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.
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.