Bryan Jones Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
November 1st, 2021 Goudmyn

Wanted to camp there but when we arrived on a Monday afternoon was told they hadn't cleaned the ablutions after the weekend campers had left so could not accommodate us. Pity. Won't go back.......

October 29th, 2021 Steenbokkie Private Nature Reserve

Sadly, the naughty Springbok that was good at stealing food off camper's tables is no more. But there are still numerous other animals and birds that share the campsite with you. And Roanda and Marius are the best hosts ever, attentive, always smiling and so hands on. Many other campsite owners should come here to see how it's done. They also have lovely rooms and chalets. We rate this one of the best campsites in the Western Cape. Come for one night and you'll end up staying for a week!

October 28th, 2021 Zonnenstrahl Campsite

As described earlier. Nice grassy site with some trees for shade, friendly owner and staff plus beautiful guesthouse across the street. Barking village dogs and calling peacock might keep you awake!

October 25th, 2021 Old Thomas River Camp (and Historical Village)

Well worth visiting and stopping for the night to learn about the history of this place being slowly renovated by the present owners. Campsite and ablutions as described earlier. They also have nice self catering rooms plus complete village houses to rent. Friendly and interesting staff. Level grassed campsite has no shade or braais (BBQs). Quiet, very rural and peaceful spot.

October 23rd, 2021 Cremorne Campsite

Attractive and safe setting next Mzimvubu river, 16 grassy sites many with shade under trees. Also self catering cabins. The ablutions and dish wash are quite a way from the campsites and were in need of an upgrade. One of the two ablution blocks was closed. Nice restaurant and bar, friendly staff. R330 per night camping for pensioners. This is probably the best place to camp in Port St Johns.

October 23rd, 2021 Cremorne Campsite

Attractive and safe setting next Mzimvubu river, 16 grassy sites many with shade under trees. Also self catering cabins. The ablutions and dish wash are quite a way from the campsites and were in need of an upgrade. One of the two ablution blocks was closed. Nice restaurant and bar, friendly staff. R330 per night camping for pensioners. This is probably the best place to camp in Port St Johns. Beautiful coast nearby but Port St Johns itself on the scruffy side.

October 21st, 2021 Dwesa Nature Reserve

Campsite is open again. Cost is R307 pn for the site. There are also nice self catering timber chalets in the forest. Lovely unspoilt beach nearby. Watch out for vervet monkeys and the slight possibility of crocodiles in the river. They were re-introduced to the area some years ago and are believed to have bred successfully. No electricity at sites or at the single ablution block which is supposed to have solar powered 220V but which wasn't working. The R408 road from Dutywa to Willowvale is good tar. From there to Dwesa is rough gravel but is being upgraded and tarred and will only likely be finished in 2022/23.

October 19th, 2021 Buccaneers Backpackers And Campground

Great location and stunning views from the backpackers and pub. Shaun, his wife Lynn and Shaun's Dad own this beautiful spot on the Cintsa lagoon/coast. The 220V electricity availability at the campsite is just one socket in the camp kitchen so if busy it's first come first served if you want to plug in. The kitchen was none too tidy or clean when we were there, but the location is beautiful and there are very nice ablutions if perhaps not enough if the place was full. R250 pn for two camping.

October 18th, 2021 Green Fountain Farm Resort

As described by others. Wifi doesn't cover some of the campsite but is fine at the boma and office. No braais (BBQs) at the sites. Chris the manager very helpful. We were given a 60s+ discount and paid R270 pn for two.

October 17th, 2021 Cordner Dairy Ocean View Campsites

Bush camp in trees immediately adjacent to the coastal dune fields that form a part of the Addo National Park. 3 sites on the farm run by friendly Dave & Lynne Cordner. The showers are heated by "roaring pipe" paraffin heaters much like the ones found in parts of Namibia and can be temperamental! One will usually have the whole beach to oneself but when we were there it was very windy and not pleasant having sand hurled at us. There are 220V power points at each of the three sites tucked under the trees. There is wifi only at the Cordner's farmhouse a short walk away. Turn off the R72 road about 800m west of Alexandria at S33 39.255 E26 24.070 to get to the farm, not at the eastern end of Alexandria onto Karel Landman St. This is a rougher route via Boknes and will take longer. In calm weather this is a stunning spot on thee coast.

October 14th, 2021 Arch Rock

Quiet & attractive setting under trees with direct access to beautiful sandy & rocks beach. Good ablutions, friendly receptionists. Wifi not working when we were there. Excellent Italian restaurant close by. R390 per night for the site.

October 13th, 2021 The Wild Farm

To camp here now costs R300 per night for the site. The view is great but the backpackers kitchen which campers can use if they wish is a bit scruffy. The place is known for its homemade pizzas. They also have small timber cabins and rooms. The gas to heat the hot water for the showers ran out the 2nd morning we were there and the owner wasn't there to sort this out. Good for a one night stop

October 12th, 2021 Jongensfontein Caravan Park

As described earlier. Now R225 per night for the site. However they say they do not accept credit cards or cash only debit cards. We persuaded them to take our cash! There are no BBQs at the sites, you need to have your own. Nice location, good facilities.

September 3rd, 2021 Twin Rivers

This place is now called Twin Rivers. Camping is R80 pppn. Riverside setting although water levels may be low in summer. Clean solar showers, no electricity, but water taps everywhere, lots of space, some shade under tall pine trees, mainly grassed sites. Friendly owners.

April 24th, 2021 Marcuskraal

Located on a working citrus farm this site is attractively located and has some of the best ablutions you will find anywhere. Most but not all the sites are grass under trees (watch out for the birds bombing your tent/awning/truck roof!) and have 220V and taps, some have portable BBQs, there's a nice pool tight next to the orchards. Everything is neat and tidy although there was some building work in progress on new accommodation when we were there. Cristiaan the son of the owner was very friendly and although the site was heavily booked when we stayed he managed to find a spot for us to camp. Unfortunately, due to the stands being close together if your neighbours stay up to well after 11pm talking and laughing you won't get to sleep till they do. They also accommodate overland truck groups from time to time so again noise may be an issue. That said the facilities and location are great. Very nice looking modern chalet accommodation too.

April 21st, 2021 The Horse Shoe

This is run by the Strandfontein Municipality at whose offices at the entrance to the town you must check in, pay and get a key to one of the stand's individual ablutions which although they functioned OK they were not in the greatest condition. Being on the west coast this region is subject to coastal fog. If others are camped there it may be noisy at night. As an alternative you could easily wild camp at various spots along the many gravel tracks that run beside the beach. Avoid the picnic spot by the beach in the town. Probably not safe at night and disgusting toilets!

April 20th, 2021 Highway rest stop

We don't know for sure that the water from this tap is drinkable but it tasted and smelt fine and the tap appears to have been installed by perhaps a local farmer. It could be a life saver or overheated engine saver, so we thought that in this arid region on this long lonely road it was worth entering.

April 20th, 2021 Oasis In The Wilderness

THIS PLACE APPEARS TO BE CLOSED PERHAPS PERMANENTLY.

April 20th, 2021 Goegap Park Camp

Like others before us we had this nice spot to ourselves. Apparently, the Springbok locals do not visit this gem of a park. Why we don't know. As stated one must be at the gate before 4pm when they close in order to stay the night. The ablutions were fine with gas fired hot showers but there is no electricity on site. At R90 per night for two this has to be a great bargain! And apart from the peace and quiet (except when a rare small plane takes off and lands at the nearby Springbok airstrip) you can drive the tourist route in a normal car which takes one through some great mountain scenery. Very nice staff when we were there.

April 19th, 2021 Augrabies Falls NP

This park and campsite are now open again. Facilities as described by others. We paid R303 per night for a site with shade and 220v connection, but you may not camp on the grassy sections which are fenced off to vehicles. Ablutions etc a bit old in appearance but clean and functional. Vervet monkeys and baboons were around but not troublesome. Restaurant is good and has wifi. Gravel road drives in park are spoilt (as usual in SANP places) by lack of grading and heavy corrugations in places in spite of 40 kmh limit which parks personnel ignore. Game is thinly scattered in this arid park. Both swimming pools at site needing some TLC.

April 17th, 2021 Kheis riverside lodge

This place needs some TLC as it appears a bit run down. The nearby River Orange had recently been in flood and had turned the banks into a bit of an eyesore with dried up mud underfoot and debris in the bushes. The ablutions do need an upgrade. There was only a scruffy table and chairs at our stand plus a 220v connection. At R350 per night it's overpriced especially if one must contend with pot smoking locals hanging out in the nearby chalets into the wee hours. That siad it's the only place to camp in the vicinity.

April 17th, 2021 Kheis riverside lodge

This place needs some TLC as it appears a bit run down. The nearby River Orange had recently been in flood and had turned the banks into a bit of an eyesore with dried up mud underfoot and debris in the bushes. The ablutions do need an upgrade. There was only a scruffy table and chairs at our stand plus a 220v connection. At R350 per night it's overpriced especially if one must contend with pot smoking locals hanging out in the nearby chalets into the wee hours. That said it's the only place to camp in the vicinity.

April 15th, 2021 Broadwater River Estate Campsite

Nice location next to the Orange River with shaded stands on sandy ground each with own ablution and 220v power point. Very smart resort with green lawns, nice accommodation, restaurant, river cruises etc. R320 per night for two.

April 15th, 2021 Broadwater River Estate Campsite

Nice location next to the Orange River with shaded stands on sandy ground each with own ablution and 220v power point. Very smart resort with green lawns, nice accommodation, restaurant, river cruises etc.

April 14th, 2021 Aan-die-Oewer

What was the grassy campsite by the river has now been built on to create nice timber cabins for the inhabitants of this quaint place. There is now only enough space under a couple of trees near the reception for around 3 vehicles plus tents etc. A few 220v connections and taps nearby. Ablutions were clean and functional though.On site restaurant very nice and excellent locally brewed craft beer available. Welcoming and very friendly staff. Thought provoking place if a bit remote. Apparently Orania is experiencing the highest population growth of any town in RSA.

April 12th, 2021 Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

CAMPING AT THIS PLACE HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR SOME TIME! THE STATE OF THE ENTRANCE AND ACCESS ROAD SAYS IT ALL....

April 12th, 2021 Forever resort

As described elsewhere. Camping now R400 pn per site. Nice ablutions are quite a way from the sites nearer the lake shore. Wifi only at entrance reception and restaurant. Staff slow to answer phone calls if you try calling. Otherwise nice big site with mostly shaded stands with BBQs, 220V (blue connector needed) and taps.

April 10th, 2021 Mountain Zebra National Park

Nice enough typical SANP campsite. Clean but soulless ablutions, kitchen and laundry. Sites are on hard stand or sand/gravel - no grass, some shaded by trees. Vervet monkeys roam the site and are quick to steal anything edible in/on your vehicle or tent. Nice pool within walking distance near chalets. Quite expensive camping at R404 per night for two and that with a SA Wild Card which covers SANP conservation fees.

April 7th, 2021 Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

This is a bush camp at the end of a rutted narrow track that crosses the river bed several times and requires a high clearance vehicle but would be tricky access for a big rig. It is at S33 27.347 E21 38.186. The campsite belongs to the Matjiesvlei Guest Farm at S33 28.407 E21 37.645 where you pay R200 per night. Owners Bennie and Selma are very kind and friendly people in spite of their farmhouse almost being destroyed by fire a short time ago. Otherwise the campsite is as described previously.

April 7th, 2021 The Travelling Tortoise Eco Resort

As described by others with nice pool, funky tortoise house, friendly owner Jeff. Electricity comes from solar power so connections cannot handle high wattage items like kettles, hair driers or microwaves. Stands a bit small and uneven and cannot accommodate a roof top tent or high roof camper under their lapas. Good value at R180 pn for 2 camping.


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