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.