26 Best Waterside Campsites in South Africa

Summer is almost upon us and you all know what that means, right? It’s time to haul out the camping gear, dust off the old skottel braai and head away for a bit of rough and tumble fun!

Although I’m sure we could all agree that camping is definitely more suited to summer months, the heat may get a little intense at times. But it’s nothing a refreshing dip can’t fix… that’s why we’ve rounded up 26 sea, river and dam-side campsites to pitch a tent and pack off around South Africa.

Take a look and tell us which you would add to the list! In no particular order:

Sea

1. Victoria Bay Campsite, George, Western Cape

 


 
Stands available:
36
 
Number of people per stand: Ideally 4, but you can squeeze six in at a cost of R25 per extra person.
 
Ground cover: Grass Ablution & facilities: While most of the stands share communal ablution facilities that offer hot water and flushing toilets, there are 10 that have private bathrooms. All stands have 220-volt power points, braai facilities and most are wheelchair friendly.
 
Activities: Apart from being one of the prettiest beaches on the Garden Route, Victoria Bay is especially famous for two things: fishing and surfing. An iconic little peer allows fishermen to cast their lines into the water right between where the surfers ride and the swimmers frolic, meaning that no-one’s water-based activity interferes with anyone else’s. The smooth right point break tops many-a wave rider’s favourite surf spot list and may get crowded over December holidays. However, it’s still definitely worth a paddle out.
 
Rates: Stands with communal ablutions – R380 per night in season, R225 per night out of season. Stands with private ablutions – R400 per night in season, R255 per night out of season.
 
Contact details: Telephone – 044 889 0081. Also check out the Victoria Bay Caravan Park website.

2. Jongensfontein Caravan Park, Stilbaai, Western Cape

 

  Selfs al is dit nie somer nie bly dit maar net ‘n mooi plek. #Jongensfontein#GoldattheendoftheRainbow#amperweertyd   A photo posted by Johan De Jager (@johan.dejager.520) on

 

Stands available: 115

Number of people per stand: 6

Ground cover: Mostly grass and a few of the stands even offer some shade.

Ablution & facilities: Communal ablution blocks offering warm baths and showers, as well as flush toilets. All stands have standard power points. Bring your own braai.

Activities: Located just 16km from the ever-so-popular seaside resort of Stilbaai, Jongensfontein offers a cosy and relatively quiet alternative. While the rocky shoreline provides a host of perfect perches from which to cast your fishing line, the beach is a hit with sunbathers, swimmers and surfers. There are also a variety of hiking trails taking you along both the beach and into the surrounding fynbos.

Rates: High season – R390 per night, Season – R200 per night, off season – R155 per night

Contact details: Telephone – 028 713 7850. Also check out the Explorer’s Garden Route website for more details.

3. Ilanga Resort and caravan park, Banana Beach, KZN

We made it ❤️#ilangaresort #camping #holiday

A photo posted by Marike Strydom (@cookinginthecradle) on

 
  
Stands available: 100
 
Number of people per stand: 6  
 
Ground cover: The majority have a lush grass covering, although there are a few with only ground. The latter do tend to offer more generous shade though.  
 
Ablution & facilities: Communal ablution blocks are well-maintained, offering warm water for baths and showers as well as flushing toilets. Each stand has a standard power point and braai facilities. Security is provided by 24-hour guards keeping an eye on the grounds.  
 
Activities: Located in the very heart of the Hibiscus coast, Ilanga offers the visitors a dreamy subtropical break. With direct access to Banana Beach, swimming, surfing, fishing and exploring rock pools couldn’t be easier! For those who aren’t fond of dipping more than their feet into the ocean (although with shark nets and a tidal pool, there’s really nothing to be afraid of), dive right into the resort’s sparkling swimming pool or indulge in a game of tennis or darts. There is an abundance of birdlife with Knysna Loeries and African Green Pigeons a-plenty.
 
Rates: Low season – R900 per night for six people, Mid-season – R1080 per night for six people, High season – R1320 per night for six people (prices vary depending on the number of people present on the stand).
 
Contact details: Telephone – 039 681 3280. Check out the Ilanga Resort website.
 
Also read:

  • 25 of the Best South African Camp Sites To Pitch Your Tent This Summer
  • 4. Bhanga Nek Community Tent Camp, Maputaland, KZN

     

    Day 8: Bhanga Nek Community Camp, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Kzn. A photo posted by Kerryn-Lee Maggs (@kerring_lee) on


    Stands available: 6 safari tents

    Number of people per stand: Each tent sleeps two people.

    Ground cover: Raised wooden platform and beach sand all around.

    Ablution & facilities: There are two ablution blocks with a flush toilet and warm shower in each. While the camp has a central fire place for braaiing, there are no other cooking facilities, so it is recommended that you bring your own gas stove. There are also no fridges, freezers or cooking utensils, so be sure to bring everything you may need, as well as drinking water and fire wood. By now you’ve probably guessed that there’s also no electricity.

    Activities: Located a mere 20m from Bhanga Nek Beach, it’s really all about location! If you’re looking to escape the crowds, immerse yourself in nature and have pristine golden beaches all to yourself, this is your spot. Bhanga Nek is situated 12km south of the Kosi Bay estuary at the southern shore of the Kosi Bay Lake system. It’s rather remote and can only be reached by 4×4. The entire area is a fisherman’s dream, with its huge variety of beaches, rocky shores and lakes. Falling in the Maputaland Turtle Sanctuary, it’s also a great spot for learning more about these incredible, but sadly threatened ocean creatures.

    Rates: R95 – R115 per night

    Contact details: Telephone – 079 373 5461 / 082 857 3363 or email – jenny.reservations@vodamail.co.za. You can also check out the Bhanga Nek website for more details.

    5. Rendezvous caravan park, Cintsa, Eastern Cape

    Courtesy of Rendezvous Caravan Park Facebook page

     
    Stands available: 29
     
    Number of people per stand: 4
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Each site has its own bathroom with a flush toilet, shower and hand basin. The sites also have power points and braai facilities, as well as a small scullery area. Shared laundry facilities are available.
     
    Activities: A private boardwalk takes guests straight to a long stretch of Wild Coast beach that is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, surfing and fishing. The campsite itself also offers a host of activities, including a swimming pool as well as a safe kiddies’ pool, a children’s playground and a recreation room. There are a variety of day hikes to investigate in the surrounding areas, and you can even hop on a horse and take a trot down the beach with Cintsa Horses, located close by.
     
    Rates: R200 per night per stand
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 043 734 3317/3486. Also check out the Rendezvous website.
     

    6. Ferry Point Resort, Port St. Johns, Eastern Cape

     

    A photo posted by berger1love (@berger1love) on


     
    Stands available: 5
     
    Number of people per stand: 6 on one, 4 on the others
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Shared ablution facilities with hot water and flush toilets. Ferry Point is off the grid, so there are no power points for individual stands, but there is general solar lighting for the campsite in general.
     
    Activities: Located right on the beach and overlooking the Umzimvubu River Mouth, Ferry Point is a great spot for fishing, canoeing, surfing and swimming. There are also a variety of walks to be done – with the option of having a guide – that take you through forests, mountains, villages and along the beach. Keen to just chill out? The resort has an entertainment area of its own as well as a bar.
     
    Rates: R90 per person for adults, R40 per person for kids
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 047 564 1261. You can also check out the Ferry Point website.
     

    7. Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp, Namaqua National Park, Northern Cape

     

      Earlymorning cup of coffee #coffee #namaquanationalpark #westcoast #southafrica   A photo posted by Johan Wegner (@johangetwine) on


     
    Stands available: 10 dome tents
     
    Number of people per stand: 2
     
    Ground cover: Sand
     
    Ablution & facilities: Being a temporary luxury camp, you can expect to camp in style with two comfy single beds per tent. Each tent also has its own private ablution facilities, including a shower and chemical toilet with a hand basin. Meals are included in the price – breakfast, an optional lunch picnic basket, a light afternoon snack and a scrumptious three-course dinner at night.
     
    Activities: Go for a self-drive safari through the park to enjoy the flowers, take a walk along the beach and just soak up the incredible Namaqualand spring time beauty. The camp is only open for one month during the Namaqualand flower season – this year between 14 August and 14 September. It gets booked up quickly, so be sure to secure your spot for next season! Rates: Base rate of R2 775 for one guest per night, additional guest R925.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 012 428 9111, email reservations@sanparks.org or visit the SANParks website
     

    8. Skulpieskraal, Hondeklipbaai, Northern Cape

     

    Skulpieskraal. #skulpieskraal #hondeklipbaai A photo posted by Roelie Van Heerden (@roelievanheerden) on


     
    Stands available: 6 pre-pitched tents under A-frame net shading
     
    Number of people per stand: 2
     
    Ground cover: Wooden deck raised above the beach sand.
     
    Ablution & facilities: Shared ablution facilities with hot water and flush toilets. There is also a shared scullery and braai lapa where you can prepare your own meals. Alternatively you can arrange to have meals prepared for you. No power points, but lighting provided throughout. Activities: It’s a great alternative to the Namaqua Beach Camp for flower viewing. Hondeklipbaai is also very popular among fisherman. The Atlantic Ocean is FREEZING cold here, but if you’re very brave you could take a dip.
     
    Rates: R350 per night
     
    Contact details: 076 430 8300 or visit the Skulpieskraal website

    River

     

    9. River Goose, Bonnievale, Western Cape

     


     
    Stands available: 8
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Shared ablution facilities with flush toilets and hot water. Each stand has its own braai as well as picnic table. No power points.
     
    Activities: River Goose provides the perfect spot from which to explore the surrounding Robertson Wine route. Head out for a batch of wine tasting (make sure to do this on a Saturday, as most of the estates are closed on Sundays) and enjoy the year-round beautiful scenery of this fertile valley. Located right on the Breede River, rowing, swimming and relaxing on its banks with a cold beer are an equally good way to spend your summer weekend. The campsite has three boats guests can use.
     
    Rates: R100 per person per night Contact details: Telephone – 082 759 5727. Also check out the River Goose website.

    10. Yellowwood Forest Campsite, Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape

     

    Cows on the cliffs #easterncape #morganbay #southafrica A photo posted by ashpashlamont (@ashpashlamont) on


     
    Stands available: 35
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Shared ablutions with a bath, three showers and flushing toilets, as well as basins for washing up. There are power points distributed throughout, but not at each stand. And get this – they have WiFi! Each stand has its own braai grill.
     
    Activities: The tranquil forested campsite is located on the banks of the Inchara River, offering host of activities, including swimming, fishing, hiking and birdwatching. Morgan Bay beach is only 1km away for those who love the sea and sand. Yellowwood is also home to a delightful tea garden that serves some of South Africa’s best pizzas, a kiddies’ play area and a gift shop selling local arts and crafts.
     
    Rates: Out of season – R110 per campsite and R15 per person per day. In season – R220 per campsite per day and R25 per person per day.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 043 841 1598. Also check out the Yellowwood Forest website.

    11. De Hoop, Richtersveld, Northern Cape

     

      A photo posted by Reinette W (@reinettew) on


     
    Sites available: 12
     
    Number of people per site: 6
     
    Ground cover: Sand
     
    Ablution & facilities: Very basic ablution facilities with cold water showers and no drinking water. No electricity and bring your own braai.
     
    Activities: The very best thing you can do at De Hoop is just sit back and take in the magnificent, ancient surrounds. When it gets too hot, jump right into the Orange River and have a swim! The entire park is only accessible by 4×4 vehicle, so you also have the option of doing a number of routes surrounding the camp.
     
    Rates: R215 is the base rate for two people, R72 for additional adults and R36 per additional child.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 027 831 1506. Also check out the SANParks website for more details.
     

    12. Riverrun Resort, Vredefort, Free State

     

    #RiverRunResort #WeekendThings #FunFun A photo posted by Dipuo Zipu Nyama Masita (@chubby_dee) on

     
     
    Number of people per stand: Riverside stands – 8 and Bush camping spots – 12
     
    Ground cover: Riverside – grass, Bush – ground
     
    Ablution & facilities: Well-maintained and clean shared ablutions with warm water and flushing toilets. Each stand has a power point and its own braai.
     
    Activities: While this section of the Vaal River is too shallow for boating and similar water sports, it’s great for fishing and canoeing. The resort also has swimming pools, a putt putt course, tennis courts and trampolines. You can do a variety of hikes and bring your mountain bike for the array of great trails to try out.
     
    Rates: Summer season – R180 per person per night; Winter season – R150 per adult per night, kids between 6 and 12 – R100, kids under 5 stay fre.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 072 457 6260. Also check out the Riverrun Resort website.

    13. De Rust Caravan Park, Pretoria, Gauteng

     

     
     
    Stands available: 25
     
    Number of people per stand: 4
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Well-maintained shared ablution facilities with flush toilets, warm showers and basins. Each stand has its own braai and a power point. Security is very good with patrolled game fences surrounding the site.
     
    Activities: De Rust is the epitome of tranquillity as no kids under the age of 16 are allowed, and also no large caravan rallies. It is home to the Big 5 and guests are welcome to head out on game drives. With 280 bird species that have been identified here, including the rare African Finfoot and the Half-collared Kingfisher, it’s a birder’s paradise.
     
    Rates: R100 per person per night, may rise with about R20 over Easter Weekend.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 083 282 7292. Also check out the De Rust website.
     

    14. Drie Berge Caravan Park, Brits, North West

     

    #sunset #beautifulday #drieberge A photo posted by Danèlle Visser (@pampoentjie) on


     
    Stands available: 39
     
    Number of people per site: 8
     
    Ground cover: Grass and ground
     
    Ablution & facilities: Clean and neat shared ablution facilities with flush toilets and hot water. Each stand has a power point, borehole water and a portable braai.
     
    Activities: Located on the banks of the Crocodile River, Drie Berge is a popular resort for fishing and canoeing. The resort itself also offers a wide range of activities, including a swimming pool, table tennis, tennis, trampolines, volleyball and a kiddies’ play area.
     
    Rates: Normal weekends – R300 per night; long weekends & holidays – R420 per night; December holidays – R460 per night
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 083 608 3409. Also check out the Drie Berge website.
     

    15. Merry Pebbles Resort, Sabie, Mpumalanga

     

      Our # camping #view at #MerryPebblesResort   A photo posted by Kuschke De Bruyn (@kuschke_debruyn) on

     
     
    Stands available: 180
     
    Number of people per stand: 8
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Four large ablution facilities, three sculleries and a coin operated laundromat. Each stand has a power point and its own braai.
     
    Activities: The resort is located right on the banks of the Sabie River. Trout fishing, canoeing and river tubing are all popular pastimes. If you prefer less wild waters, there are both heated and cold water swimming pools to take a dip in. The resort offers a wide range of activities, including putt putt, tennis, trampolines, water slides and video games. The surrounding forests are full of mountain biking and hiking trails to check out. It’s also a birding hot spot, with a huge variety of species flitting about the lush vegetation and riverine bush.
     
    Rates: Low season – R120 per adult and R70 per child under 18 per day; Mid season – R150 per adult and R80 per child under 18 per day; High season – R200 per adult and R100 per child under 18 per day. Children under 2 years camp at no cost year-round.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 013 764 2268. Also check out the Merry Pebbles website for more details.

    16. Groot Krokodil Lodge, Thabazimbi, Limpopo

     

    Just a Dylan being majestic while fishing for my first Instagram :-/ #fishing #thabazimbi #sunset A photo posted by Evan Sorour (@evansorour) on

     
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Two large ablution blocks with flush toilets and warm showers. The female ablution facilities also have a special area for make-up and blow dryers. Each stand has access to braai facilities and a power point.
     
    Activities: Located next to the Crocodile River, it is a popular spot to cast a line or hop on board a canoe. With an abundance of bushveld and water species, Groot Krokodil is also a favourite among birders, with a variety of hiking trails that will take you right into the heart of nature.
     
    Rates: R200 per stand
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 072 767 6889
     

    17. Pongola River Company tented camp, Jozini, KZN

     

     
     
    Stands available: 10 pre-pitched canvas dome tents
     
    Number of people per stand: Each tent can accommodate two people on comfy camping cots.
     
    Ground cover: Ground
     
    Ablution & facilities: The camp is quite rustic, but there are flushing toilets and warm showers. Solar power provide lighting, but there are no plug points. There is a communal kitchen and braai area and all guests are expected to cater for themselves.
     
    Activities: As the website points out, the charm of the camp lies in the fact that it is located right on the banks of the Pongola River. This wild body of water is especially famous for its Tiger Fish and draws keen fisherman from all over. Head out into the water on a canoe and see how many bird species you can spot… or just relax in a hammock on the beach.
     
    Rates: R150 per person per night
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 084 734 3552. Also check out the Pongola River Company website.

     

    Dam

     

    18. Dinokeng Waterfront Estate, Roodeplaat Dam, Gauteng

     

    #playtime#friends#Roodeplaatdam# A photo posted by Kearabetswe Mutle (@kmutle) on

     
     
    Stands available: 22
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Well-maintained shard ablution facilities with flush toilets and warm water. Each stand has a power point as well as braai facilities. Breakfasts and lunch are served on request from the clubhouse overlooking the dam.
     
    Activities: The Roodeplaat Dam is a hugely popular spot for fishing and Dinokeng hires out canoes especially for this purpose. Apart from the dam, the resort also has a swimming pool, a children’s play area and a 250m golf driving range. For those who like shopping no matter where they are, check out the farm stall, nursery and little on-site convenience store.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 076 196 7150/083 460 7070. Also check out the Dinokeng website

    19. Gariep Dam Forever Resort, Free State

     

      On our way to Western Cape!!! #gariepdam #holiday   A photo posted by Kirsten Engelbrecht (@kirsten_eng) on

     
     
    Stands available: 122
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Most of the stands share two neat and well maintained ablution facilities, while 16 luxury stands have bathrooms of their own. All stands are equipped with a power point and braai facilities.
     
    Activities: At 374 sq km in size, the Gariep dam is the largest in South Africa and a complete paradise for all water sport enthusiasts. Boating, canoeing and sailing are all popular activities at Gariep Forever Resort, but just take note that you do need your own equipment to do this. The resort itself also offers a range of activities, including swimming pools, putt putt, tennis, walking tours and volley ball. If you’re interested in the dam itself, be sure to investigate the possibility of doing a tour with a local guide.
     
    Rates: Low season ordinary camping – R110 per stand, R45 per person per night; peak season ordinary camping – R150 per stand, R55 per person per night. Low season luxury camping – R150 per stand, R45 per person per night; peak season luxury camping – R210 per stand, R55 per person per night.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 051 754 0045. Also check out the Forever Resorts website.

    20. Gubu Dam campsite, Stutterheim, Eastern Cape

     

    Rock jumping like a beast #gubudam #campingweekend A photo posted by Kara-Lee Swartz (@karzypop) on

     
     
    Stands available: It’s quite an informal setup, so you can setup wherever you find a good spot
     
    Number of people per stand: 6 -8
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Clean and neat shared ablution facilities with flushing toilets and hot water. There are individual braai facilities, but no power points. It is advised to bring your own firewood and braai grid.
     
    Activities: The Gubu Dam is one of the Eastern Cape’s best kept secrets, located only about an hour’s drive from East London. A beautiful forest drive will take you right to the campsite, where the best thing to do is just sit back and relax. No power boats are allowed on the dam, which means it’s extremely tranquil. Canoeing, swimming and fishing are allowed and the dam is stocked with rainbow as well as brown trout.
     
    Rates: R20 per person per night.
     
    Contact details: 043 683 5247
     

    21. KZN Wildlife Midmar Dam campsites, Howick, KZN

     

      #tubing #funtime #midmardam   A photo posted by Meg de Goede (@megzdegoede) on

     
     
    Stands available: 260
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: There are three separate campgrounds, of which two are located right on the water. All have shared ablution facilities with flushing toilets and hot water. Two of the campgrounds also have limited power points, while the other doesn’t have any.
     
    Activities:  The dam is suitable for fishing, swimming, canoeing, power boating and sailing and there is a shop where equipment can be hired if you don’t have your own. Also be sure to take a drive, cycle or walk through the surrounding game park and be on the lookout for red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blesbok, reedbuck and zebra.
     
    Rates: Between R240 and R270 base rate for three people per day. R90 per additional adult and R45 per additional child.
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 033 330 2067/8. Also check out the KZN Wildlife website.

    22. Loskop Dam Forever Resort, Middelburg, Mpumalanga

     

     
     
    Stands available: 146 sites with power points; 106 without power
     
    Number of people per stand: 8
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: The campsite is serviced by seven neat ablution blocks with flushing toilets and hot water. Each stand has its own braai facilities.
     
    Activities: Since there are crocs and hippos in the dam, swimming and canoeing are not allowed, but you are welcome to fish and undertake leisure cruises aboard power boats. Apart from this, the resort also offers a wide range of activities to keep the whole family entertained, including putt putt, swimming pools, trampolines, hiking trails and even paintball!
     
    Rates: With power points low season – R160 per stand + R80 per person per night; Mid-season – R205 per stand + R80 per person per night; Peak season – R250 per stand + R80 per person per night. Without power low season – R85 per stand + R80 per person per night, Mid-season – R140 per stand + R80 per person per night; Peak season – R165 per stand + R80 per person per night
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 013 262 3075. Also check out the Forever Resorts website for more details.
     

    23. Tzaneen Dam Nature Reserve Campsite, Tzaneen, Limpopo

     

      #tzaneen_dam#geswem#ski   A photo posted by Megan Meyer (@meganmey123) on

     
     
    Stands available: Uncertain
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Shared ablution facilities with hot water and flushing toilets. Some stands have electricity and all have braai facilities. Activities: Stocked with a variety of indigenous species, including bass and carp, the Tzaneen Dam is a great spot to cast your line. Although it is home to the odd croc and hippo, swimming and canoeing is allowed – just keep a close eye on your surrounds and stick close to the side. Boats can be launched for R50 per vessel.
     
    Rates: R80 per night for stands with electricity; R50 per night for stands without
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 083 549 8141. Also check out the Tzaneen Info website.

    24. Boegoeberg Holiday Resort, Groblershoop, Northern Cape

     

    ongeloooooflike lekker naweek gewees #boegoebergdam #tjoepRy #lifejackets #funinthesun #burned @tobie.smith.334 A photo posted by bianka steenkamp (@bijankx) on

     
     
    Stands available: 11
     
    Number of people per stand: 5
     
    Ground cover: Grass and ground
     
    Ablution & facilities: Neat and well-maintained shared ablution with hot showers and flushing toilets. Most stands have standard power points and all have braai facilities. There is also a shop on site that sells firewood.
     
    Activities: Located right in the very heart of the Northern Cape, Boegoeberg Dam is something of an oasis – green grass, cool waters and lush vegetation. It’s a hot spot for all sorts of water sports – from power boating and wakeboarding to laid-back canoeing, swimming and fishing.
     
    Rates: With power – R80 per adult per night and R40 per child under 12 per night, children under 3 enter for free. Without power – R60 per adult per night and R30 per child under 12
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 083 257 4730. Also check out the Boegoeberg website.

    25. Boskop Dam Nature Reserve, Mooi River Valley, North West

     

     
     
    Stands available: You can pitch your tent wherever you find a good spot
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass and ground
     
    Ablution & facilities: Very basic ablution facilities with flushing toilets and showers. No hot water. There are no power points and you should bring your own braai grid.
     
    Activities: The dam is widely held to be a prime angling spot, with a host of different competitions being held here every year. The dam is also good for canoeing and yachting and the surrounding game reserve has a wealth of antelope and bird species.
     
    Rates: R25 per site per nite + entry fee of R30
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 071 543 2110. Also check out North West Tourism’s website.

    26. Rondeberg Resort on Bulshoek Dam, Clanwilliam, Western Cape

     

    Bulshoekdam #nofilter #southafrica A photo posted by Anja Le Roux (@strawberrymo) on


    Stands available: 21
     
    Number of people per stand: 6
     
    Ground cover: Grass
     
    Ablution & facilities: Shared ablution with hot water and flushing toilets. Each stand has a power point as well as its own braai.
     
    Activities: Bulshoek Dam is a mecca for water sports of all sorts, ranging from angling to water skiing, canoeing, swimming and wakeboarding. There are a number of hikes to undertake around the resort and also a kiddies’ play area. It also provides a great spot to pack off and use as a base for flower season explorations in the surrounding Cederberg mountains.
     
    Rates: General off season – R180 per night; Mid-season – R250 per night; Peak season – R360 per night

    Water’s edge off season – R250 per night; Mid-season – R300 per night; Peak season – R420 per night
     
    Contact details: Telephone – 027 482 1487. Also check out the Rondeberg website.

    Of our round up of the best waterside campsites, which is your favourite?

    Our Readers Comments

    1. You forgot Cosy Bay – It is absolutely stunning…
      Also Sudwana Bay has stunning camp sites…

      • Thanks Carey, we’ll be sure to add them next time. Kosi bay is beautiful!

    2. I think you may have missed the best one – Buffels Bay near Knysna – you can sit at your camp fire and watch the whales, dolphins and surfers from the comfort of your camp chair.
      Can’t wait to visit all those places.

      • Hi Linda,

        Thanks for the inside info. Will be sure to visit, and it sounds amazing!

        Perfect setting!

    3. Would love to know if the people that choose these places actually go and camp there? Some of your choices are terrible. My family and I are campers and do it at least once a month some of these places are terrible, their pictures and the actual resort to date do not match.

    4. Hey guys, thought I’d also ad the Beach Camp at Cape Columbine

    5. Rendezvous Caravan park is a superb place to spend a holiday, the sites are all grassed and it is super to have your own ablution facility. Easy access to the beach is a bonus! Paradise for the children as well as their parents!

      • Hi Sandra,

        Sounds perfect and easy access to the beach, is an added bonus 🙂

        Perfect all round by the sounds of it. Thanks for sharing.

    6. Storms River Camp , next to Storms River Mouth , is also a wonderful spot to unwind , right on the coastline .

      • Hi Beth,

        O yes, Storms River Camp! Awesome spot to camp and just relax for a long weekend get away!

    7. You also forgot Struisbaai, Agulhas, Arniston camps near Cape Agulhas, as well as Algeria in the Cedarberg and Leentjiesklip in Langebaan 🙂

      • Hi Naz,

        Yes there are quite a few others which a great to stay at 🙂

        When we do another blog post on waterside campsites will be sure to add it to the list 🙂

    8. you forgot wildernis ebb and flow right on the Touws river

      • Hi Fern,

        Yes there are so many other great waterside Campsites in South Africa to add to the list.

        Hopefully in the near future we might write up another one 🙂

    9. Love you article the place are stunning. Oh my so sad just seen this after my vacation time.. But I will for sure book mark this and make one of this places my destination next year.

    10. Love the main pic showcasing the new beach at Old Mac Daddy in Elgin – though find it surprising you didn’t include them in the round up of waterside camp sites (dam) since they’re the main image. I can personally recommend Wolfkop camping villages in Citrusdal (river) since they’re absolutely stunning (and offer a cosy form of ‘glamping’); if I head up country, I’ll definitely check out some of the others you’ve recommended (Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp looks beautiful)! ^_^

      • HI Roseanna,

        Thought that was great, “Glamping” really brought a smile to my face. 🙂

        Will be sure to check out Wolfkop camping villages, I’ve seen some pics and it sure looks amazing and pretty inviting 🙂

        Thanks for the inside scoop.

    11. What about th No 1 top voted SA Resort, Areena Riverside Resort on th Wild Coast just outside EL!!? Stunning place!

      • Hi Karen,

        Thanks for the inside tip. Will be sure to check it out next time outside East London. Looks fabulous.

    12. Vacation should be the term fit to this place. It has all the hobbies that all people can have all fun,

    13. This place are very beautiful and it has its soothing presence that makes me relax. Thanks a lot for inspiring me with this places.

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