Nomadic_Hagrid Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
February 17th, 2022 Mantuma Camp, Mkhuze Game Reserve

Great camp. Lots of animals make their way through, lovely to watch them when you’re enjoying dinner. Well maintained camp with new ablutions. Staff are accommodating and very friendly. No noise pollution. Nice to have mosquito nets and fans in rest huts.

February 16th, 2022 eMshopi Campsite - Mkhuze Game Reserve

We tried to check in here but as previously mentioned, it’s closed due to renovations/COVID-19. Quite disappointing as you can’t get through on their office number +27 035 573 9004 and the head office didn’t advise that it was closed. We stayed at Mantuma in one of the rest huts for R650/night for 2 people sharing. The staff were incredibly accommodating, the park itself has had a lot of maintenance done;- roads are good, hides have been redone. Really great park to visit, especially if you love birding.

January 31st, 2022 Manyane Caravan Park

Nice sites with some along the fence line or facing onto the EEZ (an area that you can walk through - ask at reception). Generally well maintained. Friendly staff. Loads of birdlife and antelope around. They are Running a midweek special until March 2022; 40% off normal prices for camping with 50% off park fees (incl. vehicle fee) from your second day. We stayed for a week in the park and did have a some issues with water at Manyane over the weekend, however, Bakgatla had water and many of the hides had toilets so we got some water in our Jerry cans from there and it wasn’t an issue for us.

January 20th, 2022 The pine lodge

Small campsites on bricked ground, as mentioned some have shade, quite close to other campers. Very quiet. Lots of monkeys. Lovely birds. Close to the beach, also has a nice pool. Small shop for basic amenities. Jungle gym for kids.

January 18th, 2022 Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park

Flat grassy campsites. Small ablution - very dated (unsure whether there was another, seemed too small to cater to the size of the campsite?). The cost seemed quite high for what we got as we decided to look into getting a small spot on Supers, we managed this for marginally more than what we paid here…! The fence seemed a bit of a shame as it marred the view of a pristine beach. Otherwise, it’s quite pleasant and quiet.

January 17th, 2022 Storms River Mouth Rest Camp

Great sea-facing campsites, caravan campsites are also lovely as are the normal campsites. The campsites are all flat and have braai stands. We always enjoy hiking here; the first day of the famous Otter trail begins here, amongst other shorter day hikes. You can also paddle with guides up the storms river mouth. All activities highly recommended. Birding is fantastic.

***Conservation fee is waived if you have a wild card (these are sold based on family/per couple. Not sure about individual). If you spend approximately 7-10 days in any of the parks, you’ll save a pretty penny in fees.

January 15th, 2022 Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park

Huge camp with really fantastic campsites along the lagoon; during busy season it’ll be hard to get one of these sites but we went just at the end of busy season. Definitely worth a visit if you like the beach or a beautiful sunset. We took pool liloes and really enjoyed some down time after a lot of travelling. Each campsite has a braai stand which is especially nice at the beach with good weather. Well kept ablutions. Plet itself has some nice restaurants and there are grocery shops nearby. It’s also not far from Robberg with good hikes (worth a visit if you have time!).

January 13th, 2022 Woodbourne Caravan Park

Great variety of sites; we chose to camp on the field as it had a lovely view of the marsh below.

We were visited by three owls as dusk fell who awkwardly ran/flew across the field, for under an hour as the light faded, finding grubs crawling out of the ground. (Pure joy for us!)

The campsite was very quiet and ablutions were clean, maintained and we had nice hot showers.

January 13th, 2022 Buffelo Bay Caravan Park

We visited here to camp but we’re quoted over R1000 for two people for one night to camp because it was high season. It was windy and it would’ve been more than we paid anywhere on our entire trip for camping, so we left for Knysna. We had a nice campsite in Knysna.

January 12th, 2022 Ebb & Flow Rest Camp (North)

Great campsites, each with a braai stand. Most campsites are along the riverfront. We’ve stayed on both North and South sides, both are nice. There are multiple ablutions. We’ve hired canoes, taken them up river and then hiked up to the waterfall. We’ve also done some of their day hikes.

***A SAN Parks wild card waives conservation fees here.

January 11th, 2022 Victoria Bay Campsite

Great campsites with beautiful view of surfers paradise Vic Bay.

Option of private ablutions or shared. We opted for private as we went during high season and the camp was quite busy. The ablutions were well maintained and we had nice hot showers. Washing up facilities are shared with the site next door.

Should you wish to surf, there are board/wettie hire places around.

January 1st, 2022 Secret Falls Camping Ground

This place is permanently closed.

December 27th, 2021 Félix Unite

Probably better for large groups who have previously booked Orange River rafting expeditions. Amazi is just down the road and very welcoming for overlanders. Beautiful big campsites for tents with covered bomas, overlander vehicles park up top or in the parking lot. Pool and bar area are fantastic. Food is really good. The rafting experience is highly recommended!

November 24th, 2021 Kole & Deeg

Excellent carrot cake (some of the best we’ve ever had) and rosterkoek. Coffees are meant to be good (our friends had and said they were good!), nice little cafe with lots of treats. Worth the stop.

November 24th, 2021 Fraaigelegen Farm Tulbagh

R360/2 people per night, as mentioned it’s a bit steep however, it’s extremely peaceful and you have a wonderful view of the mountains. You are surrounded by olive orchards, and grape vines. There is also a dam to swim in. It’s in fairly close proximity to some of the vineyards for wine tasting, so convenient. The ablutions are great with lovely hot showers, western toilets. Juergen and Vineshree mentioned that for groups, they can separate the ablutions to be more COVID-19 friendly. However, we were alone at the campgrounds with our friends, it was great albeit a bit windy (should that bother you, you could also get a cabin of theirs).

November 21st, 2021 Beaverlac

As previously mentioned. Must pre-book. Price: R75pppn + R30/vehicle (once off).

Beautiful sunsets, great hiking (loads of natural pools & waterfalls).

November 20th, 2021 Velskoendraai Farmers Market & Restaurant

Family run restaurant with a nice play area for children, seating outside and some inside for the restaurant (pet friendly). They have a fairly broad menu (catering for vegetarians/vegans, too) making food for breakfast and lunch (as of Nov 2021, closing around 17:00). The Rooibos milkshakes are definitely worth a try!

The farmstall has loads of local wine and beer, a wide range of Rooibos products, as well as a broad array of homemade products; jams, marmalade’s, sauces, rubs, soaps, etc. We also saw some fresh produce, cheese and meat.

If you also looking for some gifts/trinkets, there are two containers outside (part of the shop) which sell some gift items (leather bags, frames, pot plant stands, etc.), and some pre-loved items (clothing and books).

November 19th, 2021 Highlanders

As already mentioned, Mike (Sparky) is an excellent host. His wife (Hope) and him have built a great place for overlanders amongst the vineyards; built by overlanders for overlanders. Mike is extremely knowledgable about the region and can give you great advice. If you’re more outdoorsy, either he or his family can share some local trails for cycling, running or walking (we’re sure there are other hidden talents in this awesome family, too!).

November 17th, 2021 Amanzi Trails River Camp

Don’t let the drive in fool you, go in and have a look at the camp for yourself. (We we’re nearly fooled as it doesn’t look like much from the outside)

Ari (owner/manager?), rebuilt the campsite within the past two years after the floods (for anyone who has seen the photos at the reception, the floods were 1m lower than 2011!).

As someone already mentioned the campsites are very generously sized, with lush green grass and many have a view of the Orange River. After being in the wind and heat for some time, it was a welcome change to have some nice trees, grass and a bit of shelter!

We planned to only stay one night but because it was so peaceful, we stayed longer.

Price: R180pppn

November 17th, 2021 Aussenkehr Spar

Spar is fine for basics. No queues at ATM’s (consider the time of month/day that you go). Tops Spar Bottle store available. Airtime still available too (suggest buying the deal Mariko mentioned, it works out much cheaper!). Pep store around the corner, too.

November 14th, 2021 Namtib

Price: N$200pppn.

Nice campsites with beautiful views over the valley and of the mountains, each site has their own braai. Can be quite windy (even with the few trees). Showers were warm (solar-powered), no electricity. Western-flushing toilets. Washing up area and recycling.

October 25th, 2021 Kapak Waterfront Riversite

Lucas is warm and welcoming. He’s working to build a campsite that contributes towards the community. The campsites are set right alongside the riverfront, with beautiful views of the Kwando. We spent a few hours watching the birdlife around us, the hippos also made themselves heard, we also saw a croc swim lazily downstream. It’s incredibly peaceful and we were so glad to have stayed. The sunset and stargazing were phenomenal from the campsite. Camping was N$60pppn, although given the great site - it felt like it should’ve been more. However, amenities are fairly basic but meet a campers needs. As indicated, there is a bucket-shower, which Lucas can fill for you. There are western flushing toilets and taps with running water.

Directions to the camp have been mentioned below by ‘Me’ are accurate.

For more reviews see photos as I took some pictures from Lucas’ comments book which may not have made it to IOverlander. Also some nice photos of the campsite.

October 23rd, 2021 Caprivi Houseboat River Lodge & Camping

If you’re a twitcher - this is your place. Curt is extremely knowledgable and passionate about ornithology. He can take you to see pennant-winged nightjars, skimmers, white-backed night heron, breeding carmine bee-eaters by the hundred, as well as his resident wood owl (amongst others - the yellow-throated love leaf if you’re so lucky!).

There are two campsites now, one with a bit more shade than the other but both pleasant. They both have wash basins at the sites and electrical points. There is a shared ablution as mentioned which has separate bathrooms for men and women. There are more wash basins alongside these with hot/cold water to wash dishes. We had cold water when we were there -didn’t ask whether there was hot but it didn’t seem to be working.

There is an honesty bar which looks out over the river and an open air boma which had a blazing-festive fire going for a braai/barbecue.

Camping cost N$170pppn.

You could also enquire about the houseboats here - they look good.

October 18th, 2021 SAFARI GUIDE - South Luangwa (Standwell)

If you decide to night-drive you will need to pay $20USD for the vehicle (this is not part of what you pay to Standwell). Park fees are also over and above his fee ($20USD pp SADC).

This works out cheaper than drives with some of the surrounding camps/lodges and you’re supporting the local community.

Have a great safari.

October 15th, 2021 Wildlife Camp

We had a brilliant stay here - South Luangwa is a fantastic park and worth the visit. We went into the park over two days; once with self-drive ($30pp+$15p/vehicle).

The camp is wonderful with a small pool just for campers, bar at the pool. There are two lots of ablutions too - one lot close to sites 1&2 for larger groups, and more ablutions for the rest of the sites. Sites 6-9 are indeed river-facing, 6&7 with perhaps the best views. Each site has their own lapa/shade but.

When we were here, the river was at its lowest (peak of dry season), the hippos were roaming the banks, along with baboons, impala, vervet monkeys and elephants. Leopard walked through the main camp when we were staying at wildlife camp - we didn’t see it. Elephant also walked through camp daily and W e heard hyaena at night. Perhaps something to be aware of if you have kids.

Camping cost: $10pppn

October 13th, 2021 Chembe Eagles Nest Campsite

At the end of the Cape Maclear strip, so out of the way and possibly quieter. However, as many have said, they run a generator. The generator is very close to the campsite and deterred us from staying a second night (you can’t hear it from the bar/chalets). That aside, the restaurant, lodge and campsite are wonderful - right on the beach ($10 pppn), with washing up facilities, a braai stand and clean ablutions. The restaurant is also nice, we had kampango, chips and salad for 5k mkw. We also went on a snorkelling trip to Thumbi island with Rodwell Phiri (+265 997 120 797) who you could contact via the lodge, too. It was a brilliant experience - a highlight of our time in Malawi!

October 11th, 2021 Norman Carr Cottage

We felt so welcome here that we stayed longer than we planned to; we went to Chembe Eagles Nest to snorkel at an island but didn’t enjoy the generator that ran late into the evening, and so returned for another stay the day after. Taffy and Leoni made us feel right at home once again!

Their cottages are unassuming as you drive in but the beach is beautiful and their camping is under gorgeous big trees on lush green grass. They have a small swimming pool for those who don’t want to brave swimming in Lake Malawi, and there are plenty of areas on the beach or outdoor/indoor lounge area to read/rest (with loungers and comfortable couches etc.). It was sublime.

Taffy and Leoni also gave us some good information for the next leg of our journey, they’re very knowledgable (Taffy has been at Norman Carr Cottage for 20+ yrs).

Camping was $10USD pppn

Well worth a visit!

October 11th, 2021 SAFARI GUIDE - South Luangwa (Standwell)

Private guide with safari vehicle can take you on daily drives to South Luangwa including a night drive. We chose to do two drives, one departing from the park gate at 06h00-10h00/11h00 and another departing at 16h00 until 20h00.

The guides name is Standwell, his number is +260963876511. He is quiet but knowledgable and looks to please his guests.

Please remember that the park is not a zoo, you aren’t guaranteed sightings. That being said, it’s an excellent park and with the network of guides around, you’re sure to see something amazing.

If you decide to night-drive you will need to pay $20USD for the vehicle (this is not part of what you pay to Standwell). Park fees are also over and above his fee ($20USD pp SADC).

This works out cheaper than drives with some of the surrounding camps/lodges and you’re supporting the local community.

Have a great safari.

October 10th, 2021 Phwedzi immigration checkpoint

Checked our passports and visa stamps. No issues, nice immigration official.

October 10th, 2021 Kachere Kastle (Hotel & Camp)

We visited the lodge to see if we could stay but there was a sign saying “lodge closed” on the boom, the people staying inside the lodge area told us the same thing. Perhaps call ahead before heading down here.


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