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Leentjiesklip Caravan Park, Langebaan in our VW California Beach Campervan

Leentjiesklip Caravan Park is situated roughly 120 kilometers from Cape Town on the R27 in Langebaan.  With the Strandloper Seafood Restaurant on its one side and Club Mykonos Resort further up the lagoon.  It is a great place to camp, right alongside the Langebaan lagoon with its “private” beach and a view of the mouth leading out to sea.

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It was Friday, 14th August and still a little bit too early for the Spring flowers to be out.  Our journey began with a spectacular display of thick, coastal fog lying low over the ocean and lapping up in waves onto the land.  Chapmans Peak Drive was a dramatic scene of note!

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Driving further away from Cape Town, we’d be leaving the coastal fog behind us for a while. We were hungry, so we decided to stop at our favorite sushi bar in Camps Bay at  The Codfather Restaurant before heading up the West Coast.

We arrived at Leentjiesklip Caravan Resort around  8.30pm.  The security guard who man’s the gate 24/7 let us in.  We’d phoned while on the road to let them know we were going to be arriving and staying for the night.  The security guard let us through the gate.

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A few campers were camping on the far right, and there were plenty of lagoon edge campsites available.  Their lawns are as lush as expected with being situated right beside the sea.  A braai drum, tap and electrical plug point are on the sites.  The sites are pretty decent in size.

There are Chalets/Plettenberg cottages that one can hire if camping isn’t your thing.

The resort has a  convenient little shop at the front gate that stocks your basic holiday necessities that you may have forgotten to pack.  Kids can enjoy a few games of pool/snooker inside the cafe, or they can have a wild time in the colorful play park outside with lots of jungle gyms and swings.

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We camped here for one night with our VW California Beach Campervan, which was super comfy, especially when the wind came up, as it tends to do on the West Coast.  The internal heater in our van worked like a dream.  The front chairs are super nifty as they swivel around enabling lots of space and comfy conversations between us.  We can push the base of the bed upwards, and it’ll stay just under the roof until you ready to pull it back down when you go to sleep.  Creating ample headroom within the vehicle.  A la style, deluxe!

Our  MPEG below depicts a few moments in time that we spent at Leentjiesklip Caravan Park.  The music behind the MPEG is none other than the great Pink Floyd, from the album The Endless River, Side 4, Pt. 2:  Eyes to Pearls.

Drop us a comment or email if you’d like to find out anything further or perhaps you’ve spent many a pleasant/unpleasant day there.  We’d love to hear from you.

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To enquire or for bookings, Tel 0027 (22) 772 2461, Fax 0027 (22) 772 0523 or visit the Saldanha Bay Municipality website.

GPS Coordinates:  E 18º 2′ 33″;  S 33º 4′ 3″

May we all get the chance to take more vacations!

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And when you do go on that vacation.

Try to take the time to detour off your route for a bit as this will usually lead you to be left with memories way beyond your wildest expectations.  Manifesting your vacation to be an adventurous journey and not just a destination station.

Hole-in-the-Wall or izi Khaleni ~ The natural archway phenomenon

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Hole-in-the-Wall, or known by the local Xhosas as “izi Khaleni,” the place of sound or thunder, is situated about 10km South of Coffee Bay. Captain Vidal first named it when he was surveying the Eastern Coast between Keiskamma River and Maputo during 1823  for the British Admiralty while on the vessel, Barracouta.

The Hole in the Wall “island” as you see today was originally joined to the land and made up of dark-blue shale stone, mudstone and sandstones, dating back some 260 million years. Many years ago a dolerite sheet intruded its way into the cliff and with the constant force of the waves crashing down into the cliff face, it eroded away all the softer rocks underneath the dolerite, which ended up forming an arch and the Hole in the Wall. The same happened to the connection it once had to the land. Our picture shows you what it looks like today, sitting in the mouth of the Mpako River, ever so proudly, on a warm day in May 2014.

The Xhosa once believed that it may be the gateway to their ancestors, but they found out the hard way that this was not so as they struggled to get the British off their land. They thought their ancestors were going to come through to help them. They killed off all their cattle and destroyed all their crops, only to have no ancestors returning but finding themselves in a long time of famine.

There are other tales of the Hole in the Wall. It does feel like it’s a magical place and I’d encourage you to see it for yourself if you’re ever in the vicinity of the Wild Coast on the Eastern Cape of South Africa.,29.110079&spn=0.015752,0.026371&t=h&z=16