The Great Outdoors Guide 2019 is now on shelf and it’s bigger and better than ever before. It’s jam-packed with information relating to some of the best resorts in South Africa and this year, it has no less than four competitions, all of which have been voted for by you, our readers.
Our competitions this year include the Readers’ Resort of the Year, Caravan of the Year, Off-road Trailer of the Year and Motorhome of the Year.
A big congratulations needs to go out to all the winners and finalists in the various competitions – the readers voted and we listened. We received an incredible response from the public via email, our websites and social media. The sheer number of votes for the competitions were impressive, to say the least.
If you’d like to find out more about which resorts, caravan, motorhome and off-road trailer manufacturers came out top in the various competitions, pick up a copy of The Great Outdoors Guide from an outlet near you, order a magazine to be delivered to your door, or get a digital copy (turn to page XX for details).
The Great Outdoors Guide is South Africa’s top-selling caravanning and camping resort guide. Our 2019 edition is packed with contact information, detailed descriptions and pictures over 110 premium resorts and campsites, as well as comprehensive information and reviews of some of the best off-road trailers, motorhomes and caravans on the market.
CARAVAN OF THE YEAR
1 Conqueror Commander
2 Mobi Lodge Ultimate
3 Conqueror Companion
4 Bush Lapa Baobab
5 Bush Lapa Ratel
6 Echo Kavango
7 Bush Lapa Miskruier
8 Destination Journey
9 Afrispoor Cheetah
10 Imagine Trailvan
The Commander is Conqueror’s biggest exporter and it is packed with features with a go anywhere your 4×4 can take it attitude.
The body construction contains wood, fibreglass or other degradable materials, all openings are fitted with automotive industry door seals and all parts are electro galvanized and epoxy coated
The fully-patented independent suspension with coil springs, heavy duty shock absorbers and trailing arms offer enhanced stability.
Sleeping arrangements offers 2 double beds and either 1 double bed and 1 single bed, or 3 single beds. Furniture and cupboards manufactured from aluminum with fabric doors.
A large ergonomic nosecone houses 2 gas bottles, a pressurized water pump, a hot water geyser system and other essential articles.
Hot and cold water is available on demand in the kitchen and bathroom, located in a designated shower tent (access from inside and outside).
Accessories include 150L water tanks, designated mountings for 2 Jerry cans, 2 gas bottles, a spare wheel, axe and a spade. A rear-mounted carrier for things such as fire wood is available.
Conqueror is the only manufacturer who supplies a complete stub with bearings as a spare wheel carrier for emergency situations.
MOTORHOME OF THE YEAR
1 Maxmo Tourer
2 Motorhome-World Discoverer 4
3 Bush Lapa Bosluis 2/4
4 Vista Motorhomes Vista 4
5 AC Motorhomes LC 100 Series
Maxmo is creating quite a stir in the motorhome and “adventure camper” markets. The Tourer creates a new class of leisure and lifestyle vehicle – compact and easy to drive and park, with raised suspensions for Southern African touring conditions, but with an amazing interior that rivals much bigger RVs and Class C motorhomes.
The dynamic interior (accessible via wide sliding doors on either side of the van) changes according to your needs. When you need a kitchen, press a button and out comes a prime kitchen, but when you are done making food and washing the dishes, the kitchen disappears and the space reverts to a spacious lounge again.
The bedroom suite for two persons has a 2m bed with two chairs, DSTV and even electric privacy blinds as an option.
Buyers can select from four room types which include a spacious lounge that can seat four persons in luxury with rooftop aircon, coffee machine and wine cabinet. There is the bathroom with luxury toilet and separate shower with its own sunroof. Or, you can select a kitchen with 1.5m wide work surface with glass top stove, a glass top basin and convection oven.
The double-door fridge freezer is complimented by a pull-out pantry and ample space for groceries.
The Maxmo Tourer truly embodies the “camp where you drive” lifestyle.
OFF-ROAD TRAILER OF THE YEAR
1 Conqueror Comfort
2 Conqueror Courage
3 Metalian Maxi
4 Bushwakka Sundowner
5 Echo Echo Tec 2
6 Invader Duo
7 Bushwakka Weekender
8 Invader Quattro
9 GT Campers Libra
10 LeBusha Overlander
Built on a 2.5 ton solid beam axle with leaf springs and a run-in brake system with auto reverse on a hot dipped galvanized chassis, the Conqueror Comfort is a go-anywhere off-road trailer that will conquer the toughest terrains you can throw its way.
But even when you are in the roughest conditions, the trailer’s name says it all: You’ll still live in comfort with the massive 2100mm x 2100mm bed with the adjoining side room; while the all-round canvas awning covering about 48m² offers shade for those hot days when out on adventures.
Tents are made from military grade Ripstop canvas and it takes less than 5 min to set up.
The slide-out kitchen includes a wash-up basin, stove and cutlery drawer.
There is ample storage space including slide-out drawers and 4 wolf packs with many additional storage compartments all-round. The fridge sliding rail for National Luna 72L, 80L or 90L is standard and there is a mini-bar for six bottles and twelve glasses.
150L water tanks are fitted in the belly of unit for low centre of gravity (hot and cold water throughout the unit), and there are designated mountings for a table, 2 jerry cans, 2 gas bottles, spare wheel, axe, spade and slasher.
READERS’ RESORT OF THE YEAR: YELLOW SANDS
With over 55 years of providing memorable family camping holidays, Yellow Sands is the destination of choice when it comes to the perfect coastal getaway.
Situated between a pristine beach and a river just 25km from East London, Yellow Sands offers modern amenities and safe holidaying to all who visit.
This resort boasts 200 camp sites with electrical supply points and all are within walking distance of the ablutions, as well as the beach and Kwelera River.
The Leppan family run the resort and their commitment to the constant improvement and upgrading of the facilities. Management will bend over backwards to ensure your stay at Yellow Sands is a glorious one!
Security is a top priority at Yellow Sands (even though they have virtually no crime at the resort). Entry to the resort is controlled by access control, and there are night patrols, electric fencing and highly trained security personal available on the premises.
Children can spend time having fun at the beach or go for a dip in the heated pool among many other activities on offer. During the December holidays an entertainment program is set up to keep the youngsters busy. Yellow Sands does make allowance for small pets out of season.
RESORT OF THE YEAR
1 Dibiki Holiday Resort, Mossel Bay
2 Kam’Bati River Resort, Swellendam
3 Rondeberg Resort, Clanwilliam
1 Yellowsands Caravan Park, East London
2 Willows Holiday Resort, Port Elizabeth
3 Areena Riverside Resort, East London
1 Almega Caravan Park, Hammanskraal
2 Bass Lake Caravan Park, Pretoria & Cullinan
3 Kilpdraai Caravan Park, Meyerton
1 Eastco Parys Holiday Resort, Parys
2 River of Joy, Bloemfontein
3 Tava Lingwe Game Lodge, Parys
1 Dube Private Game Farm, Brits
2 ATKV Buffelspoort, Mooinooi
3 Klein Paradys Caravan Park, Brits
1 Kambro Accommodation & Farm Stall, Britstown
2 Olive Caravan Park, Nieuwoudtville
3 Broadwater Northern, Kimberley
1 ATKV Klein Kariba, Bela-Bela
2 ATKV Eiland Spa, Letsitele
3 Bosfontein Caravan Park, Bela-Bela
1 Merry Pebbles Sabie, Sabie
2 De Voetpadskloof, Middleburg
3 Numbi Caravan Park, Hazyview
1 Scottburgh Caravan Park, Scottburgh
2 Rocky Bay Resort, Scottburgh
3 Dolphin Holiday Resort, Ballito