STRANDSKLOOF PARK

At Strandskloof Park, kids play their hearts out on the bright green lawns and in crys­tal-clear pools.

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - Text and pho­tos Cyril Klop­per

Agri­tourism may be a new trend, but a long time has passed since for­mer farm­ers Tot and Is­abel Fourie de­cided to fo­cus their at­ten­tion on tourism rather than farm­ing with cat­tle and flow­ers on their patch of land on the Whale Trail. At Strandskloof Park’s main gate and re­cep­tion, you’re warmly wel­comed by Anjé Baden­horst. She hands you a map of the re­sort in­di­cat­ing your stand. You also re­ceive an elec­tronic tag that al­lows you to open the main gate at any time should you want to leave or en­ter the re­sort. If this is your first visit, Anjé will show you where the swim­ming pools, ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties and kid­dies’ play­ground are. You can also rent a blue caravan-type elec­tri­cal adapter from her.

This is what camp­ing is all about

As you drive through the gate, you are greeted by a 400m-long tar road that passes through a neat gar­den. On the right, you’ll no­tice horse en­clo­sures, and on the left, a thicket where wed­dings are held in a clear­ing. Stands A, B, C and D lie in this same wooded area. They are the qui­etest of all the stands in the re­sort be­cause they are the fur­thest from the play­ground. Al­though you get the most pri­vacy at these stands, they are also the fur­thest away from the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties, un­less you use the toilets in the func­tion venue. This hall is di­rectly across the road just be­fore you en­ter the main camp­site. Take note: if you’re camp­ing here and want to use the venue fa­cil­i­ties, first check

whether there’s a wed­ding or a 50th birth­day, so you don’t have to walk past guests dressed up to the nines while you’re in flip-flops and PT shorts. Next up is stand num­ber 1, the largest in the re­sort. It is bor­dered on two sides by a high stone wall that acts as an ef­fec­tive wind­break. It’s roomy enough for four tents and cars, and if you also book stand 2 (which is al­most as big as 1), you’ll have space for a rugby team. The tar road forms a U, and the sites are lo­cated on ei­ther side. Each stand has ei­ther a stone wall or a wooden fence to sep­a­rate you from your neigh­bour. Stands 51-62 have their backs against a thicket and thus en­joy ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion from the wind and morn­ing sun. Stands 14, 15 and 16 may be small, but they’re so pri­vate, you of­ten aren’t aware of peo­ple camp­ing there. Stand 28 is the most shel­tered, and is the one for you if you love the shade. Stands E, F and G are next to the chil­dren’s play­ground. Un­less you have kids your­self and want to keep an eye on them, avoid these stands like the plague. All Strandskloof Park’s stands have elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and braai fa­cil­i­ties, and al­most ev­ery one of them has a lush lawn (un­less there are so many trees that grass strug­gles to grow in the shade). Each stand also has its own bin, and there are street lights at com­mon ar­eas such as the ablu­tion blocks and play­ground. The main camp­site has two ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. The larger is be­tween stands 22 and 23, and there’s a smaller one

BIG PLAYPEN. Luan Fourie drives the kiddy train (main im­age), while Anika Lom­bard and Miri Klop­per pet the horses. Guided horse rides are of­fered dur­ing long week­ends and school hol­i­days. If you don’t own a blue power adapter, you can rent one from Anjé Baden­horst at re­cep­tion.

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