I am driving home from Cape Town along Route 62, keeping an eye open for potential campsites for a future caravanning trip along this scenic part of the country. I last year stayed at Warmwaterberg Spa ( or whatever it is called) opposite Ronnie’s Sex Shop near Barrydale and was not at all impressed...both with Ronnie’s and with Warmwaterberg Spa. This morning I had a look at the camp site at Calitzdorp Railway Station. Now that is a dump if ever I have seen one. Maybe Oudtshoorn has something better to offer...So far I am pretty disappointed and haven’t seen any camp sites to lure me and my caravan to this beautiful part of our country.
Frans thanks for your input. Hope you do find a jewel for all of us on the forum.
Sad to hear of the deterioration of rural and municipal camping sites. It could so easily be changed in money spinners if managed properly. They should also consider privatization.
Kleinplasie in Oudtshoorn is super. It is full of shady trees and the ablutions are top notch. There are also a camp site below the Swartberg quite near the Cango caves. I believe it is quite good but not always open. I have forgotten the name but from what you can see from the road, it looks very inviting.
You should also have a look at Towerkraaltjie. It is about 10 k's west of Ladismith on a farm. It only has about ten very level grassed sited, all with electricity. The ablutions are super and the farm owner a delight. He runs the camping site more as a hobby than as a commercial venture as he likes people and his community. The views are spectacular and you feel cut off from the world. There is a nuts packing factory near his farm where you can buy freshly harvested nuts.
I agree, Warmwaterberg is a bit basic, especially the ablutions, but we quite enjoyed the atmosphere and the restfullness.
The two camping sites in Oudtshoorn that I can comfortably recommend are Kleinplasie as previously mentioned and then on the way towards Cango Caves there's an awesome place called Oppi Dam. Another private and nice camping spot between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn is a farm called Kruisrivier but it's a dirt road from the R62 although in good condition maybe not for a road caravan
thanks usefull info
Three years ago we did Route 62 and stayed at Klein plasie it was clean and pleasant camping there. From there we stayed on farm on the way to the warm baths near Calitzdorp very nice can't remember the name. We also stayed at Guano caves near Montaque it was very clean. Some camp sites are deteriorating fast and are not save at all.
Montagu Caravan Park. Calitzdorp Spa.
My few cents on Route 62
We went on a roundabout tour in 2018 February and found a caravan sleep over at De Rust across from a shop just before you go out the town.
That was a piece of heaven and there is a wine and other on the premises it is on the left hand side of the road. The entrance is next to this winery and the owner is just next door to the site. The ablutions are very clean and the service is very good. We stayed over at the Sunrise or something like that. The shop has a bar and restaurant in one it is called Herries in the Klein karoo on the right hand side of the road. Price is low and level grass area with a beautiful sunset. Try it and see what you think only thing is you must go down the huis pass to get there from Oudshorn side or from Beaufort West through the Gorge with the many bridges over the river running through there. It is something to behold.
Just my few cents and worth it to see.
Het R 62 al n paar keer gery.
Slaap met jou wa by die polisie stasie. Dis as jy die nodige geriewe in hom het.
Of by tannie mollie se gastehuis, in haar jaardt by Monteque.