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Camping Rules

Camping is a chance to get away, but in most cases, you're still surrounded by other people. And all those people are looking to enjoy their vacation time, as well. To ensure other campers enjoy their experience as much as you, it's essential to follow camping rules and be a good camping neighbour.

We, unfortunately, do not have electricity at our campsite, but this allows you to reconnect with nature and each other in a rustic serene environment. 

Please note that we only allow socialised dogs @ The Crooked Tree.  Being socialised means that your dogs are socialised with other dogs, adults and children.

1. Clean your site: Don't leave a dirty site for the next campers. Please leave all refuse in the bins provided.

2. Put your fire out: Because you can endanger those around you, this is one of the most important camping rules. Be sure to put out your fire before bed, before heading out for the day, or when you leave the site at the end of your stay. The general rule of thumb is to make sure the coals or ashes are cold.

3. Clean up after your pets: Whether you're at your campsite, walking through the campground or walking your dog, always clean up after your pets. Be sure your pet doesn't go to the bathroom on someone else's campsite, either.

4. Don't wash your dishes in the bathroom: Please use the designated area for washing dishes. Not only does dishwashing take up the small space people have for bathroom use, but it's unsanitary; dirty dishes should not be in the sink where people clean their faces and hands.

5. Don't cut through campsites: Unless you know your neighbours, avoid cutting through anyone's campsite. People pay to be at the campground, making the site their personal space for the duration of their stay. Don't intrude just to save a few minutes on your walk to the bathrooms.

6. Respect quiet hours: from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. These are put in place for those who need to get a good night's sleep or are camping with children. Voices carry in the still of night, so be respectful of this time. Be mindful of your early morning routine, as well, which can be just as disturbing. No music may be played during your stay.

7. Use of Vehicles: Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only. Use of vehicles within campgrounds and other areas is limited to entering or leaving those areas.

8. Ablutions: Camping comes with sharing bathrooms, so please consider your fellow campers allowing enough time for others to use the facilities. NO sanitary towels, tampons or foreign objects are allowed to be thrown in the toilets. These facilities are run on a septic tank system.

9. Camp Stands: Only 4 people and one car are permitted per stand. Cars and trailers are to be parked within your designated area.

10. Sanitation: Help prevent pollution by keeping garbage, litter, and foreign substances out of lakes, streams, and other waters. All garbage and litter must either be deposited in the bins provided or taken with you when you leave.

11. Keep pets safe at feeding time: Dogs are only allowed to be fed within your designated campsite and done inside the tent if you don’t have a fenced-off stand to avoid aggression around food.

12. Fireworks: Use of fireworks or other explosives within campgrounds and dog park is strictly prohibited.

13. Public Property: Preserve and protect your environment. Leave natural areas the way you find them. Do not carve, chop, cut or damage any live trees. Do not throw any cigarette butts, cooldrink cans, papers etc on the grounds or in rivers.  Polluting of the river and grounds will NOT be tolerated.

Tips for camping with your dogs

If you are like most other dog owners you probably love spending time outdoors with your four-legged pal, but before you hit the road consider the following tips.

•    Doggie Towels: Dogs that love to swim will need to dry off before bedtime.

•    Doggie Beds: Consider if your dog will be sleeping in your tent with you or have their own tent.  Having their own tent gives them the freedom to have a nap and cool down.

•    Food & Water bowls: Please ensure you have water bowls available at your campsite. Food can be measured out and placed in separate containers for easy feeding.

•    Yummy treats (very useful for recall purposes).


•    Leads: This is handy for those sticky moments where you need to have control. It's very handy to have a stake-in-the-ground to hook your leads to if you are busy with something and cannot keep your eyes on your baby.

•    Dog Brush: Very handy to clean off dogs before bedtime, especially if they are sharing a tent with you.

• Poop-Scoop: It will be beneficial to have a poop-scoop and bag at your campsite.

•    Medical Supplies: Bring along antiseptic, bandages etc as accidents do happen.

•    Safety:  As the safety of your animals is important to us and because there are going to be other dog families, feeding time should take place at your campsite (inside the tent) if you have not booked a fenced-off campsite, to avoid any aggression around food.  Keeping your dog in  view at all times, ensures the safety of your dogs and those of others. 

•    Behaviour: Just like our children don’t like their toys or sweets snatched from them, neither do our dogs and just like some children are shy or nervous so it is with our fur babies, so please remind your fur babies of their manners.

•    Protection: Being out in the bush comes with ticks so please ensure that your dogs are protected and that their vaccinations are up to date.

•    Training: As the campsite is situated alongside a river, which forms the border to the campsite, the more adventurous dog that loves to swim and explore will need to be familiar with the recall discipline to avoid wandering off too far. It’s important to train your dog to come when you call so that you can avoid problem situations.

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