The 23 Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape

The 23 Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape Kleine Eike, Coetzer Cooke

Here are some awesome spots to pitch your tent in the Cape.

Whether you’re looking for back-to-basics beauty, a fun family getaway, or a romantic retreat, we’ve got you covered with our picks of campsites in the Cape.

Have you camped at a spot you think we should know about? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve Campsite Western Cape

Where Oudtshoorn
What Its name derived from the Khoi word Gami, meaning “lion”, this nature reserve encompasses the serene and silent landscape of the Little Karoo. Cape Mountain Zebra, aardvarks and all manner of game wander the region. One of the campsites – Ou Kraal – is only accessible via hiking trail or 4×4, making it all the more of an escape into nature.
Distance from CT 5 hours
Ou Kraal Campsite:

  • four herder’s huts that each sleep 2 people (in single beds, with mattresses)
  • basic ablution facilities (just an Enviro-loo waterless toilet and basin)
  • no electricity
  • braai grid (wood provided on request)
  • water tank with rainwater

Gamkaberg Campsite:

  • two campsites, each able to sleep 4 people<
  • electricity available
  • ablution facilities with a solar-heated shower
  • braai facilities


  • two rooms, each able to sleep 4 people (in bunk beds)
  • electricity available
  • ablution facilities with toilets and a solar-heated shower
  • braai facilities


  • hiking and walking trails (both day and overnight trails)
  • 4×4 trails
  • picnic area
  • rock-climbing

Pet friendly? No
Cost Ou Kraal: From R320 per person (depending on season)
Gamkaberg Campsite: From R140 for 1 to 2 people; R50 per additional person (maximum 4 people on site)
Stables: From R240 for 1 to 4 people (depending on season); R60 per additional person (maximum 8 people on site)
Contact 021 483 0190,
Location Oudtshoorn (via N1, R60, R62)

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm Campsite Western Cape
Love Camping

Where Calitzdorp
What In a region where arid Karoo and lush farmland meet, you’ll find this tranquil farm on the banks of the Gamka river. Only accessible by 4×4 (a massive plus, in our view), this place of mesmerising natural beauty is a fisherman’s ideal getaway.
Distance from CT 4.5 hours

  • ablution blocks with flush toilets and heated water


  • fishing, swimming and boating in the river
  • walking and hiking trails
  • mountain-biking and horse-riding
  • bird-watching
  • tractor tours
  • ostrich farms
  • Klein Karoo Wine Route
  • Cango Caves
  • Thando’s Township Tours
  • Swartberg Scenic Flights
  • nearby towns of Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn

Pet friendly? No
Cost R200 per vehicle per night (maximum 4 people)
Contact 044 050 4436,
Location Matjiesvlei (via N1, R62)

Platbos Forest & Owl Camp

Platbos Forest Campsite Western Cape

Where Gansbaai
What Set in an ancient forest, Platbos is privately owned by conservationists intent on preserving its rich diversity of flora and fauna, which includes thousand-year-old milkwood trees, bushbucks, baboons and even some leopards. The entire site is effectively off-the-grid and utilises solar-powered lighting, and old-school donkey boilers to heat the water. Unique for its flat terrain (hence its name) and sandy, alkaline soil, Platbos offers a variety of accommodation options, including secluded log cabins and tented rooms.
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Forest Camp:

  • 2 tented units with 2 single beds each
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • outdoor fireplace
  • open-air shower (with heated water)
  • washstand, basin and waterless toilet
  • firewood provided for donkey boiler, additional firewood can be purchased
  • off-grid (no power points) but solar-powered

Owl Camp:

  • campsite under forest canopy
  • parking space for canopy tent or 4×4 camper van
  • open-air shower
  • sink and waterless toilet
  • fire pit and braai grid
  • communal freezer
  • firewood provided for donkey boiler, additional firewood can be purchased
  • off-grid (no power points) but solar-powered


  • forest trails
  • labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl seashells
  • Platbos Forest Tree Nursery
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve at Gansbaai
  • Klein River Cheese Farm
  • ideal location for exploring Hermanus and Stanford

Pet friendly? No
Cost Forest Camp: R1 050 per night (for up to 4 guests); R90 per additional person
Owl Camp: R275 per night for 1 – 2 guests; R85 per additional adult
Maximum 4 guests allowed
Location Gansbaai (via N2, R43)

Enjo Nature Farm

Enjo Nature Farm Campsite Western Cape

Where Clanwilliam
What This secluded farm in the Cederberg Mountains is the place to go if you want to get off the beaten track. The campsites, which lie beside a river, provide spiritual immersion in the silence and majesty of the Cederberg. Guests can swim in the farm’s spring-fed dam, or explore the many hiking trails that surround the farm. And, if you’re fortunate enough to be here between July and September, you’ll be treated to a wondrous bouquet of colour as wildflowers bloom in the Biedouw Valley.
Distance from CT 3.5 hours

  • 3 private campsites, and a thatch cottage with a hot water shower and toilet
  • each campsite has water, a fireplace, and a power point
  • accommodation is self-catering, but breakfast and dinner can be booked ahead of time
  • firewood available for purchase
  • the main farmhouse has an honesty bar selling drinks and snacks


  • swimming in the farm’s spring-fed dam
  • games room with a pool table, dartboard and board games
  • children can bottle-feed the lambs during lambing season
  • hiking, mountain-biking and Jeep trails in the surrounding nature reserve
  • The Sevilla Rock Art Trail is worth exploring for its many Bushman paintings
  • stargazing (the views of the Cederberg night sky are legendary)
  • nearby towns include Clanwilliam, Ceres and Wupperthal
  • ideal location for exploring the Cederberg Wilderness Area

Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R100 per person (depending on season)
Free (children 0 – 12 years)
Location Biedouw Valley/Wupperthal, Clanwilliam (via N7, R364)

Kleine Eike

Kleine Eike Campsite Western Cape
Coetzer Cooke

Where Greyton
What This breathtaking fruit and guest farm, situated just outside the quaint countryside town of Greyton, overlooks the towering Riversonderend Mountains, and boasts wonderful riverside views from the Zonderend River, which runs through it.
Distance from CT 1.5 hours

  • newly-built campsite along the riverbank
  • each camping spot has its own braai facility and electricity
  • bathroom ablutions with 8 shower cubicles and toilets, 10 basins and wash troths


  • hiking, running, and cycle trails
  • canoeing and fishing on the river
  • apple and pear picking (January to May)
  • Greyton farmers market (every Saturday morning)
  • explore the restaurants, galleries, and shops in Greyton

Good to know The campsite is also available to rent for private functions and retreats.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R400 per night per camping spot for 1 to 4 people
R100 per additional person
Contact 082 809 9896,
Location Kleine Eike Farm, Greyton, Western Cape

Driehoek Guest Farm

Driehoek Guest Farm Campsite Western Cape

Where Clanwilliam
What A working farm set among the mountains and rivers of the Cederberg. The region provides the ultimate escape from city life and, while the farm is a treasure in its own right, it also serves as a perfect base for exploring what is one of the country’s most hauntingly beautiful landscapes.
Distance from CT 3.5 hours

  • communal ablution facility with toilets, hot showers and a scullery
  • limited bedding is available by arrangement (guests are encouraged to bring their own bedding and toiletries)


  • explore the Cederberg on one of the farm’s many walking trails, passing by rock formations, waterfalls (that flow in winter only), and natural pools where you can enjoy a refreshing dip
  • hiking trails in the surrounding mountains (for hardier types)
  • Driehoek’s assortment of amicable farm animals (kids will love them)

Pet friendly? No
Good to know Although the campsite is open all year round, camping in the area during winter is not recommended by management, as winters in the Cederberg are quite severe. However, there are also chalets on site, warmed by fireplaces, that make for a great winter getaway
Insider tip For those who prefer to visit the site during quiet periods, it’s recommended to visit during the week, before or after long weekends and school holidays. For example, the second half of January, or any time during November.
Cost R355 per night (4 people)
R455 per night (5 people)
R530 per night (6 people)
Contact 027 482 2828,
Location Driehoek Guest Farm, Cederberg Wilderness Area (via N7)

The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort

The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort Campsite Western Cape
Sophie Karbjinski

Where Citrusdal
What Just outside Citrusdal in the scenic Olifants River Valley, this rustic resort dating back to 1739 provides campers with the ultimate relaxing escape.
Distance from CT 2.5 hours

  • 3 communal ablution blocks spaced around the campsite
  • braai facilities
  • power points


  • natural hot springs
  • hiking trails with views of Olifants River Valley
  • children’s playground with trampoline
  • tennis court
  • explore the nearby town of Citrusdal

Pet friendly? No
Cost R120 – R150 per adult (depending on season)
R50 – R60 per child under 12 (depending on season)
Contact 022 921 8026, 022 921 8032,
Location The Baths, Citrusdal (via N7, R393)

Bonnievale River Lodge

Bonnievale River Lodge Campsite Western Cape

Where Bonnievale
What An idyllic riverside setting, surrounded by lush meadows. Campers get to frolic in the river by day, and fall asleep to the sounds of farm animals. It’s a setting that truly lives up to the countryside quaintness of its name.
Distance from CT 2.5 hours

  • 30 campsites in total (some on the upper level with wooden decks and river views, the rest by the river)
  • all campsites have power points
  • all campsites have braais, but you’ll need to bring your own grid
  • ablution facilities with hot-water showers
  • shop selling various supplies (only open from October to April)
  • firewood available for purchase


  • fishing and swimming in the river
  • canoes available for hire
  • small jungle gym for children
  • swimming pool in the vineyards
  • ideal location for exploring the Robertson Wine Valley

Pet friendly? Yes (on prior arrangement)
Cost R150 – R750 per night (depending on campsite, number of adults, and season)
Maximum 6 adults per campsite
Contact 083 655 1973,
Location Angora Road, R317, Bonnievale (via N1, R60, R317)

Rondeberg Resort

Rondeberg Resort Campsite Western Cape
Clanwilliam Info

Where Clanwilliam
What Located on the banks of the Bulshoek dam, this expansive camping site is covered in lush green lawns. Spend the day speed-boating across the water, and, come nightfall, enjoy the picture-perfect serenity as fairy lights illuminate the property. An idyllic location to be sure.
Distance from CT 3 hours
Private campsites:

  • electricity
  • private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet
  • built-in braai
  • paved area for vehicles
  • dishwashing facilities
  • laundry facilities and tuckshop available onsite

Water’s-edge campsites:

  • electricity
  • braai facilities
  • each campsite has its own bathroom, with a shower, basin and toilet
  • laundry facilities and tuckshop available onsite

General campsites:

  • electricity
  • braai facilities
  • bathroom facilities
  • laundry facilities and tuckshop available onsite


  • children’s play area with swings and trampoline
  • swimming pool
  • boating and watersports in the dam
  • hiking trails
  • bird-watching
  • explore the nearby town of Clanwilliam

Pet friendly? No
Cost General camping: From R240 for four people (depending on season)
Waters edge camping: From R350 for four people (depending on season)
Private camping: From R350 for four people (depending on season)
R80 per additional person
Free (children under 4)
Maximum 6 people per campsite
Additional charges per person available on request
Contact 021 100 3689 / 079 760 0247
Location Bulshoek Dam, Clanwilliam (via N7)

Ebb & Flow Rest Camp

Ebb and Flow Rest Camp Campsite Western Cape
The Hiking Chronicles

Where Wilderness
What It may be slightly further from Cape Town, but it’s worth the trip. This beautiful campsite is situated in the midst of the Garden Route, one of the country’s most awe-inspiring regions. A river runs past it on one side, while on the other, a blanket of densely wooded forest completely encloses the seemingly small patch of open terrain on which the campsite (and various other appealing accommodation options) are situated.
Distance from CT 5.5 hours

  • both rest camps have communal ablution facilities
  • some of the sites are equipped with 220V power points (for caravan plugs only, but three-point plugs can be used with an adapter)
  • coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers are available


  • swimming, fishing and canoeing in Touw River (as well as some of the nearby lakes and beaches)
  • bird-watching
  • volleyball and basketball courts
  • hiking trails
  • paragliding operators are available in the area
  • explore the nearby towns of Wilderness and George

Pet friendly? No
Please note There is no shop or ATM in the Rest Camp
Cost R217 – R480 for 1 to 2 adults per night (depending on the campsite)
R89 (additional adult)
R45 (additional child)
Contact 044 877 1197,
Location Wilderness National Park (via N2)

Grootvaderbosch Nature Reserve

Grootvaderbosch Campsite Western Cape
Wild Card

Where Langeberg
What An enchanted forest, populated by a variety of indigenous tree species. Camping among the towering yellowwoods and ironwoods, and walking along paths that run through densely packed woodland where the sun barely peeks in through the treetop canopy, is an experience that nature enthusiasts are sure to remember.
Distance from CT 3.5 hours

  • 10 campsites with electricity
  • two private campsites
  • communal ablution facilities with hot-water showers (toilet paper provided)
  • thatched communal area with fridge and braai facilities (campers need to bring their own braai grid)
  • firewood available for purchase, although supply is sporadic (bring your own to be safe)


  • children’s jungle gym and play area
  • swimming in the Duivenhoks River
  • mountain-biking, hiking and walking trails
  • bird-watching (around 200 bird species)

Pet friendly? No
Cost R180 – R300 for 1 to 2 people (depending on season)
R30 per additional person (maximum 6 per campsite)
Contact 087 097 9262,
Location Grootvaderbosch Nature Reserve (via N1, R60, N2 past Swellendam, R324, R322)

Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway Campsite Western Cape

Where Trouthaven
What Known as paradise by those who’ve experienced it, this campsite just outside Rawsonville is situated on a working fruit and wine farm and is perfect for beautiful getaways.
Distance from CT 1.5 hours

  • each site has private ablution facilities with heated water
  • portable braai with two bags of free wood on weekends (available for purchase from the kiosk during the week)
  • selected sites have electricity
  • kiosk selling various supplies such as firewood, ice, coffee, snacks and fresh farm bread
  • bistro (open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm)


  • trout-fishing
  • bird-watching
  • three hiking trails (one through a waterfall)
  • wine-tasting experiences in the region

Pet friendly? No
Cost R190 (minimum six guests)
R190 per additional adult
R90 (children 4 – 12 years)
Free (children 0 – 4 years)
Location Dwarsberg Farm, Louwshoek Voorsorg Road, Rawsonville (via N1, R101)

Kam’Bati River Resort

Kambati River Resort Campsite Western Cape

Where Swellendam
What This serene riverside getaway, situated on a quiet farm in the Overberg, is a picture-perfect slice of countryside life. The campsite lies under the shade of towering trees on the beautiful banks of the Breede River, offering intrepid explorers a trip into nature, while the town of Swellendam is only a short drive away for those after a cultural fix.
Distance from CT 2.5 hours

  • camping areas offering individual campsites of 90 square metres each
  • braai drums are available, but it’s best to bring your own braai in case they’re all in use
  • central ablution blocks with hot-water showers
  • select plug points
  • daily servicing of bins and braai area


  • swimming pools with water slides
  • Putt-Putt course
  • pool lounge
  • jungle gym
  • canoe and tube rides on the Breede River
  • fishing
  • hiking trails

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R200 per person per night (depending on season)
From R100 per night for children (depending on season)
From R150 per night for pensioners (depending on season)
Group rates are also available.
Contact 079 200 9098
Location Jubileeskraal, Swellendam, Western Cape

Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park Campsite Western Cape
Africa Geographic

Where Breede River Valley
What Located on the banks of the Breede River near Swellendam, the Elsie’s Kraal rest camp offers stunning views of the river and the Langeberg Mountains.
Distance from CT 2.5 hours

  • accommodation options include wheelchair-friendly chalets
  • communal picnic and braai sites with ablution facilities
  • selected sites have electrical outlets (no private generators allowed)
  • provisions available in Swellendam (5km from the park)


  • swimming, river-rafting and fishing
  • bird-watching
  • mountain-hiking trails
  • ideal for exploring the Breede River Valley, and the nearby town Swellendam

Pet friendly? No
Cost Standard campsite (maximum 6 people per site):
R227 – R333 for 1 – 2 people; R89 per additional adult; R45 per additional child
River View campsite (maximum 6 people per site)
R243 – R288 for 1 – 2 people; R89 per additional adult; R45 per additional child
Contact 028 514 2735,
Location Bontebok National Park, Swellendam (via N2)

Tweede Tol

Tweede Tol Campsite Western Cape

Where Limietberg Nature Reserve, near Paarl
What This site is situated in the Du Toitskloof Mountains, close to Bainskloof Pass, at the spot where the original tollgate was built in 1851. Campers will get a taste for the rugged mountain life, surrounded by fynbos, forests and rock-strewn wilderness.
Distance from CT 1.5 hours

  • communal washing and hot-water showers
  • each campsite has its own braai grid
  • firewood can be purchased at the gate
  • no power points


  • Wolwekloof swimming holes (only accessible for overnight campers)
  • hiking trails within the reserve
  • shaded picnic area with braai facilities and a jungle gym for children

Good to know For visitors wanting something more private, there are also six fenced-off campsites, each with its own kitchen and bathroom.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R160 – R400 for 2 people (depending on season)
R60 per additional person (maximum 6 people)
R260 – R580 per private campsite (depending on season)
R80 per additional person
Up to 6 people allowed per campsite, with a minimum of 2 per site
Please note The cost of a permit (R40 for adults, R20 for children) for entering a CapeNature Reserve is not included in the accommodation rate.
Contact 021 871 1535,
Location Tweede Tol (via N1, R44, R301)

Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Slanghoek Mountain Resort Campsite Western Cape

Where Rawsonville
What A well-maintained campsite, set among the vineyards of the Slanghoek Valley. Tents are pitched beside a peaceful stream, and surrounded by green grass with plenty of space for children to play. Ideal for a family camping trip.
Distance from CT 1.5 hours

  • site has its own private washing facilities and hot-water showers
  • power points are available, and electricity is included in the rates


  • horse-riding (every Saturday morning) at the stables opposite the campsite
  • Putt-Putt
  • swimming pools
  • fishing in the dam near the campsite
  • short walking trail that leads from the Putt-Putt course to the top of a high hill with impressive views of the surrounding valley

Pet friendly? No
Cost R655 – R750 per night (depending on season)
Maximum 2 vehicles per site
Maximum 1 caravan per site
Maximum 6 persons per site (excluding children 3 years and younger)
Location Slanghoek Mountain Resort, Slanghoek Road (via N1, R101)

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Kagga Kamma Campsite Western Cape

Where Cederberg
What This secluded resort boasts a range of unique accommodation options, including unusual suites that have been integrated into the rock so as to resemble caves. But the campsites are surely the most powerful way to experience the sacred majesty of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, with its untouched landscape and awe-inspiring night sky.
Distance from CT 4 hours

  • Swartrug Camp has 5 camping stands (no power), communal ablution facilities with heated water, and a swimming pool
  • Bobbejaanskraans Camp can only be accessed by 4×4, has no camping stands, no electricity, no ablution facilities and no water (an authentic camping experience)
  • wood and ice can be purchased at reception


  • the resort has a restaurant, bar, swimming pools and spa
  • hiking, mountain-biking and 4×4 trails in the surrounding nature reserve
  • bouldering and rock-climbing
  • nature drives
  • sundowner tours
  • quad-bike safaris
  • stargazing
  • reptile educational talks presented by qualified snake handlers
  • tours of ancient rock art sites, with paintings dating back 6 000 years

Pet friendly? No
Cost Swartrug Camp: R135 per adult per night
R68 per child per night
R194 per vehicle per stay
Bobbejaanskraans Camp: R97 per adult per night
R49 per child per night
R194 per vehicle per stay
Contact 021 872 4343,
Location Koue Bokkeveld, Cederberg (via N7, R46, R355)
Bookings Campsite accommodation can only be booked by contacting Kagga Kamma directly. However, other accommodation options available on the reserve can be booked online.

Algeria Campsite

Algeria Campsite Western Cape
Love Camping

Where Cederberg
What A lush, grassy area beside a gurgling river, surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Cederberg. Algeria Campsite serves as a gateway to the otherworldly landscape that is the Cederberg Wilderness Area, a place of jagged rock formations, and caves decorated with ancient San and Khoi rock art.
Distance from CT 2.5 – 3 hours

  • 48 campsites, each able to sleep 6 people
  • all sites have power points
  • ablution facilities with showers (the women’s ablution also has a hot water bath)
  • braai facilities
  • firewood available for purchase


  • hiking and walking trails (including multi-day hikes)
  • donkey-cart rides (only available during summer holidays)
  • rock-climbing and bouldering
  • San and Khoi rock art, some of which dates back 3 000 years
  • explore the Cederberg Wilderness
  • Stadsaal caves

Pet friendly? No
Please note Crystal Pool, Engelsmanskloof, Middelberg, Sneeukop, Welbedacht, Tafelberg, De Rif and Wolfberg areas are closed until further notice due to the fires in December 2016.
Cost From R120 for 1 to 2 people (depending on season)
From R20 – R60 per additional person
Maximum 6 people per campsite
Contact 021 483 0190,
Location Cederberg Wilderness Area (via N7)

Wolfkop Camping Villages

Wolfkop Campsite Western Cape

Where Citrusdal
What A collection of camping villages on the banks of the Olifants River, surrounded by lush green lawns and mountainous terrain. What’s more, the tents are erected on your behalf, saving you the trouble of lugging around heavy camping gear and making for a more comfortable camping adventure that borders on glamping.
Distance from CT 2 hours

  • each of the camping villages has a Bedouin freeform marquee set up for your convenience, as well as several canvas tents stocked with mattresses, bedding and towels
  • braai grid, cooking utensils, outdoor table and seating
  • electric lighting and power points
  • firewood and ice available for purchase


  • hiking and mountain-biking trails on surrounding farms
  • canoes can be hired at Wolfkop for use along the Olifants River
  • fishing

Pet friendly? No
Please note No music or loud noise allowed, unless you book the whole campsite for your group.
Good to know Wolfkop Camping Villages also runs the Kleinvlei campsite near Hermanus.
Cost R750 – R850 for 2 adults (depending on season)
R150 per additional adult
Maximum 6 people per campsite
Location Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal (via N7)

Nature’s Valley Rest Camp

Natures Valley Rest Camp Campsite Western Cape

Where Nature’s Valley
What Visiting Nature’s Valley is like discovering a lost village in the midst of a jungle. The small town, surrounded by the forests, mountains and white-sand beaches of the aptly named Garden Route, has around 50 houses, one store and no malls. This SANParks-operated campsite, located on the banks of the Groot River that flows past the village, provides deep immersion in a secluded region.
Distance from CT 6.5 hours

  • communal ablution facilities
  • laundry facilities
  • no electricity in the campsite, but the two-bed forest huts have electricity, and ablutions with heated water
  • a shop, restaurant and pub are located in the nearby village


  • bird watching
  • hiking trails
  • swimming and sailing in the Groot River estuary
  • canoes available for hire at the camp
  • Nature’s Valley Beach

Pet friendly? No
Cost R217 – R335 for 1 to 2 adults per night
R89 per additional adult
R45 per additional child
Contact 044 531 6700,
Location Nature’s Valley (via N2, R102)


Beaverlac Campsite Western Cape
Chris Joubert

Where Olifants River
What Tucked away in the Groot Winterhoek Mountains above Porterville, this charming no-fuss campsite epitomises the great outdoors in all its rugged majesty.
Distance from CT 2 hours

  • non-demarcated campsites and communal ablution facilities (most have hot-water showers)
  • there’s no electricity at the campsites, but there’s a power point and freezer available for use at the camp shop, which also sells wood, beer, wine, ice, snacks, meat, ice cream and cold drinks
  • 9 self-catering cabins (most with electricity) are available by arrangement and at different rates
  • bring your own braai grid


Pet policy R50 per dog per night
Cost R30 per car
R75 per adult
R45 per child (aged 4 – 17 years)
Free for children under 5
Contact 022 931 2945,
Campsite bookings can be done online
Cabin bookings can only be done telephonically
Location Beaverlac, Porterville (via N7, R44, R365)

Silwerstrand Caravan Park

Silwerstrand Caravan Park Campsite Western Cape

Where Robertson
What The camping ground forms part of the Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate, a private resort set against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountains. It’s the perfect base for exploring a valley famous for its wines and natural beauty. While day visitors are allowed, campers gain exclusive access to the river that runs through the estate.
Distance from CT 2 hours

  • most of the campsites have power points and lights
  • hot-water showers, bathing facilities
  • laundry
  • kitchen
  • wheelchair-friendly
  • braai areas
  • firewood available for purchase
  • shops available on site


  • swimming, canoeing and fishing in the river
  • swimming pool
  • picnic stands
  • games room
  • children’s playground with trampoline and climbing frame
  • Silwerstrand Golf Course
  • horse-riding
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • bird-watching
  • wine-tasting in Robertson Wine Valley

Pet friendly? Yes, on prior arrangement
Cost R80 – R120 per adult (depending on season)
R50 – R60 per child under 12 (depending on season)
Contact 023 626 3321 or 076 199 4085 or
Location Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate (Via N1, R60)


Vensterklip Campsite Western Cape

Where Elands Bay
What Elands Bay is one of the Cape’s hidden gems, and this camping ground grants easy access to the seaside town as well as the famous Verlorenvlei. The collection of campsites and rustic cottages has been expanded, allowing guests closer access to the water, and a bit further up, you’ll have the opportunity to see the pelicans at play. There’s no better way to appreciate the natural wonders of this living landscape.
Distance from CT 2.5 hours

  • 6 private sites with private ablutions, kitchen, and grass area
  • Overland sites with sharing ablutions (perfect for those with tents)
  • Vleiland sites for campervans with sharing ablutions
  • each site has a braai area, lighting, electrical plug points, and washing facilities


  • hiking trails in the surrounding reserve and fynbos fields
  • caves decorated with ancient Khoi-San rock art
  • bird-watching in the Verlorenvlei, a vast lake and surrounding marshland populated by a wide variety of plant and animal life, including over 240 bird species
  • kayaking and fishing in the Verlorenvlei

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R120 per person per day
Half-price for children (aged 2 – 12)
Free for children under 3
Contact 022 972 1340,
Location Vensterklip (via N7, R366)

Research by Matthew Flax, Kent Cloete, Francesca Grandsen, and Alicia Chamaillé

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Time of publication: 04 September 2019

74 Responses to “The 23 Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape”

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    Debbie Smith

    Great articles! Looking for info on private campsites along Garden Route to Hermanus or nearby.

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    Please subscribe me with the info. We are relocating down to west coast and would like to explore the west coast.
    Kind regards

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    Nan Van der Meulen

    Always on the lookout for unusual camping sites.

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    Anton Viljoen

    fantastic info …. please add me to news letter . Any new camps ?

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    Bergriver resort, Paarl✔️
    Vloedbos Caledon✔️
    Silerstrand, Robertson ✔️
    Holland se molen, Fanschoek✔️
    Researching our next camping spot.

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    Im interested in pet friendly campsites.

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    Are we allowed to camp at these sites during Lock down? I am not sure what the rules are regarding this?

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      Hi Leane,

      Recent amendments to level 3 regulations do not allow for leisure travel. When this is eased, camping sites will be open again for stays.

      Kind regards,
      The Inside Guide

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    Robert Fincham

    these campgrounds seem really well researched and appealing. What year are we speaking about?

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      Hi Robert

      There is a disclaimer at the bottom of this post that states the date of publication (September 2019).

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    Jinx Louw

    A really nice list, thanks.
    Just super disappointed that not a single (there are 3) campsite from Montagu gets mentioned, and they are known to be of the nicest in the country. How was this overlooked?

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    Thanks . What are the pensioner rates like ?

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      Hi Cyril,

      For a pensioner rate, kindly see Kam’Bati River Resort featured on the post with a rate from R150 per night (depending on season).

      Kind regards,
      The Inside Guide

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    Very cool sites. Great trying new places you haven’t seen before.

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    Gus Louw

    Can you kibdly list camping sites with elec. and private ablutions. Some private ablutions have only the shower and the toilet and other have kitchenette with elec. (Dibiki an Leentjiesklip) as well. Can you then distinguish this also. If I,and many other senior persons can avoid it,I prefer private ablutions and a electrified kitchenette is top notch.

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    What about KONINGSKOP in Citrusdal.

    2 x 4×4 route, beautiful mountains and water streams. Hiking trails, cottages beautiful campsite with clean and lovely ablutions.

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    Dianne Heesom-Green

    For Glamping, (glamorous camping) visit Sea Shack in the Cape Colombine Nature Reserve near Paternoster. 1hr 30 mins from CT. 11 wooden shacks and 3 wooden tents right on the beach.

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    Beautiful places, but missing a unique one: Suikerbossie Guest Farm in Koue Bokkeveld, top!

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    Karen Hirst

    Another lovely campsite is at Worcester Yacht Club situated on a huge dam between Worcester and Rawsonvulle. Lovely lawned sites. All have dam views. Excellent for boating swimming and even fishing. Its tranquil and has beautiful scenery. 24 hour security. With lovely new mens and womans ablusions and scullery. And always very clean They also have a cottage which one can rent if you dont have a caravan or tent. Only 45 min drive from Cape Town.

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    Mariette Loubser

    From Namibia. Caravaning end March to end April 2020. Western cape. Any suggestions

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    Love your newsletter

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    Paul Henry

    Love camping.

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    Anton Luckhoff

    Amazing how many places are not pet friendly and yet they are better behaved than a lot of people and those camping are mostly senior people with little doggies 🙁

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    Limietsberg is such a great campsite but what is CapeNature doing about the baboons and the people not departing as per scheduled times. We have to wait before we enter the campsite. This is not on.

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      Hi Densol,

      Thanks for your concern. We’ve contacted Cape Nature, who reassured us that measures have been put in place and that the staff check often.

      Kind regards,
      The Inside Guide

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    Nicky Jooste

    Would love to hear your recommendations.

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    Susan Viljoen

    Want to explore the Cape and looking for camping sites

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    Cecilia Hutchinson

    Would like to know about camping sites, 4×4 trails etc

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    If possible some camping sites on the West Coast. Thanks

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    Cecilia van Renen

    Thanks for info on camping sites. Please keep us posted!

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    Gezie Louw

    KLEIN TAFELBERG 4X4 is another beautiful campsite with space for camping as well as 4 fully equipped chalets. The only difference is that you need a 4×4 vehicle to enter this campsite.

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    Please add me to your weekly guide.

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    Ilze smit

    Please send ne updates of your Inside Guide? I love the quality of the document

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    Marius Valentine

    What about Floedbos near Caledon

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    Allison Dotchin

    Always looking for new campsites..

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    Michael Kaden

    I’m really interested.

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    Anet Boltman

    Gatsrivier Vakansieplaas is beslis ‘n besoek werd. Motorfietsvriendelik en ‘n plek vir ‘n tegnologie detoks.

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    Peter Field

    Good Day
    Why is Jamaka Farm not on this list
    Best campsite in the Western Cape
    Look on my camping sites Facebook to see how much it is liked
    Regards Peter

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    Nasser Hoosain

    Please keep me updated on your posts and campspots that are motorcycle friendly.

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    Edward Frank

    Wonderful overview. What is missing is a comprehensive map with locations of the sites. For foreigners to locate each site google maps advise is required.

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    Love your outdoor info..keeps me grounded. Love exploring!

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    Mogammat Thabit Sambo

    Please send me newsletter would love it

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    William Lawrence

    Please send me your regular information about campsites in the western cape.
    Thank you

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    Heather Nicholson

    I would love the newsletter for the weekly guide to exploring the cape

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    Madelene Donaldson

    Good morning
    Still looking for a campsite for 30 Dec to 4 Jan 2020. Love to receive your newsletter.

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    Good day. I am looking for a campsite which offers the use of my own personal quad bikes. My kids have small quads and we would like to find a decent camp site where they am an enjoy both camping and riding their quads. Plz kindly assist. Thanking you. Regards Jared

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      You can ride your quad bike at Vloedbos Caledon. Well that was still last year.

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    Newsletter please

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    i would love the newsletter for the weekly guide to exploring the cape

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    Wendy Pflaum

    Please send me updated info on your camping options

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    I would like to subscribe to your newsletter. thanks

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    I am interested in your weekly guide to explore the Cape. Thanks

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    Leon Slabber

    Need info on camping sites especially off the beaten track.

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    Antoinette Barnard

    Would like the newsletter. We love camping

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    Robyn Wainwright

    I am interested in dog friendly optiond

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    Vert interest ed in your regular newsletters

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    We wants to exploring the Cape

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    Marlene Allard

    I just love to explore the outdoor

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    All camping info for cape part of our country

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    Please make a list of dog friendly camping sites… they love camping too!

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    Tanya Prinsloo

    Will be nice to know of save camping sites for single ladies, who enjoy nature and need a break without fear.

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    I would like to subscribe to keep me up to date with camping sites

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    Jamaka Organic Farm is also a fabulous natureristuc destination.

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    Peter Nel

    Hi there! Please have a look at our website. we would be interested to hear if we could be included when next you advertise camping places in the Western Cape.
    Kind regards

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    C J Badenhorst

    Need camping info on the western cape

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    Annette du Toit

    Please send me more information for camping places.