy beaches, cliffs and dune veld with an abundance of wildlife.
The trails are found just a little north along the coast in the Koeberg Nature Reserve on the West Coast Way Culture Route. Sure, the area surrounding a nuclear power plant is the last place you’d expect to find families of eland, springbok, zebra and thriving bird life, but this reserve is just such a place.
Animals to look out for are grysbok, steenbok, bontebok and springbok. Caracal (also known as rooikat or lynx), Grey mongoose and genet can also be spotted. For twitchers, 153 species of birds have been recorded at Koeberg, including ostrich and the African fish eagle.
Apart from the two walking trails, you can also explore the reserve on a bicycle, and there are several routes to follow.
If you are keen to drive a little farther, the West Coast National Park is another 50km north.
If you are golfer, the beautiful Atlantic Beach Country Club’s golf course is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the campsite. The Links-style course offers 18 holes surrounded by a fynbos reserve.
For the adventurous campers, take the drive to the Atlantis sand dunes with their ever-changing landscape of pure white sand dunes reaching up to 50 metres, where you can go sandboarding, quad biking, and even a bit of extreme 4×4driving.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with just chilling at the campsite! Maybe just make a quick expedition to the nearby winelands around Paarl and Stellenbosch to pick up some amazing ‘refreshments’.
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By Stuart Reichardt