George due to financial reasons still need to to the old 8 - 2 - 5 , but your reporting is such a pleasure to read, think you scored well in the essay exercise at school
Just remember, George is English, I am not. :-)
2 Years ago family from the good old Transvaal came visiting us whilst on their tour down the coast.
They stayed at Green Fountains for the same reason as they then moved to Pearson Park at Colchester (pet friendly).
The only negative they reported on Pearson Park was that, whilst being on the river (quite high river bank), you were cut off from the beach and not close to it.
Madness to have to pay anything just for a quick scouting of a caravan park.
Now me, I cannot understand why people flock to the Willows.
Having being brought up at Port Alfred and spending holidays on Natal South coast later years during my 28 year of being a Transvaler before moving down to PE (work related), I was horrified when I first cast my eyes over the famous Willows set-up. Nothing wrong with the Willows, but there is not a stretch of sandy beach in sight, for that you climb in your vehicle and go on that bumpy road back to PE main beaches. I suppose the tidal pool is ok for binnelanders who appreciate anything with water in it, and you can play with the kids amongst the rocks and try and catch small fish caught up in the water between the rocks, I want miles of sandy beaches with nice wave swellings.
Something that I loved of the Natal South coast beaches is that some caravan parks are adjacent to one another which meant that, well you know what I want to say about beach access.
We once camped at The Willows, and of course the camping is wonderful (we were in the front row with a view of the ocean) and the grandchild likes playing amongst the rocks.
One evening I forgot my toiletry bag in the shower, and after phoning the reception, the lady told me that the cleaner handed it in, and it was returned to me promptly.
No monkeys bothered us, maybe they were closer to the road, coming from the shelter of the bushes across the road to where the private ablution area is, where you first went to.
It is unfortunate that Green Fountains, Mendolino Park in Port Alfred, Pearsons Park and The Willows seems to be the only pet friendly caravan parks along this stretch of coast and I venture to say that you will pass lovely places like Stormsrivier and be in the Garden route before there are any other pet friendly caravan parks, which really places a handicap our ability to go camping.
When you are at The Willows, you can also check out van Stadens rivier mond resort, they updates the resort and I believe the camping area is isolated a bit from the (many) day visitors, although, of course, you use the same beach area, which has kilos of walking space.
Hi pieter, i guess at our age we dont care to much about the beach, our primary wants are,
a organized secure park thats near a ski boat launch , that we can use as a base to explore the surrounding area from, bearing in mind that we have never been to these parts of the country before.
its the exploring around that excites us most,
Then The Willows will suite you.
Maybe I should act my age, hey?
Going onto 66.
Feeling like a big dog still trying to fit into his box he slept in as a puppy.
On a early link on this site of pensioner discount, it did state that Willows give a pensioner discount, by the look of it all year round. PS where are the Willows of the "Willows"
hi lance, willows is just outside port elizabeth, they have a good monthly pensioner rate , R2060.00 p /m , i dont know about all year round though as we wont be there that long.
I'm sure you'll enjoy the Willows. We have stayed there on a few occasions in the past at both the private and general caravan sites. I do intend to agree with you regarding the top sites being more spacious.
The monkeys do tend to be a problem. Especially around the private sites and nearby cottages and we have seen many raids taking place!