If you’re the type of person that enjoys the ‘rough it up’ type camping, then Tietiesbaai is the place for you. Tieties has something to offer everyone, whether you like to camp in between the crowds at Tietiesbaai itself, (which is also near the ablution blocks) or find yourself a nice secluded spot amongst the rocks, I am sure you won’t go home disappointed.
However, be warned, Tieties is notorious for being a ‘tent killer’. I have seen many a tent blown to pieces by the notorious South Easter — especially if the tent poles are made of the cheaper type resin poles. I suggest a sturdy tent, with either steel or aluminium poles. Trying to braai in a heavy South Easter can be near impossible. We usually have at least one gazebo with us, with three sides facing into the wind. We then make the fire on the open side of the gazebo, but even this can be unpleasant at times.
I thought that the ablution block was not great, but most certainly have seen much worse. The hot water is supplied via solar panels and for the duration of our stay, the water was never really hot. I can imagine that the hot water will certainly be cold if the campsite had to be full. I did not look, but the ladies were happy with their ablution facilities.
While you are at Tieties, take a walk right down to the Southern end of the campsite and you will eventually come to a single track path. It looks like you can walk down this path for many kilometers, although we probably only walked for about 1.5km in our investigation. We then turned back up over the sand dunes and headed back towards the campsite. If you take your time and maybe a flask of coffee, just sit and relax and enjoy the view for a while. Only then do you start noticing all the bird life — even though we had a couple of pheasants permanently camping at our site. We were surprised at how much wild life there was to be seen including field mice, tortoises, and buck. What made our day was a pair of owls in broad day light out in the open — someone “chirped”, “They probably have insomnia”.
When camping at Tieties, we almost always try to buy a snoek to braai on one of the evenings. The last time we went we almost did not get a snoek as the majority of the locals had to attend a “death” — in Afrikaans, “Ons moet ‘n dood bywoon”. Eventually we found a big frozen snoek that “was caught yesterday”. It was as always, awesome. Eating snoek on the West Coast, hearing the waves lapping the shore just meters away from you, just has to be experienced
When in town (Paternoster – meaning Our Father), you might as well pop into the Panty Bar and have a beer (or two). Once you look around for a while, you will realize that you might have missed one or two good parties there! If only these walls could speak!
Paternoster has at least two great restaurants, the Voorstrand and the Noisy Oyster. Both of them I would highly recommend, but my favorite is the Noisy Oyster.The décor in the garden is something that must be seen, especially at night.
Would I want to go back to Tieties again?
Even though the mist gets as thick as pea soup and you have to wear your raincoat when you sit outside,
Even thought the fog horn blasts all night,
Even though the wind can blow your tent to pieces and
Even though one can hardly braai at times,
I will still go back many, many times.
There is something magical about Tieties that draws you back time and time again.
|Tel no||+27 (0)22 752‑2718||G.P.S.||–32.839526,17.861316|
|Fax||+27 (0)22 715‑1518||Website||Click here|
|Nearest Town||Paternoster||Max Persons||6 per site|
|Distance from Town||+- 6km||Chalets/Cottages||Yes, at lighthouse|
|Shop with basics||No, but town is close||Brochure|
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