McDougalls Bay Caravan Park

The past 3 days, the weekend and Monday, have been pretty awful. It has been really hot, over 30ºC, and the wind has not stopped blowing at gale force all that time. There has been sand and dust everywhere and it has made me feel pretty depressed and lethargic. Being camped on sea sand does not help. Think Camps Bay Beach on a really hot, windy day when the sand is blowing all over the place.

Today, Tuesday, sees a complete change in the weather. It is overcast, a lot cooler, light breeze and feels like it could even rain sometime. It has also made me feel a lot better and keen to have a look around for more interesting places and people. I am still trying to track down George, the diamond diver, but he has proved elusive, and I hope to catch up with him later today or tomorrow.

Because I have been pretty well trapped at the camp-site I thought I might as well take some pix and show you what it is like. If you read some of my previous posts you will know that I was really given the run around as far as the pricing is concerned. It is a municipal site and I think their prices are too high compared to all the other municipal sites I have stayed at. They call themselves a Holiday Resort so have a look at he pix an see what you think.

McDougalls Bay Hoiday Resort?

McDougalls Bay Holiday Resort?

The security gate?

The security gate?

Unfortunately a lot of the time there is no one at the gate during the day and at night.

Brocken security fence from beach.

Broken security fence from beach.

Even if there was full time security at the front it would not make much difference.

Seasand site

Sea sand site

One of the 93 sites and they are all the same.

Electical connection

Electrical connection

Each site has an electrical connection but some of them are very unsafe.

Ablution block.

Ablution block.

What can I say? Why do all the camp-sites all have the same problem and yet the ablution block is the most important feature that one looks for. At least there is plenty of hot water.



There are 2 0f these right on the beach front. They charge R440.00 per night out of season and over R500.00 per night in season. There are also 15 smaller chalets at the back for which the charge is R210.00 per night.

Overall I think the “holiday resort” is pretty run down and to be honest over priced but the one factor that overrides most of that is the position right on the beach front. The sights, sounds and smells of the ocean, in the protected bay, are fabulous and go a long way in making one overlook all the shortcomings.

My camp-site.

My camp-site.

Right on the waters edge.

Golden sun set.

Golden sun set.

Not many places I know that one could take a picture like this right from your caravan.


  1. justBcoz on July 28th, 2009

    Oh my gosh … look at that sunset!

    Ja, hardly a “resort”, hey?

    Anyhoo … glad you aren’t being blown away today!

  2. pbdphoto on July 28th, 2009

    @JustBcoz – Resort (not). It is all rather shabby hey?

  3. Hanlie on July 28th, 2009

    Beautiful sunset picture! Wow!

  4. Chris M on August 4th, 2009

    That sunset is just incredible! It makes up for the resort, well, lack thereof 😉

  5. used caravans uk on August 13th, 2009

    I wouldn’t like to think what would happen if you used an electrical connection that looked like that!! Great post and sunset photo by the way.


  6. pbdphoto on August 13th, 2009

    Hi Tom that is called a one time plug point. Use it and your dead one time.

  7. Camper on January 8th, 2010

    We just had a fab 14 days at this “resort”! I think the reason for the broken fence was because of the high seawater level during 2009 (same time when the sea was very rough in Seapoint). They’ve put up new fences but are still buzy to fill up the gaps were the sea took away the sand as well as braai’s. Some sites have new braai’s.

    The entrance to the camp was upgraded and the during the December holidays there were always people at the gate. Each vehicle also received a sticker to enter the camp. The accommodation which you can see on your security gate photo was also painted and in the front of each house is a newly build “stoep” and braai.

    Wish I could send you some pics!

  8. pbdphoto on January 8th, 2010

    Hi Camper – Glad to hear that they have done some upgrading since I was there. Maybe some of it is because of what has been said and written about the place. So many people I spoke to and asked if they would stay there said no way!! That fence got taken out in 2008 and nothing was done about it. The worst part about that was the continuous stream of beggars coming off the beach. You dont mention the ablution block as I foun those pretty awful as well.

  9. Camper on January 10th, 2010

    Hi – I can’t comment on the specific ablution block, cause we’ve been using the ablution on the other side of the camp. We had hot water and the ablution was cleaned on a daily basis.

  10. pbdphoto on January 13th, 2010

    Glad to hear you were happy. I, and many others that I spoke to, was not that impressed although there was always hot water available.

  11. Engela on March 17th, 2010

    Hi we spend 10 most wonderfull days at the caravan park over christmas 2009 and yes it is not at all luxury but it was wonderfull. When something broke they fixed it, there was security at all time at the gate, warm water and the bathrooms and toilets was clean at all time.

  12. pbdphoto on March 17th, 2010

    Hi Engela – sounds as if things have improved since I was there. I hope so as the park has great potential and with that view should have a lot of people staying there all year round.

  13. Jaen on March 29th, 2010

    Hi. Is it safe to stay there out of season?

  14. pbdphoto on March 29th, 2010

    I think if one is reasonably aware it should be fine. I stayed there for 2 weeks out of season and apart from the beggars it was fine.

  15. Chris on December 1st, 2010

    Ive been to that campsite every December for the last five years and I can garentee you its not as bad as the pics show you.The security is great and the owners always friendly.Cant wait to go on 12 days.

  16. pbdphoto on December 1st, 2010

    Hi Chris – Glad you enjoy the park. It is strange that the first thing i was told’ on arrival, was to make sure not to leave anything outside if I was not there as people just walk off the beach and take your stuff. Happened to someone while I was there. I think that the position of the park is one of the best on the SA coastline and if they would upgrade some of the facilities it would be great. Enjoy your stay.

  17. razina on January 11th, 2011

    please can someone tell me where i can find great accomodation in mcdougals bay?

  18. nico van zyl on January 16th, 2011

    The best and most likely to accomodate you is Port Indigo Guest House. Office number is 027-8518012

  19. Manny on January 18th, 2011

    Razina, contact Beverley Jackson at Seef Properties when you get in to town. She’s an institution at McDougalls and has quite a portfolio of rentals available.

  20. Anneline on October 19th, 2011

    Visit the resort in August 2011, yes like all camping resorts there are areas of improvement. All over the country money for repairs and maintenance are channeled to other areas.
    Yes the buildings need paint more regularly because it is subjected to sea weather and wet climate. But it was cleaned at all times.
    But for the experience it was worth it, this trip was nostalgic! Experience my first visit to Mcdougals bay in 1988, the camping area was not established. Booked for a week in the chalets, 23 years later experience the camping trip through Northern Cape and use the camping facilities. Going back next year!!

  21. pbdphoto on October 19th, 2011

    Hi Anneline and thanks for the update. Glad to hear there have been a few improvements to the park.

  22. Riaan on November 30th, 2011

    Hi, I am looking for a campsite that allows dogs on the West Coast. My plan is to travel from Gauteng to the West Coast(Mcdougals bay sounds fine) from mid January 2012 to beginning February 2012. I will be camping all the way with my Rottweiler. Any suggestions on other accomodation in the West Coast vicinity?

  23. Susan Larney on January 4th, 2012

    Ek wil weet waar kry mens die adres van die chalets op die foto’s hierbo. Ons gaan in Feb 2012 op ‘n toer en wil graag in McDougalls baai bly – of het iemand ‘n beter, bekostigbare plek aan te beveel?

  24. Louw on May 11th, 2012

    Hi there, does anyone please have the daily rates for the camp (tent) sites?

    Thanks in advance!

  25. Elaine on December 6th, 2017

    Hallo ek soek ASB julle selfoon of tellefoon nommer?

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