Overlanding in 2023: Part 2

Next camp was Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park, where we had not booked. This is just past Plettenburg Bay, with the turn-off at Old Nicks. First night was away from the lagoon, but fortunately we managed to move to the front for 3 nights. This was amazing, with views from Beacon Island Hotel right up the East Lagoon. A waterfront site is essential there, and many long-stayers book up the best of them! The weather remained variable, with quite a bit of rain.

Our next visit was to Gamtoos Ferry Hotel just past Jefferies Bay, where we had a front row seat for a 6-night stop. The buildings are a bit run down, but very functional, with extremely affordable value. Then to The Willows near Port Elizabeth, which was rather grubby, followed by 3 nights at Port Alfred. There we stayed at Medolinos, which turned out to be a pleasant camp, from where we could drive around to view the area.

The Willows
The Willows

Section 1: At last we arrived at the Club First Stage Wild Coast route RV on Monday 20th February, which was Yellow Sands outside East London. What a great campsite! Tuesday saw John & Lana Zulch arrive, with Dave & Anne Roy arriving Wednesday. Unfortunately, Corne` & Erika Smal had cancelled their booking, and were sadly missed. Friends of John & Lana, Eban & Marlize accompanied us on our first move to Double Mouth on 25th, outside Morgans Bay. As usual the stunning views and remote campsite helped us to settle in, despite the forewarned building operations and windy weather. Club members all joined in for a pleasant braai. Sunday 26th activities included fishing, walking, and loafing around, with 3 more nights before our next journey to Dwesa Nature Reserve. We have heard about some bridges being damaged on the road ahead, and await further information.

Further camps: Dwesa, White Clay, Ndumbe Mouth, Port St. Johns and Magwa Falls camp. See part 1 for more details.

Viv and Mary