While we were sleeping in Corle’s wonderful house by the sea in Jacobs Bay we found out that the past 23 nights we camped only 3 of them! We were that spoiled with these lovely houses in both Sea View and Jacobs Bay.
From a rain shower to an eco loo
We did know that this would change soon. And how. From a rain shower and a bath to a campsite with a shared ‘eco loo’ (fancy word for a little house with a hole in the ground). Despite the lack of facilities, the Kwass Se Baai Campsite in Namaqua was definitely high on our list. This isn’t that hard to imagine since the campsite is located right to a pristine beach!
Rooibos (en) route
Before we arrived at our destination we stopped in the town of Clanwilliam, the rooibos tea capital in the world. While driving on the N7 we saw several rooibos plantations. Later we found out that rooibos can only be produced in a 60.000 hectare area around Clanwilliam.
The Rooibos Tea House in Clanwilliam is a little shop/tea garden where you’ll find over 100 varieties of rooibos. They also do rooiboos tastings and after all those unhealthy wine tastings this was a pleasant change ;). We got back on the road with three types of rooibos and some Buchu (while we still don’t know the mysterious effects of this drink).
Namaqua National Park
Namaqualand and the Namaqua National Park that you’ll find here is the heart of the so called flower route. If you’re here in spring you’ll see hundreds of thousands flowers around you. Although we visited the park in autumn it was still pretty and well worth it. It’s also one of SANPARKS’ best hidden parks. There are no SANPARKS signs anywhere and you’ll have to drive 73 kilometers over a bumpy gravel road to get to the Groenrivier gate. To drive in the park you definitely need a 4×4. Nine small campsites can be found along the coast within the Groenrivier section of the Namaqua National park. To get there you’ll have to go a deep sandy road. After we checked in at the main gate we deflated a tires quite severely and drove towards our spot.
Kwass Se Baai Campsite
After about 18 kilometer through the sand we arrived at our little dream spot: Kwass Se Baai. We managed to make it here about an hour before sunset so we could pitch our tent and enjoy the lovely African sunset along the Atlantic Ocean. Since this campsite has only got 4 spots and due to the fact that there was no one else we had the beach and surroundings all to ourselves! This included the playful seals on the rocks at the beach.
The cool thing about this place is that they build this circular walls which protects you from the wind (if there is any). In the middle of these spots they made a braai pit so you can enjoy a bit of food and heat while gazing at the stars.
The next day we mainly enjoyed the amazing views and tranquility of the place. It’s so special to be there on your own with no one else around you. You have to bring everything yourself (including water) and then just make it work. To take a shower we used a ‘shower bag’. You have to fill up the bag a bit in the morning, let the sun heat it up a bit, then boil some more water when you want to take a shower, find a spot where you can hang your shower bag and open the ‘tap’. It actually was a pretty great shower for a location like this.
We then relaxed a bit more, enjoyed the scenery, had another braai and wrote some articles. Unfortunately this great adventure only lasted for three nights. If you’re in the area (or even if you have to drive a bit to get there) you definitely have to go and visit this place. It’s a small paradise on the South African West Coast.