De Oranjecamping is a professional camping concept for supporters of the Dutch national football team. This unique gathering of enthusiastic fans who travel after their national pride and form the Orange Army.
Whenever the Dutch national squad qualifies for either a FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Cup, De Oranjecamping and its visitors follow. The campsite has drawn international media attention during EURO2004 in Portugal, the FIFA WC 2006 in Germany and EURO2008 in Austria-Switzerland. South Africa in 2010 brought a whole new dimension, but the first intercontinental was a sounding success as well.
The key to the success of De Oranjecamping can be found in the combination of a unique holiday experience and the support of the orange squad. The guests are staying at a camping venue that suits camping- and party needs. De Oranjecamping is for everybody who supports the Dutch national team, loves togetherness, a big party and going on a (affordable) holiday!
Please watch the video in English to get an first impression of De Oranjecamping and the preparations for FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
The start in Portugal
The numbers of visitors have grown rapidly during the years. In Portugal it started off as a small scale project offering room for 400 guests at Camping Municipal in Estoril. Oranjecamping founder Jokko de Wit had studied Tourism in Breda (The Netherlands) and came across the opportunity when he did an internship in Portugal, just before the European Cup was played. He organized a campsite and the hit the nail on the head. The 400 guests became a 800 enthusiastic fans and a new concept was born.
Oranjecamping concurs Europe
The second edition in Germany 2006 was a lot more professional. The camping was built up three times at three different venues where Holland was playing. In total 2700 orange guests were welcomed and 90 staff members ensured a smooth operation. The largest edition so far was during the EC in Switzerland. Over 5500 orange fans had the time of their lives at the base camp in Interlaken, near Bern. De Oranjecamping became the center of the fan activities and received global media attention for its unique formula and the positive atmosphere. Also due to the fact the everywhere De Oranjecamping settles in, the local community is quickly convinced of the fantastic positive vibe of the camping. They will become part of the festivities and are welcome to join the orange party.
Oranjecamping paints South Africa orange
In 2010 De Oranjecamping travelled across the African continent to its most southern tip: South Africa. In total 2000 guests experienced the first intercontinental orange camping during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. These true fans have been embraced by the locals in the spirit of ubuntu. The spectacular orange convoy travelled from host city to host city, following the Dutch national team. The fans travelled 3500 km in motor homes and overlander safari trucks from Pretoria to Durban with final destination Cape Town. 400 Fans came back to Pretoria when the Netherlands played the final against Spain. It was an amazing combination of orange pride, a party, a beautiful journey and an intense welcome by the South Africans.
Please take the time to see it with your own eyes. Internationally acclaimed news channel CNN visited De Oranjecamping in Pretoria on 14 June, click here. South African prestigious news show Carte Blanche (M-net) featured De Oranjecamping in their programme on 11 July, a day before the World Cup final, click here.
Every Oranjecamping edition is unique, but below you find the basic elements of the Oranjecamping concept.
- Camping on a campsite/ a terrain with all facilities
- Fresh breakfast and coffee every single morning
- Transfer from the camping to the host city on match days
- Big party tent with performances and DJ’s
- All matches of the tournament on a big screen
- All necessary facilities
- Offical Oranjecamping t shirt
- All guests receive a compilation DVD afterwards
- Dutch crew and daily (sport related) activities
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email@example.com!