I should start by saying that a camping site can hardly be more conveniently situated for both view as well as amenities. It is easy to find, being right on the waterfront, and in the main street of the town. Do not be fooled by the word town, as there are precious few shops around. Yet, you will be able to buy everything you need at the local stores and need hardly be concerned about running out of anything. The only thing the town does not have, that I’ve become aware of, is an ATM. It has a butchery, a bakery, several restaurants and a couple of small stores where you can buy just about everything and anything you wish for.
In the meantime, I became sidetracked. I actually wanted to tell you about the view from the caravan park. It is in one word simply spectacular. You can literally see the whole bay from the park, including the lighthouse, the shipwreck, the ice house and the jetty from which the fishing vessels are launched. This makes it very easy to buy fresh fish in season from the fishermen when they return with the catch of the day!
The camping grounds are immaculate! It is in pristine condition with not so much as a single scrap of paper or a bottle around. There are bins visible in prominent places, electrical outlets at all camping stations, and the beautifully built braais that have not been neglected, but are sturdy and clean.
I next turned my attention to the ablution block. I could not detect a separate kitchen area, nor a laundry room. I am also not sure that the town offers laundry amenities. I am told that the self-catering guest house, right next to the caravan park, used to offer this service, bit nobody is sure if this is still the case. If this is important to you, feel free to contact Andre from By Die Baai at 082 828 3830. I have included photos of theses premises as well.
I could not gain access to the ablution blocks as the doors to these were locked. Normally this is a good sign, as it means that loiterers and vandals are kept out. Yet, there were a number of issues that raised some concerns. The floor to one of the ablution sides was very wet, as if there was a major leak inside. Two of the outside taps had also not been closed properly leaving the are muddy and wet. Outside sinks and troughs were present at some stage, but has long since been removed. I can say that I could not detect any foul odours permeating from the ablution facilities. I took pictures from all around the outside of the building, but sadly could not get a single picture of the inside.
I think the caravan park has a lot to offer, especially if you are not overly dependent on ablution and washing facilities, but as I’ve said, there are self-catering facilities right next door and it may very well be possible to reach some sort of agreement with the owners if it turned out that more was needed than was on offer by the park. That said, there are plenty of guest houses in town and I’m sure one of these would be willing to accommodate outside guests regarding laundry, if you were willing to pay them a fee. The people of Hondeklipbaai are open, friendly and very helpful when it comes to tourists and visitors.
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