The site of the present day Gansbaai Caravan Park dates back to the days when Gansbaai was establishing itself as a town. Fishing boat repairmen and builders who were commissioned to build holiday homes would camp in tents along the sheltered stretch of coastline.
In the 1970’s groups of travelling hippies discovered the hideaway and would gather there in their retro, wood-panelled VW Kombis. The peace-loving travellers enjoyed an existence unhindered by city folk and mainstream society, with only the sun, stars and moon keeping an eye on them.
As time marched on the camping spot grew and became a firm favourite with the out-of-towners who flocked down to the coast in the summer months. Gansbaai was always a favourite spot for snorkel diving in the days before fishing permits and poaching, and many residents and holidaymakers wax lyrical about the good-old-days when overweight crayfish and perlemoen the size of hubcaps wallowed ankle-deep in rock pools that hug the shore.
When the municipality formalised sometime in the 1980’s, the grounds were formally converted into an official caravan park that charged an entrance fee and had staff maintaining it.
Back then, Oom Piet (Charlie Nouwers), was the much loved camp caretaker and many holidaymakers remember him fondly. Oom Piet and his assistant, Pietie Windvogel AKA ‘The Two Piets’ worked hard to carry the campsite from strength-to-strength on a very limited budget.
Norman Stevens and his wife Jessica were awarded the tender for Gansbaai Caravan Park in 2014. Riaan Murtz is the camp maintenance man while Suzette Ashurst keeps the ablution facilities in showroom condition. Norman and his friendly team welcome visitors to Gansbaai and greet them with that special small-town hospitality.
Peak season (December, January and Easter weekend):
Off-peak (February to November):
Off-peak, half-price special:
During peak-season activities at Gansbaai Caravan Park include braai and potjiekos competitions as well as the Mr and Mrs Caravan Park contest.