Beep Beep Africa Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
August 23rd, 2019 Bluff Eco Park

We stayed here in our big rig for 10 days while we organised shipping and port paperwork to return or vehicle home. It's in a good area for that, reasonably near the port.

180R p2ppn camping and a cabin starts at 380r p2ppn. No restaurant or cafe that we saw, Internet is good around the pool. lots of rules like no music, no washing vehicles etc and lots of workers leaving in morning and returning at night. Also lots of pensioners. Vibe isn't great but its practical, ablutions are clean and there is power at the pitches.

August 17th, 2019 Jakobsen Beach Camping

FYI We were able to access the campsite in our big rig, it's steep and sandy but manageable for our Leyland DAF 4x4.

August 11th, 2019 Spioenkop Dam Game Reserve

Had the place to ourselves. Hot water only worked in the ladies ablutions but otherwise fine. Plenty of blesboks around and we saw a few giraffes.

Power at sites, big rig accessible, and quiet at night. 180 p2ppn

August 10th, 2019 Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge

Large campsite with plenty of space for big rigs without the caravan park vibe. Power is at sites but have to look hard for it by the lamps on the floor built into the rocks.

The place is active with backpackers and has a lively bar, meal times etc. Pool would be great in summer. Climbing wall was being repaired but there was a jacuzzi, pool table, ping pong, and sauna.

Some of the ablutions were not working leaving just 4 showers for the entire place and the drainage couldn't really cope.

All in all nice place and worth a couple of nights to relax. Lots of walks around available.

August 8th, 2019 Glen Reenen Campsite

Place was fine. If you camp there is no entry fee. Some building work is going on next for so might be noisy during the day.

Big rig friendly. There is a 10t weight restriction sign but the staff told me since we were camping it was fine to proceed through the park. Road was not an issue, no bridges or anything so you can safely ignore it.

August 6th, 2019 CUMMINS parts and garage

This place is permanently closed.

August 6th, 2019 CUMMINS parts and garage

Place has moved to 36 Mill Street, Hamilton. didn't visit new place.

August 5th, 2019 Open Mine Park

This place is permanently closed.

August 5th, 2019 The big hole

Interesting place, strange to see a huge open cast hole in the middle of a town. Guided tour takes you onto the viewing platform, then in an elevator to a recreation of the mine, then into the museum. Interesting but our guide wasn't the best.

Parking is safe and big rig friendly.

August 4th, 2019 Kambro Accomodation & Farm Stall

Nice quiet place, clean ablutions but price now 280 per pitch.

August 3rd, 2019 Steenbokkie Private Nature Reserve

Nice place, big rig friendly. Not many animals around when we were there. Price is now 250R p2ppn

July 22nd, 2019 Link Gas (Plumstead)

Place to refill Euro/UK/Namibian gas bottles. 200 ZAR for 9kg, quick and hassle free. Eddles gas wouldn't refill ours but this place was no problem. Recommended.

July 22nd, 2019 Eddles Gas

Would not refill a Namibian bottle (same as UK and Europe) due to "regulations". Were quite condescending and fobbed us off telling us it's an "industrial" bottle. Rubbish, we've refilled the same bottle in loads of countries across Africa (including SA). Go to Link Gas in Plumstead instead (pin added).

July 17th, 2019 Wolf sanctuary Tsitsikama

Really cool place, 150R pp to go on a wolf tour and learn about them from the knowledgeable staff. You can even pet and scratch the wolves. Robin who runs the place was a great help when our truck wouldn't start and even drove me to town to get a part.

Great people, great animals, and you can camp here (see campsite pin). We added a campground pin.

Big rig drivers: there is an alternative entrance which is much better than the steep track. See other pin.

July 17th, 2019 Tsitsikama Wolf Sanctuary

This pin is located at the big rig entrance/exit for Tsitsikama Wolf Sanctuary which also allows camping. If you arrive at this entrance call Robin on +27 82 956 4175 to open the gate.

Camping with the wolves is offered for 100R pppn (or voluntary donation, just talk to Robin) and there are ablutions, power, and water. Not sure about showers.

You actually camp between wolf enclosures and you can listen to them howl at night. Beautiful. Hiking huts (byo linen) and a fully furnished cabin are available too.

Wolf tours are 100% worth it and you can pet/scratch some of them, lovely animals.

Robin, Raven, and Andrew are really knowledgeable and passionate about this Sanctuary and it's a great cause to support.

July 13th, 2019 The Big Pineapple

A big pineapple indeed, complete with a somewhat disappointing selection of pineapple curious (including real pineapples) and a thorough yet dated museum about pineapples. Peaceful place and nice view of pineapple farm.

July 11th, 2019 The Pantry

Nice cafe/restaurant with parking directly outside our round back. wood burning stove in the winter and great food!

July 7th, 2019 Maletsunyane Waterfall

They are building a visitor centre here but at the moment you can park just before it and walk down. The 8km took 30 minutes in our big rig, worth the detour for sure.

July 3rd, 2019 diesel and petrol

Diesel and petrol. Just down the road is a standard bank ATM for cash, there is even a Pep in this town. Friendly guys.

July 3rd, 2019 Afri Ski

We were not blocked at the gate, they let us drive to reception.

We wanted to ski for 2 days and stay 3 nights. After a short negotiation they allowed us to camp at the backpackers hut (inside our big rig, not a tent) if we paid the price of 1 bed in the dorm (325 p2ppn). No power point outside but we could use the toilets/showers in there and there is power inside.

July 2nd, 2019 Sani Pass Lodge, Backpackers & Camping

Camping is 165 ZAR pppn. As others have said is not very flat and it's windy. There are 2 buildings, one with kitchen and toilets (quite cold in July) and the other with rooms and a living room with fireplace.

July 2nd, 2019 Sani Pass Border Post

We climbed the Sani pass in our 9t m, 7.5m big rig and it was rough but passable. Low range, 4x4, and diff lock required for large trucks, on a couple of hairpin bends we needed to reverse to get round. Rough gravel, loose stones, and large rocks but never too narrow or tilted. Only bother is the minibuses.

Border post at the top is no hassle, 80 rand fee for large trucks (2 axles).

June 28th, 2019 Riverside Manor

Beautiful campsite with 5 large pitches next to a babbling brook. Owner Steve is friendly and helpful. Ring ahead if arriving late and Steve will light the boiler for a hot shower (takes 3 hrs notice). Some friendly horses and sheep around. Great ablutions, scullery, and pitch facilties, pitch 4 has a fire circle.

90 ZAR per pitch + 90 ZAR pppn

June 28th, 2019 Nelson Mandela capture site (museum and monument)

Site of Nelson Mandela's capture. There is a free museum and monument, new exhibition opening August 2019. Interesting historical stop off on Midlands Meander route.

June 27th, 2019 Midmar Dam

Large but soulless campsite looking over the dam. We were the only campers there but in "high season" they asked for 600 rand for a pitch (up to 3 people) plus extra for electricity. This was too much for what was offered so we left. 20km up the road (north west) is Riverside manor which is less than half the price and much nicer for overlanders.

June 26th, 2019 Tugela Mouth Resort

Okay campsite sheltered from the substantial wind on the coast. Mostly for families and pensioners. All pitches have braii, light, power, and a tap but are right next to each other. beach is accessed through a gate about 50m away.

Laundry (washer/dryer) 25 ZAR per load
Can pay by card (+20 ZAR to pay for camping)
Small shop that sells basic stuff (no alcohol) and fishing gear.
Big rigs can fit but due to trees pitches 9 or 10 are the easiest to get into.

June 25th, 2019 Bushbaby Lodge and Campsite

Nice campsite with resident bush babies that are fed at exactly 7pm. Good restaurant and all facilities at pitches. Prices still the same.

June 24th, 2019 Lavumisa - Golela border post

Fast and easy border, not busy at all at midday on a weekday. Took less than 15 minutes, saw only 2 other vehicles cross, no buses. Friendly and professional staff.

June 23rd, 2019 Ndlovu Camp (Royal Hlane National Park)

Nice place. Rhinos come every day. The 'old' waterhole is muddy bit walk to the right and there is another where the Rhinos come at sunset, if you stay on the deck chairs you can miss them so walk around.

Reasonable game drives where you can see lions & elephants. Nyalas and Impalas inside the camp fence too.

No power at pitches though.

June 21st, 2019 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Rest Camp

Awesome campsite with nice walks. Warthogs running around the camp and even warming themselves around the campfire with you! Nyalas in the camp are so friendly you can actually pet them (and notice how many ticks they have). At night impala sleep in the woods next to you. No hippos.

Huge clean ablution block with gas geysers, power at pitches, all with braii pit. Worth a couple of nights for sure.


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