CAMPING AT KLEINE PARADYS


MORE CAMPING … but this time, a bit more luxurious

FEBRUARY 2021

While it’s still summer in South Africa, camping is always a good option for a weekend activity.

Kleine Paradys – never heard of it – where is that?

Kleine Paradys (meaning “Little Paradise”) is just around the corner from where we stay – about an hour’s drive. We took the R27 and at Velddrif, turned east on the R399. Turn right at Moravia and follow the road towards Broodkraal – drive through the farm community’s houses until the sign for Kleine Paradys’ indicates a right turn. 

Our camp site for the weekend – the Berg River is flowing passed the camp and the views of the Piketberg- and Skurweberg mountains are spectacular

Friends of us, who had their last (disastrous) camp about 13 years ago, asked whether we can take them along on a camping trip. We’ve decided that “wild camping” (what we normally do) won’t be the best option for them and therefor choose a camp site with all the amenities you can hope for while away from home 😉.

And this is exactly what Kleine Paradys is … a beautiful camp site with soft green grass, paving with shade cloth overhead for your tent, an electrical outlet for lights (or kettle, camping fridge, etc.) and a braai (barbecue). And to top it off, your very own ablution block! Yes, for us, this is like 5-star camping … and hopefully it will wipe out the last terrible camping experience our friends had!

The green grass in front of our tents was a great place to relax
We’ve used our small 3-men tent for the weekend and borrowed our big canvas tent to our friends
The men relaxing on the front lawn
Our ablution block was really clean. In the front was a sink for washing up of dishes and inside the bathroom a shower, toilet and basin. Solar panels on the roof ensured we’ve always had hot water – pure bliss!

Probably the best part of this camping site, was the view over the mountains. In the evenings, with sunset, we were sitting on our camping chairs and enjoy the spectacle that nature gave us.

A view that spells absolute tranquility

As mentioned before, the Berg River is flowing passed Kleine Paradys. Although there is a fence between our camp site and the river (we’ve chosen the child friendly camp site as our friends have a little boy), there is a gate which led down to the river.

As the sun was setting on our first evening, we made a fire to braai (barbecue) steak on the coals.

The best part of camping … making a fire 😊

The next day, we’ve made use of all the amenities offered by Kleine Paradys. I can promise you, there is no way that you will get bored while staying here.

The day turned out to be a real scorcher – temperatures were close to 40º Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), so there was really only one place we could be heading for … the swimming pool!

The clean and bright swimming pool (with a slide) is a refreshing sight on a hot summer’s day! (Credit: Kleine Paradys archive)
Campers are allowed to use the swimming pool until 20:00 in the evening (Credit: Kleine Paradys archive)

There is even a small indoor pool and jacuzzi under roof to use by the adults … I presume this is a popular place during winter months. We however, enjoyed most of the day at the swimming pool – our friends’ little boy had a real ball of a time at the slide and shallower side of the pool.

The small indoor pool & jacuzzi (Credit: Kleine Paradys archive)

Close to the swimming pool is a big playground for the little ones – again under shade cloth, to protect them from the fierce sun in summer time.

A playground to enjoy by the little campers (Credit: Kleine Paradys archive)

There is even a paved area with a road mapped out where children can get on their bikes to play – safe and out of the way of cars.

A road that may only be used by children – how cool is that! (Credit: Kleine Paradys archive)

Oh yes, and no need to bring your own canoe or kayak to explore the river … these are provided by Kleine Paradys. Johann, our friend, took his fishing rod and jumped into one of the canoes and drifted for a while on the river.

Canoes are supplied by Kleine Paradys to use on the river (Credit: Kleine Paradys archive)

Just in case, you’ve forgotten something at home … don’t worry, there is a small farm shop at Kleine Paradys. Here you can buy wood, ice, cold drinks, sweets and even camping equipment that you may need. Just make sure of the times, because they are not open the entire day (and they’re closed on Sundays).

After a long day in the water, everyone was hungry. We’ve decided to make a chicken “potjie” (a stew in a 3-legged pot) over the fire.

After a hot-hot day, it was a great summer’s evening next to the fire

As the sun was setting, we’ve noticed thunder clouds forming in the east … we’ve heard we might expect rain tomorrow … we’ll see …

Possible rain was predicted for tomorrow … hard to believe with only that one thunder cloud on the horizon

On Sunday morning it was the turn of our friends to prepare brunch (you know right – that meal between breakfast and lunch). Annelie prepared a delicious frittata over the fire that basically filled us for the day!

And then, as predicted the clouds start moving in and we had a few hours of soft rain.

The rain and cooler temperatures were welcome after yesterday’s hot weather

So, what do you do when there is a rainy day on a camping weekend? You make it fun of course! We’ve reached out for a bottle of wine and a board game!

Time for a board game – 30 Seconds!

We’ve had so much fun, that we did not even noticed when it stopped raining.

The sun was finding its way back from in between the clouds

While our friends took their little boy to the playground, Berto decided it’s a good time for a nap. I was happy to get my book out (and a big packet of chips) to enjoy the afternoon.

Another camping activity that gives me pure pleasure!

After our friends returned, we’ve agreed that we all need to stretch our legs a bit. It was time to take a leisurely stroll through the farm and show all the animals to our little camper!

Sheep was grazing close to a dam (Credit: Kleine Paradys archive)
While walking, we’ve also noticed all the beautiful flowers on the farm (Credit: Kleine Paradys)

Once we got back to our camp site, it was time again to lit another fire – it was time to prepare our last dinner on our camping weekend.

On the menu tonight was lamb rib and beef kebabs in a red wine sauce … we could not have asked for a better evening to conclude our weekend.

The few clouds in the sky gave us a spectacular last view over the mountains

We’ve chatted ‘till late that evening next to the fire. It’s difficult to understand how just 3 days of camping in nature, can have such a relaxing effect on us … that’s why we are already planning the next camping trip 😁.

Thank you to the staff of Kleine Paradys that give so much of themselves to make this such an enjoyable experience for us campers – we will surely come again!

And may I add … our friends enjoyed this camping experience so much, they are already planning for the next one!

Categories: South African Break Aways

36 comments

  1. Love a campfire – there’s something so primal about it.
    Can’t wait for our next one! 🙂

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  2. I never camped in my life 😳 I would love to try it one day, and your photos are definitely inspiring. The place is beautiful, not surprised it’s called Little Paradise.

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  3. It really does look like a small paradise! What a lovely weekend you must have had and your barbecued meals are second to none, quite delicious! I’ve not come across the 30 Second board game before but just looked it up on Amazon and it sounds fun, I love general knowledge type games. Hope you have a good week.

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    • If you love general knowledge games, 30 Seconds is THE board game for you 😁. Yes, I don’t know what I like more on our camping trips … the fire or the food (they normally both equally good!)
      Thanks for popping in and hope your week is also a good one.

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  4. Wow, these pictures are stunning, what camera do you use if you dont mind me asking? Your photos really capture the beauty! Also, your chicken “potjie” looked very yummy! 🙂

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    • Thank you 🌸. Normally we use our more steady camera (Canon EOS) or even the GoPro 5, but on this weekend we’ve taken things much more chilled and I’ve only used my cell phone (OPPO AX5).
      And you’re so right … that “potjie” was indeed yummy 😋.

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  5. Looks like a great place to camp. I haven’t camped in my life but maybe we should . The chicken stew looks great.

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    • Yes, you must try that one day … we love camping and the great thing about this is you can choose between a real luxury camping experience or wild camping (which is not for everyone). And to prepare great food on these camping trips are not difficult 👍🏻.

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  6. Beautiful views of the mountains and sunset! It’s great that you were able to show your friends that they could enjoy camping, especially as their little one seems to have had so much fun!

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  7. What a beautiful and family friendly place! My goodness you can cook on the fire!!!! I have a fire pit in my backyard feel free to stop by and cook anytime! Just make sure I am here and I’ll bring dessert! 🤤

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    • This is indeed a “little paradise” … and yes, ideal for families with small children! We always try new recipes on camping weekends (we call them “braai” recipes). Hmm, and knowing how great your desserts are, we will definitely come when you’re home 😁.

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  8. Ahh so beautiful. When my aunty and Uncle lived in SA, I remember camping at kleine Paradys when I was a kid and it being the biggest adventure ! Thanks for bringing back some lovely memories 🙂

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  9. Thanks for bringing us all along.

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  10. That’s not camping, that is 5-star glamping! I like your style! 😉 Mel

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  11. Wow what a fantastic place, looks like they have made a great effort for everyone. I am so glad your friends had a good time and that they are inspired to go camping again. 😀🏕️

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  12. That looks absolutely magical. My kinda camping 😉 as for a camp fire and sunset…is there a better combination??

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  13. My goodness, what a camping trip! We are planning to go to California’s Sierra Nevada with our tent in early summer. First camping trip for me in probably 7 or 8 years, and the very first time for my significant other! I am super excited, although our experience won’t be quite as fabulous as yours! 🌞

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  14. What a nice campsite! I love the wide view and especially the wonderful swimming pooI. I can well imagine spending a few relaxing days in this beautiful place and enjoying everything. We own a motorhome and love to drive it to different places on our days off and have a good time.
    Greetings from the beautiful Rhine-Highlands / Germany…
    Rosie

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