The Great Outdoors Guide

The Great Outdoors Guide 2015

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The Great Outdoors Guide, Southern Africa’s best-selling caravanning, camping and resort destination magazine. Over 1400 resorts are included, spread throughout South Africa’s nine provinces and six neighbouring countries - Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho. Resort listings (of which 104 are featured as premier destinations) are identified by map, GPS points, contact numbers and by website. In addition to details of nearby attractions, a unique set of icons provides a quick reference guide to the facilities and activities on offer. Also included in the Great Outdoors Guide is a catalogue of must-have camping gear, and a selection of top camping recipes guaranteed to tantalise the tastebuds. The introduction offers general advice on the essentials of camping, caravanning and 4x4ing through our beautiful continent, outlining what you need to know before you tow, or which off-road track to go. Plus, we include a handful of great travel stories sourced from SA’s most popular travel magazines, SA4x4 and Caravan & Outdoor Life. Plan your holiday with us. This guide will help you venture throughout southern Africa with confidence.

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before you go

I recently spoke with someone who had just finished a long trip around our country. He wasn’t someone from foreign climes, but rather a South African who’d never had the opportunity to travel, or go on the kind of holidays that many of us take for granted. His solution, when the opportunity eventually presented itself, was to buy a motorhome and take his family on a road trip that took in some of our major attractions, while staying at resorts along the way. To say he was blown away by the journey is an understatement; I would say that the trip completely changed the way he sees South Africa. And I found his enthusiasm quite infectious. Hearing someone talk about our national parks, our smaller towns and quieter regions, the warmth…

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eastern cape

AREENA RIVERSIDE RESORT S32°53’00.94” E28°03’39.96”NEAREST TOWN EAST LONDON 043 734 3055 DIRECTIONS From East London, take the N2 towards Mthatha. Take off-ramp 1060 and turn right onto the R102. Travel for 1 km, then turn left onto Schaefli Road / Jikeleza Route T1. Drive 9.6 km then turn right at the T5 sign and immediately right again into Areena. Spectacularly positioned on the banks of the Kwelera River near Chintsa, Areena Riverside Resort offers spacious caravan and camping sites, furnished chalets, a clubhouse and conference venue. Enjoy beautiful views of the river, excellent bird and game watching opportunities right in front of your site and game drives on four-wheelers. Once you’ve visited this exquisite spot, you’re sure to visit time and time again. The salt water tidal river is perfect for the fishing enthusiast. Launch…

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free state

MORESON RANCH S 27° 31 093 E 029° 06 460 NEAREST TOWN Vrede 058 913 9900/1 DIRECTIONS From Jhb take N3 to Villiers. At Villiers take the alternate route R103. Approximately 60 km turn left onto R34 for 16 km. Turn right onto Newcastle road for 1 km. Turn right onto Rietkuil road. Continue for 8 km - Moreson is on the right hand side. If you want to enjoy something distinctly different from each vacation you take, let us help you discover the unparalleled enchantment of an exotic destination in South Africa. This unique Game & Holiday Ranch with its panoramic views is situated at the foot of the Bothasberg in the Vrede district. Relax in the most beautiful surroundings before starting out into the heart of the African grasslands of the North Eastern…

4 min.

SMUTS HOUSE & DOORNKLOOF CARAVAN PARK S25°53.36’ E28°13.83’NEAREST TOWN Irene, Centurion 012 667 1176 / 80 071 100 8481 012 667 1213 smutshouse DIRECTIONS On the N1 take the Botha Ave (Irene) off-ramp and turn south toward Botha Avenue. Travel 2 km to a 4-way stop and turn left under the railway bridge. Then turn right into Jan Smuts Avenue. It’s a further 1.8 km to the entrance. Although positioned between two highways, the peaceful, parkland surroundings of Smuts Farm provides an ideal caravaning getaway. Visitors will enjoy the serenity of the spacious grounds, abundant birdlife and beautiful nature trail. Enjoy a cup of tea at Ouma’s Tea Garden, or visit The Arboretum, a project of the Friends of the General Smuts foundation. Take a walk along the Oubaas Trail which winds through one of the few…

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TO STRAND HOLIDAY & CAMPING RESORT 31°1'51''S 30°14'3''E NEAREST TOWN Port Edward 039 319 2729 DIRECTIONS On the N2, drive in a southerly direction towards Port Shepstone. After the tollgate at Port Shepstone (R19.00) keep on route to Port Edward (R61), you will pass Glenmore. Take the Leisure Bay South/Torquay off-ramp and keep right at the fork. Follow the road till you reach Blackpool Street, turn left. At the bottom, turn right into Bournemouth Avenue. The entrance will be 50 m ahead. TO Strand is one of the largest 4-star resorts on the lower South Coast. It’s equipped with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. There are 135 caravan sites, all with 20 amp electric points, two upmarket ablution blocks with a chemical toilet disposal point and two sculleries. TO Strand is also…

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MARAKELE NATIONAL PARK S 24º 31.860’ E 27º 29.896’NEAREST TOWN Thabazimbi 014 777 6928/9 marakele@sanparks. DIRECTIONS From Gauteng take N1 to Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) and from there follow the R516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi or travel via Brits and follow the R511 via Beestekraal to Thabazimbi and the park is 12km East of town on the Alma Road. The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a ‘place of sanctuary’ for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five metre high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the…