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July 28, 2016
by Elmarie Botes
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The Beach Paternoster Camp Review

The Beach Camp was situated in the Cape West Coast Pensinsula – Paternoster South Africa.  The flavor of accommodation was alternative camping accommodation outside the small fishing village of Paternoster in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve on the West Coast of Western Cape. On the shoreline of the untamed Atlantic Ocean, was The Beach Camp, Backpackers Nature Camp. Guests would bury their toes in the sand, while sipping on their favorite drink. Accommodation was supplied in pre-pitched comfortable bedded Twin Tents and A-Frames – camping did not get more comfortable than this. The-Beach-Camp, West Coast Backpackers offered unique camping alternative accommodation – a place to relax; a place away from the ratrace. With communal ablutions (gas showers & Eco-friendly dry compost loos), communal kitchen equipped with gas burners and all the non-electronic utensils needed – typical of backpackers – had no electricity by choice.  The Beach Camp’s slogan was: “Come join us and rough it in comfort at The Beach Camp, South Africa – a Tourism Grading Council 3-star Backbackers /  Hostel. It is all about nature”.

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The backpackers camp is relatively protected against the prevailing wind and shade is plentiful in the lapa area.  Here you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the residents only bar.Being in a Nature Reserve, no pets or electronic music allowed amongst other reserve rules. Pre-pitched accommodation consisted of four cozy wooden A-Frame huts with beds/bed-frames(a bed-frame is like a futon)  that accommodated 2 people each.

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In addition there were also  6 comfortable Twin Tents with two single beds in each and 1 x 3-Man Tent with a double bed and a single bed in it.  There was also a designated area for people to pitch their own tents and still have access to all the facilities as a Resident of The Beach Camp.

There was an equipped communal kitchen tent with all the necessary pots, pans and all other utensils for making a braai (barbeque), plus a communal cooler-box for those who didn’t have their own. Ablutions included hot showers, Eco-friendly toilets, hand basin and even a mirror for the ladies. The Beach Camp was not dependent on electricity nor wished to be.

The Beach Camp were geared up for winter and ironically only got approximately 126mm of rain in the rainy season. More likely than not you will be soaking up the sun while it rains in Cape Town.  Winter days are spent enjoying the gentle winter sun or exploring the reserve.  For those avid surfers, bring your wetsuit and check out the swell report for Cape Columbine. This is a good base from which to enjoy any non-motorized water-sport.

Getting there was pretty easy. Drive along the R27 from Cape Town to Velddrif. About 10km before Velddrif, after going over a bridge you will see a big green board to Vredenburg. There is now also a new board to Paternoster – before the bridge.  As you come off the bridge, turn left to Vredenburg. Drive all the way through Vredenburg and carry on with the road into Paternoster. At the first 4-way stop street, you will see a sign The Beach Camp pointing left, turn left. You will pass the hotel and the road begins to twist and turn past fisherman cottages. Stay on the road until you get to another 3-way stop street, here turn right. The road will turn into a gravel road. There are signs all along the route in Paternoster.

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September 4, 2016
by James Rusher
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Health always comes first – even on holiday !

The Beach Camp and other rustic tourist accommodation destinations in and around Cape Town offer people an escape from the stresses of modern life. In today’s world we don’t realize how far we are removed from our natural state of living in harmony with the environment. People are so attached to their electronic devices, smartphones, iPads, iPods and laptops that they barely even notice what goes on around them. Sometimes a restful holiday is not enough and its necessary to seek professional help. Dr Anita Prag is a southern suburbs psychologist that specializes in dealing with anxiety, trauma and the other psychological difficulties many of us face. What often strikes me as quite strange, is how many guests that book accommodation at remote and peaceful establishments, are still obsessed with speed of the wifi and still remain fixated on their electronic devices. These guests have paid a fair deal of money to enjoy the beauty and surrounding nature of a remotely situated camp or guesthouse, yet they still cannot seem to tear themselves away from technology. I am quite certain that in years to come, our obsession with our electronic devices and the need to be up to date all the time with the most arbitrary Facebook posts, or tweets/twats (whatever they are called), will present itself as a form of psychological illness that requires treatment. Addiction is sometimes explained as repeating a behavior over and over regardless of the negative consequences. I can think of many people I know who struggle to not continuously check their phones for messages and Facebook updates, despite how much it annoys their partners ! I mentioned Dr Prag earlier in this article, because she is one of those rare medical professionals that actually really cares about her patients and not just the paycheck. A few years ago My ex-wife and I were seeing a psychologist for couples therapy. I will never forget how at the beginning of each session, he would place the clock on the table between us. I was more aware of time and money ticking away with each tick of the second hand, than I was of the process my ex wife and I were supposed to be engaged in. Ten minutes before the end of the session he would handle the clock as if to subtly hint that we should start drawing to a close. It was extremely distracting and annoying. Dr Prag on the other hand is an empathetic individual with the rare capability of truly connecting with her clients and allowing a strong level of trust to rise in only one or two sessions. Anita has said that the level of trust between her and a patient is what will make that patients treatment either successful or unsuccessful. Dr Prag has natural ability to form trusting relationships with her patients very quickly and this goes a long way in ensuring a positive outcome for the therapeutic process. Like all other clinical psychologists, Anita has her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, but her god given ability to connect with people on an emotional level is not something that can be studied or learned. Dr Anita Prag sees clients for a variety of difficulties, children with learning disabilities, couples who need therapy, people who a battling to deal with grief, loss or trauma. Any patient who does manage to get to see Dr Prag should consider themselves lucky because not all psychologists are created equal.

I started this article writing about the absurdity of going away on a peaceful restful holiday, yet still taking all those distracting gadgets with us that ultimately cause us more stress than anything else. I suppose my point is, is that if you are one of those people that cant bare to be away from your internet connected device for more than a few minutes, perhaps your money would be better spent meeting a good psychologist for a few sessions. Because behind that compulsion to click and tap away on that little screen, is a deep need to escape reality. I would thoroughly recommend DR Prag if you a southern suburbs psychologist. You can find here details on her website by clicking here

 

August 13, 2016
by Fiona Purves
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On holiday and have an emergency toothache ?

Occasionally tourists that visit the Beachcamp or any other camping site in Cape Town, may find themselves in need of a good dentist. Toothache is a pain at the nest of times, but when you are on holiday in a foreign country, it can be much more than a nuisance. Being away from home and having a throbbing pain in your mouth is just about the worst thing that can happen when traveling on holiday…besides losing your passport or being robbed! I found myself in this situation whilst traveling Europe a few years ago, so I know what it’s like. While staying at a guesthouse in Stuttgart, I was fortunate to come a across an article on the guesthouse’s website recommending a good local dentist. I would like to recommend Dr P. Singh, dentist Claremont, to any tourist or traveler that finds themselves in need of a dentist in Cape Town. I know what it’s like to be away from home, in pain and in need of a dentist, but not sure who you can trust. Dr Singh was first recommended to me in 2011 by a good friend of mine. At the time I was still studying and working as a waiter in a restaurant to try and pay the bills. To put it bluntly, I was not earning a lot of money at the time and didn’t think I could even afford to see a dentist. My friend who happened to work at the same restaurant as me was pretty much in the same financial state as myself. She recommended Dr Singh as being a skilled dentist with extremely affordable rates. I’m not sure if my reluctance to see a dentist was due to my financial concerns or the fact that I was pretty certain I would need a root canal. Anyway, I ended up calling his practice in Belvedere Rd, Claremont and I made an appointment to see him. Dr Singh started his dental surgery in Claremont in 2010 and is conveniently situated close to Newlands, Rondebosch and Kenilworth. I think he could sense my nervousness when I arrived and somehow managed to put me at ease with manner in which he treated me.

Dr Singh Claremont

Although I was unfortunately correct in my anticipation that I would require a root canal procedure, I was pleasantly surprised at how painless it was, both physically and on my wallet. I really can’t say how Dr Singh managed to perform the root canal procedure on me with me experiencing so little pain. He somehow managed to distract me by chatting away while he worked. I did not even feel the injection he administered for local anesthesia. I am normally terrified of needles. I actually asked him when he was going to do it and could not believe it when he told me that he had already given me the injection. With the same conviction my friend originally recommended Dr Singh to me, I recommend him to you. If you need a good dentist Claremont, don’t look further than Dr Singh. The root can procedure was finished quickly and painlessly. When I received my bill for the treatment, I was certain they had made a mistake. It was half the amount that I expected to pay. Normally you get what you pay for, so if you buy something cheap, expect poor quality. This is not the case here. I was so impressed with quality of dental care I received and the affordable rates that I have continued to go to Dr Singh since then. Even after moving further away from Claremont, I still go back to him. So, if you are traveling in Cape Town or South Africa and find yourself suffering from toothache, you now have somewhere to go 🙂

July 30, 2016
by Elmarie Botes
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Give your website a boost with SEORank Marketing Agency

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