Friday, February 7, 2014

Mountain Breeze Caravan Park Stellenbosch

The Trekkers Outdoor Recreation Club, Laarger 8 went to Mountain Breeze Caravan Park near Stellenbosch last week end and we went along. We had a great weekend with a lovely crowd of people, although the temperature when we arrived on Friday afternoon was 37 degrees. It was not fun setting up the Skipper in that heat but we managed, followed by a swim and then a cold shower as the temperture of the water in the very nice pool was around 28 degrees and did not really cool one down.
Mountain Breeze Caravan Park Pool Area

The campsite itself is set in a Pine forest and while this gives a good amount of shade, nothing grows underneath the trees so the sites are very hard gravel. Take a large mallet and sharp pegs. The sites are well marked and spacious and the one we chose was pretty level. The ablutions are old but well maintained and spotlessly clean with the most spacious showers that I have ever come across.

 Mountain Breeze Caravan Park 

To me the biggest negative of the campsite is that there is a busy dirt road running up it's windward (South East) side and this causes huge amounts of dust to blow over you. They did send a water truck late on Friday afternoon to spray the road and this helped a lot. However on Sunday the wind was blowing from the South East again and the dust returned.

The big positive of the campsite is its location. It is situated around half way between Stellenbosch and Somerset West and in the heart  of the Stellenbosch Wine Route. There is a market on Saturdays and Sundays at Audacia Wine Estate, which is almost next door with some great stuff and lovely foods. Sweetwell farm butchery is a few kilometers further away and we bought some lovely meat there for our Saturday night braai. There are some top wine Estates in the area and on Saturday we went to Waterford wine estate for a wine tasting. It was superb and definitely one of the nicest estates I have ever been to.

Waterford Wine Estate
Here are a few more photo's taken in and around the campsite.

Dave Brown. Chairman of Laarger 8.

 Now for the big question. Would I go back there?

Hmmm.... Probably yes if the weather forecast is for no South Easterly wind, which is not likely in the summer months. April and May are probably good months.


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