Salt Rock Caravan Park
Ballito, KwaZulu Natal
The blurb from the website:
There are not many caravan parks that can boast a setting as breath-taking as the Salt Rock Caravan Park. All sites on the beach park have a concreted level surface covered with synthetic turf. The beach park is situated directly in front of the famous tidal pool and fishing towers, built by Basil Hulett in the 30’s, where many a child has learnt to swim and dive. The adjacent kiddies pool where many a sand castle has been built.
If you’re looking for a well-maintained campsite right at the ocean, look no further. The caravan park is a part of the Salt Rock Hotel, and as far as one can treat a campsite like a hotel, they do so.
Our first impression when we drove in was “that looks pretty steep”… The caravan park is situated on a hillside, which drops away into straight on the beach, which looks spectacular, but can be a bit daunting the first time you drive up or down the single-track roads.
That being said, the concrete/asphalt campsites provide you with a level and smooth surface on which to pitch your tent or caravan, while you also have a choice of beachfront sites or more sheltered sites further back. This is useful, considering the beachfront sites tend to be a bit exposed to the wind, which can make camping in tents a bit uncomfortable.
The excellent maintenance and high standards don’t stop at the campsites. The bathrooms are clean, neat and modern, which always helps the comfort level when staying in a new or unknown place.
Of course, the biggest draw card has to be the proximity to the beach, as well as one of the most interesting tidal pools we have seen. The pool itself is built around the existing rock, with the addition of bridges over the water, as well as a lookout “tower” built into the rock overlooking the sea. We have no doubt the kids would have an absolute blast exploring the pool and the beach.
All vehicle access
Fresh water in camp
Bar at main lodge/hotel
Hot water ablutions
Washing machines and tumble dryer availability
Braais for rent
Things to note
- The beachfront sites are beautiful, and convenient to get to the beach, but be prepared to batten down the hatches in the case of weather.
- You can visit the hotel restaurant if you would like to eat out, or if you drive a little further there are other restaurants and even a mall not far away. We tried Siggi’s German Restaurant which was very close by, and loved it.
- When leaving, make sure you’re out by the stipulated time, they tend to be pretty strict about that.
A well-maintained, beautiful campsite which is well situated, both in terms of access to the sea as well as access to “civilisation.” We felt the fees may be a little of the hefty side, but you certainly get what you pay for. A great getaway for the whole family!