Ganzekraal Caravan Park.

I suppose I should call it by the name on the info sheet I was given which is – Ganzekraal Holiday Resort and Conference Centre but I was mostly interested in the caravan park. I have heard and read so many conflicting reports on the place that I was keen to have a look round and see if I should spend a few days there.

Ganzekraal is situated just off the R27 from Cape Town, about 20km’s from where I was staying at Yzerfontein, so I decided to take a drive and go and have a look round and see if it was really as bad as some people had said it was.

Sign board to Ganzekraal.

Sign board to Ganzekraal.

Security entrance.

Security entrance.

The security lady was pretty friendly and gave me all the info sheets with prices and terms but did tell me that I had only 20 minutes to have a look around. I presume the reason for that was that she saw the fishing rods in the Pajero and they charge an entrance fee if you just want to go in and fish.

A site virtually on the rocks.

A site virtually on the rocks. From the looks of the ground a popular site.

The camping area is divided into 2 sections – a lower section very close to the rocks and an upper section which is a bit further back and higher but gives you a really nice sea view.

Lower section with nicely grassed stands.

Lower section with nicely grassed stands.

Lower section ablution block.

Lower section ablution block.

To be honest the facilities were not great here but looked much neater and cleaner in the upper section block.

Stands on the upper section.

Stands on the upper section.

One of the big problems is that there are no trees or bushes to offer any kind of shelter from the sun and wind and boy was it blowing the day I was there.

One of the showers in the upper ablution block.

One of the showers in the upper ablution block.

As you can see not bad at all and they have obviously done some maintenance work.

Overall I thought the park did not look that bad but I sure would not like to be staying there when the wind is blowing. The one thing which I was told, and this  was confirmed by all I spoke to, was to avoid staying there over weekends as the place gets packed out,  is very noisy,  has a rowdy element and is not very pleasant. I also thought the  pricing  pretty steep at R120.00 in and R115.00 out of season and no pensioners discount. That and the wind factor put me off wanting to spend a few week days there.

Conference Centre building.

Conference Centre building.

Couldn’t have a look round as it was all locked up.

One of the chalets that are available.

One of the chalets that are available.

There are three different prices for the various chalets that all sleep six ranging from, in season, R490.00 to R610.00 per night. Some looked really nice while others, like the one above, appear to be a bit run down.

One of the nicer looking chalets with a stunning view

One of the nicer looking chalets with a stunning view

Walk way down to the beach.

Walk way down to the beach.

One of a few fishermen I saw.

One of a few fishermen I saw trying his luck off the beach.

To be honest I was quite tempted to spend a few days here as it has a rugged charm about it but unfortunately the day I moved down from Yzerfontein was really hot and windy so gave it a miss and drove on down to Melkbosstrand.

8 Comments

  1. Chris B. on December 14th, 2009

    Looks a great place! Pity about the week-ends.

  2. Hanlie on December 14th, 2009

    I’ve stayed there, in the chalets, on a number of occasions and always enjoyed it… This was a while back though, so I have no idea what states the chalets are in these days.

  3. pbdphoto on December 14th, 2009

    Hi Hanlie – some of the chalets looked great but the rest looked a bit run down. I think it is mostly in the caravan park that it can get a bit out of hand over week-ends.

  4. jenny kotze on December 16th, 2009

    Please what is the rates for lienjies klip and for granskraal

  5. pbdphoto on December 16th, 2009

    @jenny – I think it is best if you Google both places and contact them directly.

  6. Tams on April 17th, 2010

    Ek en my man het die plek toevallig ontdek toe ons opsoek was na blyplek so jaar of wat gelede. Ons het in een van die “vissers eenhede” gebly want die ander was volgeboek. Dit is die mees bekoorlikste plekkie as jy hou van die see wanneer hy grys lyk, die mis wat inkom en dan die pragtigste sonsondergange. Elke eenheid voel asof dit die enigste eenheid is op die strand. Dit het so ‘n nostalgiese admosfeer. Ons geniet die natuur en die natuurverskynsels en daarom het ons hierdie jaar weer teruggegaan daarheen en weereens… dit was HEERLIK.

  7. peter field on April 13th, 2011

    hi we love camping at this resort ,we have been there a number of times
    thanks for a clean and neat resort
    peter

  8. Jethro Arenz on February 9th, 2012

    Hi All,

    I’ve been at this resort a few times and always had a fantastic time.

    I believe it is good fishing spot and will be trying my luck this coming weekend.

    Will post my results.

    Happy Camping and tight lines !

    Jethro Arenz



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