Strandfontein & Caravan Park.

The thing to understand about Strandfontein is that it is not a town but a holiday resort. I found it quite a strange place as a result of this. Nothing was quite real, it all seemed a bit false,  too perfect. Maybe the 2 photos below will illustrate my point.

Everything looks perfect...
Everything looks perfect…
Untill one looks closley.
Until one looks closely.

Is this to make money or keep certain people out?

Is this to make money or keep certain people out?

It is a gated community – pay to  get in as a day tripper and there is even a boom at the entrance to the resort  which to be honest was up all the time I was there but I bet in season they make use of it. Maybe its just me and everyone else loves the place but I found it bland with no soul or spirit. My feelings were confirmed when I had a chat to people who live just down the road at Doringbaai as they had heard others  say similar things. As I said I am sure most love it!

Living on the edge?
Living on the edge?

Some of the rock formations were fascinating.
Some of the rock formations were fascinating.
Looking accross the beach.
Looking across the beach. as you can see most of the houses are pretty modern.
Looking accross the beach from the othr side.
Looking across the beach from the other side.

Being from Cape Town I got quite homesick when I saw these name. I actually live in a suburb called Noordhoek. This is about the only shop in the resort.

Being from Cape Town I got quite homesick when I saw these names. I actually live near Kommetjie. This is the only shop I saw in the resort.

The caravan park is laid out in 2 sections. On the beach front is block “A” which is the most expensive and then further back is what is call “Perdeskoen” (Horseshoe).

The section of the park I stayed in.

The section of the park I stayed in.

The park is laid out at different levels in the shape of a horeshoe.

The park is laid out at different levels in the shape of a horseshoe.

My set-up.

My set-up.

As you can see nice green grassed site and the little white building on the right was my own private ablution block. The prices over weekends are pretty steep for someone like me travelling on my own at R125.00 per night but reasonable during the week at R75.00. I worked out later that the only reason I got  private ablutions was that otherwise they would have had to open the main block just for one person. One complaint is that they spent quite a bit of money setting this up and then go and use the cheapest, nastiest plastic toilet seats they could find. Also, if you do end up at Strandfontein, make sure to check the ablutions before you set-up as a few annoyed caravanner’s  had to move when they found they had no hot water.

View from the sea front "A" block of the park.

View from the sea front "A" block of the park.

Not so safe bathing?

Not so safe bathing? There is however a tidal pool.

There are also some nice looking chalets for hire.

There are some nice looking chalets for hire.

So would I go back to Strandfontein, if after reading this they would let me back in, yes if I was travelling with 2 or 3 others who were paying there own way. I am really starting to get annoyed at the inconsistency of pricing in the caravan park industry. For me 2 of the nicest parks I have stayed in, Springbok and Kamieskroon, have charged me R60.00 and R45.00 per night respectively as they have concessions for people on there own and also if you are over 60 years old. I stopped in at Clanwilliam on my way through to Lamberts Bay and was told I would have to pay R150.00 per night and no concessions. Something is not right!!

2 Comments

  1. Hanlie on August 22nd, 2009

    You’re right, this looks like suburbia by the sea! Not much character.

    The inconsistency in prices is quite amazing… I hope you find some reasonable places to stay!

  2. pbdphoto on August 22nd, 2009

    @Hanlie My light bulb moment!!
    All the nice reasonable parks are in towns that have 2 parks = competition!!!!!



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