Lamberts Bay Caravan Park

Although I did not stay at Elands Bay Caravan Park I did take a drive through to go and have a look and am  going to include it in this post as I have found out that both parks have the same contact person and telephone numbers and are therefore connected.

Lets start with the Lamberts Bay park. I had been warned by quite a few fellow caravanner’s to avoid this park as it is not good and judged on value for money has to rank up there with the worst I have stayed at thus far. They charged me R100.00 per night and to be honest if it had not been that I wanted to spend a few days exploring Lamberts Bay itself I would have moved on after 1 night.

The entrance to the park.
The entrance to the park. Not exactly inspiring.
The office area. All bars and no information brochures. Very unfriendly.
The office area. All bars and no information brochures. Very unfriendly.

Some of the more than 268 sites.
Some of the more than 268 sites. It is a huge park and I would hate to stay there in season.
Some more sites and that is my set-up. Did not bother putting up the tent. More sites and that is my set-up. I did not even bother putting up the tent.
They have 40 sites with private ablutions which cost even more.
They have 40 sites with private ablutions which cost even more.
Shower in the general ablution block. I would love to know when those shower curtains were last changed. I felt unclean even after a shower.
Shower in the general ablution block. I would love to know when those shower curtains were last changed. I felt unclean even after a shower.

Old unkempt crazy golf course.

Old unkempt crazy golf course. It just looks so messy.

So close yet so far.

So close yet so far.

One of the major selling points is that the park is right next to the sea but as you can see there is no way you can get to it!! Surely there must be keys, that they could take a deposit for, so that patrons could go for a walk on the beach?

Overall I thought the park was pretty poor considering what they were charging. If I had been paying R60.00 a night I would not have felt so ripped off.

Elands Bay Caravan Park.

Elands Bay Caravan Park.

Onto Elands Bay Caravan Park. As I said both parks fall under the same management and it shows. I did not stay here and personally never would but I did read some comments on the internet by someone who did. “Terrible camp-site – neglected – poor maintenance” and from what I saw he was spot on. The writer did also say that the site had great potential and I felt the same about the whole of Elands Bay.

A not exactly inspiring site!

A not exactly inspiring sight?!(pun intended}

Everything just looked so neglected.

Everything just looked so neglected.

The ablution block. To be honest I could not force myself to go inside.

The ablution block. To be honest I could not force myself to go inside.

View of the beach from near the park.

View of the beach from near the park.

I agree that there is huge potential both for the caravan park and for Elands Bay in general and from some of the things I was told there will hopefully be some major changes in the near future.  Just by the way I found another small caravan park about 4 km’s from Elands Bay that is great and charges the same price per night, R100.00, with a private ablution block. I will write a post on that soon.

23 Comments

  1. Hanlie on August 28th, 2009

    Poor management is evident! These places obviously has a lot of potential. Maybe hubby and I should buy a caravan park and manage it!

  2. pbdphoto on August 29th, 2009

    Hi Hanlie most of the private parks are okay it is the municipal parks that are bad.

  3. Shanaaz on October 12th, 2009

    I would like to take my family camping at the end of the year (yes I know, high season and all). Do you have any recommendations?

  4. pbdphoto on October 12th, 2009

    Hi Shanaaz I think you are going to find it almost imposable to find anything over the holiday season. Two of the places I think are not to bad are Langebaan and Yzerfontein. Not sure how far you want to travel? Just remember prices are much higher in season.

  5. Shanaaz on October 13th, 2009

    I was actually looking at Tietiesbaai, but was not to sure, it being run by a municipality. I’ve been camping on private farms for the last three years, swimming in dams, rivers & waterholes and thought the kids needed some exposure to the ocean. Thanks

  6. pbdphoto on October 13th, 2009

    Tietiesbaai is beautiful (I am going to do a post soon) and gets packed out over the holiday season. There is no electricity and very limited solar power hot water for showering. There are no formal sites and you just pitch where ever you can find a spot.

  7. Marius on September 8th, 2010

    Hi. You mentioned you found a small campsite close to Elandsbaai. Do you have contact details?

    Regards,

    Marius

  8. pbdphoto on September 8th, 2010
  9. Sue on September 28th, 2010

    Spent the past weekend at Vensterklip – excellent stay! Private ablusion/kitchenette/braai. Lovely view over the vlei – fisheagles flying overheard.
    Nice pub and restaurant offering “Pizza night” every Friday.
    Would have liked to actually drive to the “Vensterklip” with my own vehicle but was not permitted.

  10. Carol Brand on October 11th, 2010

    Good Day

    I am sorry you feel Lamberts Bay is not one of the three star caravan resorts, however as I am a camper and have been all over the place I would just like to confirm yes Lamberts Bay is not what a lot of the other resorts offer, however depends on what you are looking for and how can you compare R100.00 with other places R300.00 up. I have been to Lamberts Bay three times already over December and they give the best service possible and is better than a lot of these expensive private resorts. The other thing what ever is lacking in luxery is made up by the peoples warmeth and hospitality. There food is of the best. My children have confirmed that the best holidays they have had is in Lamberts Bay.

  11. pbdphoto on October 11th, 2010

    I have never stayed anywhere that cost me more than R125 per night and I would say that most places I have stayed at had better facilities – grassed sites and better ablutions – in fact the best ablutions I have seen were at a park that cost me R45 per night.

  12. Walter on November 10th, 2010

    How busy is Lamberts Bay in the peak season period?? Hows the fishing there?

  13. pbdphoto on November 10th, 2010

    I believe the park is always full over Christmas/New Year. Not really sure what the fishing is like as I did not throw a line in. :-((

  14. Waheeda Carels on December 13th, 2010

    Hi there, my husband & i got permits for crayfish, just wanting to know if u can give us an idea of where the best spots are to go & catch crayfish, we were @ Tietiesbaai & Elandsbaai yesterday, tried to catch but had no luck, are there any spots around Koggelbaai area, which is ccloser to where we reside. Regards Waheeda

  15. pbdphoto on December 13th, 2010

    Hi Waheeda sorry I can’t help as I am not into crayfish catching. The only thing I can suggest is to talk to the locals as they know all the best spots. I do happen to know that Rooi Els used to be (don’t know about now) very good. Have fun.

  16. Awie Pieterse on January 17th, 2011

    Is daar enige verbetering aangaande die ablusie geriewe by Lambertsbaai karavaanpark. Ons gaan soontoe vir die kreeffees. Is daar dalk ,n ander kampeerplek wat iemand kan aanbeveel.

  17. Walter on January 17th, 2011

    Hi Awie

    Daar is ‘n nuwe kampeer terryn soos jy uit ry Elandsbaai toe, dit sit regoor die Muisbos Skerm. dis ook dieselfde mense wat die kampeer terryn besit.

    Hulle fasiliteite is nuut en baie netjies.

    Geniet die fees!

    PS pbdphoto : The fishing was not too good, had a couple of bites on the rocks but nothing substantial.

  18. pbdphoto on January 17th, 2011

    Sorry about the fishing. When I was last in the area I was told that there was a new park going to open but have not seen it yet. I hop they give the Elandsbaai and Lamberts Bay parks a run for their money.

  19. Dalene on April 13th, 2011

    is dit al skoner by Lambertsbaai, gaan paasnaweek daarheen saam met vriende, sal graag wil weet.

  20. pbdphoto on April 13th, 2011

    Hi Dalene – not to sure as I have not been back since I wrote the post.

  21. gerrie on November 17th, 2011

    Hi gone fishing, net jammer dis die enigste kampplek in die omgewing (lambertsbaai) of nie, weet jy dalk van ander goeie kampplek in die nabye omgewing?! Strandfontein is baie beter, maar weer te vêr vanaf Kaapstad vir ‘n naweek. Dankie.

  22. pbdphoto on November 17th, 2011

    @Gerrie – I believe there is a new park which has opened up on the dirt road between Lamberts and Elands Bay almost opposite fish restaurant. It was in the pipeline while I was in the area and I believe it is open. There is also Vensterklip which is about 5 km’s from Elands Bay. There is a post about it on this site.

  23. Sharief on December 7th, 2011

    Hi

    Thanks for this. I’d actually already book for a couple of days at Elands Bay. What camp site would be nice to take the family in the vicinity that has access to the ocean where it would be safe to swim?

    Thanks
    Sharief



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