Verbé Caravan Park – Kamieskroon

While in Springbok I heard a lot of talk about the wonderful Verbé caravan park in  Kamieskroon and was told I must stay there. There are 2 caravan parks in Kamieskroon but was told by everyone I must go to the Verbé as it was great. By the way the other park is called the Kamieskroon Hotel and Caravan Park and when I had a quick scout round it looked fine to me.

Entrance to Verbé Caravan Park.
Entrance to Verbé Caravan Park.

When I arrived at the park I was actually disappointed as it did not look like anything special, in fact the stands and ground were pretty awful as they were uneven and not a blade of grass in site.

Some of the sites.

Some of the sites.

That building on the left is a Lapa but I did not see anyone using it.

I also found out when I tried to hammer some pegs into the ground that it was incredibly hard. It took me 3 times longer than normal to set up and my hands were really sore at the end of it.

My set-up. I kid you not that ground is like rock.
My set-up. I kid you not that ground is like rock.

It was only after I had taken a stroll, quite a long stroll actually, up to the ablution block that I understood why everyone had spoken so highly of Verbé. I have been on and on about the terrible, sometimes shocking, ablution blocks I have had to use and how caravan park owners/managers just have no idea how important good, clean ablutions are to caravanner’s.

The ablution block.
The ablution block.
Inside the gents section. Spotless!
Inside the gents section. Spotless!

Just goes to show that even an average park will get really good revues if the ablutions are half way decent.

Dina the park manager.

Dina the park manager.

Another reason why people like coming here is the very helpful and charming Dina the manager at the front office. What a nice lady! Nothing was too much trouble and she made sure that all ran smoothly.

Saw this old bell holder at the top of the park.

Saw this old bell holder at the top of the park.

The park and surrounds from the old bell holder.

The park and surrounds from the old bell holder.

The building on the right, with the mast, is the police station. We had a black out for a few hours the one night and they run a massive, very noisy generator, for the duration.

Saw this beautiful flower at the entrance to the park. (Specially for Michael)

Saw this beautiful flower at the entrance to the park. (Specially for Michael)

The town of Kamieskroon is situated 67km south of Springbok and is set in the granite rock formations of the Kamiesberg range. The towns origins lie in the 1860’s, 7km north of the towns present location and was called Bowesville (later Bowesdorp). But in 1924, because there was no room to expand, the church council decided to demolish the church and rebuild it at its present site in Kamieskroon.

The Kamieskroon NG Church

The Kamieskroon Church

Commemorating the fallen in the Anglo Boer ar of 1899 - 1902.

Commemorating the fallen in the Anglo Boer War of 1899 - 1902.

Kamieskroon is essentially a town that services the surrounding farming community. There are quite a few B&B’s that come into their own in the flower season and there are also some wonderful hiking trails. In fact you can hire a guide steeped in Namakwa knowledge who offers hikes along uncharted trails, but, Kamieskroon is synonymous with spring flowers and extends the season with brilliant shows of  Bulbinella latifolia and many other species.

3 Comments

  1. Hanlie on August 19th, 2009

    You have no idea how much these posts of yours make me want to get into my car and visit these places! I want to smell the veld, breathe in the crisp clean air and meet the people!

  2. pbdphoto on August 19th, 2009

    Thanx Hanlie. You have no idea how some of your comments inspire me to carry on!!

  3. justBcoz on August 19th, 2009

    I have to agree with Hanlie … Justin popped in for a visit this morning and he and I were chatting about your awesome experiences and how jealous we are 🙂



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