Normally we try and get away for a few days in the new year, just before the schools restart but with the schools going back so early in 2019, we decided to make our trip earlier, before the Christmas rush.
So we headed back to our ‘old hangout’, Doringlaagte, where we have been a few times before with great fun and enjoyment. Although the dam, which was its main attraction, has dwindled due to the drought that the Western Cape experienced, the campsite has added a few other enjoyments for its patrons to enjoy.
The team have added extra swimming pools for those around the campsite to enjoy, as well as maintaining the ‘kids dam’ which is aptly named “Karoo Beach”. They added slides for the kids to enjoy (although this was there the last time we ventured there in March 2017) but they have also added a little zip-line into the water.
But one of the enjoyments is the ‘adult pool’ area just above the Karoo Beach, which they have turned into a Karoo Beach Pub. A tropical-themed area surrounding the pool with a pub where campers can enjoy some drinks, cocktails and sit and watch their kids playing in the shallow water.
The preparation for this little adventure took a bit longer than planned because – naughty me – i did not sort out our camping stuff after our last visit to Kambati when we packed up after a little bit of moisture in the air.
So, i had to unpack everything, do some cleaning, a lot actually, and also some repairs to some of our more ailing equipment. But the preparation was well worth it.
The arrival was wonderful. That feeling of of complete happiness when you unpack the trailer and start setting up your campsite. Once everything was done and dusted, we headed into town to go and do a little shopping, getting some of those much needed items for a camping trip – like wood, ice, wine, beer and a little bit of food to tide you over.
The first couple of days were restful, as we spent the days by the pool and the evenings by the fire. We had the kids playing games like 30 Seconds and Emily decided to take me on in a game of chess while i cooked.
The girls made some new friends on our adventure and that then kept them away from us for most of the last two days. We would only see them when they wanted something to eat or drink.
That is what camping is about for kids – make friends, play, go about life without a care in the world. Of course we made a point of meeting the parents of the new mates so that we knew who we were dealing with and where they stayed.
On the odd occasion we would hunt the campsite down trying to find the kids, who were riding around, either at the pools, or the Beach, or just playing some pool at the lapa.
But events took a turn when our oldest started fancying one of her friends’ older brother….oh boy, it has started! We were made to make sure we had their parent’s numbers so that all could stay in touch.
The day we left, the kids had already planned that a braai would be the order of the day so that they could all get together again.
All in all it was a wonderful time, too short for my liking though, but the memories will stay with us for all of time to come.
If there is only one thing i would change…get a bigger trailer (although the wife keeps talking about getting a caravan) because i have seriously run out of space to cart everything there.
Happy holidays everyone – may your time with family and friends be full of love and joy and may 2019 bring forth many happy and successful tidings.