Strand & Gordon’s Bay Caravan Parks.

There are 3 caravan parks in the area – Voortrekker Park in the Strand (the one I stayed at) Kay’s Caravan Park which is also in the Strand and Hendon Park Holiday Resort which is in Gordon’s Bay.

Please be aware that what I express here are merely my own opinions and others may disagree with what I write and show.To be honest none of the 3 are great but I am glad I chose Voortrekker to spend a few days at while I explored the surrounding area.

Security entrance to Voortekker Park.
Security entrance to Voortrekker Park.

While there was a security guard on duty there still appeared to be a lot of cars that just came into the park, had a drive through and then left. There were also break-ins of some caravans, that looked as though they were being stored there, over the weekend.

The office.
The office.

Just a warning if you are planning to stay at this park.  From 4pm on Friday afternoon to Monday morning the office is closed and if you have not booked and pre-payed  security will not let you in. Also you cannot pay directly at the park but must wait for documents which you then take to the Municipality or Pick n’ Pay to pay and take the receipt back to the office. Very strange!

Holiday
Private Holiday Units.

Just to the left as you go in is another gated area which has pretty good looking holiday units. I am not sure if anyone is allowed to live there permanently but it did appear that some were.

Some of the rather tatty looking chalets that are available.
Some of the rather tatty looking chalets that are available.

Chalets are available from R600 in high season to R500 out of season for a luxury 6 berth chalet.

One of the better grassed sites.
One of the better grassed sites.
My set-up at Voortrekker Park.
My set-up at Voortrekker Park.
The ablution block.
The ablution block.
Inside was kept clean and tidy and there was plenty hot water.
Inside was kept clean and tidy and there was plenty of hot water.

All in all I enjoyed my stay at Voortrekker Park and of the 3 parks I looked at would definitely vote it as my no. 1 of the area.  Contact No is +27218504169.

The next park that I went and had a look at was Kay’s Caravan Park (+27218531129) which is also in the the Strand. To be honest this is more like a park with mostly permanent residents and only has about 18 stands for casual campers.

Entrance to Kay's Caravan Park.
Entrance to Kay’s Caravan Park.

One of the permenant wooden structures in the camp. These buildings are realy close together and I would hate to see what would happen in the event of a fire.

One of the permanent wooden structures in the camp. These buildings are really close together and I would hate to see what would happen in the event of a fire.

Some of the 18 sites that are avaiable for casual camping.

Some of the 18 sites that are available for casual camping. I have seen worse.

The ablution block which looks worse than it actually is.

The ablution block.

The last park I went to have a look at was Hendon Park in Gordon’s Bay and potentially it should be the best of the three. I found it really strange that while both parks fall under the same municipality they seem to operate on different  dates as to when high season starts and finishes. Most places don’t offer discounts to over 60’s during high season so although the basic prices for Voortrekker and Hendon are the same I got a cheaper rate at Voortrekker because they were not charging high season rates.

Security entrance to Hendon Park.

Security entrance to Hendon Park Resort.

Camp sites which are right next to the beach.

Camp sites which are right next to the beach.

Ablution Block whic was locked and barbed wire fenced so I could not have a look.

Ablution Block which was locked and barbed-wired so I could not have a look.

Brocken fence next to river and open to the beach so not too sure about  the safety aspect.

Broken fence next to river and open to the beach so not too sure about the safety aspect as people can just walk in off the beach. I would also worry if I had children with me.

There are some nice looking chalets which range from R850 in peak season to R560 out of season.

There are some nice looking chalets which range from R850 in peak season to R560 out of season.

Something is not quite right here  At Voortrekker there were at least 6 or 7 sites being used the whole time I was there but at Hendon Park there was nobody there on the day of my visit and when I drove passed over the weekend there was just 1 lonely looking caravan parked in a lot of empty space.

As you will see I have given  contact numbers for the parks as I have been getting a lot of e-mails asking me about bookings and prices. Please contact them directly for information.

12 Comments

  1. Michael on February 15th, 2010

    When my mother was Mayor of Gordon’s Bay in the late 1960s and 70s, she and the then town Clerk HENry Hutton and fellow councillor DON Matthews set up HENDON park which was initially opened with disaster housing which they bought from the Tulbagh Municipality which they had used to house victims of the 1969 earthquake. We lived in Gordon’s Bay in my parents house till about 5 years ago – lovely place to live, we were lucky to be on the mountainside with little or no wind.

  2. Hanlie on February 16th, 2010

    I’ve stayed in the chalets of both Hendon Park and Voortrekker Park. They were very nice, but this was years ago, so no telling what’s going on there now.

  3. Delene Mostert on May 20th, 2010

    Ek en my man kom al die afgelope 5jr by Voortrekkerkamp. Ons karavaan staan daar permanent.
    Daar was wel inbrake gewees, maar dit is mense wat daar gebly het, wat van n ander provinsie gekom het.
    Ons gaan omtrent elke maand daar uitspan.
    Ek sal Voortrekkerkamp vir niks verruil nie.

  4. pbdphoto on May 20th, 2010

    Hi Delene I must say I found nothing badly wrong with Voortrekker but feel that with a bit more effort by the numerous workers there it could be a lot better. I also found the fact of having to drive into town to pay very strange and not having anyone in the office over the weekend crazy.

  5. Dino on June 2nd, 2011

    i dont know why they dont just put a cr-card machine at the office, so you can pay by card and not at banks and easypay. nobody can steal money that way as in the past. and it doesn’t inconvenience the campers wanting to book.

  6. pbdphoto on June 3rd, 2011

    Hi Dino – I so agree with you. I have not seen this at any other park I have been to. Totally crazy.

  7. Johan du Toit on September 24th, 2011

    Congratulations with this very good and realistic blog of camping in a area. I am a permanent caravan resident moving from place to place and stumbled upon your contribution. My next relocation would be from Simonstown to Stellenbosh or Strand. Well done.

  8. Johan on November 14th, 2011

    I was informed during the past week that more than R20 million will be spend soon in upgrading Voortrekker Park. One of the best located caravan camps in the Western Cape.

  9. pbdphoto on November 14th, 2011

    @Johan – that is good news and I just hope they don’t go crazy with price increases.

  10. Dino on February 7th, 2012

    The reason Hendon Park is ALWAYS so empty with the carvan/camp sites, is because they DONT ALLOW TENTS ONLY… you must have a caravan to make use of the camp facilities. This is a very unfair practice, as it excludes the majority of campers to the camp facilities.
    I am sure the place will be much more lively with campers over weekends, and not a ghost campsite. Someone needs to address this, as it is a LOT OF MONEY LOST in revenue for Hendon park.

  11. Zivile on February 16th, 2012

    Hi, thank you for your info. We with my Husband got tickets to go watch Vergelegen koncert on 3 March. We loved camping and looking were to stay close to the venue. And also to have a fun! and to relax. I understand , only Voortrekker I can book for us to stay!
    Again-Thanx!
    Zivile

  12. bianca on September 1st, 2015

    i am urgently looking for Hendon`s park contact number please. Many thanks Bianca



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