An hour and a half from Pretoria, on a guest farm near Modimolle in the Lim­popo prov­ince, you can revel in your own little piece of par­adise, says Deon Ger­ber from Pretoria.

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Friends of mine told me about Klein Paradys near Modimolle and I also checked it out on Face­book. So a cou­ple of years ago I de­cided to take my wife Hester and 14-year-old triplet sons Deon, Ruben and JD there for a get­away. We’ve be­come reg­u­lars.

Tell us more about Klein Paradys.

It’s a great camp­site with well-main­tained lawns and plenty of shade trees. The ablu­tion blocks are also very clean, and there’s a pub as well.

What can you do to keep your­self busy?

There are plenty of things to keep ev­ery­one in the fam­ily en­ter­tained. There are two swim­ming pools: A heated in­door pool and reg­u­lar out­door pool lo­cated close to the camp­ing stands. There’s also a play park, pool ta­bles, darts, and ta­ble ten­nis, as well as a putt-putt course and vol­ley­ball. The other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude bird watch­ing, paint­ball, game drives in the af­ter­noon, and two hik­ing trails of 5 km and 14 km re­spec­tively.

What about food and fuel?

There’s fuel avail­able in town, which is only 13 km away, as well as op­tions for shopping in case you run short of sup­plies. We al­ways buy the meat for our camp­ing trip in town. Oth­er­wise, there’s a restau­rant on site that caters for guests with a farm-style break­fast or light lunch.

Other than camp­ing, what other types of ac­com­mo­da­tion is avail­able?

There’s a ba­sic wooden camp­ing chalet that sleeps two peo­ple, three wooden chalets that can sleep two adults and two chil­dren, two bush chalets for up to three peo­ple, a wooden bush chalet that sleeps five, two four-sleeper luxury thatch-roof units, two six-sleeper luxury thatch roof units, a six-sleeper stone house, and a four-bed­room farm­house that sleeps up to 13 peo­ple.

What does it cost to camp here?

The stands are lim­ited to four peo­ple, with one ve­hi­cle and one car­a­van or tent and an ad­di­tional two-man tent. From Sun­day to Thurs­day a stand will cost you R100, week­ends will set you back R250, and hol­i­days and long week­ends (high sea­son) R450. Ex­tra peo­ple cost R50 per per­son.

How dif­fi­cult is it to get there?

You’ll be able to get to Klein Paradys with any car and car­a­van com­bi­na­tion – as long as it’s le­gal of course. We take the N1 north out of Pretoria, keep­ing left as you get to the toll gate at Kran­skop to take the off-ramp im­me­di­ately there­after. At the T-junc­tion you turn left to­ward Modimolle. Af­ter about 5 km a sign in­di­cates a left turn and then it’s an­other 6 km be­fore an­other right turn to the farm. Keep your eyes peeled for the sign be­cause it is very small.

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