Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our Annual Holiday 2013 - Part 3

In the last week of Colleen's leave we decided to give Yzerfontein Caravan Park a visit.

March is still a fairly busy time of year, so we decided to go there for 4 nights, arriving on a Sunday Afternoon and departing on the Thursday morning, as this day was the start of a long weekend and therefore going to be busy.

I had done as much research on the campsite as I could find and nearly all comments I could find were very positive, so I was looking forward to our visit, although Yzerfontein itself has never really applealed to me on previous visits. It does have a stunning beach and pretty harbour but the town itself is not very attractive with lots of huge ugly holiday homes.

We spent an enjoyable few days there and I left with mixed views of the campsite.

It is well maintained and efficiently run. The whole campsite is near the beach but with no view's whatsoever. It is separated from the beach by a large dune with access via a wooden boardwalk. The individual sites are a very mixed bag. Those near the beach are small, have no grass, thick sand and some shade. Now, I prefer nice level grassed sites even if they come at the expense of having no shade as I normally erect a gazebo for this. I also like being able to relax under the gazebo and be able to take in a lovely view, be it of the mountains, a river, a dam or the sea.

We  settled on one of the much larger (it was huge) grassed sites a bit further away from the boardwalk to the beach. There are very nice high thick hedges planted between the blocks of sites which give shelter from the wind and some privacy. In fact the only negative about the site we were on was that the built in braai was back to back with the neighbours braai, which could have been a problem if the place was busy. 

The small ablution block near us was spotlessly clean and well maintained. There were clean up staff every day who were doing a sterling job. Not only in the ablutions but in the whole campsite, cleaning braais and bins, trimmimg hedges etc.  

On Wednesday night a lot more people started arriving for the coming long weekend and I was very pleased that we were leaving the next day. The ablutions started taking strain due to the increased numbers and we had a fairly noisy crowd of friends camped on 3 sites behind us. I would definitely not like to be there when it got really busy. 
Here are a few images.

Skiper Tent Trailer

Skipper Tent Trailer

16 mile beach, Yzerfontein

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