Grootgeluk Bush Camp & Badplaas Forever Resort

Sometimes you just need a bit of luck. When we had to go to Johannesburg to fix and replace some car related things we wanted to sleep a bit closer to Johannesburg than Blouberg (our previous stop). It had to be near the N1 though. After a short online search on & (love the domain name) we stumbled upon Grootgeluk Bush Camp.


A lot of bush camp for just a few Euro

Without really knowing what we could expect we arrived after taking a dirt road for about 7 kilometers. Once at the main gate we saw a number of zebra, ostriches, a lovely swimming pool, beautifully maintained lawns and cottages and our phones started to notice the WiFi signal ;-). What a pitstop. Especially if you know that it only costs us about 12 Euros for a night (camping).


Chilling at the pool with the doggies

That afternoon we didn’t do anything except a bit of relaxing near the pool together with the two little dogs of the owner. After a proper Dutch supper (potatoes & broccoli) we went to bed. The next day was a big olympic day for the Netherlands. The 5km (ice) speed skating for men was about to start. Thanks to the Dutch VPN we managed to see the complete coverage and Sven Kramer win the gold medal. Bit weird since it was 30 degrees Celsius out there.

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 Badplaas: A Forever resort

Now that the car was totally fine again after some small repairs by Bushlore it was time for our next destination: the Kingdom of Swaziland. Since we weren’t able to make the border in a day (left a bit too late in Johannesburg) we decided to stay in Badplaas. This was one of the few campsites near the border post.

This ‘campsite’ turned out to be an enormous resort with slides, go carts, tubes, rapids, mini golf etc. Because of the low season it was so quiet that we had the whole place to ourselves. After enjoying both a great sunset and sunrise we played a game of mini golf (which I won) before heading to the border.

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