The 'Swaeltjies' land again

by Forever SA in News and highlights

Posted on 2017-08-01 00:00:00

The term 'Swaeltjies' has now become the collective name for any long-stay campers and we always look forward to hosting them.

During the winter months (April to August), we were incredibly privileged to host a number of long-stay campers. This unique culture of camping for more than three months at a time dates back to the early nineteen hundreds when people used to visit Tshipise to escape the cold weather of the south, and utilise the warm spring water for medicinal purposes.

Nineteen years ago an organisation was established named 'The Swaeltjies'. The members are pensioner-campers that travel across the country, mostly to the warmer areas, where they'll stay at resorts for extended periods. The term 'Swaeltjies' has now become the collective name for any long-stay campers and we always look forward to hosting them.

During the last 3 months Tshipise welcomed approximately 180 long stay campers per night. Apart from spending hours in the hot swimming pool drifting on their pool noodles, they also participated in bowls, jukskei and pinbola (lawn darts). A weekly bring-and-braai was held for the 'Swaeltjies', with Varkie entertaining them with traditional South African music.

Another highlight was the sponsored brunch that the Resort hosted at Taks se Kraal. This function is for members of the Swaeltjie Club only, and this year over 150 people attended. These long-stay campers still have a lot of spirit and always participate in our holiday programme with great enthusiasm. Auntie Baba has been coming to Tshipise for 61 years now, and it's people like her that characterise Tshipise.