This month our featured resort reviews include Pine Forest Holiday Resort in Ceres and Beehive Caravan Park in KwaZulu-Natal.
Pine Forest Holiday Resort. (Dennebos), Ceres
I recently went back to Dennebos after probably 15 years, in a motorhome for the first time. We arrived at the camp around 16:15 on a hot, sunny Saturday afternoon in November, checked in at reception, and went in search of the best campsite we could find close to the ablution block. The trees were so lush that we could see hardly any light coming through the branches, so we set up camp and went on an afternoon stroll through the camp.
The massive swimming pool seemed to be a great favourite, especially for the kids; and the area is well maintained. People were playing, swimming and just having fun in the sun. Around the pool are massive grass plains which are so well maintained that I was expecting to see golfers playing through there, but it’s the perfect spot to lounge around the pool with a picnic basket and a good book. There’s also a picture-perfect dam filled with water lilies, and peppered with ducks. There’s a big ablution block where you can shower before and after you enjoy your swim, and the kiosk stocks all the refreshments you could need for a day in the sun. On the other side of the ablution block is the public site, where day visitors can join you for a lekker braai.
Beehive Caravan Park. Kwazulu-Natal.
I’ve just spent a very pleasant weekend at the Beehive with the caravan club, at a rally, along with 32 other caravans. This park is situated close to Greytown and it is truly pleasing to see how a new, up-and-coming caravan park has developed – and I spoke to owners, Gary and Carola Redinger, to find out how it had all begun. They told me that The Beehive had come into being in March 2008, because of a lack of any venues in that area suitable for hosting larger functions; and it was where the first ever Beesting Rally for motorbikes took place in the Greytown area. At that stage, all that had been built was an A-frame roof area (that had no sides, no floors) and an ablution block – it was very primitive and rustic. The 2nd Beesting Rally took place in March 2009, and the park still hosts a motorbike rally each March.
In May 2009, the local Mountain Bike Club members decided to move to the venue, and The MTB Classic has been an annual event since then. Gary and Carola would like to thank all the local people for their continued support, whether for parties, weddings or informal get-togethers. The Junior National Championships have also been held at the park and, thanks to the local farmers, off-road motorbike riders have been able to ride on the farms near The Beehive.