Spent the Easter Weekend at a campsite I have been wanting to visit for ages. Xamarin is actuallt located on the Panorama Golf Course at Panorama Park just outside Lamberts Bay.
(I popped into the main Lamberts Bay park for a look and boy, am I glad I opted for Xamarin!).
There were a few downsides that I should get out of the way.The first is contacting them. It is very difficult to get anything in writing, and the numbers on the website are not for the person who runs the camping. There are self-catering chalets and a winery on the opposite side of the road, as well as the restaurant (closed for repairs) and club house. The same family owns everything but different people have different areas of responsibility. So, if you want to book, the person to speak to is Zander, cell 0727088555, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cell reception is spotty at best, and down where we were there was none at all (what bliss!!!).
When we arrived on Friday morning there was no-one around, so we got directions from someone exiting, and made our own way in. The people that we joined had however been met, and escorted in. Zander was also around a lot during the day.
The road down to the campsite is sand, and is OK if you take care and go slowly. It’s only about 500m. If going with a caravan you MUST advise at the time of booking as the site sizes vary a lot, and some have very tough entries to get a caravan into.
There is wildlife around so you have to close the gates behind you, and the main one out to the road poses a challenge when leaving. It is at the top of a short but steep ramp. As there is a speedbump at the bottom of the ramp you take it from a standing start so I had to abuse my clutch a bit!
Now for the good stuff!!!
The park is gorgeous! The grass is lovely and lush, and the sites for caravans are big, and all the sites are located between boulders on a steep hill. Each site has private shower/toilet/basin. These vary markedly, as some are situated between boulders and as such are open to the elements, etc. It’s why I did’nt post bathroom pics as they are all different. We were a large group and had a large open area at the end of the camp with 4 bathrooms and a wash-up area. We also had a small, protected corner with beach sand. Considering that there were 6 kids all below 6yrs, this was very popular!
There is a small plunge pool, with a bigger one below it (currently being repaired). Rock braai areas are at each site. There is a 9 green/18 hole course opposite a small stream. Some holes tee-off from above the camp onto a green surrounded by water. We heard a lot of Plopping sounds! Sheep, Cows, Geese, Springbok, Zebra and more roam about the course and camp, and horse-riding and 4x4 driving is available. They have gone to great lengths to make all buildings and structures blend in.