In South Africa we are spoilt with lovely weather deep into our autumn months, and this year is no exception. So when we have a nice long weekend at our disposal what do we do? We go camping off course, and we did just this at the end of April when we packed up our Xcape and trekked to Serengeti Caravan Park just outside Groblersdal in Limpopo.
The road conditions heading out from Gauteng towards Groblersdal were very pleasant with short stretches full of potholes and damage to the road surface. Being a long weekend the caravan park sent us a notice to let us know that we could check in earlier on the Friday morning which was very awesome of them. We got to the park shortly after 10 in the morning and we were assigned stands 8 and 9. This block is situated next to the admin building with a shared ablution block, servicing approximately 30 stands.
Your camp site consists of a raised paved block with shared water and power points, and we positioned our Xcape next to the paved block. There were a small patch of grass between the two stands and large trees provide shade early mornings and evenings. We found the stands to be fairly close to one another, with only the width of your caravan between you and your neighbor next to you. The shared water point was also a bit of an issue as the people next to us must arrived the day before, and they annexed the water point for their own use in their luxury caravan. This is a very annoying habit that we’re seeing more and more at caravan parks; at least bring some sort of split fitting so that your neighbors can also make use of the water point.
The ablutions were neat and clean on the ladies side, and even though you could see that it’s a bit dated, everything was in working condition and clean. They also had a shower modified for easy wheel chair access which I thought was great. The men in our party said that the same couldn’t be said for their half of the ablutions and that it wasn’t cleaned regularly and it was smelly.
At the entertainment area there were quite a few amenities that the campers could enjoy. There is quite a few super tubes and water slides, and a number of swimming pools, of which one was marked as heated but we found that it wasn’t the case at all. They also had a short putt-putt course that could be enjoyed as well as table tennis and pool tables. They’ve got a nice bar area as well as a formal and informal restaurant from where you could order food to enjoy next to the pool.
In the end, we won’t go back to camp at Serengeti again. We found the caravan park to be very noisy, even at night with little to no effort from the management to control the noise levels. If you’re a nature lover like we are, you’ll get very annoyed with the loudness of the music next to the entertainment areas as well as the noisy kids. I get that some campers enjoy this type of environment, so if you are the type of camper that like a busy vibey resort with lots of people noises and loud music, then you will enjoy Serengeti to the max. We like enjoying nature and nature sounds at night, not listening to the drunk neighbor telling the same stories very loudly to his family every night, so it’s a no from us for future visits.