Top 10 Camping Sites in South Africa

Top 10 Camping Sites in South Africa, South Africa's breathtaking landscape, amiable climate
Top 10 Camping Sites in South Africa, South Africa's breathtaking landscape, amiable climate

Top 10 Camping Sites in South Africa

South Africa's breathtaking landscape, amiable climate and amazing wildlife make an ideal setting for a thrilling camping experience. For those of you who love soaking up the sights, sounds and serenity of nature, check out this list of top 10 camping sites across South Africa.

1. Driehoek Farm, Western Cape

Located 240 kilometres from Cape Town on the N7, the Driehoek Farm nestles at the heart of the Cederberg Mountains and offers quite the picturesque camping site. This camping site makes the perfect base for hiking to well-known landmarks such as Tafelberg, Sneeuberg, the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch.

Prices: R150 for up to 5 people

2. Tankwa Karoo National Park, Western Cape

The 143 600 hectare Tankwa Karoo National Park is home to a fascinating diversity of life. You can take in the rugged splendour or the Karoo at the two newly-developed camping sites in the Park. Surrounded by amazing moonscapes, mountainous cliffs and rich plant life you enjoy a rather rustic camping site that is unlike any other.

Price: R100 for 2 people

3. Yellowwood Forest Campsite, Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape

If you are looking for a peaceful forested camping site, the Yellowwood Forest Campsite in Morgan Bay could be the perfect choice for you. The grass-covered, shady camping sites are an ideal pick for campers with kids. The Yellowwood Forest camping site is where you go to enjoy the best side of great outdoors.

Price: R170 for up to 6 persons

4. Glen Reenen Rest Camp Golden Gate National Park, Free State

The Golden Gate National Park lies nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and is 22km East of Clarens in Free State. The brilliant shades of gold that are cast by the sun on the sandstone cliffs of the Park certainly make it a place worth camping at. The Glen Reenen camping sites allow you the chance to be enthralled by the gorgeous views and admire local birdlife and game.

Price: R165 for two persons

5. Magalies Sleepy River Campsite, Gauteng

Located just 60 minutes away from Johannesburg, Magalies Sleepy River Campsite gives you a quick getaway into a peaceful environment that is surrounded by lush vegetation. The massive shaded campsite on the banks of the Magalies River sets the perfect backdrop for your outdoor adventure. This campsite is a good base to visit the nearby Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves.

Price: R100-00 per site per day

6. Ilanga Resort and Caravan Park, KwaZulu-Natal

If a beach camp site is what you are looking for then visit the Ilanga Resort and Caravan Park. Lying adjacent to the Banana Beach of the Hibiscus Coast, this site offers access to exciting rock pools and plenty of sand, sea and surf. Something you certainly have to catch is the glorious Sardine Rush that happens during winter months.

Price: From R460 for 6 persons (mid-season)

7. Bontle Camping Site Marakele National Park, Limpopo

Located just three-and-a-half hours from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Bontle Camping site in Marakele National Park offers plenty of grassed camping sites and lots of shade. The Marakele National Park is home to diverse animal life, however, game sightings are few and far between. What you can look out for is rhino and elephant. The Marakele National Park also inhabitsthe world's largest breeding colonies of the endangered Cape Vulture.

Price: From R185 for two persons

8. Forever Badplaas Resort, Mpumalanga

If you are looking for complete outdoor family fun, the Forever Badplassis a great choice. Nestled within a nature reserve at the foot of the Hlumuhlumu Mountains, the Forever Badplass Resort offers 300 picture-perfect caravan and camping sites. There are lots of fun activities you can indulge in like fishing, game drives, tree walking trails, horse trails and more. You can also pamper yourself at the award-winning Hydro Spa.

Price: From R113 per person per day

9. The Growcery Orange River Camp, Northern Cape

Situated on the banks of the Orange River, The Growcery is a grassed, basic needs bush camp with all the bare essentials needed to provide an unforgettable experience. The endless views of the river and the surrounding rock formations offer campers a tranquil environment to be one with nature. The Growcery offers fun outdoor activities like swimming, tag and release fishing, mountain biking, combination 4X4 guided safaris and Orange River rafting trails.

Price: From R150 per person per night

10. Klien Paradys Caravan Park, North West

Klein Paradys means 'little heaven' and for a good reason. The spots here are the perfect place to relax, laze about on the lush lawns and enjoy the serene views of the dam close by. The sites are equipped with electricity, braai stands, water taps and clean ablution blocks. A weekend break at the tranquil Klein Paradys Caravan Park is all you need to refresh yourself. The camping sites are closed to visitors during the winter months of June and July.

Price: From R530 for up to 4 people, per stand per weekend.

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By : Ian D Dickinson

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