Soetwater resort is located in the deep south of the Cape Peninsula between the small towns of Misty Cliffs and Kommetjie It is a mere 36 kms away from Cape Town. It is located on a strip of coastline that lies between the sea and the Slangkop mountain, on a virtually undeveloped strip of land.
This is a very large camp area, with over 200 stands. The resort is divided into three distinct camping areas. There are 61 electrified camp sites, with a variety of camp ground, ranging from grass, bushes, and sand. There are also 160 camp sites divided into two areas. These sites do not have any electrical connections. These sites are in various conditions, some with grass, some separated by bushes, some slightly rocky and most of them sandy.
The one camping area that has 61 sites is electrified with standard electrical connections. The other two camping areas to not have any electricity.
There is are a number of communal ablution blocks, with basins and showers. The bathrooms are very basic and not much to look at. The more discerning camper should avoid this resort, but those that don't mind roughing it will be ok.
There are communal kitchen areas for washing, but again, these are are very basic, consisting of just a sink.
There are no taps on the site with reliable drinking water, so I would suggest you bring your own.
Each site has its own built in braai and there are many other braai facilities scattered around the site for day visitors and picnicers. Be sure to bring your own wood and braai grid.
The entire resort is fenced and there is a boom located at the entrance to the resort.
The entire site is a conservation area and all of it has been left the way nature intended it.
The main attraction on the site are the two large artificial tidal pools, which are safe for swimming.
Some sites are located directly onto the beach and the rocky shore, so be prepared to face some windy conditions.
There are also areas of historical significance on the site. Visitors can have a look at the koisan fish traps that are located here.
The site is also host to the Parmalat Enviro Centre and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about this area.
There is also a conference facility at the site.
There are life guards on duty during peak seasons.
There is an entrance fee and a camping fee payable when you enter the resort.
The resort is administered by the City of Cape Town, and their camping rates are therefore really reasonable.
This resort is very popular during high season with the locals, who descend on this resort from Ocean View, Athlone, Elsies River and Bonteheuwel. This is a very popular location for annual family get-togethers.
There are no shops on site, so be prepared to bring everything along. Essentials can be stocked up in the surrounding towns..
There are numerous hiking trails within and beyond the resort, with beautiful views over False Bay.
The roads within the resort are all tarred, so bring the bicycles for the kids along.
The roads to the resort, and within the resort are all tarred.
This campsite is ideal for a quick break from the city.
Some of the sites are set directly on the edge of the beach, so there is a good chance that you will be buffeted by the wind.
The resort has an air of neglect, but also the rustic feel of being with nature.
There are a lot of amenities and activities that can be accessed a short distance from the camp site, if you would like to escape from the beach for the day.
As this is a very undeveloped area, be aware that you could potentially be sharing your site with snakes, scorpions and the resident baboons.
Unless you enjoy camping in a large group surrounded by other large groups which consist of everybody, including the aunties, uncles and second cousins twice removed, I would suggest you avoid this site during peak season..
Telephone 021 444 6770 / 021 444 6769
We have visited this resort on a few occasions as day visitors.We have not camped here ourselves, probably because it is located almost on our doorstep and we prefer heading out of the Valley when we go camping.