The 35 Best Camping Sites in The Western Cape

The 35 Best Camping Sites in The Western Cape Ebb & Flow Rest Camp, Vicky G

Dust off your headlamp and start pitching!

If, like us, the camping bug has bitten, you’ll understand the euphoria that comes from sleeping under the stars, waking up beside a river, and allowing your children to roam free (without worrying about their exact whereabouts every second of the day) – not to mention braaing marshmallows around a campfire.

We went in search of the best campsites in the Cape – from majestic mountains and relaxing riverbanks to ancient forests and sea-facing sanctuaries – and here’s what we found.

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

Kleine Eike

Campsites Western Cape: Kleine Eike

Where Greyton
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting This breathtaking fruit farm just outside Greyton overlooks the towering Riviersonderend Mountains, and boasts wonderful riverside views from the Zonderend River, which runs through it.
Facilities

  • campsite along the riverbank
  • four spots a little further back from the water (for people with large caravans or small children)
  • each camping spot has its own braai facility and electricity
  • bathroom ablutions with 8 shower cubicles and toilets, 10 basins and wash troughs

Things to do

  • hiking, running, and cycling trails
  • canoeing and fishing on the river
  • apple and pear picking (January to May)
  • Greyton Farmers’ Market (Saturday mornings)
  • 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 R500 (per night per camping spot for 1 to 4 people)
R120 (additional person per night)
Contact 082 809 9896, info@kleineeike.com
Where to find it Kleine Eike Farm, Greyton, Western Cape

Platbos Forest & Owl Camp

Campsites Western Cape: Platbos Owl & Forest Camp

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Set in an ancient forest, Platbos is privately owned by conservationists passionate about 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 uses old-school donkey boilers to heat the water.
Facilities
Forest Camp:

  • two tented units with two 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)

Owl Camp:

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

Things to do

  • 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 150 (per night for four people)
R90 (additional person)
Owl Camp: R350 (per night for two people)
R85 (additional person; maximum of 4 guests)
Where to find it Baviaanspoort Hills, Grootbos Road between Gansbaai and Hermanus
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Beaverlac

Campsites Western Cape: Beaverlac

Where Olifants River
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Tucked away in the Groot Winterhoek Mountains above Porterville, this charming no-fuss campsite – host to a slew of waterfalls and natural pools – epitomises the great outdoors in all its rugged majesty.
Facilities

  • 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
  • nine self-catering cabins (most with electricity) are available by arrangement and at different rates
  • bring your own braai grid for allocated braai pits

Things to do

  • dog-friendly hiking trails (you may even stumble on some of the area’s ancient rock art)
  • swimming in the rockpools scattered along the Ratel River
  • mountain-biking trails

Good to know You will need to register online and book via the website to secure your booking prior to arrival. There are no ATMs on site, so draw cash before. There is also no petrol on site so visitors will need to fill up in Porterville or Piketberg.
Pet friendly? Yes (R50 per dog per night)
Contact 022 931 2945, beaverlac.kantoor@gmail.com
Cost R75 (per person per night)
R45 (children 4 – 17 years)
R30 (per car)
Free (children 0 – 5 years)
Where to find it Beaverlac, Porterville (via N7, R44, R365)

Enjo Nature Farm

Campsites Western Cape: Enjo Nature Farm

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting This secluded farm in the Cederberg Mountains is the place to go for a spiritually immersive experience. Guests can swim in the farm’s spring-fed dam, or explore the many hiking trails surrounding 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.
Facilities

  • three private campsites, and a thatched 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

Things to do

  • 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 R100 (per person per night)
Free (children 0 – 12 years)
Where to find it Biedouw Valley/Wupperthal, Clanwilliam (via N7, R364)
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Simonskloof Mountain Retreat

Campsites Western Cape: Simonskloof Mountain Retreat

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Hidden in the otherworldly Koo Valley in the Klein Karoo (a short drive from Montagu), this ecofriendly mountain retreat is surrounded by miles of untouched fynbos and an abundance of wildlife. What’s more, it’s completely off the grid, making it an ideal place to relax, unplug and immerse yourself in nature.
Facilities

  • eight private off-grid campsites around a 300-year-old oak tree (some on grass, shaded or in the sun)
  • water points at select campsites
  • ecofriendly compost toilets
  • hot water showers with traditional “donkey boilers”
  • pit braais (wood for sale)

Things to do

  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • abseiling and trekking trips
  • overnight canyoning into the Nuy River Gorge
  • swimming in little rock pools
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing

Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R100 (per person per night)
Contact 023 614 1895, info@simonskloof.com
Where to find it Koo Valley, Montagu (R318 via N1)

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve Campsite Western Cape

Where Oudtshoorn
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting This nature reserve – whose name is derived from the Khoi word “gami’ (lion) – 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 a hiking trail or 4×4, making it all the more unreachable and private.
Facilities

Ou Kraal Campsite:

  • four herders’ huts that each sleep two people (in single beds, with mattresses)
  • basic ablution facilities (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 four people
  • electricity available
  • ablution facilities with a solar-heated shower
  • braai facilities

Stables:

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

Things to do

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

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R140 (per person per night, depending on season)
Please note An overnight conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children) applies.
Where to find it Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo (via N1, R60, R62)
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Oewerzicht

Campsites Western Cape: Oewerzicht

Where Greyton
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting A mere nine kilometres from Greyton, Oewerzicht is a picturesque apple and pear farm, surrounded by mountains and rolling wheat lands where flocks of sheep roam free. (If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of one of the resident reeboks stopping by for a drink of water.)
The lawned campsite lies near a flowing river that provides hours of fun for the whole family.
Facilities

  • 25 grass campsites with shade from surrounding reeds
  • power points
  • modern ablutions
  • braai facilities (bring your own grid)

Things to do

  • swimming and tubing in the river
  • canoeing and fishing (bring your own equipment)
  • 25km mountain-biking trail
  • hiking trails

Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R390 (per site per night for four people)
R90 (additional person; maximum 6 people per site)
Contact 028 254 9831, info@oewerzicht.com
Where to find it Oewerzicht Farm, Greyton (R406 via N2)

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

Campsites Western Cape: Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

Where Calitzdorp
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting In a region where the arid Karoo and lush farmlands meet, this tranquil farm perches 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 an ideal getaway for fishermen and nature lovers alike.
Facilities

  • campsite on the dam, Die Damrivierkamp (six sites)
  • ablution blocks with flush toilets and heated water
  • braai facilities

Things to do

  • fishing, swimming and boating in the river
  • walking and hiking trails
  • mountain biking and horse-riding
  • birdwatching
  • ostrich farms
  • Klein Karoo Wine Route
  • Cango Caves
  • Swartberg Scenic Flights
  • nearby towns of Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn

Pet friendly? Yes, by prior arrangement
Cost R200 (per vehicle per night, maximum of 4 people)
Contact 044 050 4436, matjiesvlei@telkomsa.net
Where to find it Matjiesvlei, Klein Karoo (via N1, R62)

Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve

Campsites Western Cape: Gecko Rock Nature Reserve

Where Touws River, Klein Karoo
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Surrounded by prehistoric rock formations and the lunar-esque Karoo landscape, this private nature reserve boasts a wild terrain home to indigenous plant species and an array of wildlife, such as springbok, gemsbok, zebra, grey rhebuck, duiker, steenbokkie, klipspringer, and even the elusive leopard, aardvark, African wild cat, caracal and honey badger.
Facilities

De Wet’s Rus

  • campsite accommodating up to 20 vehicles (60 people)
  • kitchen with cold running water
  • communal ablution facilities
  • central braai area
  • movable braais for private camping
  • swimming pool (filled mid-September to mid-April)
  • one eight-seater table and benches

Echo Valley

  • campsite accommodating up to five vehicles (10 people)
  • kitchen with cold running water
  • one toilet and shower
  • central braai area

Things to do 

  • swimming in the pool during selected months
  • off-road 4×4 trails
  • 4×2 trails
  • mountain-biking
  • hiking trails
  • stargazing
  • rock climbing
  • shooting (long-distance and pistol)

Pet friendly? Yes, by prior arrangement
Cost From R140 (per person per night, depending on season and campsite)
From R105 (per night for children under 16, depending on season and campsite)
Where to find it Gecko Rock Private Game Reserve, Nougaspoort Valley, Western Cape
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Rondeberg Resort

Rondeberg Resort Campsite Western Cape
Clanwilliam Info

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Located on the banks of the Bulshoek Dam, this expansive camping site is completely lawned. Spend the day speed-boating across the water and, come nightfall, enjoy the picture-perfect serenity as fairy lights illuminate the property.
Facilities

  • four campsite areas (Private, Luxury, Water’s Edge and General)
  • electricity and water
  • bathrooms with shower, basin and toilet
  • private braai
  • paved area for vehicles (private camping area only)
  • dishwashing facilities
  • laundry facilities and tuckshop available onsite

Things to do

  • children’s play area with swings and a jungle gym
  • swimming pool
  • boating and watersports in the dam (not provided by the resort)
  • hiking trails
  • birdwatching
  • nearby towns of Clanwilliam, Lamberts Bay, Nieuwoudtsville and Vredendal

Pet friendly? Yes, by prior arrangement
Cost From R330 (per night, depending on season and campsite, maximum of 6 people per campsite)
Free (children 0 – 4 years)
Contact 021 100 3689 / 079 760 0247, info@rondebergresort.co.za
Where to find it Bulshoek Dam, 23km North of Clanwilliam Clanwilliam (via N7)

Suikerbossie Guest Farm

Campsites Western Cape: Suikerbossie Guest Farm

Where Koue Bokkeveld, Ceres
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Flowing rivers, majestic canyons and towering rock formations set the scene at this picturesque farm in the Koue Bokkeveld, between Ceres and Citrusdal, where a slew of riverside campsites lends itself to an immersive stay in nature with family and friends.
Facilities

  • 16 riverside campsites (Boeta’s, Vis Arend, Waterfront, Tarzan, Bo-Tarzan, Kuilcamp, Strandcamp, Oewercamp 1 –3, Bo-River, Boomcamp, Uitsigcamp, Agter-Kuil and Ottercamp (where you may camp with a horse)
  • shaded gazebo or small porch
  • three glamping sites (Ghoeboontjie, Alison’s Cabin and Waterfall)
  • power outlets at select camps
  • solar panels at Waterfall, electricity at Ghoeboontjie and Alison’s Cabin
  • communal ablutions with hot-water showers; private ablutions at Waterfall at Ottercamp
  • communal fridge and freezer facilities
  • braai facilities

Things to do

  • sundowner picnics
  • horse-riding
  • cycling
  • swimming in the river and rock pools
  • hiking trails
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • 4×4 trails
  • donkey-cart rides
  • canyon lookout
  • birdwatching
  • kloofing
  • rock art
  • fishing (catch and release)
  • canoeing
  • birdwatching
  • Tarzan swing into river and rock pools

Pet friendly? Yes, on request
Cost From R165 – R400 (per person per night, depending on season and campsite)
Contact 022 921 3537, bookings@suikerbossieguestfarm.co.za
Where to find it Suikerbossie Boerdery, Koue Bokkeveld (between Citrusdal and Ceres)

Rivierplaas

Campsites Western Cape: Rivierplaas

Where Scherpenheuwel, near Worcester
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting On the banks of the beautiful Breede River, a mere one-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town, this secluded campsite near Worcester is a dream come true for those seeking a peaceful weekend away with a string of wonderful activities.
Facilities 

  • 37 campsites on the lawn
  • communal ablutions with hot-water showers
  • no electricity
  • braai facilities
  • small shop stocking select basics (ice, wood, cold drinks and mosquito repellent)

Things to do

  • children’s play areas
  • swimming and canoeing in the river
  • river rafting and tubing
  • foefie slide
  • fishing
  • hiking

Pet friendly? Yes, if well behaved
Cost From R300 – R1 760 (per campsite per night, depending on season and campsite)
R100 (per dog for the duration of your stay)
Contact 084 710 0139, info@rivierplaas.co.za
Where to find it Scherpenheuwel Road, Worcester (via N1)

The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort

Campsites Western Cape: The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Just outside Citrusdal in the scenic Olifants River Valley, this rustic resort dating back to 1739 provides campers with the ultimate escape, surrounded by indigenous wild olive and ancient fig trees, with a mountain stream running through the grounds.
Facilities

  • 25 camping spots
  • three communal ablution blocks spaced around the campsite
  • braai facilities
  • power points

Things to do

  • natural hot springs
  • heated and cold swimming pools
  • hiking trails with views of Olifants River Valley
  • children’s playground with trampoline
  • tennis court
  • the nearby town of Citrusdal

Pet friendly? No
Cost R120 (per person per night, weeknights)
R170 (per person per night, weekends)
Contact 022 921 8026, 022 921 8032, reservations@thebaths.co.za
Where to find it The Baths, Citrusdal (via N7, R393)

Driehoek Guest Farm

Driehoek Guest Farm Campsite Western Cape

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting Tranquility awaits at this 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.
Facilities

  • 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)
  • braai facilities
  • play area for kids

Things to do

  • explore the Cederberg on one of the farm’s many walking trails, passing by rock formations, waterfalls (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)

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 part of January, or any time during November.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R390 (per night for 2 to 4 people)
R490 (per night for 5 people)
R590 (per night for 6 people)
Contact 027 482 2828, driehoekcederberg@gmail.com
Where to find it Driehoek Guest Farm, Cederberg Wilderness Area (via N7)

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Campsites Western Cape: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Where Langeberg
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting This enchanted forest, populated by a variety of indigenous tree species, is like something out of a fairytale. Camping among towering yellowwoods and ironwoods, and walking through densely packed woodland where the sun barely peeks in through the treetop canopy, is an experience that nature enthusiasts will cherish long after their stay.
Facilities

  • 12 campsites, each with electricity, braai facilities and a reed screen
  • communal ablution facilities with hot-water showers (toilet paper provided)
  • two of the sites have their own ablution (shower and toilet) facilities
  • 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)

Things to do

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

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R180 (per night, maximum of 6 people per campsite)
R30 (additional person)
Please note An overnight conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children) applies.
Where to find it Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve (via N1, R60, N2 past Swellendam, R324, R322)
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River Goose Camp Site

Campsites Western Cape: River Goose Camp Site

Where Breede River, near Bonnievale
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The banks of the beautiful Breede River set the scene for this relaxing camping retreat on Eureka Farm, a mere 5km from Bonnievale. Sweeping vineyards, rolling lawns, towering mountains and an abundance of activities add to the appeal of this riverside escape, ideally suited for getaways with friends and family.
Facilities

  • 20 campsites on the grass
  • most have shade and wheelchair access
  • shared ablution blocks with flush toilets, showers and hot water
  • wood and braai facilities
  • no electricity
  • small playpark for kids
  • one wooden cabin with a double bed and sleeper couch, small stoep and shared ablution

Things to do

  • fishing
  • swimming
  • canoeing
  • birdwatching
  • The Goose Boat cruise down the river
  • hiking trails
  • nearby wine farms
  • volleyball
  • small petting zoo

Pet friendly? Yes, except during school holidays
Cost From R150 (per person per night)
Free (children 0 – 6 years)
R20 (per dog per day; maximum of 2 dogs per site)
Contact 082 759 5727, rivergoosecamp@gmail.com
Where to find it Farm Eureka, Gelukshoop Road, Bonnievale, Western Cape

Jamaka Organic Farm

Campsites Western Cape: Jamaka Organic Farm

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This organic mango, rooibos and citrus farm, in the heart of the Cederberg mountains, has loads going for it, not least of all swimming in freshwater rock pools, relaxing on the banks of the Rondegat River and hiking along one of the many trails.
Facilities

  • 120 allocated camping spots over two shaded campgrounds next to the river
  • nine communal ablution facilities
  • electricity and hot water
  • freezers and fridges placed around each campsite, as well as cold rooms and freezer rooms at the office
  • braai facilities (some with pits, some with barrels)
  • office selling wood, ice and limited foodstuff and household items
  • campsite shop open during peak times

Things to do

  • hiking trails
  • donkey-cart rides
  • swimming in the river and rock pools
  • volleyball

Pet friendly? No
Cost R240 (per night for four people)
R60 (additional person)
Free (children 0 – 6 years)
Contact 027 482 2801/5
Where to find it Jamaka Organic Farm, Clanwilliam, Western Cape

Glen Oakes Farm

Campsites Western Cape: Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Where Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Hugged by the majestic Klein River Mountains and surrounded by fynbos and pasture lands, this livestock farm in the Hemel en Aarde Valley offers an exclusive, uninterrupted camping experience tucked away in the corner of the farm, where the campsite is yours, and yours alone.
Facilities

  • private lawn campsite near farm dam that accommodates up to 30 people
  • flush toilets and hot showers
  • lapa with braai grids and fire kettles
  • firewood is available

Things to do

  • swimming in the farm dam or rock pool
  • farm walks
  • trail running
  • bass fishing
  • mountain-biking
  • hiking
  • birdwatching
  • visiting farm animals

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R900 (per night for up to 10 campers)
From R1 600 (per night for 10 – 30 campers)
Contact 066 058 2844, info@glenoakes.co.za
Where to find it Glen Oakes Farm, Hemel en Aarde Valley (R320 via N2)

Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Campsites Western Cape: Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Where Trouthaven
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting 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 getaways soaked in natural beauty.
Facilities

  • 11 campsites each accommodating 15 or 20 people
  • private ablution facilities with hot water at each site
  • portable braai at each site 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 – Saturday, 10am – 12pm)

Things to do

  • birdwatching
  • three hiking trails (one through a waterfall)
  • mountain biking tails
  • fly fishing
  • wine-tasting experiences in the region

Pet friendly? No
Cost R200 (per person per night)
R100 (additional child per night, 4 – 12 years)
Free (children 0 – 3 years)
Minimum 6 people per site on weekends, minimum 2 people per site on weeknights
Where to find it Dwarsberg Farm, Louwshoek Voorsorg Road, Rawsonville (via N1, R101)
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Ebb & Flow Rest Camp

Campsites Western Cape: Ebb & Flow Rest Camp

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting 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.
Facilities

  • two rest camps with 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
  • braai facilities

Things to do

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

Please note There is no shop or ATM in the Rest Camp.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R230 – R355 (for 1 to 2 people per night, depending on the campsite)
Please note An overnight conservation fee of R46 (adults) and R23 (children) applies.
Contact 044 877 1197, enquiries.wilderness@sanparks.org
Where to find it Wilderness National Park (via N2)

Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Campsites Western Cape: Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting This well-maintained campsite is set among the sweeping 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.
Facilities

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

Things to do

  • 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 From R655 (per night per site depending on season, maximum of 6 people)
Where to find it Slanghoek Mountain Resort, Slanghoek Road (via N1, R101)
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Sanddrif Holiday Resort

Campsites Western Cape: Sanddrif Holiday Resort

Where Cederberg
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Hidden in the heart of the Cederberg Wilderness area on Dwarsrivier Farm, this enchanting destination is surrounded by spectacular rock formations, expansive vistas, rock art and fynbos – a stellar location for an escape out in nature. The farm is also home to Cederberg Private Cellar…
Facilities

Sanddrif Main Campsite:

  • 31 campsites on a shaded lawn under trees on the riverbank
  • two shared ablution blocks with hot water
  • braai facilities
  • electricity at every site

Kliphuis Campsite:

  • 10 campsites under old oak trees, no grass
  • one shared ablution block with hot water
  • braai facilities
  • electricity

Things to do

  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • rock paintings
  • stargazing
  • swimming in the river and nearby rock pools
  • trail running
  • craft beer and wine tasting
  • birdwatching

Pet friendly? No
Cost R320 (per night for four people)
R80 (additional person, maximum of 8 people per site)
Contact 027 482 2825, sanddrif@cederbergwine.com
Where to find it Dwarsrivier, Cederberg (over Uitkyk Pass via N7)

Kam’Bati River Resort

Campsites Western Cape: Kam'Bati River Resort

Where Swellendam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This serene riverside getaway on a quiet farm in the Overberg offers a picture-perfect slice of country life. The campsite lies under the shade of towering trees on the banks of the Breede River, offering intrepid explorers endless activities, while the town of Swellendam is only a short drive away for those after a cultural fix.
Facilities

  • 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 being used
  • central ablution blocks with hot-water showers
  • select plug points
  • daily servicing of bins and braai area

Things to do

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

Pet friendly? No
Cost R220 (per person per night)
R165 (pensioners per night)
R110 (children 0 – 16 years)
Contact 087 012 5356, reservations@oena.co.za
Where to find it Jubileeskraal, Swellendam, Western Cape

Anysberg Nature Reserve

Where Klein Karoo
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting Situated in the otherworldly landscape of the Klein Karoo, between the towns of Ladismith, Laingsburg, Touws River and Montagu, this World Heritage Site and nature reserve is an ideal escape for those looking to get away from it all. Hugged in the towering Cape Fold Mountains, with deep valleys, three rivers and steep gorges, the 79 629-hectare reserve is characterised by its mesmerising landscape, home to San rock art, indigenous fynbos and abundant wildlife.
Facilities

  • five campsites (Duiker, Springbok, Gemsbok, Steenbok and Eland)
  • communal kitchen area with gas stove, fridge and freezer
  • communal ablutions with hot water shower (gas and solar-powered geyser)
  • no electricity
  • braai facilities with picnic tables

Things to do

  • hiking and walking trails
  • horse-riding
  • mountain biking
  • stargazing
  • swimming
  • Anysberg 4×4 park tour

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R160 (per person per night, maximum of 6 people per site)
Please note An overnight conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children) applies.
Where to find it Anysberg Nature Reserve, Klein Karoo (via N1)
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Bonnievale River Lodge

Campsites Western Cape: Bonnievale River Lodge

Where Bonnievale
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting At this idyllic riverside escape, campers get to frolic in the river and enjoy the surrounding countryside landscape in the middle of wine country.
Facilities

  • 25 campsites, all with electricity and braais (bring your own grid)
  • ablution facilities with hot-water showers
  • kitchen and washing-up facilities with a shared fridge/freezer
  • small shop selling wood, ice, drinks and various other items

Things to do

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

Pet friendly? No
Cost R300 – R750 (per night for 2 – 4 people)
R75 (dog per night)
Please note The campsite is full from 24 December 2020 to 3 January 2021.
Contact 081 799 2152, bonnievaleriverlodge@gmail.com
Where to find it Angora Road, R317, Bonnievale (via N1, R60, R317)

Klipkrans

Campsites Western Cape: Klipkrans

Where Scherpenheuwel, near Worcester
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting This private game farm and camping site on the edge of the Breede River is host to an abundance of wildlife such as oryx (gemsbok), blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok, duiker, steenbok and even the elusive klipspringer. Whether you wish to embark on exciting outdoor activities, or would prefer to kick up your feet and relax with a good book, this riverside retreat is worth the visit.
Facilities

  • 36 large campsites on the banks of the Breede River
  • one Bush Camp accommodating 16 people (accessible via 4×4 only)
  • braai facilities and power points at each campsite
  • communal ablutions with hot water showers
  • Honesty Kiosk with extra firewood, ice and other basic necessities
  • camping lapa with braai facilities, tables and benches

Things to do

  • fishing
  • swimming and canoeing in the river
  • 4×4 route
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • game watching
  • birdwatching

Pet friendly? No
Cost R115 (per person per night)
R80 (per child per night, 5 – 12 years)
Free (children 0 – 5 years)
Contact 023 004 0868, esthergriessel@breede.co.za
Where to find it Scherpenheuwel Road, Worcester (via N1)

Algeria Campsite

Campsites Western Cape: Algeria

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

  • 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

Things to do

  • 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 and Stadsaal caves

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R180 (per person per night, depending on season)
R60 (additional person per night, maximum of 6 people)
Please note An overnight conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children) applies.
Where to find it Cederberg Wilderness Area (via N7)
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Wolfkop Camping Villages

Campsites Western Cape: Wolfkop Camping Villages

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This quaint collection of camping villages on the banks of the Olifants River is surrounded by lush 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.
Facilities

  • Grootfontein, Biesievlak, Noordhoek and Middelpos camping villages
  • Glamping Villa and Golden Valley Villa
  • each camping village 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

Things to do

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

Please note No music or loud noise allowed unless you book the whole campsite for your group.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R375 (per night for two people, depending on season and campsite)
R150 (per additional person and children 0 – 18 years, maximum of 6 people)
Where to find it Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal (via N7)
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Kromrivier Cederberg Park

Campsites Western Cape: Kromrivier Cederberg Park

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Situated in the heart of the awe-inspiring Cederberg Conservancy, on the peaceful Kromrivier Farm, this restful retreat is hugged by majestic orange-rock formations and sweeping fynbos plains. The sacred sense of silence and seclusion brings with it a rare feeling of safety and security – gold for intrepid travellers nowadays.
Facilities

  • 18 campsites
  • each site has its own private ablution facilities with hot water
  • each site has its own braai facilities and electricity
  • sink
  • power point
  • complimentary wifi
  • braai facilities

Things to do

  • farmstall with wine, deli items, memorabilia, wood, firelighters and toiletries
  • hiking
  • mountain-biking
  • swimming in rock pools
  • fishing
  • horse-riding
  • Rock-climbing
  • birdwatching
  • trail-running
  • farm visits

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R250 (per night for two people, depending on season)
From R400 (per night for four people, depending on season)
R100 (additional person per night, maximum 8 people per site)
Where to find it Kromrivier Farm, Cederberg, Clanwilliam, Western Cape
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Elsie’s Kraal at Bontebok National Park

Campsites Western Cape: Elsie's Kraal at Bontebok National Park

Where Breede River Valley
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Located on the banks of the Breede River near Swellendam, Elsie’s Kraal rest camp at the beautiful Bontebok National Park offers stunning views of the river and the Langeberg Mountains beyond.
Facilities

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

Things to do

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

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R240 per night (depending on season, maximum of 6 people)
R100 (additional person)
R50 (additional child)
Please note An overnight conservation fee of R48 (adults) and R24 (children) applies.
Contact 028 514 2735, bontebok@sanparks.org
Where to find it Bontebok National Park, Swellendam (via N2)

Vensterklip

Vensterklip Campsite Western Cape

Where Elands Bay
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting 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.
Facilities

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

Things to do

  • 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 night, depending on season)
Maximum of 6 to 8 people per site (depending on campsite)
Contact 022 972 1340, info@vensterklip.co.za
Where to find it Vensterklip, Elands Bay (via N7, R366)

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Kagga Kamma Campsite Western Cape
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Where Cederberg
Distance from CT 4 hours
Setting This secluded nature reserve boasts a range of unique accommodation options, including unusual suites that have been integrated into the rock 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.
Facilities

  • Swartrug Camp has 5 camping stands (no power), communal ablution facilities with heated water and a swimming pool
  • Bobbejaanskrans Camp can only be accessed by 4×4, has no camping stands, no electricity, no ablution facilities and no water
  • Tierskloof Camp (stunning panoramic views of the Cederberg) can only be accessed by 4×4, has no camping stands, no electricity, no ablution facilities and no water
  • Joubert’s Werf Camp can only be accessed by 4×4, has no camping stands, no electricity, no ablution facilities and no water
  • wood and ice can be purchased at reception
  • braai facilities (bring your own braai and grid for Bobbejaanskrans, Tierskloof and Joubert’s Werf – Swartrug guests have access to a braai but are advised to bring their own grid)

Things to do

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

Pet friendly? No
Cost Swartrug Camp: R145 (per person per night)
R73 (per child per night)
Bobbejaanskrans Camp, Tierskloof Camp, Joubert’s Werf: R104 (per person per night)
R52 (per child per night)
Please note There is a conservation fee of R209 per vehicle.
Contact 021 872 4343, info@kaggakamma.co.za
Where to find it Koue Bokkeveld, Cederberg (via N7, R46, R355)

Nature’s Valley Rest Camp

Natures Valley Rest Camp Campsite Western Cape

Where Nature’s Valley
Distance from CT 6.5 hours
Setting 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 Garden Route, is home to 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.
Facilities

  • 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
  • braai facilities

Things to do

  • birdwatching
  • 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 From R240 – R355 (per night, depending on season)
R100 (additional person per night)
R50 (additional child per night)
Please note An overnight conservation fee of R56 (adults) and R28 (children) applies.
Contact 044 531 6700, grace.valela@sanparks.org
Where to find it Nature’s Valley (via N2, R102)

Silwerstrand Caravan Park

Campsites Western Cape: Silwerstrand Caravan Park

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting 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.
Facilities

  • 60 campsites and caravan sites
  • electricity and power points
  • ablution facilities with hot water showers
  • laundry facilities
  • kitchen facilities
  • wheelchair-friendly
  • braai areas
  • firewood available for purchase
  • shops available on site

Things to do

  • swimming, canoeing and fishing in the river
  • swimming pool
  • climbing wall
  • children’s playground
  • Silwerstrand Golf Course
  • horse-riding
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • birdwatching
  • wine tasting in Robertson Wine Valley

Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R125 (per person per night, depending on season)
From R65 (children 2 – 12 years, depending on season)
Contact 023 626 3321 or 076 199 4085
info@silwerstrand.co.za or bookings@silwerstrandcaravanpark.co.za
Where to find it Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate, Robertson (Via N1, R60)

Tweede Tol

Tweede Tol Campsite Western Cape

Where Limietberg Nature Reserve, near Paarl
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting 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 rugged mountain life, surrounded by fynbos, forests and rock-strewn wilderness.
Facilities

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

Things to do

  • 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 their own kitchen and bathroom.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R160 (per night for two people, depending on season and campsite)
R80 (additional person per night)
Please note An overnight conservation fee of R40 (adults) and R20 (children) applies.
Where to find it Limietberg Nature Reserve (via N1, R44, R301)
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Worth the wait

You can’t have a definitive camping roundup without including Secret Falls, even if it is usually booked out a year in advance. So, if you’re the sort who plans ahead, book now for your camping trip in September 2021!

Houdenbek Farm Cottages & Campsite

Where Koue Bokkeveld, Ceres
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This working fruit and vegetable farm in the Koue Bokkeveld near Ceres is the stuff of fantasies. Tucked away in the rugged rock formations of the Skurweberg Mountains, with a serene, completely exclusive campsite overlooking the sparkling dam and infinity pool, visitors will feel fully immersed in the majesty of the surrounds.
Facilities

  • one private campsite accommodating 15 people
  • braai facilities and fire pit
  • swimming pool
  • private ablution facilities with hot-water showers

Things to do

  • swimming in the dam or pool
  • mountain-biking
  • rock climbing
  • hiking
  • stargazing
  • Putt-Putt

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R150 (per person per night, depending on season)
R75 (per child per night, 0 – 18 years)
Please note This property is fully booked until June 2021
Contact 083 661 9912, johalet@houdenbek.co.za
Where to find it Koue Bokkeveld, Cederberg, Ceres (via R355)

Secret Falls

Campsites Western Cape: Secret Falls

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Roughly 100 kilometres from Cape Town, just outside Tulbagh, this tranquil campsite is tucked in the breathtaking Winterhoek Mountains. Only accessible via 4×4, there’s no shortage of peace, quiet and spectacular views.
Facilities

  • private braai areas with large tables and benches
  • communal ablutions with hot water
  • no electricity

Things to do

  • spring-water swimming pool
  • hiking trails
  • waterfalls and rock pools
  • ziplining in Ceres

Pet friendly? Yes (only if they’re well behaved)
Please note Bookings are closed until August 2021.
Contact secretfalls@mweb.co.za
Where to find it Die Ster 377, Winterhoek Road, Tulbagh, Western Cape

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Time of publication: 04 November 2020

21 Responses to “The 35 Best Camping Sites in The Western Cape”

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    Esther Campbell

    Lovely!

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    BASIE CARSTENS.......HCT

    UITSTEKENDE KAMPPLEKKE NABY EN RONDOM ONS !!!

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    Hettie Gets

    What a magnificent list for us to camp through this awesome country of ours – thank you!!!!

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    Elma von Plaster

    Congrats …..truely some of the best!

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    Thomas Smith

    Can’t wait to try them out

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    Paul Bester

    Exciting

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    Marieta Rust

    Ek kan nie glo dat die 26 Watervalle by Porterville nie genoem word nie!,,

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    Theresa

    Love camping and the quiteness and tranquility of outdoors and haveing the nature shine at its best. Just love it.

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    Cindy-Lee

    Looking to host a 40th birthday party and tent accommodation for 25-30 people

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    Nelia

    Riggton River Farm in Bonnievale is another great option!

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    Cindy

    For my first time I went camping we went to Eikebos between Caledon and Greyton. Our family booked out the whole campsite, has about 7 campsites with electricity as well as showers and toilets. It has a pool with a dining hall type thing with a TV. I really nice place, highly recommended

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    Dorothy

    Love camping

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    Paul Henry

    Great site

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    Leon Adendorff

    Beautifull selection of some little-known campsites

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    Richard Norman

    Have been to many , all are great but really love Dwarsberg Trout Haven.

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    Horst

    Looking forward to your weekly newsletters

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    Janice Cocks

    Some really wonderful spots. It would be helpful if mention could be made of those camping spots that do also have chalets available in the vicinity. eg The Baths, Kromrivier, Kagga Kamma etc. For families with grandparents who are a bit past the tent situation!!

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    Rob Lang

    Looking for grassed river sites with fishing and clean ablution please. Help! Mid week camping

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      Richard Norman

      Hi Rob, try Dwarsberg Trout Haven, each campsite has it’s own ablution block and the next site you are not even able to see and most sites are grassed and on the river

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      Ingrid

      Have a look at Riggton River Farm in Bonnievale. Excellent!

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      Kim schoeman

      River Goose Campsite just outside Bonnievale. Very clean bathrooms, thick green grass and plenty of shade! Can fish from your tent.

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