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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2013, 10:30:52 am »
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2. Binne toe buite toe.
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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2013, 11:20:42 am »
Google a place called 'Oppi Dam' in oudtshoorn.

Very nice campsite.

Each site consists of a split pole and corrugated iron 'gazebo'  with it's own kitchen, bathroom and under cover eating area. 
All the plumbing is plastic pipe, so nothing expensive.
Not all that expensive to build, and the fact that you have your own kitchen and ablution area is very handy. Also when on a bike you don't have to carry so much crap. Basically only a tent. (you can even get away with only taking a sleaping bag if you sleep in the 'kitchen')




 

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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2013, 11:44:26 am »
Bikers seem to like karkpraat round the fire.  A covered, all-weather lapa is great for that.
 

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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2013, 11:45:47 am »
Pete,
Have not read the entire thread however get the gist of it...
1. 4+ x Private campsites with basic amenities...roofed & stokkie fence.
2. ? x Wendy House type chalets with basic amenities
3. 6 x Open campsites with roof shelter & stokkie fence
4. 6 x Open campsites with stokkie kraal fence & no roof
5. A Central Lapa that feeds off the other campsites for communal gatherings without affecting their privacy. Fire pit with grids, brickwork...stokkie fence & partially roofed....tin/shade cloth, palmfronds...whatever...
6. A reception...shop and store Wendy's.
It's all going to take time...

An African Kraal theme/layout might work? As someone said the motorcyclists cannot sustain such a business so the car & 4x4 brigade must be catered for as they will make up the bulk of the continuum.
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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2013, 11:49:49 am »
places to hook up the hammock please
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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2013, 12:29:19 pm »
Pete,
Have not read the entire thread however get the gist of it...
1. 4+ x Private campsites with basic amenities...roofed & stokkie fence.
2. ? x Wendy House type chalets with basic amenities
3. 6 x Open campsites with roof shelter & stokkie fence
4. 6 x Open campsites with stokkie kraal fence & no roof
5. A Central Lapa that feeds off the other campsites for communal gatherings without affecting their privacy. Fire pit with grids, brickwork...stokkie fence & partially roofed....tin/shade cloth, palmfronds...whatever...
6. A reception...shop and store Wendy's.
It's all going to take time...

An African Kraal theme/layout might work? As someone said the motorcyclists cannot sustain such a business so the car & 4x4 brigade must be catered for as they will make up the bulk of the continuum.
m2c
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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2013, 12:38:51 pm »
This is what makes this forum amazing chaps....  every response has been good positive input, which is seriously appreciated.

Some additional background............

We're looking at selling our house in Cape Town as well as the small flat in London. We no longer wish to live in a city and even a "town" is too big and commercial - so a dorpie/village is what it's about.
The campsite is NOT going to be our main income at all......... my wife still has good client's that she'll do work for (including Distell  ;)) and I'll probably still carry on and do Insurance assessments and some electronic work as our main income.
What we wanted to do is find a property that would allow us that move - and hopefully have additional, appealing land that could be converted as a campsite etc. We met with various businesses and people at the municipality and were told that they'd welcome the facility that would allow much needed accomodation space for tourists, mountain bike events, village fairs, normal campers and limited caravans. This "little"  business will then be handed to some of our friends that have fallen on hard times to manage and promote.....

That old movie with Kevin Costner mentioned the phrase "If you build it - they will come" ......... and we firmly believe a venture or facility like this will be well supported.
The wife's also going to be ensuring that the ladies are catered for in more ways than one.  :thumleft:

A washroom will also allow ironing facilities, washing and dying facilities and I have a lekker design for a cupboard to dry your bike-boots in record time (without any heat - so no damage)

We will also have a large trailer on standby that could be made available for breakdowns etc and the workshop/shop I intend building (mainly for some R&D) will have repair facilities...

So a lot to think about, funding to be arranged - also waiting for Overberg municipality to confirm certain criteria and also the river (at the bottom of the property) floodline.

Taking note of all the input - I do like the idea of having Semi-permanent tents on raised platforms, which will keep you dry and off the ground..... 8)

THANKS for all the input!!  
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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2013, 01:08:34 pm »
Just one thing. If you plan on doing any other productive work. Make sure you can get a decent internet connection.

I made a similar move (Europe to a farm near Plett) and that proved to be the biggest challenge
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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2013, 02:50:42 pm »
Just one things. If you plan on doing any other productive work. Make sure you can get a decent internet connection.

I made a similar move (Europe to a farm near Plett) and that proved to be the biggest challenge


Sorted - our mates already living in the area have faster ADSL connection than we have in the centre of Cape Town......... something to do with low volume via their Telephone exchange
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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2013, 02:52:43 pm »
Just one things. If you plan on doing any other productive work. Make sure you can get a decent internet connection.

I made a similar move (Europe to a farm near Plett) and that proved to be the biggest challenge


Sorted - our mates already living in the area have faster ADSL connection than we have in the centre of Cape Town......... something to do with low volume via their Telephone exchange

What...like a crank handle to flash it up?  ;D
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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2013, 04:54:41 pm »
Just a thought...

But a type of wash bay, where one can hose off your bike after a days riding would be quite nice...
 

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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #31 on: May 07, 2013, 04:56:52 pm »
Just a thought...

But a type of wash bay, where one can hose off your bike after a days riding would be quite nice...

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Re: Biker friendly Camping in the Overberg......... what's needed?
« Reply #32 on: July 12, 2013, 06:37:12 am »
My family used to run a campsite like you are planning, also in the Overberg area. A few things we have learned:

1) Shade Shade Shade. In the warmer months the sun is really bad, and its hell coming back to a oven-like tent or gazibo.
2) Well thought out and clean facilities are key.
3) A good booking system to avoid over booking.
4) As mentioned previously, different accomodation options.
5) A place to cool off after a day of riding, be it a splash pool or a swimming hole in the river.
6) Pre-set campsite "rules". We found that some people come out to the "platteland" with the idea to really party, while others came for peace and quite. These two groups does NOT get along, and makes for unhappy customers.

I'm loving your idea, and I'm really excited about it. Goodluck!
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