Camping is often the easiest way to accommodate yourself when hiking in more remote areas. I am a firm believer in “more is more” when it comes to camping.
Camping done correctly can be an awesome experience: I have managed to accumulate quite a large range of gear to achieve this aim. Know what is available at the campsite and in the nearest town.
Possibly the worst thing that can happen to you is your neighbours. Trying to enjoy your surroundings is difficult if you have noisy / messy / drunk / aggressive neighbours. So if people arrive at the site next to yours and start packing the half-drum braai with ice and alcohol, try to move to another site!
The second most challenging aspect is the weather! Wind and rain can turn your experience into a true nightmare.
If you are able to choose a site it’s worth giving some thought to the following:
- distance to ablutions: avoid being too close and on the path fellow campers use to get there
- proximity to roads: avoid being on a site next to the entrance to the campsite
- trees: offer shade from the sun and shelter from the wind
- grass: minimises dust and dirt being tramped into tent
|Venue||Cell Reception||Shop||Privacy||Electric points||Braai||Swimming||Dogs|
|Clanwilliam Dam Municipal Park||Yes||No||Yes||Dam|
|De Vasselot Rest Camp||Yes||River||No|
|Diepwalle Camping Decks||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Ebb and Flow||Yes||River|
|Nuwerust Rest Camp||No||Yes||No||Some||Yes||Pool||No|
|Yzerfontein Caravan Park||Yes||Beach|
Privacy: are the sites marked off