Pack your fishing gear and head to Swartruggens Dam where you can hook carp, catfish, bream or black bass.
The small town of Swartruggens lies between Rustenburg and the Botswana border, and the campsite reminds one of those old-school municipal resorts. Fortunately, it’s anything but, and Dawie Vorster has been managing the resort for the past 18 years. He keeps things so neat and tidy that you’ll definitely camp here more than once. Judging by how busy it gets over long weekends you have to jump to get one of the stands next to the water. These stands are on a beautiful lush lawn where old willows dug their roots into the earth long ago. In fact, Dawie planted the trees himself. Back when he took over there were only two stands and no electricity, trees or grass. He got rid of the wild grass and the swampy areas next to the water and turned it into the neat stands that you see today. The stands away from the water are against a slight slope. They’re close to the office and underneath a lane of trees on a nice piece of even grass. Electricity points (standard domestic) are scattered throughout and the same goes for the fixed steel braais and taps. The bathrooms are on the opposite end of the reception building. Opposite the showers are basins, each in their own cubicle with a high wall between them. There isn’t a scullery though and you’ll have to make do at your nearest tap or in a bucket next to your caravan.