The Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape 2018

The Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape 2018 Beaverlac, Vaindirlis Photography

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. As always, if we’ve left any of your favourites out, please let us know in the comments…

1. Beaverlac

Beaverlac Camping
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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
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
  • 9 self-catering cabins (most with electricity) are available by arrangement and at different rates
  • Bring your own braai grid

Activities

Pet policy R50 per dog per night.
Cost R30 per car
R65 per adult
R40 per child (aged 4 – 17 years)
Free for children under 5
Campsite bookings can be done online
Cabin bookings can only be done telephonically
Contact 022 931 2945, beaverlac.kantoor@gmail.com
Location Beaverlac, Porterville (via N7, R44, R365)

2. Slangkop Tented Camps

Slangkop Tented Camps: Campsites in the Western Cape

Where Kommetjie
What Set between mountain, village and ocean, this SanParks-operated campsite provides guests with a diverse natural landscape, within easy access of civilisation. Its position on the Hoerikwaggo Trail makes it a convenient rest spot for those looking to embark on an overnight hike.
Distance from CT 1 hour
Facilities

  • Each tent sleeps 2 people, and bedding is provided
  • Communal bathroom with hot-water facilities
  • Communal kitchen (self-catering) and dining area with open fireplace

Activities

  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic spots in the Table Mountain National Park
  • Surfing spots at the nearby beaches
  • Within walking distance of Kommetjie, where you can enjoy a meal at one of the village’s bustling restaurants
  • Slangkop Point Lighthouse (the tallest of its kind on the South African coast)

Pet policy Pets are not allowed
Cost R586 – R686 for 1 – 4 people
R263 per additional adult
R132 per additional child
Contact 021 712 7471, Hoerikwaggobookings@sanparks.org
Location 46 Lighthouse Road, Kommetjie (Via M3, Ou Kaapse Weg)

3. Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve: Campsites in the Western Cape

Where Oudtshoorn
What Its name derived from the Khoikhoi (‘Hottentot’) 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
Facilities

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

Stables:

  • Two rooms, each able to sleep 4 people (in bunk beds)
  • Electricity available
  • Ablution facilities with toilets and a solar heated shower
  • Braai facilities

Activities

  • Hiking and walking trails (both day and overnight trails)
  • 4×4 trails
  • Picnic area
  • Trad rock-climbing

Pet policy Pets are not allowed in CapeNature reserves.
Cost Ou Kraal: R160 per person
Gamkaberg Campsite: R140 for 1 – 2 people; R70 per additional person (up to 4)
Stables: R240 – R480 for 1 – 4 people (depending on season); R120 per additional person (maximum 8 people on site)
Contact 021 483 0190, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Location Oudtshoorn (via N1, R60, R62)

4. Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm: Camping in the Western Cape
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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
Facilities

  • Ablution blocks with flush toilets and heated water

Activities

  • 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

Cost R200 per vehicle (since vehicles are required to access the camping site)
Contact 073 174 1028 (Selma); 083 453 2209 (Bennie)
matjiesvlei@telkomsa.net
Location Matjiesvlei (via N1, R62)

5. Driehoek Guest Farm

Droehoek Guest Farm: Camping in the 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
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)

Activities

  • Explore the Cederberg on one of the farm’s many walking trails, passing by rock formations, waterfalls 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 policy Pets are not allowed.
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 R320 per night (4 people)
R410 per night (5 people)
R480 per night (6 people)
Contact 027 482 2828, driehoekcederberg@gmail.com
Location Driehoek Guest Farm, Cederberg Wilderness Area  (via N7)

6. Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway: Campsites in the Western Cape
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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
Facilities

  • 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

Activities

  • Trout-fishing
  • Bird-watching
  • Mountain-biking and hiking through waterfalls
  • Wine-tasting experiences in the region

Pet policy Pets are not allowed
Cost R990 for the first 6 people
R165 per additional adult
R80 per child (aged 4 – 12)
Free for children under 5
Contact 023 349 1919, info@trouthaven.co.za
Location Dwarsberg Farm, Louwshoek Voorsorg Road, Rawsonville (via N1, R101)
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

7. Enjo Nature Farm

Enjo Nature Farm: Camping in the Western Cape
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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
Facilities

  • 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

Activities

  • Swimming in the farm’s spring-fed dam
  • The farm has a 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 policy Pets are welcome.
Cost R80 per person
Free for children under 12
Contact 027 482 2869, rocks@soulcountry.info
Location Biedouw Valley/Wupperthal, Clanwilliam (via N7, R364)
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

8. Platbos Forest & Owl Camp

Platbos Forest Camp: Camping in the 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
Facilities
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 camper van
  • Open-air shower (with heated water)
  • 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

Activities

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; R50 per additional child (under 16); maximum 6 guests
Contact 082 447 3032
info@platbos.co.za / admin@platbos.co.za
Location Gansbaai (via N2, R43)

9. Secret Falls

Secret Falls: Campsites in the Western Cape

Where Tulbagh
What Roughly 100 kilometres from Cape Town lies a tranquil campsite tucked in the Winterhoek Mountains. Here, there’s no shortage of peace, quiet and spectacular views.
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Facilities

  • Private braai areas with a large table and benches
  • Communal ablutions with hot water
  • No electricity

Activities

  • Spring-water swimming pool
  • Hiking trails
  • Waterfalls and rock pools
  • Ziplining in Ceres

Pet policy Dogs are welcome (two dogs per campsite, R70 per night), and only if they’re well behaved (guests are asked to clean up their dog’s mess).
Important notes

  • The campsites are already booked out for most of 2018, so it’s advisable to book well in advance to secure your spot
  • The site is only accessible by 4x4s
  • The campsite is closed during June and July

Cost R150 per adult
R90 per child (under 12)
R70 per trailer
R1 800 per night (entire campsite for up to 12 people)
R2 700 per night (entire campsite for 13 to 18 people)
R3 900 per night (entire campsite for up to 30 people)
Contact 082 393 4704, secretfalls@mweb.co.za
Location Portion 7 of Die Ster Farm, Winterhoek West, Tulbagh (via N1, R44, R46)

10. Bonnievale River Lodge

Bonnievale River Lodge: Campsites in the 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
Facilities

  • 20 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

Activities

  • 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

Cost R130 – R250 per adult (depending on campsite and season)
R260 – R300 for two adults (depending on campsite and season)
Maximum 5 adults per campsite
Contact 083 655 1973, bonnievaleriverlodge@gmail.com
Location Angora Road, R317, Bonnievale (via N1, R60, R317)

11. Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park: Camping in the Western Cape

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
Facilities  

  • 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)

Activities

  • Swimming, river-rafting and fishing
  • Bird-watching
  • Mountain-hiking trails
  • Ideal for exploring the Breede River Valley, and the nearby town of Swellendam

Pet policy Pets are not allowed
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, bontebok@sanparks.org
Location Bontebok National Park, Swellendam (via N2)

12. The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort

The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort: Camping in the Western Cape

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
Facilities

  • 3 communal ablution blocks spaced around the campsite
  • Braai facilities
  • Power points

Activities

  • Natural hot springs
  • Hiking trails with views of Olifants River Valley
  • Children’s playground with trampoline
  • Tennis court
  • Explore the town of nearby town of Citrusdal

Pet policy Pets are not allowed.
Cost R100 – R120 per adult (depending on season)
R50 – R60 per child under 12 (depending on season)
Contact 022 921 8026, 022 921 8032, reservations@thebaths.co.za
Location The Baths, Citrusdal (via N7, R393)

13. Ebb & Flow Rest Camp

Ebb & Flow Rest Camp: Camping in the Western Cape
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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
Facilities

  • 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

Activities

  • 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 policy Pets are not allowed in the Wilderness National Park.
Please note There is no shop or ATM in the Rest Camp
Cost R202 – R449 for 1 – 2 adults per night (depending on the campsite)
R89 (additional adult)
R45 (additional child)
Contact 044 877 1197, enquiries.wilderness@sanparks.org
Location Wilderness National Park (via N2)

14. !Khwa Ttu

!Khwa Ttu: Campsites in the Western Cape
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Where Yzerfontein
What Not just a camping experience, but an educational one too, !Khwa Ttu immerses guests in the ancient history and culture of the San. The Bush Lodge borders on a glamping experience, while the Bush Camp offers more basic facilities, but with the convenience of pre-erected tents.
Distance from CT 1 hour
Facilities

  • Solar-powered
  • Bush Camp has 5 freestanding tents, each able to sleep 2 – 4 people
  • Each tent has a small lounge area, and a covered outdoor deck
  • The tents share bathroom facilities, a kitchen and a boma with a fireplace
  • Towels, utensils, additional beds, and firewood are available on request

Activities

  • A farmhouse restaurant serving rustic dishes
  • San guided tours, offering insight into the culture and history of the San
  • Herbal-tea tastings
  • San language sessions
  • Cycling and walking trails
  • Game drives
  • Gallery and shop selling San-themed art and accessories
  • Ideal location for exploring the West Coast

Pet policy Pets are welcome.
Cost R325 per person (includes breakfast)
Contact 022 492 2998, info@khwattu.org
Location Grootwater Farm, Yzerfontein (via N7, R27)
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

15. Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Slanghoek Mountain Resort: Campsites in the 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
Facilities

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

Activities

  • 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 policy Pets are not allowed.
Cost R600 – R720 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)
Contact 023 344 3138, info@slanghoekresort.co.za
Location Slanghoek Mountain Resort, Slanghoek Road (via N1, R101)
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

16. Vensterklip

Vensterklip: Camping in the 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.
Important note The drought has affected water levels in the Vlei, so guests may have to travel a bit further to reach the water’s edge (but it is still very much worth the journey).
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Facilities

  • Each site has a sink, en-suite bathrooms and showers
  • Each site has a braai area
  • The caravan sites have braai areas, lighting, electricity, communal showers and washing facilities

Activities

  • 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 policy Pets are not allowed.
Cost
Private campsites (maximum 8 guests): R150 per adult; R720 per site (during peak season and long weekends)
Overland campsites (maximum 6 guests) : R120 per adult; R480 per site (during peak season and long weekends)
Half-price for children (aged 2 – 12)
Free for children under 3
Contact 022 972 1340 or 079 500 3335, info@vensterklip.co.za
Location Vensterklip (via N7, R366)
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

17. Grootvaderbosch Nature Reserve

Grootvaderbosch: Camping in the Western Cape
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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
Facilities

  • 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)

Activities

  • 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 policy Pets are not allowed in CapeNature reserves.
Cost Standard campsites:
R160 – R360 for 1 – 2 people (depending on season)
R50 per additional person (maximum 6 per campsite)
Private campsites:
R200 – R600 for 1 – 2 people (depending on season)
R100 per additional person (maximum 6 per campsite)
Contact 021 483 0190, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Location Grootvaderbosch Nature Reserve (via N1, R60, N2 past Swellendam, R324, R322)

18. Rondeberg Resort

Rondeberg Resort: Camping in the Western Cape

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
Facilities
Private campsites

  • Electricity
  • Private bathroom with shower, basin and toilet
  • Built-in braai
  • Paved area for vehicle
  • 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

Activities

  • Children’s play area with swings and trampoline
  • Swimming pool
  • Boating and watersports in the dam
  • Hiking trails
  • Bird-watching
  • Nearby town of Clanwilliam

Cost General camping: R125 – R375 per person (depending on season)
Waters edge camping: R150 – R375 per person (depending on season)
Private camping: R150 – R500 per person (depending on season)
Maximum 6 people per campsite
Additional charges per person available on request
Contact 021 100 3689 / 079 760 0247
info@rondebergresort.co.za
Location Bulshoek Dam, Clanwilliam (via N7)

19. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Kagga Kamma: Camping in the Western Cape
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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
Facilities

  • 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 and no ablution facilities (an authentic camping experience)
  • Wood and ice can be purchased at reception

Activities

  • The resort has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa
  • Hiking, mountain-biking and Jeep trails in the surrounding nature reserve
  • Bouldering and rock-climbing
  • Nature drives
  • Sundowner tours
  • Quad-biking
  • Stargazing
  • Reptile educational talks presented by qualified snake handlers
  • Tours of ancient rock art sites, with paintings dating back 6 000 years

Pet policy Pets are not allowed.
Cost Swartrug Camp: R135 per person; R180 per vehicle
Bobbejaanskraans Camp: R90 per person; R180 per vehicle
Half-price, children 2 – 12 years
Contact 021 872 4343, info@kaggakamma.co.za
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.

20. Wolfkop Camping Villages

Wolfkop: Camping in the 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
Facilities

  • 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
  • Each site has a braai grid, utensils, and outdoor seating
  • Each site has electric lighting and a power point
  • Firewood available for purchase

Activities

  • Hiking and mountain-biking trails on the campsite, and on surrounding farms
  • Canoes can be hired at Wolfkop for use in the rivers and dams spread throughout Citrusdal
  • There’s a river at the Biesievlak Campsite where fishing is allowed

Pet policy Pets are not allowed
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
Contact 083 260 4822, info@wolfkopcampingvillages.co.za
Location Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal (via N7)
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

21. Algeria Campsite

Algeria Campsite: Camping in the Western Cape
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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
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

Activities

  • 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 policy Pets are not allowed in CapeNature reserves.
Important 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 R180 – R340 for 1 – 2 people (depending on season)
R40 (additional person)
Maximum 6 people per campsite
Contact 021 483 0190, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Location Cederberg Wilderness Area (via N7)

22. Nature’s Valley Rest Camp

Nature's Valley Rest Camp: Camping 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
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

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Hiking trails
  • Swimming and sailing in the Groot River estuary
  • Canoes available for hire at the camp
  • Nature’s Valley Beach

Pet policy Pets are not allowed.
Cost R207 for 1 – 2 adults per night
R89 per additional adult
R45 per additional child
Contact 044 531 6700, grace.valela@sanparks.org
Location Nature’s Valley (via N2, R102)

23. Silwerstrand Caravan Park

Silwerstrand Caravan Park: Campsites in the 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
Facilities

  • 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

Activities

  • 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 policy Pets allowed by prior arrangement with management.
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
info@silwerstrand.co.za or bookings@silwerstrandcaravanpark.co.za
Location Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate (Via N1, R60)

24. Tweede Tol

Tweede Tol: Campsites in the 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
Facilities

  • Communal washing and hot-water showers
  • Each campsite has its own braai grid
  • Firewood can be purchased at the gate
  • No power points

Activities

  • 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 policy Pets are not allowed in CapeNature Reserves.
Cost R160 – R360 for 2 people (depending on season)  
R50 per additional person
R500 – R570 per private campsite (depending on season)
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 (Reserve Office)
021 483 0190, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za (for accommodation and permits)
Location Tweede Tol (via N1, R44, R301)

Research by Matthew Flax, Kent Cloete, Alicia Chamaillé and Simone Michaelis

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Time of publication: 23 May 2018

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72 Responses to “The Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape 2018”

  1. Werner

    Hi, looking for campsite for 2 bushtrailers near wilderness from 20/12/2018 to 4/01/2019

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  2. Athraa

    Looking for a place for 25 people

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    • Michelle de Bruin

      Hi Athraa,

      You are through to The Inside Guide. You’d need to contact the providers directly to inquire about availability and book.

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  3. Berney

    Hi I’m looking for a camping site not too far from Cape Town, which can accomodate a family group of about 150 people. Any suggestions will be appreciated. I’m looking for any off season dates for a whole weekend after winter.
    Thank you in advance.

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  4. Madeniyah

    Im looking for available campsites for jan 06th 2019 to jan 9th please advise

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Madeniyah. You can click on the ‘Check Availability and Book Online’ link, or contact the listed campsites at the details provided, to see if any of them have availability during that period. Hope this helps.

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  5. Bernadine

    Good Day I’m looking for a camping place for our Sunday school group of 30 kidsemust me nearby in cape town half an hour drive atleast.

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  6. Joachim Bester

    There are definitely one or two places that I have not been so I am looking forward to your letters

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  7. Bertha Barthus

    Thanks for this great guide!!

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  8. Leachie

    Having recently completed the epic 3200km fundraiser Old Legs 2018 cycle ride from Zim to Cape Town, one of our best campsites we had the unplanned privilege of visiting was the Piekeneerskop Pass campsite at the peak of the climb, amazing views and all the necessary ablution and power facilities one could wish for, with lush lawns and sunset views second to none, with very little road noise and crystal clear skies ideal for stargazing, and great staff of the friendly variety, highly recommended by us all!

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  9. Brian

    I am looking for a camping site with sufficient power point/s. We are a family of 5

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Brian. Some of the campsites featured here do have power points, as mentioned in their ‘Facilities’ section. You could also try contacting the campsites directly to find out whether their power points are ideal for a family of 5. Hope this helps.

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    • James Browne

      Xama Fish Eagle River Camp on the banks of the Breede river, perfect for family groups

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  10. sorayah abrahams

    good afternoon
    I am looking for a chalet for 6 people trying our best to get a team building experience with the limited money we got

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Sorayah. The focus of this article is more on tented campsites, although some of the places do have chalet and cottage accommodation available as well. We believe Driekhoek Guest Farm, Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway and Oewerzicht may even have some cottages that sleep 6 to 8 people. You could also check out our article on the best secluded winter getaways in the Cape, as some of the options there sound well-suited to what you’re looking for. We hope this helps.

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  11. craig george

    Good day we are a group of 15-20 men wanting to go on a team building trip..fishing sleeping in our tents and just enjoying the peace and quiet…please please help us to find some places

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Craig. You’re through to The Inside Guide. You’ll need to check availability with the individual places. Good luck!

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  12. Yolanda Hunter

    Good day

    i am looking for a venue preferably a hall at the camping site, will be a day outing.

    need to accommodate +_ 500 seniors , therefore wheelchair friendly, if the hall cannot accommodate the full total if we could set up gazebos for the seniors. will be a xmas lunch for will come read or worst scenario if we could braai on the premises. Date end November.

    Please advise

    Kind regards

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  13. agatha chetty

    Good day

    I am looking for camp site for 4 adults and 2kids from 29th March to 2nd April.

    Kindly assist.

    Thanks A

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  14. vivienie

    Would anyone please help me with campsites in Cape town that can accommodate up to 120 teens.

    Thank you.

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    • pete

      froggy pond.. cape times fresh air camp just passed Simons Town

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  15. Mary Charles

    I would like to book a camping site from the 5 March 2018 until 15 March 2018

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  16. Lorenzo A Alfonzo

    Can you send info with pics of all these sites, please.
    Thank you.

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  17. Nanine Bekker

    Tweede Tol & Tietiesbaai has had breaks ins to camping gear, cars and robberies over the last few months.

    Just a heads up! Not safe anymore and I won’t camp there anymore. Safety is starting to be an issue.

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  18. Adele

    Looking for caravan spots in the western Cape

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    • Hendrik Kriel

      Try Mountain Breeze Caravan Park in Stellenbosch. Quite central to everything, i think.

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  19. Lorenzo A Alfonzo

    I need to know how big these places really are in surroundings per sq. Also when is a suitable time to come and view these places for bookings for clients of mine. +- 250 people.

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  20. Rafiek Williams

    Any info for any free camping spots (no cost) in cape town and surrounds thank you.

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  21. Sandra Geleta

    Any help finding me a camping spot to Cape Tow?. Family of 4. Before Chrismas till after New Year. around 10 days.
    Thank you

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  22. bradley barnes

    we have 20 church kids age 8-14 years old we want to bless with a 1 day overnight stay, can we be accommodated as we from ocean view
    cape town

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  23. Johan Groenewald

    PLEASE distances in km, not hours!!!

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  24. werner koekemoer

    I am planning a camping (Sept/Oct) trip down to Hermanus area (3 Nights), Cape Town (2 Nights) and then traveling back to Pretoria 3 nights that we would like to camp.

    Any place’s that could be recommended not mention on this site yet

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    • Lee-Ann Anderson

      Millerspoint past simonstown, very basic nut clean ablutions, big grass play area on the sea, 5mins walk to tidal pool, great private beach,fishing; also Imhoff on longbeach kommetjie, chalets and camping, beautiful area

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  25. Venessa Dippenaar

    I really need your advice. I want to camp and stay at 3 places over Christmas this year. My kids are 3 and 6 so I need advice about places that is not very windy, mosquitos not a big problem and beautiful nature for kids to play.

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    • Jan

      @Venessa – not sure if my previous answer went thorugh so here it is again. 1st stop – Koningskop just before Cirtusdal. 2nd stop – Jamaka (make this the longest stop because you will enjoy it here). 3rd stop – Ronderberg just after Clanwilliam. You wont go wrong if you can get bookings. Enjoy

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  26. Furry Campers

    Breathtaking! I’ll tell my colleagues – the furry campers – to go camping in any of the places you gave. Our furries will surely enjoy this. Thanks for the post!

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  27. Jan Groenewald

    @Meredyth Brown – in addition to the anti-mozzie repellents you had, here is a cheap but very practical option. Mix 50/50 dettol and baby oil. No midges during day time and no mozzies at night. Works like a charm and smell good as well.

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  28. Jan Groenewald

    If you want really quiet and secluded then here are two places. Gecko Rock about 30km outside Touwsriver. It is inside a conservation area. The stars at night is breath taking. The closest people are 2km away from you. Absolutely awesome. The also Porcupine rest camp about 50km outside Laingsburg. High clearance vehicles recommended. No electricity, no phone reception. Just you and nature.

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  29. Silke Schoeman

    Hi. Planing a trip with friends in March. Together we will have 5 kids aged between 18 months and 4. Not traveling with dogs (this time). Been to Beaverlac, but want to try something new, that would also work with kids our age. Looking for a place where the area is easy enough to manage and oversee our kids in. Would appreciate some feedback /advice. Thanks :).

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    • Lorna Walters

      Hello, we have two kids and love to go camping allot. I must say that the campsite that had lots of children was 22 watervalle (22 waterfalls) beverlac is beautiful but not as many kids., Konninskop also always has lots of kids, Silverstand also kids. secret waterfalls is beautiful my kids loved it there but you need a 4×4 to get there.
      and then you get your local is lekker camps – De hollandse molen / berg river./ slanghoek.

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    • Wayne coetzee

      Try Kambati 20km before Swellendam .

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  30. Patrick

    I’d have to disagree with having Wolfkop on this list, out of principal… They have taken over the running of Gouevalie camp site, right next door to theirs (under quite unfortunate circumstances) and have upped the camping price, immediately, from R100 (R2000 for first first 20 pax and R60 thereafter for entire campsite) to R800 per night for 2 people. We can’t afford to go there any longer, but I guess locals/regulars don’t really matter when you have paying foreigners…

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  31. Astrid

    We camped at Beaverlac, December 2016. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!! Ablution facilities were clean and well maintained. The friendly and accommodating staff, safe camping area, no noise and cell phone reception made our stay worth more than what we had expected and bargained for. Dog owners were mindful of other campers. Despite the high temperatures and dry weather conditions – the hikes, waterfalls and rock pools were amazing. We will definitely be going back.

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  32. Bernelle Verster

    !Khwa Ttu near Darling. Dogs are allowed. It is a nature reserve and San awareness centre. The bush camps are amazing, the costs are very reasonable, the facilities are basic but tasteful, and the breakfasts are fantastic!

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  33. Pieter Olckers

    How about camping sites in the eastern part of the Western Cape as well?

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  34. Anton

    Just keep in mind that when camping at Slanghoek for a weekend, they chase you off the site at 10am, so prepare for a very short weekend.

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  35. Sadie

    Just camped at bontebok..hot this time of year but beautiful. The river was amazing, the birdlife plentiful, and we got to see some zebra..a,bitof everything..really recommend

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  36. James

    Xama Fish Eagle Camp on the banks of the Breede river near Swellendam is the ideal spot, great rates, friendly staff. Excellent service, and privately owned so one is not swamped with lots of people. Check them out next time your looking for some old school exclusive camping with a twist of modern glamping

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    • Meredyth Brown

      recently (Oct and Nov) at Rawsonville and Swellendam – both on Breede River – we had terrible problems with mosquitoes and miggies. How was your experience on the Breede?

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      • Alex Bond-Smith

        It is always a problem but we take a Tabard candle and Peaceful Sleep spray along. These sort the miggies out.

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        • Meredyth Brown

          it wasn’t for lack of “lotions and potions” – we had four different anti-mozzie repellant with us.

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  37. Pam Reddy

    Pleasr email me the list. thanks

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  38. Mannie

    You should add Bonniedale camping farm, in between Mosselbay and Oudtshoorn. Best camping site, lose yourself in nature

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  39. Albie

    Jamaca organic farm in cederberg,tent friendly,big campsites,very clean,excellent value for money and good shop with stocked with camping essentials. If you go ,you will make it one of your annual campsites

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  40. Michelle

    Vloedbos, just outside Caledon is also a must if you have small kids. And Skurwekop in Robertson is awesome for tranquility. Ablution facilities for both is awesome for a campsite.

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  41. Marius Carstens

    My favourite camping spot for 2016 is Eden Valley near Mooreesburg. Serene setting close to the Berg river and frequent calling of the Fish Eagles are awesome. I am going back soon.

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    • Peter Abrahamse

      Koningskop in Citrisdal. Best campsite by far!!!

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    • James King

      Hi Marius, I’ve heard of this camp site. How does one get there and who do you contact to book?
      Thanks James King

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  42. Deon Moolman

    Hoë kan julle nog Tietiesbaai adverteer met al daai crime

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  43. steve

    I m familiar with some of these locations and most are highly recommended. Sadly the Tietiesbaai site in the Columbine Reserve is no longer safe and one is strongly advised to stay away from rhis once lovely and safe area. Very sad but your safety cannot be guaranteed by the authorities and your belongings will be stolen. Stay away!

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  44. Veronique

    Well Done to Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway!!

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  45. Meredyth Brown

    places such as Dwarsberg, Slanghoek and many others are losing out on so much business as “up north” (Limpopo, Mpumalanga, NorthWest etc) there are pensioner discounts offered – especially Sunday to Thursday. We pay on average R150-200 for 2 people. Why the same fee for two or six campers down here? We are staying at Forever Plett for a month mid Jan to mid Feb for R2500 (elec included) so why would I
    go somewhere and pay over 500-600 PER NIGHT ? I live in Cape Town and the many older campers who live down here are seriously missing out. Do the resorts not need extra business?

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    • Alex Bond-Smith

      I am a pensioner and my wife and I go and camp mid week only. Dwarsberg does relax their minimum charge of R660.00 per night midweek and we pay just R110.00 pp which we are happy to pay to camp in one of the finest private campsites anywhere. I do agree about the rest though and we are not prepared to pay up to R600.00 per nigh for just the two of up. I recently emailed a campsite called Bosrivier near Citrusdal asking them if they would consider doing something similar as they charge R400.00 per night er site and they replied offering a very generous 30% midweek pensioners discount. However this still makes it R280.00 per night for the two of us and it still too expensive. We therefore stick to campsites that charge per person and not per site.

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      • Meredyth Brown

        thanks for the tip re Dwarsberg Alex – will give them a try next year

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  46. Kelly

    Tweede Tol is not up to par as well. Camped there during Easter 2015. Ablution facilities good, but the overall campsite needed maintenance and had to fight through vegetation with my kids on the hiking trails. Definitely not recommended, not to speak of the day visitors river area which was totally filthy and abundant with drunken people

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    • Slyvie

      I disagree here. I’ve often camped at tweede tol. Sure, it is crowded during the season but go at times when it isn’t if you like the solitude – which is what we do.

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      • Lloydd Parkerson

        Was there in January 2017 after school holidays- ablution blocks not as clean as they used to be and baboons trashed the bins- it was only cleaned up a few days later when senior staff arrived,. as far as the day campers- they trash the place with babies nappies and cigarettes cans bottles even at the pool!
        The weekend – some unruly youngsters arrived and was noisy throughout the night from drinking and radios blaring in the morning and when asked to tone down one woman just bitched her attitude!

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        • Lauren

          We had terrible experience at tweedetol. From 11pm on the sat night there were loads of cars queuing to get into public picnic site the next morning. Most were drinking and playing loud music THROUGHOUT the night. The parks board guys had no control over this as it happens outside the gate. We had no sleep and the Sunday was overrun with drunken day visitors. Really sad as the spot is so beautiful

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  47. Heather

    Unfortunately Tietties Bay should be removed from the list. Yes it’s a pretty site, however it’s not the best. It is no longer safe to stay there with daily occurrences of break-ins and theft by undesirables who hover in the dunes watching and waiting.

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