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Bare Necessities

Rated 4.6 in 27 Reviews

Suurbraak, Western Cape
R 200
Avg per night

Bare Necessities is a venue that exclusively caters to naturists, nudists, and individuals who prefer a clothing-free or FKK (Freiku00f6rperkultur) environment as of March 1, 2016. The establishment adheres to the principles of naturism and embraces a nudist lifestyle. It is affiliated with the Western Cape Naturist Association (WCNA), the South African Naturist Association (SANNA), and the International Naturist Association (INF).

Situated on a small dairy farm where homemade cheese is produced, Bare Necessities offers three rooms and a small campsite for accommodation. Camping fees are R200 per person per night. Guests are welcome to bring their pets, which will be introduced to the resident dogs upon arrival, making the venue pet-friendly. Amenities include a small swimming pool for hot summer days, a wood-fired sauna, and a hot tub. A pool table has also been added for entertainment.

Located 13 km from the village of Suurbraak and 3 km off the N2 on a dirt road, Bare Necessities is located in the Langeberg Mountains near the Tradouw Pass, known for its beautiful natural pools. The last 3 km of the dirt road can be rough during rainy periods, but it is accessible for small cars driven carefully.

Suurbraak itself is a preserved village that offers a glimpse into traditional rural living, with buildings on the village square and two church buildings that have been restored. Residents still cook on wood-burning stoves and use donkey-drawn ploughs and horses for transportation, providing an authentic old-style living experience. Hiking, biking, and visiting historical buildings are the main attractions in the town.

Nearby attractions include shopping and a museum in the historic town of Swellendam, the pont (ferry) at Malgas over the Breede River, whale watching at Witsand, the Bontebok National Park, wine tasting in the Bonnievale Ashton area, and the Little Karoo region beyond the Tradouw Pass. Bare Necessities has hosted small weddings for up to 30 people, utilizing their accommodation and other self-catering establishments in the area.

Recreational facilities at Bare Necessities include a wood-fired sauna (though without snow), a pool for cooling off after the sauna, a tame horse, a swing, a jungle gym, farm animals (cows for milking and pigs for supervised feeding), a soap-box cart for use under parental supervision, and three camping sites with electricity located near the other two rooms. Campers share a kitchen with the Pine Tree cabin, which includes a fridge, all necessary equipment, and a shower room.

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