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About Bare Necessities

PLEASE NOTE:1. Bare Necessities is a naturist only venue as from the first of March 2016. Naturist equates to nudist. Our philosophy is naturism and our lifestyle is nudist. We are members of Western Cape Naturist Association (Wcna) and S.A Naturist association (SANNA) which is affiliated to the International Naturist Association (INF)?2. Camping is R150 per person per night. Bare Necessities is situated on a small dairy farm where we make our own cheese and cater by prior arrangement. We offer two rooms and a small campsite. There are horses on the farm or you can bring your own. Guests are welcome to bring their pets, but initially we will have to introduce them to our dogs.So, yes, we are definitely pet friendly. There is a small swimming pool to keep things cool for those hot summer days. There is a woodfired sauna to be followed by a dip in the pool. Especially healthy in winter !The little village of Suurbraak lies in a fold of the Langeberg Mountains by the incredible Tradouw Pass which features beautiful natural pools. Bare Necessities is 13 km from Suurbraak and 3 km off the N2 on a dirt road, Note that the last 3 kms can be a bit rough if there has been much rain. Nothing that a small car can't handle carefully.The heart of the village of Suurbraak has been preserved, and the buildings that rest on the village square and the two church buildings have been restored. Suurbraak lies in a little piece of heaven, away from commercial centres. People still cook on wood-burning stoves, and use donkey-drawn ploughs and horses to get around. Here you will find real old-style living, untouched by development. Hiking, biking and visiting historical buildings are the main attractions of the town.Swellendam has good shopping and being the third oldest town in S.A. It has a good museum.Other points of interest are the pont at Malgas over the Breede river.Whale watching at Witsand.Bontebok National Park is just down the road.Wine tasting for a day trip in the Bonnievale Ashton area.Little Karoo just over the Tradouws pass.

Spa: There is a woodfired sauna but unfortunately no snow ! After the sauna people jump into the pool.

Family friendly: A tame horse, a swing, a jungle Jim. Farm animals; cows that they can milk and pigs that may be fed under supervision. There is the pool and a soap-box cart for use under the parents' supervision.

Romantic: Recommended for naturist/ nudist/ clothes free people. Many clients still miss this fact ! ! ! Not necessarily romantic but it is the only category I can use to stress this fact.

  • Response Rate: 98%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 5 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 16 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Pets are welcome and so are children but guests are responsible for the pets and the children.

Bare Necessities Rooms

Reviews for Bare Necessities

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Errol Beaumont
25 December 2018

A most enjoying and relaxing atmosphere. Super 'cool' company / hosts and a DEFINITE return. Thanking you both kindly. Errol & Suzan

Melandie Labuschagne
07 March 2018

What an awesome couple of days we've had.... We were welcomed by Neels, Petro and all their animals like we were part of the family and felt at ease from the moment we stepped out of our car. Absolute bliss to walk around so close to nature and we will for sure be back very soon!!

Christie Slabbert
17 January 2018

What an amazing experience. Money cannot buy what I experienced here. True people, great setting, wonderful hospitality and excellent service. I will return soon, for I know I am welcome at anytime.Establishments response:Great guy, easygoing guest and welcome back anytime.

Adriaan And Sophie Reinecke
22 December 2017

It was a great experience with lovely hosts. This is a niche accommodation for those who know what they want. Do your homework and contact the hosts to ensure that you find this unique retreat and know what is there to enjoy.

Shane Vickerman
10 November 2017

Simply loved the open, private open space. Very peaceful.Establishment's response:Hi Shane and Rebecca,Thanks for the nice review. Hope to see you guys again.All the bestNeels & Petro at Bare Necessities

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Bare Necessities is 8.6km from the centre of Suurbraak , the nearest airport 188.5km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling