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When it’s time to recharge the bat­ter­ies, Mdumbi is where he does it. There’s so much to do on the Wild Coast, but you can also just kick back and re­lax, says the pop­u­lar ac­tor Paul du Toit.

He is one of the most fa­mous faces on tele­vi­sion and lo­cal stage, but he is also an adren­a­line junkie who is al­ways look­ing for his next ad­ven­ture. Paul du Toit is also a camper to the core. There is, there­fore, no better pre­sen­ter for the Afrikaans camp­ing pro­gramme, Kom ons Kamp, which launches on Via (chan­nel 147 on DStv) this month. In this re­al­ity show three teams per episode take part in a range of chal­lenges and bat­tle it out to ul­ti­mately be crowned camp­ing cham­pi­ons.

We were on set dur­ing film­ing and asked Paul about his favourite camp­ing des­ti­na­tion. With­out hes­i­ta­tion he said Mdumbi is top of his list.

Tell us more about Mdumbi.

It’s just one of those places that takes your breath away ev­ery time you go there. It’s in the heart of the Transkei, with one of the most beau­ti­ful beaches in one of the most beau­ti­ful ar­eas on our con­ti­nent and you are sur­rounded by na­ture. They op­er­ate things in an eco-friendly way and are very in­volved with the de­vel­op­ment and up­lift­ment of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It’s some­thing that ap­peals to me. The staff is friendly and help­ful and there is gen­er­ally a re­laxed, calm at­mos­phere.

What does the camp­site look like?

We camp with a tent and there’s noth­ing want­ing in the camp­site. The stands have a good amount of pri­vacy, you camp on grass, and there’s a fully equipped communal kitchen and a recre­ation room avail­able.

Are the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties suf­fi­cient?

The fa­cil­i­ties are ba­sic and Spar­tan, but you don’t re­ally need more than a shower, toi­let and basin. The so­lar pan­els en­sure hot wa­ter and the bath­rooms are clean and neat.

What can you do here?

There is so much to do here. I love ac­tion and ad­ven­ture, and I par­tic­u­larly en­joy surf­ing. It’s one of my favourite surf­ing des­ti­na­tions. But you can also swim, snorkel or fish here. Or just re­lax on the beach. In the re­sort’s rec room you can shoot some pool, watch TV, or take a book from the li­brary and read un­der­neath the trees. There is also a play park for the kids and even a spa if you’re in need of a mas­sage.

Is there ac­com­mo­da­tion for non-campers?

Yes, there are bun­ga­lows, per­ma­nent tents and communal rooms, or dorms as the back­pack­ers call it.

Is there a shop?

Yes, you can buy ba­sic pro­vi­sions and if you don’t feel like braai­ing in the shared braai area I can highly rec­om­mend the re­sort’s restau­rant. They serve de­li­cious home-style meals. You order break­fast and lunch off the menu, but their din­ners are set and you can ex­pect any­thing from braaied meat to prawns. When we vis­ited they served veg­etable stew and pot bread one night.

What is the road like?

Since it’s in the Transkei the roads can be chal­leng­ing, but we man­aged just fine in a 4x2 bakkie. I’d say you at least need a sturdy car.

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