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