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    So SWAMBO and I recently started the camping thing in earnest after purchasing our Echo 4 in November. So far we have done a 2-week trip to Sodwana and Ponta de Ouro and a weekend at Weesgerus and are planning a West Coast trip in March.

    Since we're planning to do a weekend's camping at least once a month, I wanted to hear from the experienced campers, what would you recommend as your top 3 best camping spots within 2 hours of Gauteng/Pretoria.

    We like it rough but for now have no solar so there needs to be power points. Preferably lekker off-road to get there. We have no kids.

    Your inputs would be appreciated gentlemen (and ladies).
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    - Willemsrus in Dinokeng (PM me if you want to know my favourite stand numbers)
    - 4x4 campsite at Sondela
    - Ezemvelo Nature Reserve near Bronkhorstspruit
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    Matamba bush camp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
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    Kortgat - Willemsrus in Dinokeng (PM me if you want to know my favourite stand numbers)
    - 4x4 campsite at Sondela
    - Ezemvelo Nature Reserve near Bronkhorstspruit
    Thanks Kortgat, I had a look at your suggestions. They all look great. We had a look at the 4 x 4 camp at Sondela for our last trip but there are no power points as far as I'm aware? Sorry, from that point of view we are still sussie campers because the missus enjoys blow-drying the hair in the morning and what not Does Willemsrus have power points? The setting looks really stunning.

    Will also definitely have to do Ezemvelo, looks awesome, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer7 View Post
    Thanks Kortgat, I had a look at your suggestions. They all look great. We had a look at the 4 x 4 camp at Sondela for our last trip but there are no power points as far as I'm aware? Sorry, from that point of view we are still sussie campers because the missus enjoys blow-drying the hair in the morning and what not Does Willemsrus have power points? The setting looks really stunning. Will also definitely have to do Ezemvelo, looks awesome, thanks!
    Yes correct, the Sondela one has no power. Willemsrus has power.

    Perhaps buy an inverter for you batteries to run some 220v equipment. Hairdryer will have to stay at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer7 View Post
    Thanks Kortgat, I had a look at your suggestions. They all look great. We had a look at the 4 x 4 camp at Sondela for our last trip but there are no power points as far as I'm aware? Sorry, from that point of view we are still sussie campers because the missus enjoys blow-drying the hair in the morning and what not Does Willemsrus have power points? The setting looks really stunning.

    Will also definitely have to do Ezemvelo, looks awesome, thanks!
    Dube is a must.
    Soetdoring ook baie awesome maar Dube baie beter.
    Ezemvelo baie awesome, baie rustic, rustig en nie baie om te doen nie. Baie ape wat gamok maak in jou tent. Was twee keer die jaar daar. Swambo kan ook nie sonder n haardroer oor die weg kom nie en dit het my gekos om krag in die trailer te sit

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    Thanks Stranger, looks like their website is getting some work done, you wouldn't happen to have any paperwork from them you could pm me?
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    Can we move this to Gauteng and make it a sticky? Let's run a current top 10 based on reports and reviews.


    We will all be intrested in the top 10 and would visit them as they will be recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommyknocker View Post
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    Can we move this to Gauteng and make it a sticky? Let's run a current top 10 based on reports and reviews.


    We will all be intrested in the top 10 and would visit them as they will be recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer7 View Post
    .................

    +1 on making this a sticky.
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    +1 Very good idea. Send the big boss a pm and ask NICELY
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    I like this, maybe we can ask the mods to get a sticky going
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    Can we move this to Gauteng and make it a sticky?.....
    No problem. I suggest we leave it in camping as this could get better support from other campers as well. The more phodies the better and if possible what activities or draw cards to the resort like 4x4 or game drives, birding, swimming pools. tv room

    If possible give it a safety rating as well, a lot of folks go during the week when these places are quiet....

    Lets keep it to a 250 - 300 km radius from joburg or pta but if it is a special recommendation lets have it a well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cape2cario View Post
    This is miles AND MANY hours away from Gauteng. The site is for spots one or two hours from JHB. Thank you

    CapetoCario - I reiterated a previous post...
    And it has been stated that we should keep it to less than 300km which Botsolano is.


    Quote Originally Posted by hbannink View Post
    Lets keep it to a 250 - 300 km radius from joburg or pta but if it is a special recommendation lets have it a well
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    We were at Dube the weekend. Very nice. Same league as Sondela in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale View Post
    We were at Dube the weekend. Very nice. Same league as Sondela in my opinion.
    Man that also looks lekker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    Yes correct, the Sondela one has no power. Willemsrus has power.

    Perhaps buy an inverter for you batteries to run some 220v equipment. Hairdryer will have to stay at home.
    Ok Willemsrus will be seeing us next month. Looks fantastic.

    The Echo has an inverter but I'm worried about running the battery down over the weekend. Will however be investing in solar in the near future so will be able to go camp at all the other great spots.

    +1 on making this a sticky.
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    Mogatle has nice camping and a great 4X4 experience.
    Electrical points easily accessible.
    Serendipity also has nice camping with electrical points and nice 4X4 facilities.
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    Pilansberg if you want electricity.

    Prefer Bakgatla (caravan section right against the fence) to the normal camping section or Manyane.

    Showers are a bit suspect at present with the water restrictions (very low water flow) but things are pretty desperate there right now.
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    Bass lake Lodge North of Pta. Best Ablutions ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapiture View Post
    Bass lake Lodge North of Pta. Best Ablutions ever!
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    Geez, looks like a hair salon, SWAMBO will like
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    Ezemvelo looks really interesting. However, reviewers on TripAdvisor don't rate it too highly, mainly because of the roads!
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