Review: Bare Necessities in Swellendam, South Africa

We knew that we were going to be up for a treat when Neels sent us the instructions for how to get to Bare Necessities. It included a hand-drawn map filled with terms like “dirt road”, “bus shelter turn right”, “wooden farm stall turn right”, and “house with green roof is not Bare Necessities”. Most naturist places we visited in South Africa are tucked away in greenery, but when you get a message like that, you just know that you’re going to end up far away from the clothed world.

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How to get to Bare Necessities
The map only talks about the very last part of the road, from Swellendam to the resort. Swellendam is a mid-sized town located at a good 2-hour drive from Cape Town, this is also the last place where you’ll find supermarkets, so it’s wise to stock up on groceries while you’re driving through.

If you’re flying in, you’ll probably arrive at Cape Town International airport which has direct connections to pretty much every other airport in South Africa, as well as to many places in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the USA. An Uber or taxi from the airport should be between 1000 and 2000 South African Rand (50-100€), but a much better choice would be to rent a car. This will allow you to make some stops along the way and explore the surroundings when you’re at Bare Necessities. There are plenty of car rental offices at the airport.

Coming out of the airport, you can ho …

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