Five good reasons to go camping by the sea

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With the chill now in the air, it’s time to shed the winter blues and head to the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

Visitors will enjoy the coastal paradise with its clear skies and sunny weather regardless of the season.

According to Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), it’s worth booking a seaside camping trip.

“The south coast of KZN offers many wonderful types of accommodation, but our campsites remain among our most popular and family-friendly sites,” she explained.

Scottburgh Caravan Park. Image: Sean Meets / Supplied

“Many are located next to the seafront or with easy beach access, and they’re a well-maintained, affordable option for bringing families closer to each other and to nature. A number of our campsites are also award winning, highlighting the high level of service provided to our visitors.

Five reasons why “camping is king”:

1. It’s economical

With the economy struggling, many are looking to push the rand and cents further, this is where camping is a great option.

Camping equipment can be borrowed or rented, and the cost of renting one campsite is significantly lower than booking at any other location.

2. Connect with nature

Campfires under the stars, days spent exploring rock pools and learning to surf… something invigorating about time spent completely outdoors.

Modern life means that very few children get the chance to experience nature in such close proximity, so they will truly enjoy this unique experience. The south coast in winter also gives visitors the chance to witness the migration of sardines and whales, truly unique sightings of ocean activity.

And, with five Blue Flag beaches, two internationally renowned dive sites, and the province’s largest tidal pools, there’s plenty to explore on the coast!

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3. Break with technology

Although modern campsites provide the ability to charge electronic devices when needed, it is a great opportunity to disconnect from devices and reconnect the mind through natural experiences.

This allows families to get to know each other and create new memories.

4. Make lasting connections

While the campsites provide a space for privacy, there is a strong sense of community throughout the site, with young people meeting new people from all over and making connections that can last a lifetime.

After so much time spent in isolation, now is the time to reconnect with others and make new friendships.

5. A sense of appreciation

Spending time in the great outdoors, living a minimalist life, gives a sense of what one needs and encourages appreciation of the little things.

Plus, sleeping in a tent, watching the sun rise over the ocean, and roasting marshmallows over an open fire are all great ways to enhance well-being, create a sense of calm. and relaxation.

Campsites to try in KwaZulu-Nata:

  • Scottburgh Caravan Park
  • Rocky Bay Resort
  • River Valley Resort
  • The Park of the Garden of the Characters
  • Caravan Park Mac Nicol
  • Lalanathi Caravan & Camping Park
  • Marlon Holiday Complex
  • Voetplaatpark
  • Umtentweni Caravan Resort
  • Shelly Caravan Park
  • Oasis Caravan Park & ​​Chalets
  • Margate Caravan Park
  • Fairhills Caravan Park + Camping
  • Paradise vacation resort
  • Port o’Call Caravan Park
  • Leisure View Caravan Park

17. The seaside and nautical resort of Le Pont

18. Happy Wanderers Holiday Resort

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