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Sitting pretty at Lake Pleasant – a place that still has some character


[Video] Resort review by Don Morris, who produces the ‘Living Tiny in Southern Africa’ YouTube channel which can be seen here.

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Lake Pleasant is a beautiful caravan park set next to Lake Pleasant in Sedgefield (Western Cape) which is a little town in the lake district between Wilderness and Knysna on the southern coast of South Africa.

In the past, I have passed through Sedgefield on the N2 in a couple of minutes on my way to bigger places like Plettenberg Bay or Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha).

I remember thinking, “this is a really pretty place, I must come and have a look at it sometime”, and this time I got the chance to spend a few months and see it in more detail.

I spent two months there nestled amongst the trees in the shade, enjoying the beautiful weather, the beaches and lakes and just living in a place that still has some character.

As far as the caravan park is concerned, you’ll go a long way before you find somewhere that’s as suited to a longer stay.

Everything is well set out and well organised inside the park and the village which has all of the shops that you’ll need for grocery and hardware shopping is 3 kilometers down the road.

Electricity outlets are set out near each site with 16 amp electricity providing enough power to run all of your units at the same time and water is also available nearby. You can drink the water straight out of the tap, so just fill up your tank and enjoy.

There are 55 sites in the park and the sites are generally quite large, large enough for large caravans with big tent set-ups and there’s plenty of shaded parking to protect your car from the sun.

I was there for the 2 months of September and October in 2020 when the park was quite empty so I could pretty much choose the site that I wanted.

This park was originally part of a larger farm and is quite open, but I found it to be very safe. There were dog patrols at various times during the night to keep the caravaners safe and there is always someone around during the day, watching. I felt very comfortable there during my stay and nothing was stolen from my site.

Wifi is provided at no extra cost in the park, which is very welcome. The signal tended to be stronger near the transmitter so I moved to a site closer to the ablution block for my second month to get better reception. Free wifi is a great perk for caravan parks and I hope that owners see the value and start supplying it in all the parks around South Africa. The cost is negligible and it will attract people to stay at the park.

There’s a swimming pool to cool off in during the hot days.

The ablution facilities are old in style, but very clean and well kept.

When it comes to washing the clothes there are 2 new large washing machines for the guests to use at no charge in a small ablution room. There are also 2 tumble driers to use at a small charge.

I think that the owners are very clever to supply free wifi and free clothes washing facilities. This will attract people to spend more time here, and, as the monthly rate is slightly higher here than other parks at R3,450 per month, it’s still very affordable and the guests are getting some free services.

This park has a multitude of birds and the surrounding areas are excellent for bird watching. I managed to get some good shots of a woodpecker working on a tree stub near my caravan. You hear woodpeckers tapping away and other birds all over the park during the day at this time of the year.

There’s a restaurant and pub which supplies food and drinks on the premises.

Cellphone reception was good as the park is quite close to the town.

I took my boat down to the main lake where there are 2 free launching slips. I was surprised and happy to find a town that doesn’t charge for every little thing, like launching a boat, as some of them do.

There are some superb walks along the beaches. One walk that I did was to the point which is to the right of the river mouth. It’s a 45 minute walk with some beautiful rock formations as you get closer to the point and a generally nice feel all the way.

The lake is quite shallow and has been closed at the sea by bulldozing sand across the mouth, so there is no daily tidal rise or fall.

Fishing is said to be quite good in the lake and also in the sea. My choice is to go down to the fish shop and get some fish and chips. The fish is cleaned and cooked and you also get a portion of chips for around R50. I normally spend double that on bait and lost hooks and sinkers, and usually don’t catch anything.

The caravan park also has some rowing boats and canoes for hire, check at the office for the prices. If they were really brilliant, the owners would supply the canoes and boats at no extra charge to long-term guests to promote their use and, of course, to increase interest in the caravan park. There are also some very nice-looking self-catering units for rent.

Lake Pleasant is a great resort which provided everything that I needed to have a lovely stay. The staff are pleasant and helpful and I give this park a rating of 8 out of 10.

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