We camped at Smilin Thru outside Parys over the weekend of 23 to 25 March 2012.
As we had just bought our first caravan, we decided at the last minute to go away for a weekend. We were also a little coerced into a camp by friends of ours. Smilin Thru was the only place we could find that was sort of central between us and our friends and had 2 stands available at short notice.
It was the first camp we had in our first caravan, and we had a great time with our friends.
Unfortunately I have to report that we were disappointed by the state of the facilities. Very run down and in a bad state of repair. The ablutions had stains all over and are in need of a decent coat of paint. There were pipes fixed with rubber and cloth wrapped around it. The place was not very clean. There are new shower curtains and hot water, but other than that everything was old and not very nice.
The swimming pool was dirty with sand lying at the bottom and algae growing on the sides. The children's playground had missing wooden pieces and some parts were moving dangerously while our son enjoyed himself.
If it were not for the good companionship of our friends, our first caravan camp would have been one big disappointment.
All-in-all we will not camp there again.
Thanks for the feedback. i hope one lousy resort does not deter your camping in the furute as ther are many awesome resorts out there.
A quick search would have revealed that the resort is not up to standard, although these comments werte rather old. At lest now we now that the current status has not improved from what it was.
Thank you. We have been camping for years with tents and have seen many different places. Some better than others.
We like to see new places all the time and in doing that we are bound to have some disaapointments.
Smilin Thru may be great for the men going fishing, but not so great for the whole family.
Net by Smilin Thru is 'n oord by name Weltevrede. Doen jouself 'n guns en gaan kyk hoe lyk die kamp en laat weet wat jy daarvan dink.
I have not been there at all and am not in a position to judge. Years ago, I read and heard good reports on this park - but lately ?????????????????
Being from Carletonvill, some 60km away this was on a to do list - but now I would not even consider - just simply too many complaints and poor feedback.
On the forum, yoiu will see some other recommended parks - suggest you look further down the West - may be Orkney, Klerksdorp or even Christiana.
Klink of die plek toegemaak het?
Dit is jammer as dit gebeur het Geert. Groot ding is as 'n oord eers agteruitgaan en die eienaar het nie daai inspuiting fondse om dit te keer nie. Dan is dit net 'n kwessie van tyd.
En eintlik is dit verbasend wat 'n laag verf kan doen maar hulle is nie bereid om eers daai kostes aan te gaan nie.
Sover dit my kennis strek, gaan die plek nog aan. In die laatste tyd het daar redelike nuwe verwikkelinge plaasgevind, onder andere die herstel van die verhitte swembad ens..
Ek was seker 3-jaar gelede daar en het gaan hulle nog sterk aangegaan.
Onlangs het ek 'n e-pos gekry vanaf hulle vir 'n gratis werk kamp. Elke kampeerder bring verf, bou materiaal, teels ens,, saam en daar word dan verniet gekamp vir die naweek asook help met herstelwerk aan geboue asook onderhoud aan die perseel.
Ek kan bykans nie glo hulle maak toe nie omrede hulle elke lang naweek en vakansie tye redelik vermaak het vir groot en klein.
Die laaste keer wat ek daar was, was die plek ''tjok en blok'' vol. Die restaurant was ook baie populêr onder kampeerders.
As dit so is dat die plek moontlik toemaak, glo ek dit is agv vandilisme dmv kampeerders wat nie kamp etiket het nie en wat net heeldag in hulle tente lê en wyn suip.