So we just got back from our trip during which we spent 3 great nights at Spekboom !
(Part 3)Spekboom camp :
This is a fantastic camp ! You don’t realize how close the tents are to each other because of the privacy of the dense spekboom bush and the quietness of the guests. Only when you hear the rough zips of those canvas tents, you realize there is actually another tent within 5 to 10 meters from you. Despite a full camp, we never heard other voices, unless someone is having a chat at the ablutions, but after 19:00 and before 06:00 it’s dead quiet.
The ablutions are very comfortable, the fridge adequate and the 2 plate gas stove works very well. Each tent is equipped with a plastic crate with stainless steel (ss) plates, bowls, cutlery, ss glasses, ss mugs and ss wine glasses as well as bottle opener and braai tongs, a small container of dish washing liquid and a single drying cloth. Outside is a braai, a steel grid table and a black fire kettle. When taking the kettle to the gas stove to boil water, be sure to take along matches as well as your drying cloth. The kettle handle gets too hot to handle !
I took my own braai grid because I remember from our previous visit at Main Camp safari tents, that the grid fixed to the braai was filthy to say the least (I got the staff to clean it and even after that decided not to braai at all as it was still filthy) – but that’s usually the problem with camp braais, so nothing unusual.
The foot paths between the tents and ablutions are very narrow in between the dense bush. Sometimes it formes a tunnel in which only one person can pass at a time. Which becomes quite eerie at night even with a flash light !
Next time we may consider taking along a small bucket with lid for those middle of the night ablutions !
The single staff member in the camp during the day cleans up in general around your tent and cleans the braai. He even washed my braai grid every day , as well as any dishes left outside the crate ! He got a good tip !
One afternoon we set off for an afternoon drive. It was hot so we left all tent flaps open…big mistake ! One moment the sky is blue, the next it is dark with thunder clouds !! So when we got back our beds were a bit damp… So always close all tent flaps ! When it rains in Spekboom, the only place to be is in the tent, in the shower or in the toilet. Rain usually go hand in hand with wind, so the canvas roof over the tent stoep is a bit useless as the wind drives the rain in.
The negative of the camp is the close proximity of a densely populated area
to the north of Addo town, about 3.5km in a straight line from Spekboom, with no physical barrier like bush or hill between. So while sitting at the hide watching the waterhole, the orange lights of the town are clearly visible in the distance across from the waterhole. Unfortunately 2 of our 3 nights were a Friday and a Saturday and especially Saturday, the far-off doef-doef music in the town started at around 18:00 and when I awoke at about 02:00 it was still going. While it is not very loud, it is constantly there on the edge of your hearing…I must stress that this was minor and I would not let it stand in the way of a future visit !