Back to Basics – Backpackers

I met Bruce Wessels when he accompanied his father, Dudley, and I on the 4×4 Ship Wreck trail between Kleinzee and Koingnaas on my recent visit to Kleinzee. He has just recently, December 2008,  opened a Backpackers a few km’s from Koingnaas aimed at budget travellers who are looking for good surfing, crayfish diving – in season and with a permit – walking trails and back to nature experiences. They charge R100 per person per night and there is a rather cool surf spot on the doorstep called Workshop or The Workshop.

At the end of the 4×4 trail we dropped Bruce off and I had time for a quick look round and to take a few photographs.

Bruce Wessels infront of Back to Basics Backpackers
Bruce Wessels infront of Back to Basics Backpackers

Originally there were 2 groups of diamond divers huts in this area and both have now been renovated into very pleasant accommodation establishments. The first to be renovated was at Noup and is owned and managed by Bruce’s Mom and Dad. These are more upmarket self catering units with bathrooms en suite and epitomise the “on the beach” accommodation experience.

Back to Basic Backpackers was the second group of huts to be renovated, basic but comfortable,  self-catering huts just north of Noup. Communal bathrooms, kitchens and social areas make it ideal for small groups. Limited electricity supply in the evenings, 7pm – 10pm, warm water, gas stoves and braai facilities.

One of the larger huts which can sllep 4.
One of the larger huts which can sleep 4.
Communal lounge area
Communal lounge area

One of the bathrooms.

One of the bathrooms.

Some of the original decor.

Some of the original decor.

A reminder of the past?

A reminder of the past?

The lapa type braai area with the sea as your backdrop.

The lapa type braai area with the sea as your backdrop, ideal for sundowners.

All in all I think this would be a great place to stay for more than just a couple of nights. Because they are situated between Koingnaas and Kleinzee one needs to obtain clearance before being able to stay over night, therefore one must please contact Bruce at least 3 or 4 days before arriving so he can organize the relevant permits. (no charge)

Bruce Wessels –  Back to Basics Backpackers – 084-964-5856

2 Comments

  1. Hanlie on August 9th, 2009

    That looks very rustic and peaceful. I’d love it!

  2. Conrad; Caves Surfwear on October 7th, 2009

    Ek en my girl was daar so 3 weke terug, trust me dit is ‘n kief possie om by te gan dos!!
    O.k., O,k. dit is nou nie jou local 5 ster hotel met spas en sulke junk nie, dit is ‘n low budgit backpackers vir die avontuur lustige. Jy moet soontoe gaan, as jy daarvan hou om te kamp en toer of self gewoont is om in huisies te bly, jy sal dit kief vind om by Bruce se possie te dos. Dit is baie veilig, ons het met oop deure geslaap, beursies het net by een spot die heel naweek gele, geen probleme! My bakkie het ek vergeet om te sluit toe ek daar aankom – no problems!!!
    Die plek is skoon en nekkies, surf kook, kreef is glo volop, die wereld is freakin mooi, passop net vir die volstuise! hulle loop wild rond! En het ek al gese, die surf is kief, bring jou eie crowd!!!!, gaan check maar self!!, daar is seker 10 moontlike A class brakes 50km suid en noord.
    Nou pak jou jammie, en val in die pad, o ja, ondou net om vir Bruce jou ID te stuur so week voor die tyd!!
    chow
    Conrad



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