With festive season just around the corner and camp-crazy friends visiting from the UK, we decided to do a weekend camp at Palmiet.
Palmiet Caravan Park is situated in the Overstrand, close to the town of Kleinmond – only about an 1:30hr drive from Cape Town via the N2 (traffic dependent) – ideal for a quick weekend getaway.
This is a well-run municipal resort. The ablution facilities are cleaned each morning, staff are friendly and there is a relaxed sense of security. There have been a few reports of minor incidents, but we are glad to report that we did not experience anything of this nature during our stay. There are 24 hour visible patrols and an enforced list of rules which make camping pleasant for all.
The camp is split into two sections, offering sites with and without electricity. As per the map below, the sites closer to the sea are mostly without electricity. We always choose these when staying, as are they are more spacious, slightly quieter and the walk to the beach is shorter. Access to the beach is provided by access tag available from the front office. These tags are also used to enter at the main gate. Happy to note that they now take bank cards to pay the tag deposit (R150), so no need to carry cash with you. Most sites are well shaded with trees, but considering our current drought the grass is unfortunately not as green as we have seen before.
As this was a short weekend getaway, we arrived on Friday evening after work. The weather was perfect and camp was set up in no time. Soon, everyone could settle, put their feet up, and enjoy a cold one with the sound of crashing waves in the distance.
Saturday morning was beautiful and crisp. With the sun soon beating down on the tents, there was no option of sleeping in. We got the breakfast started and got ready for our walk to the beach.
You have an option of spending time on the beach or taking a short walk to the natural lagoon. The lagoon is great option if you have smaller kids, as its very shallow and safe for them to play. The sea, on the other hand, can get quite rough and there are very dangerous drop-offs, rip tides and currents in the bay. Care should be taken if you decide to go in and have a swim. Also note, there are no lifeguards on duty.
We spent the day at the Lagoon with the kids, after which we enjoyed a LEKKER (fantastic, tasty, awesome, yummy for those who do not speak Afrikaans) braai and entertaining campfire chats.
On Sunday morning, we woke up to some overcast conditions with a hint of drizzle in the air. Breakfast was sorted in no time and then the packing up commenced, thanks to the cooler weather rolling in.
Its amazing how quickly time flies when you’re having fun!
Watch this space… the next camp has already been planned 😉