25 Of The Best South African Campsites To Pitch Your Tent This Summer

Our family amp to camp … not that we’re inherently good at it. I remember us setting off with reckless abandon, caravan in tow, for campsites across the length and breadth of South Africa. We had all the enthusiasm in the world, but when it came to setting up, and configuring our campsite in such a way that we’d be comfortable for the next ten odd days, it always seemed to fall apart at the seams (of the tent).

But the outdoors nature that is so intrinsic to average South African families kept us exploring more. Rallying around the “African TV” on a frosty July evening in the Berg, or flipping the Coleman’s to a kitchen table on a warm December at the coast, camping is a core part of our culture. It’s not like we even have to travel far from our comfort zones; the best campsites in South Africa can be found within mere hours of major cities; and swapping the suburbs for sleeping bags will, as always, be a way of life this summer.

Mahai River Campsite, Royal Natal National Park

Family friendly and clean, Mahai Campsite in the Royal Natal National Park section of the Drakensberg offers one of the best camping experiences in South Africa.

This big campground is set in one of the Drakensberg’s most beautiful valleys. The Mahai Campsite offers clean ablution and washing up facilities, as well as electric and non-electric campsites. From the Mahai Valley where the campsite is situated you can choose from a range of novice to advanced hikes, as well as fly fishing close to camp. The only thing you’ll ever need to worry about is remembering to zip your tent on the way out so wayward Chacma baboons can’t get in while you’re out hiking.

Mahai Campsite is best suited to families and couples.

Mahai Camp Bookings: Call 033 845 1000 / 1071/75 / 1001 or email camping@kznwildlife.com

Find it: Mahai Campsite on Google Maps

Tietiesbaai Beach Camp, West Coast

Tietiesbaai in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve up the West Coast offers the best of South African camping next to the sea.

The amusingly named bay on the west coast is a favourite when it comes to rough and ready camping next to the sea. With its distinct rugged West Coast edge, the campsite at Tietiesbaai provides a diverse range of campgrounds to suit the tastes of every outdoorsman, even if cold showers and no electricity are par for the course. Setup near the ablutions for campsite convenience or choose a spot away from the crowd and nestle among the rocks for private holiday bliss. There are 60 caravanning and tenting sites available (grass and ground); none of them have power points. The possibility of strong South-Easters calls for sturdy tents, and if it gets all too much, the delightful village of Paternoster is just 6km down the road.

Tietiesbaai Campsite is best suited to families.

Tietiesbaai Camping Bookings: Titietiesbaai only accept fax or snail mail bookings. So if you’re up to the task of excavating a fax machine or figuring out how to post a letter you can get them on 022 752 2015 (fax) or mail The Municipal Manager, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Private Bag X 12, Vredenburg, 7380.

Find it: Tieitiesbaai on Google Maps

Fiddlers Creek Campsite, Orange River

Fiddlers Creek Campsite

The banks of the Orange River are as enviable a location as any to setup camp this summer, and Bushwhacked Adventures’ Fiddler Creek Campsite will surely not disappoint you and your friends. Nestled on the banks of the Orange River, Fiddlers Creek Campsite is a certain wilderness escape with some mod cons to enhance the outdoors experience. Each site is equipped with an undercover kitchen, washing up basins with running water, countertops, lights and power (220V) and a built in braai area. There’s a bar, pool table and volley ball court, and the Orange River Rafting excursions available at Bushwhacked, which range from half day to 5 day trips, come highly recommended.

Fiddlers Creek Campsite is best suited to friends.

Fiddlers Creek Bookings: Call 027 761 8953 or email info@bushwhacked.co.za

Find it: Fiddlers Creek Rest Camp on Google Maps

Bruintjieskraal Campsite, Baviaanskloof

Bruintjieskraal Campsite on the shores of the Grootrivier in the Baviaanskloof.

The perfect base from which to explore the spectacular Baviaanskloof Wilderness area, Bruintjieskraal Campsite boasts one of the most idyllic settings in which to roll out your tent. It’s located at Grootrivier Poort, the entrance to the area, and spreads out on the shores of the Grootrivier. There are 10 spacious campsites on the riverbanks and another four further afield, each with a flush toilet and separate shower and braai facilities. Hot water is available, but you need to bring fresh drinking water with you. The Bruintjieskraal Campsite is an excellent base for exploring your surroundings from on scenic walks, or swimming, fishing and game viewing.

Bruintjieskraal Campsite is best suited to families and couples.

Bruintjieskraal Campsite Bookings: Call 084 515 0993 or email info@bruintjieskraal.co.za

Find it: Bruintjieskraal on Google Maps

Motswedi Luxury Campsite, Mokala National Park

Motswedi Luxury Campsite offers comfortable 'glamping' in the Mokala National Park.

Heaven for nature lovers and hikers, Mokala National Park offers “glamping” in a beautiful landscape in close proximity to wildlife. The luxurious Motswedi Campsite is home to just six camping spots, all of them are naturally fenced by camel thorn trees. Each campsite features its own ablution facilities complete with a solar powered geyser, kitchen area equipped with a two-plate gas burner, a gas fridge/freezer, outdoor braai and washing up area. There’s even a breakfast nook overlooking a waterhole where animals come to drink, which is just perfect for game viewing. Even with the comfort of the camp, there is no fuel, electricity point or shop here, so come prepared.  And if all else fails, the lodge has its own restaurant if you’re in desperate need of a bite to eat. A knee-high electric game fence keeps large animals at a safe distance.

Motswedi Luxury Campsite is best suited to higher budget campers.

Motswedi Luxury Campsite Bookings:  Call central reservations on 012 428 9111 or 082 233 9111 or email reservations@sanparks.org

Find it: Mokala National Park on Google Maps

Beaverlac Camping, Cederberg

Waterfalls and rock pools make for great summer camping at Beaverlac in the Cederberg.

This comfortable, pet-friendly campsite is a great choice for a fun weekend getaway from Cape Town. Cozy up in the foothills of the Olifants River Mountains just 2 hours from the Mother City – Beaverlac offers excellent hiking opportunities and a chance to breathe some fresh air in a picturesque natural setting. It’s a great place to enjoy mountain biking, hiking and exploring the wilds. There are two scenic mountain bike trails, one 14km long and another shorter, 10km trail for beginners. The famous 1-day Leopard hiking trail is well worth a try, with stops at spectacular rock pools and waterfalls en-route. There are also numerous caves to explore, offering great rock art sightings.

You don’t have to walk far to enjoy the area’s stunning rock pools – the closest is a five-minute walk from the camp and there’s another just 20 minutes from your tent. The campsite itself is rustic and peaceful with ablution facilities, some offering hot water, braai areas and a well-stocked shop.

Beaverlac Camping is best suited to friends.

Beaverlac Bookings: Call 022 931 2945 or email info@beaverlac.co.za

Find it: Beaverlac on Google Maps

Buccaneers, Cintsa

Camping at Buccaneers Backpackers at Cintsa offers lots of activities such as horse riding on the beach.

A favourite amongst nomadic backpackers and outdoorsmen, Buccaneers is located on the spectacular Wild Coast on the eastern shores of South Africa. The campsite is hemmed in behind the giant sand dunes of Cintsa Beach, bordered by giant guava trees overlooking the lagoon from the west. The campsite at Buccaneers is equipped with one of the most awesome communal kitchen areas I’ve ever seen! Buccaneers also offer chalets, a restaurant and lively bar, swimming pool, canoes and booze cruises. Of course, the beach, renowned for its breathtaking setting, is a big draw card and it’s a stone’s throw away from where you camp. Guests here enjoy a variety of daily activities, most of which are free. In addition, you can learn to surf, take a horse trail, go mountain biking or visit a traditional Xhosa village. Buccaneers, Cintsa is ideal for a fun-filled camping holiday with friends, especially over the New Year period.

Buccaneers is best suited to friends.

Buccaneers Bookings: Call 043 734 3012 or email buccaneers@cintsa.com

Find it: Buccaneers on Google Maps

Tsendze Rustic Campsites, Northern Kruger National Park

Tsendze Rustic Campsite is a popular camp ground in the Kruger National Park.

Image by Roger & Letitia from There and Back

Located just 7km from Mopani Rest Camp in the famous Kruger National Park, this rustic camp boasts 30 camp sites set out in two circles, each surrounding excellent kitchen and ablution facilities. The facilities are basic; hot water, electricity and lights are provided via solar power and gas. This Tsendze Camp, one of the newest in the Park, has quickly become very popular for its superb setting and excellent bird and game life, including elephant, buffalo, zebra and various antelope. Lions and leopard have also been spotted here.  Campsites offer privacy – another plus – and the feeling of being in the midst of the wilds is what makes Tzendze so special.

Tsendze Rustic Campsites is suitable for anyone looking for camping accommodation in the Kruger Park.

Tsendze Camp Kruger Park Bookings: Call 013 735 6535 / 6

Find it: Tsendze Campsites on Google Maps

Stoney Ridge Campsite, Colenso

Stoney Ridge Campsite, KwaZulu Natal.

If you’re heading for the scenic Natal Midlands, this is the ideal campsite. Stoney Ridge is located amongst 6000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty on a private game farm offering superb game viewing and bird life, as well as 4X4 trails. The campsite is located in shady environs on the banks of the Bloukrans River and offers excellent ablution facilities. It’s popular with four by four enthusiasts, both for off-road training and for the excellent trails in the area. Campers can enjoy the facilities of the restaurant if they wish.

Stoney Ridge Campsite is best suited to families.

Stoney Ridge Bookings: Call 036 354 7012 / 073 697 5108 or email info@stoneyridge.co.za

Find it: Stoney Ridge on Google Maps

Albert Falls, Pietermaritzburg

Albert Falls near Pietermaritzburg, KZN.

This family-oriented campsite is located just 24km from Pietermaritzburg in the 3000-hectare Albert Falls Dam and Game Reserve. Excellent bass fishing, and watersports on the dam are all part of the magic in this idyllic setting. The campsite offers camping for at least 20 tents and caravans, well-maintained ablution facilities with hot and cold water, electric lights and power points.

Albert Falls Campsite is best suited to families and friends.

Albert Falls Bookings: Call 033 569 1202 or email albert.falls@msinsi.co.za

Find it: Albert Falls Dam on Google Maps

Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, Tsitsikamma National Park

Camping in the Tsitsikamma National Park affords you magnificent views like this one at Storms River Mouth.

If you’re planning to visit one of the most breathtaking regions in South Africa, the Tsitsikamma National Park on the spectacular Garden Route is an ideal choice. Storms River Mouth Rest Camp offers an unbeatable setting stretching 5km towards the seashore in the eastern section of the Park, where dolphins frolic in the waves and the Southern Right Whale makes it presence known. Guests here have access to 80km of dramatic rugged coastline and every facility for a pleasant camping experience. There’s a communal ablution block, Laundromat, kitchen facilities, restaurant and store. But that’s not the reason you’re here. The birdlife is unbeatable and Otter’s and animals native to the region are waiting to be discovered on the shore and in the forest.

Storms River Mouth Rest Camp is best suited to couples, families and friends.

Storms River Mouth Rest Camp Bookings: Call 042 281 1607 or email grace.valela@sanparks.org

Find it: Storms River Mouth Camp on Google Maps

Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Glen Reenen Rest Camp at the Golden Gate National Park.

The magnificent Golden Gate National Park is named after the exquisite shades of gold reflected by the sun on its famous sandstone cliffs. Nestled here is the popular Glen Reenen Rest Camp, offering the ideal base from which to explore the Park’s 11 600 hectares where a variety of wild animals roam free and exquisite birds have made their home. The campsite has a coveted spot in the Park, which is located in the breathtaking Maluti Mountains in the Northern Free State just 22km from Clarens. Its landmark is the famous Brandwag Overhang, a golden rock that stands sentry at the entrance.

Found in the trees on the banks of a stream, the campsite offers full ablution and braai facilities as well as power points at some of the sites. Hiking and mountain biking are common activities, but the exquisite setting is reason enough to come here and relax.

Glen Reenen Rest Camp is best suited to families and couples.

Glen Reenen Campsite Bookings: Call 058 255 0909 / 058 255 1000 or email goldengate@sanparks.org

Find it: Glen Reenen Camp on Google Maps

Mac Nicol’s Caravan Park, Bazley Beach

An aerial view of Mac Nicol's Caravan Park at Bazley Beach on the KZN South Coast.

From the moment you arrive at Mac Nicol’s on the South Coast of KZN everything is taken care of for you – surely this is how most camping trips should start? The staff helps you erect your tent while you enjoy a cup of tea and the sea air – relaxation is a natural progression of events. Located less than 100km from Durban on the magnificent KwaZulu-Natal coastline just 90m from beautiful Bazley Beach and the Ifafa Lagoon, the campsite offers every facility for the perfect holiday… spotless ablutions, laundry stations, entertainment, communal braais and lots of facilities for the kids. The chalets have a four star rating, but you can enjoy all the benefits even if you’re camping here.

Mac Nicol’s Caravan Park is best suited to families.

Mac Nicol’s Caravan Park Bookings: Call 039 977 8863 or email macnicol@scottburgh.co.za

Find it: Mac Nicol’s Caravan Park on Google Maps

Soetwater Resort & Medusa Caravan Park, Kommetjie

Soetwater Resort is a seaside campsite on the Cape Peninsula.

This stunning little coastal resort between Kommetjie and Scarborough in the Cape is a very popular weekend retreat. With a rocky coastline offering a few sandy bays and two artificial tide pools, swimming is popular here and watching fishermen and crayfish divers return with their catch is another regular pastime. You can also take a walk to the top of Slangkop to see an abandoned radar station from the Second World War, visit the quaint fishing towns of Kalk Bay and Simonstown, or explore famous Cape Point. The resort itself is located in the southern part of the Cape Peninsula on Lighthouse Road, an undeveloped coastal terrace that is preserved for its biodiversity. There are a choice of campsites here including those with, and those without electricity.

Soetwater Resort & Medusa Caravan Park is best suited to families.

Medusa Caravan Park Bookings: Call 021 783 4146 or email resort.bookings@capetown.gov.za

Find it: Medusa Caravan Park on Google Maps

Secret Falls, Tulbagh

Secret Falls Campsite in Tulbagh, Western Cape.

Image by Deirdre Louw

Nestling in the foothills of the Groot Winterhoek Mountains amongst 150 hectares of spectacular countryside, this little campsite is only accessible via four by four vehicles. Located just 100km from Cape Town, Secret Falls offers room for just seven tents, but the site also offers a private swimming pool. This spectacular area is home to some excellent hiking trails and mountain biking is also popular here. This is camping in unmatched scenery for those who love the great outdoors and are happy to rough it.

Secret Falls Campsite is best suited to couples.

Secret Falls Tulbagh Bookings: Call 082 393 4704 or email marcnadia@mweb.co.za

Find it: Secret Falls Tulbagh on Google Maps

Cobham Campsite, Southern Drakensberg

Enjoy rustic countryside camping in South Africa at the Cobham Campsite, Southern Drakensberg.

Image by Péter Béla Molnár from flickr.com

Camping in the Southern Drakensberg doesn’t get much better than this! Cobham Campsite is located 11km from Himeville Village in the southern part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, about 150km from Pietermaritzburg. The campsite is rustic and sites aren’t designated, so you can pick your own spot. There are various braai areas and the ablution blocks do offer hot water. The location is quite beautiful and offers great hiking, bird watching, fly fishing and swimming.

Cobham Campsite is best suited to families and couples.

Cobham Campsite Bookings: Call 033 702 0831

Find it: Cobham Campsite on Google Maps (approximate location)

Waterval en Laatson, Porterville

The view from the Third Waterfall at 22 Waterfalls near Porterville.

Set at the foot of the Olifants River Mountains 4km from Porterville in the Cederberg, the Waterval en Laatson Campsite offers an opportunity to get up close to game and birdlife. Named after the famous hiking trail which covers 22 Waterfalls along the way, the campsite here offers a rustic bush setting and a choice of sites with or without electricity. Campers can go game viewing in the nearby Cederberg Leopard Conservation area; enjoy superb bass fishing and mountain bike trails. There’s even an animal farm for the kids. The area is famous for its rock paintings in various caves and there’s a beautiful pool and waterfall close by.

22 Waterfalls Campsite is best suited to families.

22 Waterfalls Bookings: Call 022 931 2339 / 082 878 1358

Find it: 22 Waterfalls on Google Maps

Cape Vidal, KZN

Cape Vidal Camping by the coast in the north of KZN.

Camping in the exceptional wetland beauty of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park is a unique experience, and this little campsite, which offers just 8 sites, is the ideal location from which to experience the magic and beauty of the surroundings. Go snorkeling, swimming, fishing or bird watching, laze on the beach or enjoy whale and bird watching. This exquisite coastal retreat is located in a sheltered bay offering pristine beaches and your choice of adventure along hiking trails exploring the fascinating wetland area. View hippo, crocodile, elephants and buffalo, loggerhead and leatherback turtles, playful dolphins and elusive whales. The Cape Vidal campsite offers shady spots, ablution facilities and electricity plug points. It is located 37km from St Lucia.

Cape Vidal is best suited to families and friends.

Cape Vidal Bookings: Call 033 845 1000 / 1071/75 / 1001

Find it: Cape Vidal on Google Maps

Gariep Dam

Gariep Dam Campsite

The perfect stop over point halfway between Cape Town and Johannesburg is Gariep, just off the main highway 200km from Bloemfontein. Camping here is at Gariep Dam, the largest dam in the country. The dam borders a huge nature reserve of the same name where many buck species and zebra roam free. Whether you’re using this location as a stopover, or are planning to spend some time here, there’s plenty to do, including various watersports, fishing, sunset cruises and excellent game viewing by boat. The campsite offers 122 sites in all, 16 of which have their own ablution blocks. Other facilities include braai areas or you can enjoy the restaurant located here, as the resort also offers chalet and caravan accommodation.

Gariep Dam Campsite is best suited to families and friends.

Gariep Dam Camping Bookings: Call 012 423 5600

Find it: Gariep Dam on Google Maps

Vic Bay Campsite, Garden Route

Vic Bay Campsite is one of the most popular camping sites on South Africa's Garden Route.

Victoria Bay is an immaculate alcove located between George and Wilderness on the spectacular Garden Route. The tiny inlet, squeezed between high cliffs, offers beautiful sea views from the elevated grassy Vic Bay Campsite. Surfers love it here as do fishermen. The beach offers safe swimming and an excellent restaurant. There are 36 campsites, many of which have individual ablutions and all with tap water. The campsite also offers electricity.

Vic Bay Campsite is best suited to families, friends and couples.

Vic Bay Campsite Bookings: Call 044 889 0081 / 073 800 7096

Find it: Vic Bay Campsite on Google Maps

Warm Baths Camping, Gauteng

Warmbaths Camping

A total of 300 camping sites (15 luxury + 285 caravan sites) means Forever Warm Baths is well-equipped to handle the crowds that flock to this very popular location in the peak season. Guests are guaranteed a comfortable camping experience with every facility available to camp at ease. Warm Baths is a major tourist attraction, because of the mineral baths, and this luxury campsite makes visiting this region of Limpopo a pleasure. With excellent ablution facilities, the resort, which is very popular with families, is located close to Johannesburg and offers an exciting bush atmosphere. Over weekends and school holidays you have to stay for a minimum of two nights.

Warm Baths Campsite is best suited to families and friends.

Warm Baths Camping Bookings: Call 012 423 5600

Find it: Warm Baths Camping on Google Maps

Augrabies Falls Rest Camp

Camping at the Augrabies Falls National Park

If you want to camp inside the remote Augrabies Falls National Park, this is the only place available. No matter – it’s an excellent campsite that has found its rightful place amongst the regions iconic Quiver trees. It’s spacious and well-organised, and the ideal base from which to explore the Augrabies Falls National Park at leisure. There’s a restaurant here, a choice of three swimming pools, a central area with a fully stocked shop and a petrol station. A highlight of a visit here is the breathtaking views offered from viewpoints along wooden walkways in front of the camp. The 56-metre Augrabies Falls is quite impressive too, especially when the Orange River is in flood. The walking trails in the area are another big draw card.

Augrabies Falls Rest Camp is best suited to families and couples.

Augrabies Fall Rest Camp Bookings: Call 054 452 9205 / 9200 or email reservations@sanparks.org

Find it: Augrabies Fall Camp on Google Maps

Spekboom Tented Rest Camp, Addo Elephant National Park

Spekboom Tented Rest Camp at the Addo Elephant National Park offers more luxury to campers than it does DIY tent pitching.

Image by Michael McCrae

Located in one of South Africa’s most famous national parks, Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth, Spekboom Camp offers some glam camping in the bush. Tents are already set up so there’s no need to bring your own. In fact, they are more like cabins than tents; you’ll enjoy real beds on wooden floors, towels and cookware to make your stay more comfortable. In addition, the camp has its own watering hole, so you will see elephants, buffalo and warthogs up close when they come to drink. The camp is located in a fenced area inside the Spekboom Hide in the main game area of the park, around 27km from Matyholweni Gate and Camp, and 12km from Addo Rest Camp.

This tiny camp comprises just five fixed tents on decks with two beds, two chairs, a table, braai unit and solar-powered light per tent. Ablution facilities including communal showers, and toilets are within walking distance of the tents. Although there is a curfew at the camp and you cannot go on night game drives, you will still see various nocturnal animals come to drink at the camp’s waterhole and the stars are so clear in the sky they look as if you can reach out and touch them.

You can bring your own linen and cooking equipment with you, or hire cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and bedding. Guests are provided with dishwashing liquid and a cloth but must bring their own firewood and torches.

Spekboom Campsite is best suited to couples.

Spekboom Tented Rest Camp Bookings: Call 042 233 8600 or email addoenquiries@sanparks.org

Find it: Spekboom Tented Camp on Google Maps (approximate location)

Berg River Resort, Paarl

Berg River Resort near Paarl offers fantastic family-style camping in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Camping in the famous Winelands is not only scenic, it’s also loads of fun for the whole family. Berg River Resort is located in the midst of this spectacular area in the Paarl Valley, just 60km from Cape Town, between Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The resort offers a variety of accommodation options, including a campsite, and various facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, children’s pool and waterslide as well as the river itself, where guests can enjoy swimming and canoeing.

The campsite offers 150 stands with grass for tents or caravans, most of which also have electrical outlets.  There’s a café for daily essentials, a play area where kids can enjoy ball games, an animal farmyard with goats and donkeys and free trampoline and tractor rides for the kids. The area is a joy to explore, with a number of museums, art galleries, restaurants and wine farms nearby as well as the Drakenstein Lion Park, Bien Donne Herb Farm and the Paarl Bird Sanctuary nearby.

Berg River Resort is best suited to families.

Berg River Resort Bookings: Call 021 863 1650 / 52 or email info@bergriverresort.co.za

Find it: Berg River Resort on Google Maps

Pitjane Fishing Camp, Borakalalo National Park

Pitjane Fishing Camp is at the Borakalalo National Park.

Located on the northern shores of the Klipvoor Dam in the Borakalalo National Park, this excellent campsite is shaded with Acacia trees and offers traditional reed-walled ablutions with flush toilets, showers and hot and cold water. Although it’s mainly used by avid fishermen, the rustic campsite is an ideal spot from which to explore the spectacular eco game and nature reserve. There are 20 campsites scattered throughout the grounds, each with its own braai area and running water. Visitors enjoy relaxing in the spectacular surrounds, fishing, birding, going on picnics and guided walks.

Pitjane Fishing Camp Bookings: Call 012 729 4101 / 2 or email borakalalo@mtnloaded.co.za

Find it: Pitjane Fishing Camp on Google Maps

There you have it – 25 of the best South African campsites. Where are you planning to go camping this summer? Let us know in the comments below and remember to post your camping pics on our facebook.

Our Readers Comments

  1. I’m glad to see two of my favorite camp sites, Mahai and Storms River Mouth, featuring. One that I feel really deserves to make a list like this is the Montagu Caravan Park, but otherwise can’t fault this.

    • Good list but definitely missing Areena Riverside Resort. It’s an awesome place!

    • Montagu Caravan Park – so for sure!! Very clean and .

  2. Magoebaskloof Getaway has a beautiful camp spot. Thanks for the details given. We will def be visiting these spots.

  3. Qwantani, Sterkfontein Dam should be on this list as it is far better than Albert Falls.

  4. Happy to see my Favourite Camp place is on here, Bergriver 😀

  5. You forgot about the Bundu Basher at St lucia

    • Isn’t bundu basher inside khula village

  6. Green Fountain resort in Port Alfred is also spectacular, with each campsite having its own serviced bathroom which consists of a bath, shower, toilet and basin. You also have your own kitchen, albeit outside. The ambience and facilities are fabulous.

  7. Correction – Cape Vidal has 50 campsites and not only 8!

  8. lovely….very helpfull.

  9. Hi there

    Interesting list! However, have you ever been to Areena Riverside Resort? It is the best camping place in South Africa. Pitty it’s my on this list. Let us know if you would like to come experience our piece of magic. Oh and you have to meet our famous pet giraffe 🙂

    • Awesome spot.. lv the place. Christmas couldn’t get better. Nice & festive. Visit from Nz 🙂

  10. What about the Pilansberg national park campsites. like the one in Manyane and the one in Bakgatla? They are from the best I ever seen and the staff are nice helpful and very friendly. to stay there is great.

  11. do not forget Maselspoort at Bloemfontein. it has a bricked kitchen and bathroom attached to your tent site and fabulous green lawns everywhere.

    • can someone please post some update pics about maselspoort.I remember it from childhood so35years ago

  12. Don’t forget about Slanghoek Mountain Resort in Rawsonville as well… stunning campsite as well as Chalets and safari tents…

  13. Hi there lovely tips on all these great sites, but dont forget the Willow’s – Port Elizabeth as well as Sitrus Oewer – Kirkwood. All in the heart of the Eastern Cape Absolutely awesome camping there

  14. onrus in hermanus! beautiful 🙂

  15. Spent 12 years holidays at Mac Nicols. What a stunning place. Try it you wont be sorry. Really amazing.

  16. Glen Reenen is lovely, but the main road runs right along the campsite, with trucks driving through all night long… and the speed bumps just make them noisier as they brake and pull up again. Not so great for relaxing…

    • We had the same experience not great when the little ones keep waking up

  17. I am so happy my favourite camping site is not listed here… I hate crowds.

    • Great comment! I hate crouds too!

  18. Secret Falls now have 9 exclusive 4×4 camping spots! Amazing place – views and waterfalls and hiking trails – really stunning.
    See http://www.secret-falls-tulbagh.com

    • Do not go to secret falls. We heard of this place through the tourism centre and Tulbagh guest overnight accommodation maps. After unsuccessfully trying to contact the number we drove up the mountain to ask for accommodation. Directions to the venue were well signed and they did say guests only. Anticipating we would be Guests we continued up the dirt road and encountered the owners. Simply said, they are rude and unwelcoming. Their first words to our request for accommodation was, “this is for guest only”. We stated we would like to be paying guests and they repeated that only guest are welcome and it was a private road. We tried to inquire about accommodation but they completely made us feel as if we were trespassing without informing us on how to book. I’d say it might be normal if we looked like a mischievous group but we are a polite middle class family. These guys may have a nice piece of a mountainside but their absolutely rude demeanour gives nature a disservice. Save your money and joy, go somewhere else, secret falls is too booked to be bothered with you anyway. Either that or they should consider closing their doors to guests.

    • We agree with Chris – our experience with Secret Falls’ owner was awful. The owner was aggressive and rude towards us, at one point sending me seven missed calls and a series of SMSs in the space of 10 minutes demanding that I remove a review of their campsite from Facebook. They also accused us of trespassing too. Maybe secret falls should have stayed a secret. Or the owner should consider a line of work that doesn’t involve interaction with customers, because she’s mean.

  19. Some good camping sights! Definitely one missed is Hlalanathi in the Northern Drakensberg, absolute gem!!

  20. Monk’s Cowl in the Drakensberg and Bakgatle in the Pilanesberg are my faves!!

  21. Why isnt Tweedetol mentions?

  22. Why isnt Tweedetol mentioned?

  23. Been to more than half of these campsites..but our favourite one will always be Fittler Creek..Bushwhacked on the banks of the Orange river.

  24. To get away from it all try Bo-Plaas Private Campsite at Gamkaskloof in the Swartberg Mountain – bliss

  25. I’ve been to Tietiesbaai Western Cape, Gariepdam Free State, Warm Baths Gauteng, Pitjane Fishing Camp Borakalalo National Park. Just very sad that it is not save at many of the camp sites around our country. We got stolen from in Borakalalo National Park, as well as at Oberon Camp Site at Hartebeestpoortdam. They even drug you at night with some kind of burner that put you into a deep sleep. They simply cut the tent open and help themselves

    • Hi. Linda
      We were at Natures Valley Camping sites two weeks ago. Very peaceful and scenic. Quite safe. Ablution blocks were cleaned regularly. Washing machine and drier on the premises. Huge communal freezers. After 10h00 at night no noise is allowed. Take the Natures Valley turnoff follow the R102 rd. Campsite situated along lagoon.

    • Hi Fazielah,

      Another great camp site to visit. That will be on my bucket list of campsites to visit.

      Thanks for sharing the info.

  26. Don’t know about the inclusion of Soetwater. Stopped going there about 15 years ago when the the 70 year old gate attendant was stabbed many multiple times. Became a very dangerous site and area (after dark).
    When last did you visit to include in the list? Perhaps its changed back to safety?

    • Great place to camp or caravan, The city has really upgraded the ablution, security and the whole park. We had a problem in May of this year, (the locals of Ocean Veiw were allowed to pitch an army tent and celebrated a 21st birthday party in the park), but the city promised that systems are are now in place to ensure that it will never happen again,

  27. How can Mabibi not feature on here. The best campsite in Southern Africa. Otherwise a nice article.

  28. a few very nice camps!!!! BUT! where are the camping sites where you can fish and camp right next to a dam with clean ablution facilities?

    • Rietspruitdam, Ventersdorp is an extremely good camping resort. They have clean, modern ablution blocks. Campsite is next to the Rietspruitdam where you can fish and do watersports. They have a cold water pool as well as a inside hot water pool.

    • Hi Marieta,

      Sounds amazing. Will have to visit sometime and try it out 🙂 Thanks for the info.

  29. What about Queensburgh Caravan Park which has just been nominated the Best Caravan Park in the Country

    • is there a great place to camp near Lutzville in Western cape

  30. Spekboom in Addo is not a campsite so how does it make this list? Has the author ACTUALLY visited the 25 sites?

  31. Mahai was our most favorite campsite in the world until they cut down the huge trees around the non-electric sites making it a very uncomfortable stay. No shade and the place become a swamp in December 🙁

  32. You MUST be joking….
    who wrote this Bull

    • Why do you say this?

  33. Well done TravelStart! you legends keep up the good work!

  34. 12 out of 25. Stormsriver and Secretfalls being our favourite!!! We were in Mahai for the 1st time in June and there were still a fair amount of tree. Not sure what it looked like before.

  35. Great list! I have stayed in quite a few of them and I can recommend them; Mahai, Gariep, Glen Reenen, Storms River, Fiddlers Creek. Good to make a listing even if there as so many campsites in South Africa

  36. My favourite on the list is Tietiesbaai! A trip up the west coast is an annual must – more than once if possible!

    I would also say that the Onrus Camp site in Hermanus and some of the campsites around Gansbaai are worth the visit. In Gansbaai there are more than one camoping options, each with their own unique charm / attrraction. For instance the Platbos Forest (ancient trees), Uilenkraalsmond (on the beach, supertubes, put-put) and the Gansbaai Harbour Campsite (on the waters edge with epic views of Walker Bay). You can see them all here http://www.xplorio.com/gansbaai/en/accommodation/camping-and-caravan/

    Next on my list is Storms River, have only heard great things about it! Thanks for the list, 2015 is the year to do them all :)!

  37. Love Colenso…..nothing going on……

  38. We have been to several of these, wouldn’t have included some in a best list. Bonamanzi in KZN would be worth a look, also Glengary in the Kamberg area. We have on our doorstep a campsite with what I think is just about the best view of any ……. Sorry, not telling

  39. Badplaas Forever resort has many excellent campsites as well as much to do from golfing, nice swimming pools hot and cold, fishing spots nearby and lots of stuff for the kids to do.

  40. Well done Travelstart, some excellent campsites – we make use of them on a regular basis for our tours and safaris and always good fun.

    Have guys ever heard of the Xama Fish Eagle River Camp based on the banks of the Breede River near Swellendam / Malgas – Want to avoid large numbers and get away with the family and friends, grassed camp, plenty of shade, great fishing, pizza oven and rafting available. R125 per adult per night, R100 per student, R50 per U12.

    • Thanks for adding this one James. Sounds awesome!

  41. Onrus River near Hermanus is super>Lots of shady Milkwood trees>good ablutions>tidal pool or 5 min walk to beach.
    Palmiet River>just on the border of Kleinmond>Just off the beach>well kept + Milkwood trees
    Knysna>Monks Caravan Park>on the lagoon
    Keurbooms River>Plettenberg Bay
    Kommetjie Cape Peninsular
    Buffalo Bay>between Knysna & Wilderness
    Die Dam just further up the coast from Pearly Beach, which also has camp site
    Arniston (Waenhuiskrans)
    Witsands>Breede River Mouth
    Bontebok park near Swellendam
    De Hoop nature reserve

  42. Hey happy campers!
    Mountain Sanctuary Park in the Magaliesberg mountains is also an absolute must-do for any camp lovers living in Gauteng. Check it out http://www.mountain-sanctuary.co.za

  43. You aint seen Richardsbay Caravanpark. The best.

  44. OK! Looks like there’s still many campsites to be established, because I have seen a number of scenic views and very cool places during my travels around KZN at most, noting no camps are mentioned in the North Coast nor the Midlands, nor the stretch towards Kosi bay. I always desired to be a camper, exposures being only church camps during my youth. Good to note my rural hometown Bergville is never absent amongst the best (I saw the comment on trees regarding Mahai. I am forever annoyed by this ‘save water’ thing which seems to focus on chopping trees only in KZN, to save water, as they say!). Yeah, I love Queensburgh’s one also, it looks so cool by that nature reserve, for a moment one just forgets he is deep in suburban Durban – much respect for Durbs for nature reserves within the City. Just wonder what the name of one great campsite we once went to on Van Reenen’s pass was called and if it still exists. There’s also great campsites I noted by Richmond KZN.

  45. Been to seven of these.

    Kokkerboomkloof in the !Ais-!Ais-Richtersveld National Park is probably the most sublime in the country if you can handle how quiet it can get. Maybe too remote for most people’s liking.

  46. Amazing all those pictures. Great informative site.Really good job !!!

  47. Tietiesbaai, my hart se punt. My ouers kamp al daar elke desember vir 30 jaar en ek ‘n volle 21 jaar. By Tietiesbaai kan mens net ontsnap van realiteit en die besige lewe, terwyl jy die koue weskus water, vars seelug en ‘n kreef langs die strand geniet!

  48. Top 25 Best Camp Sites according to who???

  49. Thank you Travelstart for introducing us to Secret Falls. This is now by far our favourite campsite!

    • That’s awesome Amanda 🙂 glad you guys enjoyed it!

  50. i do not know how tieties bay get to be in the 25 best camp sites , as this year there was hardly any water in the camp sites and the dust bin were not emptied , dogs are also a problem when the camp rules specify no dogs allowed, and when you look for the resort manager he is not there,
    there are some other good camp sites that are not included here eg
    oewerbos vioolsdrift, lebanon citrus, klipkrans but to name a few

  51. Good List!! Really Great place to camp. Balboa RV Park located in Los Angeles “City of Angels” is also a great place for RV camping.

  52. Can anyone recommend a dog friendly campsite in the Western Cape?

    • Hi Gillian,

      Great to hear from you!

      There are 2 dog friendly campsites that people recommend: Beaverlac and Khomeesdrif near Riversonderende

      Happy camping 🙂

  53. Thanks so much!

  54. Hi
    Can anybody tell me about Gamtoos Fairy caravanpark.

  55. Where is the most child friendly camp site where there is a pool or waterslide. In western cape.
    We have been to plett forever resort great place but no pool for the young kids.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Cheree,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You can try Goudini Spa where there is a water slide. Another property is Berg River Resort.

      Both properties have entertainment for kids.

    • Cheree Goudini is a child friendly campsite with waterside,putt putt, tennis courts, games room, trampoline etc for kids. The waterside is free.
      I found Bergriver to be pricey if u go with kids as they need to pay for the slide. The ablution facilities very clean and tariffs good.

  56. Never again for me at Victoria Bay. The camp and views are lovely but the admin and secirity leave much to be desired. We also found the car guards fior the beach parking to be quite aggressive if you dont want to “pay” for parking. One even spat on our car and kicked the wheel.

  57. To even be mentioned in the same blog post with them is quite an honor itself. Great list and nice way to pay it forward with our outdoor community. Thanks!

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for the great feedback 🙂

  58. We are planning touring Sa for the next 6 months – do you know of pet friendly caravan parks that you would reccommend

    • Hi Juliet,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You welcome to check out our blog. It’s very informative and it suggests some great places. Or you welcome to search on google to see if there are any other amazing pet friendly places to stay.

  59. Thanks for a great site. Some fantastic options.
    We are booked at Storms River for 3 nights next Easter. Trying to decide whether to stay for 5 nights or move somewhere else – we would be routing back to PE. Any suggestions? We have a bushlapa van, are newish campers (but have been to Bots and Zim) and prefer a site which is not too hectically busy.
    Also looking for recommendations for a camping site an hour to 90 minutes away from CT en route to PE for the end of January 2016.

    • Hi Jo,

      Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned. I always tent to enjoy trying new places, so a bit of variety on ones holiday.

      You welcome to check out our blog to see if there is anything en-route which you think the campers would enjoy.

  60. Great compilations of pictures of the place. Great destinations also.

  61. I have read your post. Great post! I found it very useful. Love the final result. Thanks for the inspiration and the tips.

    • Hi Khadija,

      Thanks for the awesome feedback. Really glad you enjoyed the blog.

  62. Avoid Barakalalo! There have been some serious incidents lately. Crime and poaching has spiraled out of control and the roads are really dangerous getting to the reserve! Pilanesberg is much better!

  63. HI
    can you please help with a good and affordable camping site because this will be my first camp in years.
    many thanks

    • Hi Valentine,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid this is not something our Travel Consultants specialize in.

      The blog which we put out for 2015 you could use that to get some great ideas 🙂

  64. How is Merry Pebbles in Sabie Mpumalanga not on here?

    • Hi Megan,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      We chose what we though would be the 25 of the best South African campsites.

      Should we do another write up during the course of 2016 we will be sure to remember Merry Pebbles.

    • Hi Megan

      I do agree!! Merry Pebbles is absolutely fantastic! We were there mid December 2015 and although most of the stands were occupied, it didnt feel like it was over crowded.

  65. Just one camping place for us and on our way in February for a whole month…. Krugerpark (staying in 7 camps)

    • Hi Linda

      Love Kruger, one of my favourite 🙂 Never disappoints.

      Have a fabulous holiday and happy camping

  66. You didn’t mention Aasvoelkrans, Rustenburg. Very nice camping sites, clean ablution, lots to do.

  67. Check out the reviews on Borakalalo on Google maps. Serious no go.

  68. I traveled around the country for a year camping. The most memorable were. Queenborough, Ballito right on the beach front, Merry Pebbles at Sabie, Amanzi Trails just past the Noordoewer border in Namibia. Storm’s River. Only one bad experience where a crate was stolen at McDougal Bay. No shade at a camp site for me is a no go. We are truly privileged campers with choices in our country. Campers generally are fabulous people if managers take charge and run places with strict rules enforced. I never felt unsafe and am a female pensioner traveling alone. Thank you camp owners, managers and staff. Ps. Too many spots to mention all the good ones.

  69. Nearer home only 1hour from Pretoria the Berg & Rivier Lodge and Riverside Camp is wow! Off road campers paradise! 0834901710

  70. Secret Falls really mistreats their clients. I wanted really bad to make a reservation and they were unwilling to help me. Truly disgusted with them. The worst service I have ever received, worst someone has treated me in a long time. This post have made them feel them popular and now they have and attitude of ‘we don’t need you’. Such a pity. Really super disappointed!!!

    • Hi Azelle,

      Thanks for taking the time to send your feedback and sorry to hear you did not have a great experience when trying to make a booking with them.

      I suggest sending them feedback as im sure they welcome all feedback and make changes where possible.

  71. Best camp site we visited last year was Imhof Caravan and Camp site in Kommetjie. Wow would wow!!!!! Spectacular beach on your doorstep!

    • H Ian,

      Thanks for the great tip. Will be sure to try it out. As often out Kommetjie way.

  72. What about Happy Wanderers at Park Rynie. Spent many a wonderful holiday there. On the beach. Great fishing. Swimming pools, restaurant, trampolines.

    • Hi Stan,

      Sounds awesome. Think I might have to pay it a visit. Seem so have it all. Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  73. We vowed never again at Beaverlac a couple of years back after a busy long weekend in March was spoilt by free ranging dogs that lifted their legs on tents and defecated wherever, hanging about begging for food at braais, loud music and camper’s general foul mouthed language. We cut short our stay and moved quickly on to Augrabies and Kgalagadi – the animals were far better behaved!

  74. Thanks for this list and those who added in comments to add. As a newbie looking to explore this beautiful countries’ camping sites , but the those with decent facilities this is now my favourite list

    • Hi Handré,

      Thanks so much for the great feedback.

  75. Happy Wanderers at Park Rynie is also very nice. Let’s try it! I used to get there by motorcycle, a wonderful experience!

  76. It’s perfect for couples, families, groups and singles, and it doesn’t matter how young or old you are, you’ll find something that amazes you here. Feel the stresses of everyday life fade away while you take in the lush, ever changing scenery.

  77. you need to visit two lovely little gems in the Transkei

    The Jetty river lodge On the banks of the Umzimvubu river port St Johns
    Geckos Place right at the beach in Agate Terrace Port St Johns

  78. Mac Nicol’s Caravan Park, Bazley Beach is my favorite spot. This is a beautiful place looks like it is a paradise. Great photo by the way.

  79. Great post and very useful. You must be a very understanding person to write like this, thank you for the article.

  80. Great List … Thank you … I’m looking for camping/caravan sites in the area around Dordrecht, Elliott & MacLear in the eastern cape. Any suggestion, experiences etc please share. Thank you …

  81. Useful list. We are planning go to African this summer. Thanks you!

  82. great list!! thanks for sharing post!!!

  83. I would love to be there on the next summer. Really great places for camping….

  84. You Post is always great. I never forget to visit your blog. I hope to get more posts from you. Thanks a lot for sharing. I have visited Tsitsikamma National Park.

    • Hi William,

      Thanks for the awesome comment and feedback.

      We really appreciate this 🙂 and puts a smile on our face knowing our fans enjoy what we put out there.

      Yes Tsitsikamma National Park, beautiful. On my bucket list of places to return and visit again 🙂

  85. Moriti Bush Camp a must if you want the whole camp to yourself.

  86. I am a regular reader of your blog. Your article are always interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Hi Jack,

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  87. Astonishing camping sites! Now I am willing to go for a vaction like right now! Even though I’d preffer a bit more of a lonesome places, those views are worth the crowds!

  88. Stoney Ridge Campsite is great, thanks for sharing is this list. Happy camping guys!

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