I was a bit
"We are situated in the Beautiful Vredefort Dome ,Parys along the Vaal River. This Family Camping Site is on a Private Game Breeding Lodge just 60 minutes drive from Johannesburg 36 km from Potchefstroom and 42 km from Parys"
I grew up in a family that loved camping, and to be honest when I was younger I loved it. The whole sharing a bathroom with 1000's of others did not put me off at all. Now. Well that's a different story. I'm very fussy about that. Call it snobbish but it just freaks me out a bit. When Cedric and I went to camp last year after we bought our 3 second pop up tent we tried a place. It wasn't dirty but we only stayed the night and left early the next morning. We showered at home. This place I was blown away with. Although they weren't very busy, the ablution blocks were spotless. And I'm not lying.
We spent our the weekend relaxing in the pool as it was extremely hot or sitting under a tree soaking up the beautiful scenery. We asked for a stand next to the river and surprisingly the mozzies weren't as active as I expected. I'm a mozzie magnet. It is very annoying. We enjoyed a nice braai every evening and were baked out of the tent early morning. But I didn't complain, I loved it. There are 28 River Front Stands and 8 Grass stands at the back.
Things to do
There are so many things here to keep you entertained, whether young or a bit older. From fishing, birding to table tennis. They also have tubes that you can float on down the river. I REALLY wanted to do this but I couldn't handle the heat so were hiding in the shade
Things that made me happy
The ablution blocks were extremely clean. A few people we spoke to who were camping there too that weekend told us how impressed they were.
The Tuck Shop. It kept my mouth and their till full most of the weekend.
The views were so pretty. Looking at the mountain while listening to the river.
The manager was so friendly. Thank you for your hospitality.
Things that made me sad
I wish they had more trees to create shade. When it's so hot and you are running around with your chair chasing after the shade, it's not nice.
I can picture that camp site with trees as far as the eyes can see. It will really round of that picture perfect view.
Something to consider in the near future is to maybe put up some sort of divider between each campsite. I know it's a long shot because it's a campsite. Even if only on the stands next to the river. It will create a more private feel to your spot.
If you love camping and have children (or don't) you will really enjoy this place. We really had such a nice time and with the efficient staff and management you can't go wrong here. Thank you to the staff for keeping the premises and ablutions so clean! Almost makes me feel like I'm at home. Except I'm sleeping on a car in a tent. But close enough.
Rates vary. We paid R260 per night for a River Front Stand. Children 5 years and younger stay free and children 6 - 12 pay 50% of the sharing rate. There is no minimum stay.
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Please share with me what you think of the place if you decide to go visit.
My OJTE Star Rating is.....drum roll please!!!
We are already packed and ready to go camping...again. We will be going with Tammy and her little family. I am very excited. It's nice to see how others camp. Seeing as we are still fairly new to camping you can pick up nice tricks from other more matured campers. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and stay safe! Make the best of the last weekend of February 2014!