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Reviewed 17 April 2018

10 day camping holiday. Lovely camp sites, but oh my... felt more like a parking area than a camping site. We were a group of 12 people on two campsites, with two vehicles per camp site. The camp site opposite us was more than 10 people on one campsite with 5 vehicles in front of the camping site. I that following rules. Please address this issue.

Stayed: April 2018, travelled with friends
Thank ngalt2017
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Location, location and location! Is it really about that? Families and friends have been going here for years! It is tradition. We opted for the camping option and I am glad! Be prepared for sand, sand and more sand. But then if you don't like the beach go for a game drive.

This year there were a whole lot of changes. One could not pre-book camp areas for larger groups and then there were the additional costs involved at the entrance to Isimangaliso Park!

The campsites are adequate, however, the facilities at the ablution blocks do require some serious upgrading and care. On route at the hides and on the drives were beautifully appointed and clean. The facilities are basic and we did have a power outage on the last night of a 7-night stay!

I am glad we were not in the cabins as they were without water for a few days and I cannot imagine how frustrating that must have been. All I know is we got a whiff of the
smell of gutted fish at our closest ablutions!

All in all, if you consider the beautiful beach and the time we spent there it was all worth it. I would love to go back and probably in an off-peak season.

Watch out for the monkeys! And read the small print to take your own water. The little shop on site is convenient but is rather overpriced and very basic!

Otherwise, have fun and make peace with the sand!

Room Tip: For the best campsite get there early as you cannot prebook anymore!
  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled with family
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3  Thank Angela H
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The chalets at Cape Vidal are wooden buildings, widely spaced in a forest of Casuarina trees. They are very close to the beach.
The buildings have bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge/dining area.
The chalets are clean and well serviced. They have electricity. The tap water is from a borehole and is definitely not potable - bring your own bottled water for drinking and cooking.
There is no WiFi, but the Vodacom cell signal is strong and 3g data works well.. I don't know about other providers.
The bedlinen is new and clean and decent quality.
The chalet is fully screened against mozzies and monkeys. The monkeys are a nuisance as they beg and steal. Make a point of not feeding them, no matter how cute they are.
The chalets feel run down, like they are lacking resources to do basic repairs and to refresh damaged furniture and repaint tired finishes. I suspect the local staff try hard, and I suspect headquarters couldn't care less.
Chalet 8 has bats in the ceiling void. Don't rent it - it stinks of bat pee.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
1  Thank craigallan-za
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

The game park and beach are absolutely love, but the accommodation is a pig sty and I would not recommend it to anyone!

We stayed in one of the log cabins and the water coming out of the taps was brown, stank and was not fit for human consumption. The entire place is overrun by cockroaches - you can literally feel them running over you while in bed at night.

Our cabin is in serious need of TLC - stairs are rotten and some slats broken, tiles are fallen off the wall in the shower, etc.

My suggestion - rather stay in St Lucia at decent accommodation and be a day visitor to the park and beach.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with friends
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3  Thank DaneSalmon
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

We were staying in St Lucia and drove into cape vidal to go swimming. Prior to our visit we purchased the "Rhino Card" and selected the Multicard for 10 people. The card was bought to ensure we can get in easily and cheaper than the daily rates.
Upon our arrival, we had to pay a R50 rand activation fee and R5pp entrance.
The staff at the reception seems to be uninformed on the rules of the card and made up different stories every day, and expected us to re-activate and pay the R50 card activation everyday.
Apart from this, they are not allowed to split the 10 membership into different cards, since the card only allows for 1 vehicle to enter and thereby expecting 10 people to fit in one vehicle.
Once through the gate (1 hours later) the national park is green and roads are kept in a good condition, There is allot of animals and the beaches are cleaned and maintained.
Places to see is mystery rocks, but be careful of the sharp rocks.
There is also a small curio shop close to the beach where you can buy some necessities.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Gerhard_B_84
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