The Guano Caves camp­site near Mon­tagu is the per­fect spot to keep the whole fam­ily en­ter­tained, says Maryke Tre­doux from Kuils River.

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The beau­ti­ful moun­tains around the Lit­tle Ka­roo town of Mon­tagu are the stuff of le­gend, re­ju­ve­nat­ing some and giv­ing oth­ers the in­spi­ra­tion to write po­ems. And af­ter hear­ing about Mon­tague Guano Caves via word of mouth, we (three cou­ples and five chil­dren) set out from Cape Town in the di­rec­tion of Worces­ter along the N1, pass­ing through Robert­son and Ash­ton on the R62, en route to Mon­tagu. The turn-off to Guano Caves is about 8 km af­ter you pass through Mon­tagu it­self on the R62. The road is tarred all the way, and the gravel road from the gate to the camp­site was no ef­fort for our Toy­ota Hilux and Ven­ter trailer.

What’s it like?

The camp­site is at the foot of the Guano Caves Moun­tain with lots of trees giv­ing shade to the large stands, which are very neat and well-kept. There is an elec­tric­ity point and a tap for wa­ter, and each stand also has its own braai and garbage bin. The camp­site is about 500 m from the re­cep­tion/shop, and if you love walks then I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend tak­ing a stroll.

Were the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties to your lik­ing?

As a fam­ily we ap­pre­ci­ated the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. There are fam­ily show­ers and bath­rooms, which means every­body can wash to­gether and ac­tu­ally en­joy it. (Mom doesn’t have to do all the hard work, be­cause bath time with two tod­dlers can get crazy.) They are spa­cious, neat, clean, and there is plenty of hot wa­ter.

What ac­tiv­i­ties are there to do?

Where do I be­gin? An­i­mal lovers can feed and pet the rab­bits, horses, pigs, camels and al­pacas. They even have emus. Those who en­joy be­ing in the wa­ter can splash about in the big out­door pools, com­plete with a su­per-tube and smaller slides, and in cooler weather you can also opt for a warm in­door pool. For the older kids there’s en­ter­tain­ment in the form of a zi­pline and a vol­ley­ball court, while the lit­tle ones can choose be­tween all sorts of swings and wooden ob­sta­cles in the mas­sive play­ground. The premises are walker- and jog­ger-friendly, and if you’re a bit ad­ven­tur­ous then there are plenty of trails sur­round­ing the camp­site. The main at­trac­tion is to climb up to the caves.

A trac­tor takes you up the moun­tain for most of the way, but then you have to climb to en­ter them. It’s a slip­pery af­fair, so I rec­om­mend that peo­ple with chil­dren younger than 3 rather stay be­hind.

Do I need to stock up be­fore camp­ing there?

There is a small shop for ba­sic pro­vi­sions, but they also have a restau­rant and cock­tail bar next to the swim­ming pools. Mon­tagu is also just down the road if you’ve for­got­ten your favourite packet of bis­cuits, or need to re­fuel your ve­hi­cle.

What does it cost to camp?

Dur­ing the week it’s R60 per per­son per night, while week­ends are R120 per per­son and R100 for chil­dren un­der 12. Dur­ing high sea­son, like school and pub­lic hol­i­days, the fee is R140 per adult and R120 for un­der-12s.

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