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Last Update: 11 January 2018
WATCH: BOUTIQUE FAMILY CAMPING HOLIDAYS
Family camping reinvented: Custom-built 55sqm camps, WiFi, spacious lounges and separate rooms, fully-equipped kitchens, private wood-fired hot tubs and fireplaces, electric blankets, aircon, private bathrooms, comfy beds, babysitting services and wooden decks overlooking unspoilt nature on private pockets of land on top SA travel spots. All the adventure of camping, none of the hassle, at excellent prices. You’re going to want to experience AfriCamps boutique camping in SA.
What’s Unique: Seven unique camps set on on private working farms and estates. The chance to experience nature, the people, food and activities of every area and still have a comfy XL bed and private shower. Discover all 7 AfriCamps here.
Locations: Wood-fired hot tubs at AfriCamps at Ingwe in Plett’s The Crags; Foodie experiences and whale-watching by air in Stanford Hills; Ostrich encounters and meerkat safaris in Oudtshoorn; Breede River adventures at Kam’Bati in Swellendam; mountain birdlife and fishing in Robertson; the Big 5 and Panorama Route in Hazyview and ultimate Garden Route at Wilderness coming in October 2018.
Various locations. Shown here: AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Estate | Stanford | +27 (0)63 170 4222 | email@example.com
Oewerzicht Cottages – Greyton
With 24 grass campsites along the banks of the Sonderend River, expect peace, calm and serenity (and the cheerful laugh of children frolicking in the water) at this charming spot in the Overberg. Bird watching enthusiasts will be pleased to know that blue cranes, secretary birds and guinea fowl frequent the area. Cyclists can challenge themselves on a 25km mountain biking trail.
Facilities: Ablution and braai facilities are available. Guests are welcome to bring their own canoes and fishing tackle. Six safari tents, all fitted with a queen-size bed and ensuite bathrooms are available too.
Oewerzicht Farm | Greyton | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0) 28 2549831
The Baths Natural Hot Springs – Citrusdal
Stray within the Olifants River Valley of Citrusdal; the perfect getaway for water babies who love nature. Twenty-five shady caravan and camping sites lead to the natural water baths found in the area, so your days can consist of tons of time in the soothing hot springs.
Facilities: Three shared ablution blocks are spaced throughout the campsite. In addition, there are braai facilities available, as well as electrical points.
Citrusdal | email@example.com | +27 (0) 22 921 8026/7
Tweede Tol – Worcester
You need only drive 95km out of Cape Town to experience some exquisite rock pools in the Western Cape. This scenic campsite is found on the beautiful Bainskloof Pass and is part of the Limietberg Nature Reserve – a vast 102 000 hectares of mountains, wildlife and fynbos. Pitch your tent at one of the 20 standard campsites, each with designated braai area. There’s plenty to do here, including hiking, swimming, picnicking, and freshwater angling.
Facilities: Communal ablution facilities, kids jungle gym.
Note: It is essential to book beforehand, especially during peak seasons and school holidays. No pets are allowed.
Limietberg Nature reserve | Paarl | +27 (0) 21 483 0191
Mountain Breeze Resort and Caravan Park
Located just outside Stellenbosch, Mountain Breeze Resort’s positioning is no mistake. The camping ground is situated to give guests the freedom to enjoy the small city just five kilometres away, while offering them the option to return to the tranquility of the campsite when they tire of the semi-urban bustle.
Facilities: Electricity points, as well as a playground for the children, a swimming pool and braai area.
R44 | Stellenbosch | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 880 0 200
Palmiet Caravan Park – Kleinmond
This caravan park and campsite in the picturesque coastal village of Kleinmond boasts approximately 170 stands in totals – 100 caravan and 70 tent sites – where six people are allowed per site. The scenic seaside region in which the campsite is located is a top spot for whale watching from August to November. With direct access to the beach and lagoon, as well as the Palmiet River, guests can go swimming, canoeing, tubing and boardsailing.
Facilities: Communal ablution blocks and braai area.
Note: No pets are allowed.
Palmiet Road | Kleinmond | firstname.lastname@example.org
Clanwilliam Bulshoek Dam Camping Accommodation
Water babies take note of this rustic campsite. This family-run site makes for a perfect getaway, if you want to go fishing, water skiing or you fancy a booze cruise. It's approximately 23km outside of Clanwilliam, along the banks of the Bulshoek Dam. Boats are safe in the dam as launch sites are close to the campground.
Facilities: Ablution facilities are available (separate shower and toilet) and a braai area. Electricity is available, though guests must bring their own long extension leads and caravan plug adapter.
Bulshoek Dam | +27 (0) 72 124 7747
De Pakhuys – Clanwilliam
The three-hour drive from Cape Town to De Pakhuys takes you from the Atlantic coastline to the rocky terrains of the Karoo. Eleven campsites are beneath tall blue gum trees and there is a lake, which is an inviting swimming spot, just 100m from the campsite.
Facilities: Ablution facilities that include showers with hot water. Braai facilities are available too.
De Pakhuys | Vleiplaas | Clanwilliam | +27 (0) 27 482 1879
Ride a camel along the shore or explore the outdoors on horseback. Either way, the caravan park found in the charming village of Kommetjie is situated only a stone’s throw from popular surfing spot Long Beach. There are 75 sites for caravans and tents, all fitted with 15 amp electricity and built-in braai facilities. The well-maintained site is accessible by wheelchair too.
Facilities: The campsite offers an on-site children’s playground and a games room consisting of table tennis and a pool tables. There’s also a separate TV room.
66 Wireless Road | Kommetjie | +27 (0) 21 783 1634
Bontebok National Park Campsite – Swellendam
Dedicated to the conservation of Bontebok since the early 1800s, this three-part campground comprises 41 camping and caravan sites close to the Breede River. Adventure activities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and game viewing. Canoeing, fishing and swimming in the Breede River.
Facilities: Communal bathrooms and showers. Tap water comes from a wellpoint and is safe to drink.
Lang Elsie’s Kraal | Bontebok National Park | +27 (0) 28 514 2735
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The fun begins where the tarmac ends in this case. Up in the Cederberg region’s Olifants River Mountains (approximately 170km from Cape Town), Beaverlac is a natural heritage site. Campers can partake in the usual camping fun (hiking, mountain biking, swimming and fishing) but there are several caves on the farm decorated with ancient rock paintings that are worth a visit too.
Facilities: A shop that stocks a range of camping goodies like wood, wine, beer, ice, meat, tinned foods, toiletries etc. Note that there is no electricity at this campsite.
Grootfontein Farm | +27 (0) 22 931 2945 | www.beaverlac.co.za
River Goose Campsite
Rivers know that there’s no rush, you’ll get there in good time. Laze your days away here, along the Breede River. This grassy, well-shaded camping spot offers a wealth of activities, including rowing and cruises on the Goose River Boat (at an extra cost). Also visit the Marloth Nature Reserve near the small town of Swellendam, as well as the Robertson Golf Course.
Facilities: All sites share an ablution block with flush toilets, shower and hot water. Wood and braai facilities are available.
NOTE: Make bookings in advance, as space at the site is limited. Pets are allowed in off-peak seasons only.
Farm Eureka | Bonnievale | +27 (0) 82 759 5727
Slanghoek Mountain Resort – Rawsonville
The enchanting surrounds at Slanghoek Mountain Resort offers campers the perfect break from busy city life. Pack your hiking boots and mountain bike to enjoy the views at this peaceful setting.
Facilities: Six people are allowed per campsite. Discounts are offered on weekdays. It is recommended to bring an umbrella along during the hotter months.
Slanghoek Road | Rawsonville | +27 (0) 23 344 3138
Table Mountain National Park Campsites
From Signal Hill all the way to Cape Point, three different tented camps are available. Each site – Orangekloof in Hout Bay, Slangkop in Kommetjie and Smitswinkel near Cape Point – features eco-friendly timber structures that accommodate up to 12. Activities depend on the location, but there’s a range that includes hiking, cycling, picnicking, surfing, swimming and snorkeling. Read about more more Accommodation in the Table Mountain National Park.
Facilities: Ablution facilities are available. All camps offer hot water and firewood is bought at an extra cost. Each camp accommodates a maximum of 12. All camps are easily accessible by car and have dedicated parking areas.
Don’t forget: Bring your own bedding, or at an extra cost ask for bedding prior to arrival.
Table Mountain National Park | +27 (0) 21 712 7471
Tankwa Karoo National Park Campsites
Eight unique campsites lie along the mountains cliffs of this unconventional park (which is located on the boundary of the Western and Northern Cape). There are two campsites at Langkloof and another six at Perdekloof. Most of the camps can only be accessed with high clearance 2x4 or 4x4 cars during the wet season. A selection of wildlife roam the area – think kudu, gemsbok, duiker, tortoises, red hartebeest and zebra.
Facilities: Private bathrooms, braai facilities (without the grid) and kitchenette. No electrical points. Stand 1 and 5 at Perdekloof are best suited for rooftop tents.
Tankwa Karoo National Park | +27 (0) 27 341 1927
Plettenberg Forever Resorts – Plettenberg Bay
On the western bank of the Keurbooms River (near the river mouth), the spectacular Nature Resort sits pretty. The resort has a total of 116 sites where 33 are river sites and 83 are standard sites. Campers can enjoy putt-putt, canoeing, fishing, volleyball and swimming or make the most of off-site activities such as visiting the various animal sanctuaries and the Knysna forest.
Facilities: Two communal ablution blocks. All sites have electricity points.
Have you tried glamping. AfriCamps is the boutique camping concept that keeps growing. You can also try Cape Town’s many scenic hiking trails or check out our list of 7 Natural Rock Pools for Adventure Junkies.
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