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Resort Review: Pine Lodge, EC

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If you are looking for a fantastic family fun getaway, head down to Pine Lodge and Conference Centre in Port Elizabeth.

Pine Lodge is a well-maintained resort with trimmed lawns, neat ablutions, excellent security, and numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy.

There is a basketball court for the kids, a games room with a pool table, darts, table tennis, mini soccer, a 9-hole mini-golf course, a trampoline, jungle gym and a giant chess set. You can even take a donkey cart ride to the Cape Recife lighthouse.

Port Elizabeth lies between the winter rainfall zones of the Western Cape and the summer rainfall regions of eastern South Africa. The climate is very even throughout the year – winters are cool but mild and summers are warm but considerably less humid and hot than more northerly parts of the east coast.

You might have heard that PE is called “The Windy City”, but according to climatologists, PE is actually the least windy coastal city in the whole of South Africa.

Sound like the perfect place for a caravan holiday, right? So let’s get back to Pine Lodge.

The four star-rated caravan park has a total of just 23 stands, all nestled amongst the indigenous flora of the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, just a stone’s throw away from the ocean.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Number of Stands: 7 paved, 16 grass

Electricity: Yes

Water: Yes

Ablutions: Yes

Laundry facilities: Yes

Pets: Not allowed

Tariffs: Camp and caravan site low season R250 pp p/n, pensioners R150 pp p/n , high season from R290 pp p/n upwards, full timer rates R135 P/N (month stay)

There is also a Boma Site, which is ideal for a family looking for an extra bit of comfort. It’s also suitable for a Caravan Rally looking for a central meeting area. This undercover area with drop down blinds can be booked as a normal caravan site and has its own private braai area.

Pine Lodge has 24 hour security and the only things that go missing there are when the vervet monkeys steal your biscuits (or any other tasty bites you might leave lying around). I was caught off guard while I had my back turned at the braai. I heard the ice cream tub I was using to store my condiments being opened in the car and sure enough, there was a Vervet monkey taking a bite out of my packet of salt.

If you are not in the mood to make your own food, head Ziggy’s Rock & Reggae restaurant that serves great pub meals for the whole family.. and good beer for dad! The Seagulls Coffee Shop offers light meals and freshly baked bread and confectionaries in season.

Other activities offered at Pine Lodge are teambuilding which includes high-ropes facilitation, zip lines, climbing walls and more. In the Top Shot Challenge, teams compete against each other at target shooting using a variety of weapons such as mini crossbows, slingshots and air rifles.

Pine Lodge is a wonderful destination for the whole family. You’ll hear the laughter of children in the background, the crackle of braai fires and adults in happy conversation as they lounge in their comfortable camping chairs. It certainly is a tasty slice of the best outdoor life.

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By Stuart Reichardt

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