The 50 Best Camping Sites in the Cape

The 50 Best Camping Sites in the Cape Ebb & Flow Rest Camp, Vicky G

Recharge in the serenity of natural beauty spots.

Sometimes, a complete break from the daily grind is the only way to reboot, and pitching a tent is the best way to find adventure and connection to what matters most. Fortunately, in Cape Town, we are blessed with an array of out-of-the-way places that are – ironically – close enough to be able to hop in the car and get away from it all.

We’ve found sites for every kind of camper – on farms, beside rivers, on mountain tops, in forests; from the remote and rustic to ones that come with anything from a private plunge pool or hot tub to a golf green – and the kitchen sink, gas stove and freezer. For those who prefer more luxury on their nature breaks, see our Best Glamping Getaways in the Western Cape.

Where would you like to go camping?

The Overberg
Cederberg
Porterville, Tulbagh & Surrounds 
The Winelands
Breede River Valley
The Karoo 
The Garden Route

Important note: If you’ll be hiking, be prepared – even if it seems like an easy trail, an injury, severe weather or wrong turn could become life-threatening. Take water, snacks and warm clothing. Never hike alone, and pace it according to the slowest person in the group. Reserves may close their trails due to flooding or fire damage, so check before heading out; also always check the weather report. Make sure you have emergency numbers for the area in your phone.

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Camping Sites: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Where Near Swellendam
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting This enchanted 250-hectare forest filled with a variety of indigenous tree species is like something out of a fairytale. Camping under towering yellowwoods and ironwoods, and walking through atmospheric woodland where the sun barely peeks in, or exploring the Duiwenhoks River, is an experience that nature-lovers will cherish long after their stay.

Facilities

  • 9 campsites with wooden decks and reed screens + 5 basic sites for caravans
  • each has lights and electrical and USB points
  • each has a braai/firepit, a bench, a table and seating
  • each has a water tap and scullery
  • communal ablution block with hot-water showers
  • thatched communal braai and picnic area with a fridge (BYO braai grid)
  • eco-logs for purchase (no external firewood allowed)

Things to do

  • swimming in the river or swimming pool
  • forest walking
  • 2 hiking trails
  • 6km mountain-biking trail on site, plus nearby
  • children’s jungle gym and play area
  • 2 bird hides for birdwatching (around 200 species)

Good to know The campground and ablutions are wheelchair friendly. There is no shop on site.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R350 per decked site for two people
R90 per extra person (up to four or six people)
From R250 per basic site for two people
R70 per extra person (up to six people)
Conservation fee per night: R40 (adult), R20 (child)
Contact 087 087 8250, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Where to find it Off the R322, via R324 off the N2, between Swellendam and Heidelberg

Kam’Bati River Resort

Camping Sites: Kam'Bati River Resort

Where Swellendam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This serene Breede River getaway on a quiet, 60-hectare grain farm offers a picture-perfect, family-friendly slice of country life. The campsite lies in the shade of towering bluegum trees on the banks of the river, offering intrepid explorers endless activities, while town is a short drive away for those after a cultural fix.

Facilities

  • 70 grassed sites in 3 blocks (suitable for caravans)
  • braai drums available (BYO braai if you can)
  • central ablution blocks with hot-water showers (plus a bath and baby-changing station)
  • shared plug points
  • lawns for games
  • daily servicing of bins and braai drums

Things to do

  • 3 swimming pools with water slides
  • pool bar-lounge
  • putt-putt, playground and jungle gym
  • nature walks
  • fishing (catch-and-release)
  • hiking and biking trails
  • pizza restaurant on site
  • 2 nature reserves nearby (Bontebok and Marloth)
  • restaurants, museums and market in Swellendam (20km)

Good to know Block A is closest to the pools. There are also AfriCamps glamping options on the farm.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R246.50 per person (up to four people)
R123 per child (under 17 years)
Contact 079 200 9098 (WhatsApp), jaco@oena.co.za
Where to find it Jubileeskraal Farm, off the N2, 20km west of Swellendam

Oewerzicht

Camping Sites: Oewerzicht

Where Greyton
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting A picturesque fruit and veg farm surrounded by mountains, wheat fields and pastures where flocks of sheep roam. (If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of one of the resident reebok stopping by for a drink of water.) The campground is beside the Sonderend River that provides hours of fun for the whole family.

Facilities

  • 27 grassed sites with reed screens or gazebos (for shade; no trees)
  • power points
  • slick modern ablutions with outdoor shower option
  • braai drums (BYO grid)
  • lawn space for games
  • 2 portable wood-fired hot tubs to hire

Things to do

  • swimming and tubing in the river
  • canoeing and fishing (BYO gear)
  • 25km mountain-biking trail
  • hiking trails
  • tennis court
  • birdwatching
  • restaurants, galleries and shops in Greyton (9km away)

Good to know There is also a retro caravan, plus cottages to hire.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R550 per site (up to four people)
R120 per extra person (maximum six people per site)
Contact 028 254 9831, info@oewerzicht.com
Where to find it Oewerzicht Farm, off the R406, Greyton

Khomeesdrif Camping Site

Camping Sites Khomeesdrif Camp

Where Riviersonderend
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting A beautiful resort on a farm on the banks of the Sondered River in the foothills of the mountains. Nature-lovers will be in their element, sharing this bucolic space with horses and sheep and lots of birds and more. The campsite is in a poplar forest at the water’s edge.

Facilities

  • Up to 50 spacious, mostly shaded, grassed sites (no electricity)
  • braais/firepits (wood available on request)
  • 2 ablution blocks with solar-powered hot showers (with gas backup) and flush toilets
  • water points and washing-up area
  • cooling/freezing facilities, and ice available
  • shared riverside entertainment deck
  • lawns for games

Things to do

  • river swimming (tractor tubes available)
  • paddling on the river (canoes supplied)
  • fishing (catch-and-release)
  • mountain-biking trails
  • jungle gym
  • volleyball court
  • birdwatching
  • obstacle course
  • 4×4 route and quad-biking (BYO; by arrangement)
  • hiking (by prior arrangement)

Pet friendly? Yes (R20 per dog)
Cost R420 per site (up to four people)
R110 per extra person (maximum six per site)
Contact 082 9370 053, 082 558 1594, bookings@khomeesdrif.co.za
Where to find it Kleinplasie Farm, R406, off the N2, near Riviersonderend

Kleine Eike

Camping Sites: Kleine Eike

Where Greyton
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This breathtaking fruit farm overlooks the towering Riviersonderend Mountains, with the Sonderend River running through it. The lush, green campground is right on the river, divided between shady sites above the bank and sunny sites slightly further back that enjoy views of the fields and farm too. There are lawn areas right beside the river for everyone to use  – and the bathrooms are rather stylish.

Facilities

  • 19 spacious campsites
  • each site has a braai and picnic bench (with a shade canopy in the non-riverside sites)
  • each site has access to electricity, a water tap and refuse bin
  • communal ablution block (8 hot showers and flush toilets, 10 basins and wash troughs)
  • “honesty” wood and ice supply
  • communal scullery area

Things to do

  • 2 hiking and cycling trails on site
  • swimming in the river
  • canoeing and tubing (BYO gear)
  • bass fishing and birdwatching
  • kids’ playground
  • apple and pear picking (January to May)
  • restaurants, shops and Saturday market in Greyton (9km away)

Good to know The entire campsite is available to rent for private functions and retreats.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R500 per site (up to four people)
R120 per extra person
Contact 082 809 9896, info@kleineeike.com
Where to find it Kleine Eike Estate, off the R406, southeast of Greyton

Champagne Campsite

Camping Sites: Champagne Campsite

Where Greyton
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The name alone is reason enough to visit, for fresh air and beautiful scenery on an apple and pear farm in the shadow of the Riviersonderend Mountains. There’s also a choice of sites to suit different types of campers – some riverside, some bordering the orchards, some a bit “wilder” and one set apart beside a big old willow tree.

The facilities

  • 8 superior orchard sites, with a braai, picnic table and private bathroom (2 showers and a toilet)
  • 6 standard river sites, sharing 3 braai spots, ablutions (2 showers, 2 toilets) and scullery
  • 4 bush camp sites, sharing 3 braai spots and ablutions (2 solar showers, 2 toilets)
  • 1 private, more spacious site with own braai (use of river camp’s bathrooms)
  • all sites have access to a power point, water tap and refuse bin
  • most sites have grass and shade (BYO gazebo for shade in bush camp)

Things to do 

  • swimming and floating in the river
  • fishing
  • farm/orchard walks
  • donkey sanctuary and historic Genadendal close by
  • restaurants, shops and Saturday market in Greyton

Good to know You need to bring drinking water, and your own braai if you like. The bush camp’s river access is shallower, good for small children and dogs.
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Cost From R486 (up to 4 people)
Orchard site: From R660 (up to 4 people)
Contact 084 510 9573, camping@heideland.co.za
Where to find it Heideland Farm, off Middelplaas Road, off the R436 from Genadendal

Enjo Nature Farm

Camping Sites: Enjo Nature Farm

Where Near Clanwilliam
Distance from CT  3.5 hours
Setting Infinite silence, wide-open spaces, crisp air, rocky mountains and night skies festooned with stars… In the Cederberg’s pristine Biedouw Valley, Enjo offers camping next to its seasonal river, with a spring-fed dam and free-roaming horses There are long hikes interspersed or bouldering on the time-sculpted rocks; mountain-bikers can downhill it to the old mission village of Wuppertal. Back at camp, there’s a hot shower and firepit should the weather turn glum.

The facilities

  • 3 private riverside campsites under trees (part sandy, part grassy)
  • communal ablution hut with hot shower, toilet and kitchen sink
  • each site has water, a power point and braai area/firepit
  • wooden deck and loungers at the dam
  • firewood available for purchase
  • honesty shop for drinks and homemade goodies

Things to do 

  • swimming in the river and dam
  • paddleskis and canoes to use
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking
  • 4×4 trails, on site and next door
  • games room with a pool table, dartboard and board games
  • Sevilla Rock Art Trail nearby
  • Rocklands bouldering site nearby
  • visit the old mission village of Wupperthal

Good to know There is additional accommodation in cottages and chalets.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R130 per person (maximum four people per site)
Free for children under 18 years

Where to find it Biedouw Valley, R364, via N7 from Clanwilliam
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Rondeberg Resort

Camping Sites: Rondeberg Resort

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting On the banks of the lesser-known Bulshoek Dam (Clanwilliam’s big dam gets all the attention), 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

  • 4 grassed, semi-shaded campsite areas: 6 Private, 2 Waterfront, 20 General and 4 Luxury (glamping)
  • all with electricity, water tap and braai
  • shared ablutions with hot showers, basins and toilets
  • private sites have an undercover built-in braai, kitchen workspace with storage, fridge-freezer and microwave, and a paved area for camping vehicles
  • dishwashing and laundry facilities
  • tuckshop onsite

Things to do

  • swimming in the pool
  • paddling on the dam (kayaks available to rent)
  • boating and watersports (BYO boats and gear)
  • hiking trails
  • children’s play area, jungle gym and duck pond
  • birdwatching
  • fishing (catch-and-release)
  • barge to rent for dam cruises

Good to know There are also chalets with hot tubs.
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement; 2 dogs per site (R100 per dog per day)
Cost From R320 per site (up to six people)
Free for children under 5 years
Contact 021 100 3689 / 079 760 0247, info@rondebergresort.co.za
Where to find it Bulshoek Dam, N7, 23km north of Clanwilliam

Kromrivier Cederberg Park

Camping Sites: Kromrivier Cederberg Park

Where Near Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting Situated in the heart of the awe-inspiring Cederberg Conservancy, on Kromrivier wine farm, this restful eco-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 on grass under oak trees beside the Krom River
  • each has its own private ablution hut with a hot shower and flush toilet
  • each site has a braai/firepit
  • every site has a power point and washing-up sink
  • lawns for games
  • farmstall with wood, firelighters, toiletries, deli items, wine, etc

Things to do

  • 5 hiking trails, including to caves and a waterfall
  • 5 mountain-biking trails
  • swimming in the river, dams or rock pools
  • fishing in 2 dams and river
  • birdwatching
  • horse-riding
  • farmyard experience for children
  • restaurant (for burgers and the farm’s craft beer)
  • Cederberg Observatory nearby (open Saturdays)

Good to know There is no cellphone reception but there is wifi. There is also a glamping option.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R250 for two people; from R400 for four people
R100 per extra person (up to eight people)

Contact 027 482 2807, bookings@cederbergpark.co.za
Where to find it Kromrivier Farm, Ou Kaapse Road/Algeria road from N7, Clanwilliam

Algeria Campsite

Camping Sites: Algeria Campsite
Scott Ramsay

Where Between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 2.5 – 3 hours
Setting Algeria is the official gateway to the otherworldly Cederberg Wilderness Area, a place of extraordinary rock formations, fynbos, wildlife and caves decorated with ancient rock art. The campsite is a peaceful grassy area on either side of the gurgling Rondegat River, surrounded by those majestic burnt-orange mountains.

Facilities

  • 48 campsites (some with grass, some with more shade)
  • all sites have power points
  • communal ablutions with hot showers (the women’s block also has a bath)
  • braai and picnic bench at each site
  • firewood and basic items available to purchase

Things to do

  • crystal-clear swimming hole in the river
  • Middelberg waterfall hike with pool
  • hiking and walking trails
  • 2 mountain-biking trails on site
  • rock-climbing and bouldering
  • jungle gyms
  • Stadsaal Caves and Truitjieskraal for rock art

Good to know There are permit fees for hiking (R85 adult, R55 child) and bouldering (R100).
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R210 per site for two people
R70 per extra person (maximum six per site)
Daily conservation fee: R70 (adult), R50 (child)
Contact 087 087 8250, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Where to find it Algeria turn-off, N7 between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam

Sanddrif Holiday Resort

Camping Sites: Sanddrif Holiday Resort

Where Near Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Hidden in the heart of the Cederberg Wilderness area, this enchanting destination is surrounded by spectacular rock formations, expansive vistas, rock art and fynbos, with the Matjies River running through it – a stellar location for a nature escape. The farm is also home to Cederberg Private Wine Cellar… and the legendary Maalgat rock pool.

Facilities

  • 32 campsites on lawns under trees on the riverbank (half are water’s edge)
  • smaller Kliphuis camp (10 sites) under oak trees (no grass)
  • communal ablutions with hot water (gas and solar geysers)
  • all have electrical points
  • built-in braai at each site (BYO braai grid)
  • farm shop for wood, ice, snacks, cooldrinks and local wines and craft beer

Things to do

  • swimming in the river and nearby rock pools
  • hiking and rock climbing
  • mountain-biking
  • rock art
  • children’s playground
  • craft beer and wine tasting on site
  • birdwatching

Good to know Wifi is available at the office.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R560 per site (up to four people)
R140 per extra person (maximum eight per site)
Contact 060 727 7161, sanddrif@cederbergwine.com
Where to find it Dwarsrivier Farm, Uitkyk Pass off the N7 (Algeria turn-off) near Clanwilliam

Mount Ceder Eco Campsites

Camping Sites: Mount Ceder Eco Campsite

Where Near Prince Alfred Hamlet, Ceres
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Set in the Grootrivier Valley below the Blinkberg’s dramatic slopes, this escape is about as secluded as they come. A combination of olive farm with self-catering cottages and wilderness, for a true nature experience, the eco campsites (with their own splash pools) are glorious – putting you in the midst of this magnificent landscape. Relish daily walks along the river, to a waterfall or up the rocky slopes to explore.

Facilities

  • 3 spacious, shaded and grassed campsites (Kriedoring, Kraalbos + Soutkrans)
  • each site has private ablutions (hot-water shower) and a scullery
  • shaded roof for tent
  • two-plate gas stove and braai area
  • solar-powered 12V battery for your lighting, a camping fridge, etc
  • rustic splash pool

Things to do

  • 2 hiking trails
  • 3 mountain-biking trails (bikes to rent)
  • swimming in the river, rock pools and waterfall (seasonal)
  • canoeing (canoes to rent)
  • stargazing
  • guided hikes to rock-art caves and a sunset canyon viewpoint
  • olive-grove tour and olive-oil tasting
  • “junior ranger” adventures (age 6 – 12)
  • Old Mill House restaurant (on site)

Good to know There is no cellphone reception but there is wifi at the restaurant; while there, order a braai box (R215) and pick up some wine.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R525 per site (up to six people)
Minimum two-night stay on weekends
Contact 023 004 0848, reservations@mountceder.co.za
Where to find it R355 from Op-die-Berg, off the R303 from Ceres

Suikerbossie Guest Farm

Camping Sites: Suikerbossie

Where Between Ceres and Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Flowing waters, majestic canyons, prolific proteas and towering rock formations set the scene at this picturesque fruit farm in the Koue Bokkeveld, which is also part of the Twee Rivieren Nature Reserve. A selection of riverside campsites (each with its own attractions) lends itself to an immersive stay in nature. “Bo-Tarzan” is closest to the rope swing into the river, “Strand” has a white-sand beach, “Boom” is under a huge umbrella pine tree… Some have private river access; there is also a jetty for communal access.

Facilities

  • 15 riverside campsites of various sizes on grass (plus 3 glamping sites set further back, safer for young kids)
  • each has a gazebo or a small porch and a braai
  • solar panels at Waterfall for lights but no electrical points, electricity at Ghoeboontjie and Alison’s Cabin, no electricity at Boeta site
  • Kuil site has a kitchen area with a 2-plate gas stove and workspace
  • communal ablutions with hot-water showers
  • communal fridge and freezer facilities
  • firewood, ice, canoes and tubes can be prebooked
  • guests may pick pears, peaches and oranges (in season)
  • tuckshop

Things to do

  • swimming in the river, rock pools and waterfalls
  • hiking trail and mountain-biking trail
  • canoeing
  • rock-climbing
  • 4×4 trail to canyon lookout
  • rock art
  • fishing (catch-and-release)

Good to know Recycling is required (no rubbish bins). There are also 2 glamping sites (one private, next to a waterfall) and a cabin.
Pet friendly? Yes, on request
Cost Camping: from R185 – R200 per person per night
Glamping: from R270 – 400 per person per night
Sites accommodate from four to 14 people
Contact 022 921 3537, 076 465 3747 (WhatsApp), bookings@suikerbossieguestfarm.co.za
Where to find it Suikerbossie Boerdery, R303, 89km from Ceres

Schoongezicht Campsite

Camping Sites: Schoongezicht Campsite

Where Op-Die-Berg, near Ceres
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Located on a farm at the foot of the Skurweberg Mountains in the Koue Bokkeveld, these nature-hugged campgrounds are surrounded by majestic scenery, walking trails and a wonderful swimming dam fed by natural spring water and boasting a white-sand beach (perfect for building sandcastles). The three private camps make for great group getaways.

Facilities

  • 2 communal campsites: Lapa Kamp (5 sites) and Hoefie’s Den (10 shaded sites)
  • all have electricity and moveable braais
  • main braai lapa and lawns for games
  • shared ablutions
  • 3 private off-grid campsites (Morning Glory, Sandstrand and Dassiegat) with open-air ablutions with hot showers, and a braai
  • Morning Glory and Sandstrand have their own natural rock pools; Dassigat has its own private section of the main dam
  • Caravan camp with 6 fully equipped retro caravans with electricity, lights, fridge, a picnic bench and braai

Things to do

  • swimming in the dam and rock pools
  • picnicking
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking
  • farm animals
  • 4×4 route

Good to know There is no wifi. A high-clearance vehicle is required to reach the private sites; they also lack shade so bring umbrellas and/or gazebos.
Pet friendly? Yes (private campsites only, R30 per dog)
Cost Normal sites: from R300 (up to four people)
R170 per extra person (maximum six people)
Private sites: from R1 000 (up to six people)
R180 per extra person (up to 16 or 20 people)
Dassiegat: R800 per night (up to four people)
R170 per extra person (maximum 12 people)
Caravans: from R500 per night; R850 on weekends
Contact 082 855 4573, info@schoongezichtkamp.co.za
Where to find it 28km from Op-die-Berg, off R303 from Ceres

Balie’s Gat

Camping Sites: Balie's Gat

Where Between Op-Die-Berg and Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting In a remote valley in the southern Cederberg, the adventure starts with the drive in, on a rugged but magnificent gravel road (high-clearance vehicles essential). The farm produces fruit (mostly citrus) and veg, has a flock of sheep, and miles of unspoilt mountain terrain hiding wonderful rock pools. Also, there are not many places in the world where the backdrop to your campfire is a gallery-wall of ancient San rock art.

The facilities

  • 4 grassed, bluegum-shaded campsites next to a stream
  • Boesmansklip (the camp with the rock art) takes 6-7 camping rigs/tents, Baliekamp 1 and 2 take 3-4 rigs/tents each, and Rietdakkie fits 2-3 rigs/tents
  • each has private ablutions with solar-power for light and hot water
  • each has a braai area and firepit, plus a dishwashing stand and water tap
  • thatched gazebo at both Baliekamps, which are adjacent to each other
  • wood, ice, farm preserves, dried fruit etc to purchase
  • pre-order fresh breads, roosterkoek, salads, meat, platters and boxed meals

Things to do 

  • swimming in rock pools
  • hiking, running and mountain-biking trails
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing

Good to know No power points or cellphone signal. Wifi available for emergencies at reception. Catering can be arranged for large groups.
Pet friendly? Yes, small dogs only
Cost R150 per adult, R75 per teen, R50 per child (children under 5 free), R35 per dog
Note: minimum R1 500 per night on weekends and during school holidays for Boesmansklip; for more than 10 people, the usual rates apply per person extra

Contact 023 001 0810, admin@baliesgat.co.za
Where to find it Tandfontein, off the R303, 48km from Citrusdal

Kliphuis Campsite

Camping Sites: Kliphuis Campsite

Where Near Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting In the far north of the Cederberg, close to the famous Biedouw flower valley, this back-to-nature campsite sits on the Kliphuis River under tall, shady trees. Neighbouring the world-famous Rocklands bouldering area, it’s paradise for those who like climbing and hiking.

The facilities

  • 14 campsites with grass and soft sandy ground
  • braai spots and access to water (no electricity)
  • shared ablutions with gas-heated showers and toilets
  • charcoal and eco-logs for sale (no firewood allowed)

Things to do 

  • 3 circular hiking trails on site
  • bouldering and rock climbing
  • rock art sites
  • dipping in the river
  • shops, rooibos tours and wine tasting in Clanwilliam (17km)
  • visit historic Wupperthal and its veldskoen factory (48km)

Good to know There’s no cellphone reception and no shop for supplies. Spontaneous same-day bookings are possible before 12pm; the gates close at 4pm.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R150 per site (two people)
R25 per extra person (maximum six per site)
Hiking permit: R85 (adult), R55 (child)
Bouldering permit: R60

Contact 087 087 8250, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Where to find it Pakhuis Pass (R364), off N7 near Clanwilliam

Menoegaa

Camping Sites: Menoegaa

Where Op-die-Berg, near Ceres
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting There’s another Table Mountain, in the Koue Bokkeveld mountains. Sitting at Menoegaa campsite admiring the view, the silhouette is so familiar you will feel like you’ve rewound in time, to a Cape Town before the roads and buildings. There’s a dam in front of it that reflects its form beautifully… This is a place for daydreaming and finding stillness. The camp is so thoughtfully put together that everything looks like the work of a land artist.

The facilities

  • 5 campsites in an indigenous garden with big gazebos
  • each has a braai and water tap
  • some have electricity
  • communal ablutions with 2 hot-water gas showers and flush toilets
  • cooling-down tubs

Things to do 

  • walking and hiking trails
  • stargazing
  • birdwatching (the indigenous plants attract birds and wildlife)

Good to know Good cellphone signal but no wifi.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R400 per site (up to four people)
R320 for two people per night if booked for two nights

Contact 074 417 9844 (WhatsApp preferably), menoegaa@gmail.com
Where to find it Kalifornië Farm, 10km from Op-die-Berg, off the R303 from Ceres

Beaverlac

Camping Sites: Beaverlac
The Cape Town Kid

Where Near Porterville
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This long-standing favourite has reached legendary proportions, and rightly so. Tucked away in the Olifants River Mountains above Porterville, the charming no-fuss campsite – guardian and gateway to a slew of divine rock pools and waterfalls along the Ratel and Olifants Rivers – epitomises the great outdoors in all its rugged majesty. And the only way to enjoy it is to stay over (no day visitors).

Facilities

  • non-demarcated campsites on grass under tall trees
  • communal ablutions (most with hot showers)
  • every camping group has an allocated braai pit (BYO grid)
  • shop for wood, ice, bread, beer, wine, snacks, ice cream, etc

Things to do

  • swimming in the natural pools
  • 3 hiking trails (you may stumble upon some rock art)
  • mountain-biking trails
  • wildlife spotting and birdwatching

Good to know No electricity at campsites, but there’s a power point and freezer to use at the camp shop. No cellphone or wifi signal. Bring cash. There are also various quirky huts, cabins and cottages to book.
Pet friendly? Yes (R50 per dog per night)
Cost R80 per person
R50 per child (5 – 17 years)
R40 per car
Contact 022 931 2945, beaverlac.campingrequest@gmail.com
Where to find it Dasklip Road and Pass, off R365 from Porterville

22 Waterfalls

Camping Sites: 22 Waterfalls

Where Porterville
Distance from CT Just over 1.5 hours
Setting In rugged countryside cradled by heavenly mountains, camping on this family farm affords gorgeous valley views – plus exciting hikes up the forested, fynbos-clad ravine, where a chain of 22 spring-fed waterfalls reveal themselves. (Only 20 day visitors are allowed, so for maximum waterfall enjoyment, it’s best to stay over.) There’s lots more to do. The campsites are laid out along a shallow stream, which adds a lovely watery soundtrack to your stay.

The facilities

  • 52 shaded campsites, divided between the main area (with electricity) and “Die Sirkel” (without electricity), closer to the start of the waterfall hike
  • 5 sites on the private “Eiland” across the river
  • shared ablutions with hot showers, basins and toilets
  • shared scullery/washing room and water taps
  • braai area (BYO grid)
  • firewood and ice to purchase

Things to do 

  • hiking the waterfall trail, with swimming
  • mountain-biking (including family-friendly tracks)
  • separate dams for fishing (catch-and-release) and swimming
  • visit the farm animals
  • 4×4 trail
  • Ginsmith tastings at Tygerkloof Distillery nearby

Good to know Minimum two-night stays on weekends and in summer high season. There are also zinc “camp houses”.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R400 per site (up to four people)
R50 extra for sites with electricity
Contact 022 125 0583
Where to find it Waterval Farm, off R44 near Porterville

Fraaigelegen Guest Farm

Camping Sites: Fraaigelegen Guest Farm

Where Near Tulbagh
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting An idyllically peaceful 20-hectare olive and wine farm at the foot of the Witzenberg Mountains, with a half-moon dam mirroring the spectacular scenery. This is the spot to chill out with a bottle of wine, listening to birdsong and admiring blazing sunsets and sparkling night skies. Pull in with your caravan, motorhome or 4×4 rooftop tent, and park off in this stunning valley.

The facilities

  • 3 spacious grassed campsites beside the vineyards with power points
  • shared stylish ablutions with 2 hot showers, basins and flush toilets
  • 2 communal bomas with braai area and firepit
  • firewood, fresh eggs, honey, olive oil and olives for sale

Things to do 

  • swimming in the dam
  • farm walks or bicycle rides
  • playground for children
  • stargazing and birdwatching
  • wine-tastings nearby
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails nearby
  • horseriding nearby
  • restaurants, shops and more in Tulbagh (10 minutes’ drive)

Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Cost R380 per site (for two people)
R190 per extra person (maximum four per site)
Small fee for dogs
Contact 071 404 2766, fraaigelegenfarm@gmail.com
Where to find it Weltevrede, off the R46 between Tulbagh and Wolseley

Eike Camping

Camping Sites: Eike Camping

Where Tulbagh
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Surrounded by pear orchards and towering oak trees on a private farm, the two exclusive-use campsites (set on opposite sides of the property) are what nature-lovers’ dreams are made of. The peaceful sounds of the trickling Klein Berg River, rustling leaves and birdsong set the scene for a soul-enriching camping experience, while well-looked-after facilities enhance its appeal.

Facilities

  • Die Bos Kamp (20 people): next to the river, on grass in a forest
  • 3 electricity and water points and a large central firepit
  • hanging “egg” chairs and swings in the trees
  • Die Fynbos Kamp (6 people): in a “wilder” spot, on gravel, overlooking the dam and farm
  • braai area and water tap, but no electricity
  • each camp has semi-open-air ablutions with a shower, flush toilet and scullery station (wood-fired water heater)

Things to do

  • walk or bike ride along the river and in the orchards
  • splashing/dipping in the river (seasonal)
  • sandpit, tree swings and hanging “egg” chairs at Die Bos camp
  • paddling on the dam (BYO canoe/SUP)
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails nearby
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • shops, restaurants and more in Tulbagh (9km)

Good to know Bring your own wood for the braai and “donkey” boiler. A high-clearance vehicle is required for Die Fynbos camp.
Pet friendly? Yes, at Die Bos camp
Cost Bos Kamp: R1 600 per night (up to four people)
Fynbos Kamp: R750 per night (up to four people)
R200 per extra person per night
Contact 072  555 3782, sarahn.mwl@gmail.com
Where to find it Die Eike Farm, Winterhoek Road, Tulbagh
MAKE A RESERVATION

Noah Farm

Camping Sites: Noah Farm

Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Occupying an elevated position high up in the Witzenberg mountains, this superbly run off-grid guest farm is worth braving the bit of tough gravel road taken to reach it. The altitude means wondrous views, especially absorbing when the mist fills the valley and then burns off as the heat of the morning sun takes hold. Sunsets are sublime, too. 

Facilities

  • 6 private grassy campsites with ample shade
  • each with a waterpoint, braai and firepit
  • each has a wood-burning hot tub
  • private bathroom with a large shower, basin and flush toilet
  • kitchen area
  • solar/battery-powered lights and gas-heated hot water
  • wood and ice are available

Things to do

  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking trails
  • birdwatching
  • wine-tastings nearby
  • restaurants and farm stalls nearby (Wolseley is 9 mins away)
  • Ceres zipline (24km)

Pet friendly? Yes (by arrangement)
Cost R1 200 per site (up to 4 people)
R250 per extra person (maximum 10 people per site)
R125 per child (5 – 11 years)
Free for children under 5 years
Contact 076 847 7950, noahfarmcampsite@gmail.com
Where to find it Boontjiesrivier Road, off R46, near Wolseley

Tweede Tol

Camping Sites: Tweede Tol

Where Limietberg Nature Reserve, near Paarl
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting This riverside campsite is deep 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. They also have exclusive access to the swimming holes in the Wolwekloof River, as well as the Witte River around the bend.

Facilities

  • 20 standard campsites, some with shade, some with grass
  • communal ablutions with hot-water showers
  • each site has its own braai (BYO grid)
  • 6 fenced-off private campsites, each with their own bathroom and kitchenette
  • no electricity/power points; private sites have a solar-powered USB charger
  • eco-logs can be purchased at the gate (no firewood from outside)

Things to do

  • swimming in the rivers
  • Rock Hopper hiking trail, plus others nearby
  • shaded picnic area with braai facilities
  • jungle gym
  • kayaking nearby

Good to know Baboons are active in the area. There is no cellphone reception.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R200 for two people
R70 per extra person (maximum six people)
Private campsite: from R320 for two
R110 per extra person (maximum six people)
Daily conservation fee: R40 (adult), R20 (child)
Contact 087 087 8250, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Where to find it Limietberg Nature Reserve, R301 from Wellington

Black Pearl Winelands Camping

Camping Sites: Black Pearl Winelands Camping

Where Paarl
Distance from CT 40 minutes
Setting If your idea of camping heaven is to pitch your tent on a wine farm, just a short stroll from the cellar, then here it is. Rhenosterkop Farm is home to the boutique Black Pearl winery (grab a bottle of Mischief Maker for your nightcap) and a nature reserve. Sure, it’s not your typical get-away-from-it-all campsite – you’ll see lights at night and hear traffic in the distance – but the views are lovely (all the way to Table Mountain and the spectacular sunset) and you’re centrally located for visiting Paarl, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Wellington.

The facilities

  • 10 grassed campsites divided by young trees
  • each has electricity, a light and water tap
  • shared ablutions with solar-heated showers
  • communal lapa (a repurposed farm reservoir) with braai and firepit
  • wood and ice available

Things to do 

  • 5.5km fynbos hiking trail on site
  • swimming pool
  • wine-tasting on site and nearby
  • mountain-biking trail

Good to know It can get windy in summer so best don’t pitch a 4×4 roof tent.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R100 per person
Contact 083 395 6999, launcelot.nash@gmail.com
Where to find it Rhenosterkop Farm, R44 (to Wellington), Agter-Paarl

Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Camping Sites: Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting In the midst of a sea of vines, this campsite is a lush, green oasis with lots of trees, expansive lawns and a bubbling mountain stream running through the middle of it – a wooden bridge connects the two sections of the camp. It’s separate from the other accommodation on this farm, and adjacent to the pools, playground and sandy bicycling paths, which will keep the young ones very busy. The spectacular mountain views will have all your attention.

The facilities

  • 18 sites, most with grass and shade, some for tents only
  • each site with a hot shower (gas geyser), basin and toilet in a wooden hut
  • each site with braai area/firepit and electricity
  • large lawns for games
  • farmstall (walking distance) sells wood, food and other requirements

Things to do 

  • 2 swimming pools, plus a river and dams
  • putt-putt (with a view)
  • playground with trampolines
  • walking and mountain-biking trails
  • fly-fishing in a dam
  • birdwatching
  • horse-riding (Saturday mornings)
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • restaurant on site and breakfasts at farmstall

Good to know There is no wifi and no day visitors are allowed. There is also a rustic safari-tent camp (if you don’t have your own gear), as well as cabins and cottages.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R825 per site (up to six people)
Minimum two-night stay
Contact 023 344 3138, info@slanghoekresort.co.za
Where to find it Eikeboom Farm, Slanghoek Road, near Rawsonville

Skurwekop Caravan Park

Camping Sites: Skurwekop Caravan Park

Where Near Robertson
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting On the private Vinefera wine farm, this large camping resort on a bend of the Breede River is especially good for families. It’s neat and well-maintained, with good “street” lighting at night. Adventure awaits both in the water and the mountains. It’s in the Rooiberg biodiversity area, so it’s rich in flora, fauna and birdlife too – including a resident fish eagle. Best of all, there are no day visitors allowed at this resort.

The facilities

  • 65 grassed, mostly shaded sites of varying sizes (in three rows – the larger sites have river frontage)
  • each site with a power point and braai drum; shared water taps
  • 3 communal ablution blocks with hot showers, baths and flush toilets
  • scullery and laundry (hand-washing)
  • shop for wood, ice, basic groceries, ice creams etc

Things to do 

  • 2 swimming pools (fenced), plus river swimming
  • paddling on the river (canoes for hire or BYO)
  • fishing (catch-and-release)
  • farm walks
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails (no specific trails but you may ride / walk on the farm)
  • playground with trampolines, jungle gyms and giant chess
  • birdwatching
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • shops, restaurants and more in Robertson (6.5km) and McGregor (27km)

Good to know Minimum two-night stay on weekends. There is good cellphone reception, and it’s wheelchair-friendly.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R200 per person (up to six people per site)
R120 per child (4 – 11 years)
R50 per second/third vehicle per site
Contact 023 626 5588, bookings@skurwekop.co.za
Where to find it Goree/Riverside, off R60 from Worcester to Robertson

River Goose Camp Site

Camping Sites: River Goose Camp Site

Where 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. Sweeping vineyards, rolling lawns, a backdrop of 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 grass; most have shade and are wheelchair accessible
  • 2 shared ablution blocks with 8 hot showers and flush toilets
  • braai facilities
  • no electricity
  • wood available

Things to do

  • swimming  and canoeing in the river
  • birdwatching and fishing (catch-and-release)
  • The Goose pontoon boat cruise
  • hiking trails
  • “beach” volleyball court
  • playpark and sheep feeding for kids
  • nearby wine farms
  • Route 62 attractions nearby in Montagu and Robertson (30km)

Good to know There is also a wooden cabin to stay in.
Pet friendly? Yes, 2 dogs per site (R20 per dog), except December holidays
Cost From R180 per person
Free (children up to 6 years old)
Contact 082 759 5727, rivergoosecamp@gmail.com
Where to find it Gelukshoop Road, off R317, 5km from Bonnievale

Kraalskloof Camping

Camping Sites: Kraalskloof

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting After a hike in the fynbos-covered mountains, much of your stay on this gorgeous working farm will revolve around the two wood-fired hot tubs. It’s set high in the Slanghoek Mountains, affording some of the best 360-degree views in the area. You camp near the dam’s edge on a lawn-covered embankment.

The facilities

  • 1 private, exclusive-use campsite for tents and/or caravans
  • kitchen with small fridge, gas stove and hot-water sink
  • 2 hot showers
  • solar lighting (no plug points except for charging phones and laptops)
  • outdoor firepit and indoor braai area
  • 2 hot tubs
  • firewood available for purchase

Things to do 

  • hiking on the farm or in the mountains
  • mountain-biking
  • paddling or tubing on the dam (canoe supplied)
  • 4×4 outings (at an additional cost)
  • birdwatching
  • wine farms nearby

Good to know There is a 1km gravel road to reach the campsite; a high-clearance vehicle or SUV will handle it. Minimum two-night stay on weekends.
Pet friendly? Yes, R20 per night
Cost From R1 500 per night (for up to 10 people)
R120 per extra person (maximum 25 people)
Contact 063 739 9296, info@kraalskloof.co.za
Where to find it Off Slanghoek Road, near Rawsonville

Klipkrans

Camping Sites: Klipkrans

Where Scherpenheuwel, near Worcester
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting This private game farm along the Breede River is host to an abundance of wildlife such as oryx (gemsbok), blue wildebeest, zebras, springboks, duikers, steenboks and even the elusive klipspringer. Whether you wish to pursue exciting outdoor activities, or prefer to kick up your feet and relax with a good book, this riverside retreat is worth the visit.

Facilities

  • 36 large riverside campsites with grass and shade
  • 1 private off-grid Bush Camp for 16 people (accessible by 4×4 only)
  • braai facilities and power points at each campsite
  • shared ablutions with hot-water showers
  • honesty kiosk for firewood, ice and basic necessities
  • communal lapa with braai facilities, tables and benches

Things to do

  • swimming in the river
  • canoeing
  • 4×4 route
  • hiking
  • mountain-biking
  • game-viewing and birdwatching
  • fishing
  • sand dune for kiddies’ fun

Good to know There are also “cottage tents” for a basic glamping option. Bring your own drinking water.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R150 per person (maximum eight people per site)
R100 per child (5 – 12 years)
Free for children under 5 years
Contact 023 004 0868, esthergriessel@breede.co.za
Where to find it Scherpenheuwel Road, off the R43, near Worcester

Wyzersdrift Camp Site

Camping Sites: Wyzersdrift Camp Site

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting The towering mountains of the Breedekloof form the stunning backdrop for the many farms of this rural community, which hide many beautiful spots where you can get out into nature. Wyzersdrift is one such place, offering a lovingly maintained little campsite nestled between the tranquil river (with a section of white-sand “beach”) and rows of vines.

The facilities

  • 8 grassy, shaded, well-spaced sites
  • each site has a power point and braai (BYO grid)
  • shared ablutions with 3 hot showers and 4 flush toilets
  • communal braai area
  • basic communal kitchen with prep space and sink
  • wood and ice for purchase (bring cash)

Things to do 

  • swimming in the river or small dam
  • fishing and canoeing (BYO gear)
  • jungle gym for children
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails nearby
  • wine-tastings nearby
  • shops, restaurants and more in Rawsonville (7 minutes)

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay.
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Cost R480 per site (up to four people)
Contact 076 276 1840, info@wyzersdrift.co.za
Where to find it Goudini Way, off Goudini Road and R43, Rawsonille

Batis & Bass River Camp

Camping Sites: Batis & Bass River Camp

Where Breërivier, near Worcester
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Like your own private slice of Eden, this large site is ideal for group camping – with space for about four trailers and a few tents. Apart from the scenery, lawns and trees, the well-considered architecture will impress you: a wooden bridge over a gully connects the two sections of the site, there’s a stone wall to keep the wind out, a paved platform for trailers, plus a “throne room” with a view. The name refers to a bird and a fish, both of which are in abundance here. You may even spot the resident Cape clawless otters.

The facilities

  • 1 large exclusive-use campsite divided into 2 sections (one with direct river access)
  • 1 shower (gas geyser), 1 basin and 2 flush toilets
  • electricity points, water taps and sink/scullery
  • braai area/firepit
  • shaded stoep with cement table and benches
  • riverside deck
  • huge pile of complimentary wood

Things to do 

  • swimming and lilo-floating in the river
  • paddling on the river (2 kayaks supplied)
  • fishing (catch-and-release)
  • birdwatching (including a birding walk at Bergsicht next door)
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails nearby
  • Breedekloof wine route (22 estates)
  • meals at Bosjes (10km) and Bergsicht (1km)

Good to know Cellphone reception is limited. No shop onsite or nearby, except for Die Vet Spens farmstall on the access road.
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Cost R1 350 per night (up to eight people)
R150 per extra person
Children under 7 years free
Contact 083 229 9002, info@batisandbass.co.za
Where to find it Near junction of Slanghoek Road and R43, near Rawsonville

Gecko Rock Private Nature Reserve

Camping Sites: Gecko Rock

Where Near Touws River
Distance from CT 3.5 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 springboks, zebras, duikers, klipspringers and even the elusive leopard, aardvark, African wild cat, caracal and honey badger. There are two campsites in the middle of the bush, perfect for group getaways.

Facilities

Echo Valley Campsite

  • accommodates up to 5 vehicles (10 people)
  • kitchen with cold running water
  • shared ablutions (1 shower)
  • central braai area
  • plunge pool

De Wet’s Rus Campsite

  • accommodates up to 20 vehicles (60 people)
  • kitchen with cold running water
  • shared ablutions (4 showers)
  • central braai area, plus moveable braai stands
  • splash pool (filled mid-September to mid-April)
  • one 8-seater table and benches

Things to do 

  • off-road 4×4 and 4×2 trails
  • 40km of mountain-biking trails
  • hiking trails
  • stargazing
  • rock-climbing
  • shooting (long-distance and pistol)

Good to know Wifi is available at reception during office hours. The shop stocks wood, ice, milk, chips, cooldrinks etc.
Pet friendly? Yes, by prior arrangement
Cost Echo Valley: R190 per person (R760 per night base rate)
R140 per child (under 17 years)
De Wet’s Rus: From R140 per person per night
From R105 per child (under 17 years)
Where to find it Gecko Rock Private Game Reserve, Nougaspoort Valley, near Touws River
CHECK AVAILABILITY + BOOK DIRECT

Porcupine Rest Camp

Camping Sites: Porcupine Rest Camp
David Malan

Where Near Laingsburg
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting This off-grid camp on a 62-hectare fig and olive farm in a valley in the Klein Swartberg Mountains offers the best of both worlds. The private campsites are spaced well apart and immersed in nature, but it’s also home to the Overlander Bush Pub for some socialising and a game of pool. It’s simply one of the best spots to enjoy the Karoo – the fauna, flora, koppies, starry skies and warm hospitality.

The facilities

  • 3 private sites + 1 communal campsite (can also be exclusively booked)
  • Karee and Sweet Thorn (up to 20 people), River Camp (up to eight people)
  • all have hot showers (donkey boiler), basins and flush toilets
  • all have a braai, trees for shade (no grass) and a scullery area
  • Sunset Camp (up to 30 people) has shared ablutions (gas geyser) and a communal braai
  • wood, ice, farm bread, meat, eggs, jams, sauces, preserves, etc for purchase
  • wifi, DStv and charging facility at the pub; limited cellphone reception

Things to do 

  • swimming in the pool at the bush pub
  • river beach and rock pools when river is flowing (each camp has access to its own private section of river)
  • 2 short walking/hiking trails
  • sundowners (beer, wine, cocktails) at the pub
  • campers’ indoor/outdoor lounge with games, books, comfy couches and firepit
  • dinner, lunch and breakfast (by prior arrangement)
  • Seweweekspoort and Calitzdorp/Route 62 attractions nearby

Good to know The “package” offerings cater to people who may not have camping gear (such as foreign tourists) and to touring bikers or cyclists who don’t want to carry all the gear. Individual items such as potjie pots, tents, camping furniture, lights, etc can also be rented.
Pet friendly? Yes, but only at one site at a time
Cost R225 per adult; R110 per child
Communal camp: R175 per adult; R85 per child
Packages: R375 per person sharing (basic dome tent, stretcher, mattress + bedding)
R650 per person sharing (as above + chair, tea/coffee, dinner + breakfast or padkos)

Contact 072 448  2016, 073 626 0174, campwithus@porcupinerestcamp.co.za
Where to find it Vleiland, R323, off N1 from Laingsburg or off R62 from Calitzdorp

Doringlaagte

Camping Sites: Doringlaagte

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Just east of town, and arranged around a large dam, this resort piles on the fun for the whole family – where else could you go camping and wake up to play golf and  relax later with cocktails on a beach or in a heated pool? And that’s not even mentioning the stuff for kids to do… And if you don’t feel like braaiing every night, there are pizzas, burgers and chips and other favourites.

The facilities

  • spacious campsites with grass, trees and “windbreak” fencing
  • A and F blocks are closest to the dam; there are also sites on an island in the dam
  • all sites have access to an electricity point and water tap
  • each site has a braai drum (BYO grid)
  • shared ablutions with hot showers, basins, flush toilets (and hairdryers for the ladies)
  • dedicated scullery area
  • lapa with communal braai area
  • shop for wood, ice and other basics

Things to do 

  • 5 swimming pools, some heated (two are for adults only)
  • beach area with gazebos, loungers and dam pool with water slides
  • canoes, paddle-boats and kayaks for paddling (BYO life-jackets)
  • playground and trampolines
  • golf green with 9 tees on site (BYO clubs; balls for sale)
  • fishing (catch-and-release; BYO gear)
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • 4×4 trails on site
  • bar-lounge with big-screen TV, pool table and darts
  • drinks and meals at the Karoo Beach Pub (pizza oven)
  • shops, market, wine-tasting and more in Montagu (3km)

Good to know No day visitors are allowed. Bring a long power cord, as electricity points are shared.
Pet friendly? Yes, on 8 fenced sites
Cost R200 per adult per site (up to six people); R160 (Monday – Thursday)
R120 per teen; R80 per child (6 years and older)

Contact 072 021 9069, info@doringlaagte.com
Where to find it Talana Road, off R62 (to Barrydale), Montagu

Simonskloof Mountain Retreat

Camping Sites: Simonskloof Mountain Retreat

Where Near Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Hidden in the otherworldly Koo Valley in the Klein Karoo (a scenic 50km drive from Montagu), this 2 000-hectare 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. A little mountain stream runs alongside the campground and there’s a farm dam close by.

Facilities

  • 8 private campsites around a 300-year-old oak tree (no electricity)
  • water points at all campsites (mountain spring water)
  • ecofriendly compost toilets and hot showers (gas geysers)
  • pit braais (wood for sale)

Things to do

  • 5 hiking trails
  • abseiling and sport-climbing routes
  • guided wilderness trekking
  • peak bagging
  • swimming in little rock pools
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing

Good to know You can book a guided overnight canyoning/kloofing trip in the Nuy River Gorge, and Gecko Trail wilderness trekking trip.
Pet friendly? Yes (R65 per dog per night)
Cost R140 per person per night
Contact 023 614 1895, info@simonskloof.com
Where to find it Koo Valley, Montagu (R318 via N1)

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

Camping Sites: 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 in the Swartberg Mountains 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

  • The Dam River Camp: 6 shaded sites beside the river
  • ablution blocks with flush toilets and hot water
  • braai facilities
  • no electricity

Things to do

  • swimming, fishing and boating in the river (BYO canoes and inflatables)
  • farm walks and hiking trails
  • Bojaankop 4×4 trail (for an extra fee)
  • mountain-biking
  • Matjiesvlei Old Post Office Museum
  • Klein Karoo Wine Route
  • day drives on mountain passes
  • shops, restaurants and activities in Calitzdorp (11km)

Good to know You can also stay in the original 19th century cottages on the farm.
Pet friendly? Yes, by prior arrangement
Cost R300 per vehicle per night
Contact 044 050 4436, matjiesvlei@telkomsa.net
Where to find it Matjiesvlei, Huisrivier Pass, off R62, near Calitzdorp

Badensfontein

Camping Sites: Badensfontein

Where Near Montagu
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting A small, cosy camping ground on a farm and eco-reserve at the foot of the Waboomsberg in the Baden Valley, enfolded by orchards, vineyards and sweeping views of the majestic Langeberg mountains. You’ll feel blissfully immersed in nature, but are close to town too.

Facilities

  • shaded sites on lawns
  • all have power points and wifi
  • modern bathrooms with hot showers
  • 2 thatched-roof lapas with braai facilities

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • farm walks and hiking trails
  • fishing in the dam (catch-and-release)
  • mountain-biking
  • wine-tasting nearby
  • shops, restaurants and activities in Montagu (7km)

Good to know There are two fully-kitted, air-conditioned tents for glampers.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R170 per person per night
Free for children under 6 years
Contact 023 614 2187, 079 989 7241, pierrebaden@breede.co.za
Where to find it Badensfontein Eco Reserve, R318, Montagu

Anysberg Nature Reserve

Camping Sites: Anysberg Nature Reserve

Where Near Montagu
Distance from CT 4 hours
Setting Situated in the otherworldly landscape of the Klein Karoo, this nature reserve is an ideal escape for those looking to get away from it all. Hugged by 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, fynbos and abundant wildlife (antelope, jackals, Cape mountain zebras and more). You will need a high-clearance vehicle to access this wilderness.

Facilities

  • 5 campsites (Duiker, Springbok, Gemsbok, Steenbok and Eland), disabled-friendly
  • communal kitchen with gas stove, fridge and freezer
  • firepit/braai (BYO grid) with picnic tables
  • shared ablutions with hot shower (gas- and solar-powered geyser)
  • no electricity

Things to do

  • hiking trail to a waterfall
  • horse-riding
  • 3 mountain-biking trails
  • stargazing
  • swimming in the pool
  • rock art sites
  • self-drive 4×4 park tour

Good to know There is no cellphone signal. Wifi is available at the office. Bring your own charcoal or eco-logs for braaiing (no firewood from outside).
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R180 per person (maximum six per site)
Daily conservation fee: R40 (adult), R20 (child)
Contact 087 087 8250, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Where to find it Kruisrivier Gate on Bloutoring road, via Touws River (N1)
Spitskop Gate on Ouberg Pass, via Montagu (R62)

Potdeksel Karoo 4×4 Camping

Camping Sites: Potdeksel Karoo 4x4 Camping

Where Near Matjiesfontein
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Hidden in the Witteberg Mountains south of Matjiesfontein, Elandsfontein Farm grows vegetables and saffron (gorgeous purple flowers), and is home to merino sheep and antelope. The tranquil campsites, built along the river, have a perfect green carpet of lawn, and are demarcated by beds of succulents, with smart stone-built ablutions. Beyond this neat-as-a-pin home base is a wilderness to explore in the surrounding fynbos-covered slopes.

The facilities

  • 9 grassed and shaded sites of various sizes (from 54 to 100 square metres)
  • each has a water tap and solar-powered electricity point
  • each with a private hot shower, basin and toilet
  • each has a braai area and scullery
  • lawns for games

Things to do 

  • swimming in the rock-built pool and river
  • hiking trails, including a fauna and flora route
  • 4×4 adventure route on site
  • mountain-biking trails for all levels
  • horseriding on site
  • fishing in dam
  • birdwatching and wildlife spotting

Good to know You can preorder freshly baked potbrood and braai wood. There is no wifi.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R750 per site (up to four people)
R650 per night for 2 nights or more
R100 per extra person (up to six people)
Contact 082 252 5838, info@karoo4x4camping.co.za
Where to find it Elandsfontein Farm, Witteberge road, off N1 (before Matjiesfontein)

Bushman Valley Lodge

Camping Sites: Bushman Valley Lodge

Where Near Prince Albert
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting Within the 1 200-hectare Swartberg Private Nature Reserve, this lodge in a narrow kloof also offers the option of camping. The rustic campsites may not all be green and grassy or shaded by trees, but they are a true reflection of the Karoo landscape – and have their own elemental beauty, bordered by succulents and scrub, and surrounded by magnificent towering mountains and big skies. They’re best suited to 4×4 rooftop campers or trailer caravans.

The facilities

  • 2 grassed campsites, close to the pool; one has a wood-fired hot tub
  • 4 gravel campsites; one is a wild-camping site
  • all have electricity points and a water tap, except the wild camp
  • shared ablution block with hot showers and flush toilets; campsite 4 has private ablution facilities
  • all have a braai (BYO grid)
  • all with a food prep area under shade netting and washing-up basin

Things to do 

  • swimming pool, plus mountain rock pools and waterfalls
  • several hiking trails
  • mountain-biking and 4×4 routes
  • cave with San rock art
  • bush picnic spots
  • playground for children
  • labyrinth
  • stargazing
  • restaurants, studios and more in Prince Albert (5km)
  • Swartberg Pass and Gamkaskloof/Die Hel nearby

Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R400 per site (up to eight people)
Contact 023 007 0288, info@bushmanvalley.co.za
Where to find it Swartberg Private Nature Reserve, Klaarstroom Road (R407), Prince Albert

Die Mond

Camping Sites: Die Mond

Where Tankwa Karoo
Distance from CT 4 hours
Setting You will hardly believe what awaits on the long, pencil-straight R355 dust road… After miles of stark, desert-like nothingness, you’ll turn at the big tractor tyre and discover a balm for the eyes and soul – a literal oasis, a smudge of green (complete with palm trees) in a rocky, rugged ochre landscape, beside the wide Groot River. This off-grid campsite is true get-away-from-it-all luxury, where the simple beauty of outdoor life takes over.

The facilities

  • sites on grass under trees (for up to 100 people)
  • each site has a braai drum in a wheelbarrow (BYO grid)
  • shared ablutions with solar lights, flush toilets and hot showers (donkey boilers)
  • communal scullery
  • lawns for games
  • wood, ice and cooldrinks to purchase (cash only)
  • wifi at the office (for a fee)

Things to do 

  • swimming in the river (including a swing rope)
  • paddling (BYO canoe, kayak or SUP)
  • fishing (catch-and-release; BYO gear)
  • 1.5km hiking trail to San rock-art sites, caves and rock pools
  • birdwatching
  • farm animals for the kids

Good to know You’re almost there (50km from the camp) when you pass the Tankwa Padstal; stop and enjoy some refreshments and stock up on treats.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R150 per adult; R50 per child
Contact 023 004 0079, 073 812 6638 WhatsApp, diemond@breede.co.za
Where to find it Off the R355, 70km off the R46 from Ceres

Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp

Camping Sites: Ebb And Flow

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting This beautiful campsite is situated in the midst of the Garden Route’s awe-inspiring “Great Lakes” area, within the National Park. A river runs past it on one side, while on the other, a blanket of dense forest completely encloses the seemingly small patch of open terrain on which the rest camp is situated.

Facilities

  • 2 campgrounds (North and South) with over 100 sites
  • communal ablutions with hot showers
  • some sites have power points; water taps provided
  • braai facilities
  • coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryers

Things to do

  • swimming, fishing and canoeing in the Touw River (and nearby lakes and beaches)
  • volleyball and basketball courts
  • forest hiking trails and to a waterfall
  • picnicking
  • nearby bird hides for birdwatching
  • paragliding in the area
  • shops, restaurants and more in Wilderness and George

Good to know Canoes can be hired at the camp. There is no shop for supplies.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R264 per night for two people
R110 per extra person (maximum six per site)
R55 per child under 12 years
Daily conservation fee: R55 (adult), R27 (child) for SA citizens
Contact 044 877 1197, enquiries.wilderness@sanparks.org reservations@sanparks.org
Where to find it Wilderness National Park, Ebb-and-Flow Drive, off the N2, Wilderness

Wild Spirit Lodge Forest Camping

Camping Sites: Wild Spirit Lodge Forest Camping

Where The Crags, Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6.5 hours
Setting There’s a fairytale energy to this off-grid forest campsite, with its dappled light and quirky decor, and plenty of trees from which to hang hammocks. You may even wake up to find a horse or two in the camp. As the name implies, this alternative lodge and backpackers embraces all things eco, natural, regenerative and holistic, and aims to offer guests an enriching experience. You can get healthy, home-cooked meals at the Bush Kitchen, join in various creative workshops, help with alien vegetation clearing and even get a hand-poked tattoo.

The facilities

  • campsites on lawns under trees
  • outdoor showers and composting toilets
  • spring-water tap
  • communal firepits for braaiing
  • access to communal lodge kitchen
  • breakfast and buffet-style dinner (order by 3pm) available

Things to do 

  • swim in the bio-pool and in forest rock pools
  • forest walks and hiking
  • rent a kayak
  • Nature’s Valley beach nearby
  • yoga and meditation
  • group workout sessions
  • holistic wellness therapies and workshops such as beekeeping
  • on-site shop stocking local artisanal goods
  • animal sanctuaries close by, including Birds of Eden and Monkeyland

Good to know There are also simple pre-pitched safari tents with a bed.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R180 per person
Breakfast: R90 – R150 per person; dinner: R120 – R140
Contact 082 828 8008, book.wildspirit@gmail.com
Where to find it Khoinania Farm, R102 Nature’s Valley Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay

Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park

Camping Sites: Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park

Where Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting Right on the water’s edge, with instant access to the blue lagoon and white-sand beach, this is one of the best camping resorts in the country. It’s no surprise it gets packed to the gills in December, but any other time of the year will be paradise – and there’s more chance of grabbing one of the waterfront plots. No bells and whistles, just one of the best views and locations on the Garden Route, at a fraction of the cost.

The facilities

  • 260 grassed sites, many under trees, with 29 on the water’s edge
  • all have electricity points; water taps are shared
  • modern communal ablutions with hot showers
  • scullery and token-operated laundry
  • freestanding braais available (BYO grid)
  • emergency freezer facilities available

Things to do 

  • swimming in the lagoon, river or ocean at Lookout Beach
  • paddling on the lagoon (kayaks for hire)
  • tennis courts
  • children’s playground
  • Keurbooms Nature Reserve nearby offers boat trips upriver
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails nearby
  • shops, restaurants and more in Plettenberg Bay (6 mins)

Good to know Minimum multi-night bookings apply for high season/December.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R180 per person
R110 per child under 12 years
Contact 044 533 2567, info@keurboomslagoon.co.za
Where to find it Off the N2 just outside/east of Plettenberg Bay

Nature’s Valley Rest Camp

Camping Sites: Natures Valley
Wern Nel

Where Nature’s Valley
Distance from CT 6.5 hours
Setting Visiting Nature’s Valley is like discovering a lost village in the middle of a jungle. The small town, surrounded by the Tsitsikamma forests, mountains and white-sand beaches, is home to around 50 houses and one store. This SANParks-operated campsite, located on the banks of the Groot River, provides deep immersion in a secluded region. But it’s also centrally located for all the adventure activities in this part of the Garden Route – from river tubing and mountain-biking to bungee jumping.

Facilities

  • 58 campsites, some with power points
  • communal ablutions with hot showers
  • laundry facilities
  • braai facilities

Things to do

  • 3 hiking trails, plus others nearby
  • swimming in the Groot River estuary
  • paddling on the river (canoes for hire at camp)
  • Nature’s Valley beach
  • birdwatching
  • a shop and restaurant/pub in the village
  • activities in Plettenberg Bay (30km) and Storms River Mouth (40km)

Pet friendly? No
Cost From R275 for two people
R110 per extra person (maximum six per site)
R55 per child under 12 years
Daily conservation fee: R67 (adult), R33 (child) for SA citizens
Contact 044 531 6700, grace.valela@sanparks.org, reservations@sanparks.org
Where to find it R102, off the N2 at Kurland, east of Plettenberg Bay

ArendsRus Campsite

Camping Sites: ArendsRus

Where Near George
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting On a macadamia farm bordering Department of Forestry land, with views over the fields to the Outeniqua Mountains, this neat and pristine campsite has a wonderful sense of fresh air and open space. You can see the countryside for miles around – all the way to Mossel Bay.

The facilities

  • 12 grassed sites (2 are wheelchair accessible)
  • each has a spring-water tap, electrical point and light (with backup batteries and inverters to keep the camp loadshedding free)
  • each has a mobile braai
  • each has a private lockable bathroom with hot shower (located in 3 ablution blocks)
  • scullery/washing trough
  • free wifi available

Things to do 

  • 7 hiking trails on site
  • mountain-biking trails (bikes to rent)
  • farm walks
  • heated swimming pool (September – end-April)
  • catered picnics
  • small playpark for children
  • restaurant and bar at ArendsRus Country Lodge
  • birdwatching
  • shops, restaurants and activities in George (20km) and Mossel Bay (55km)

Good to know Luxury glamping tents and two self-catering family cabins are also available.
Pet friendly? Yes, 2 small-breed dogs per site
Cost From R200 per person
R100 per child under 12 years
Contact 044 050 0256, info@arendsrus.co.za
Where to find it Koesterbos Road, Geelhoutboom, George

Woodbourne Resort

Camping Sites: Woodbourne Resort

Where Knysna
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting In one of the best locations in town, the Duthie family’s resort is right at The Heads, putting you a stone’s throw from all the attractions of the area. The pretty campsite is in lush natural gardens filled with huge trees, home to resident owls and Knysna loeries. It’s just the spot for one of those nostalgic, old-school family holidays.

The facilities

  • 68 grassed, shaded campsites (suitable for caravans too)
  • electric points and water taps
  • braai area
  • 2 shared ablution blocks with hot showers (one with baths too)
  • scullery and laundry sinks

Things to do 

  • large saltwater swimming pool, with kiddies section
  • volleyball
  • playground with trampoline, jungle gym and sandpit
  • birdwatching at the adjoining private vlei
  • visit The Heads (5 mins’ walk) for restaurants and its Coney Glen lagoon beach
  • forest walks and hikes nearby
  • canoeing, SUPing and boat trips on the lagoon
  • restaurants, shops and more in town (5 mins’ drive)

Good to know The resort has canoes and mountain-bikes to hire. There are also log cabins on the property.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R330 per site (two people); R275 for two pensioners
R110 per extra person (maximum six per site)
Contact 044 384 0316, w48@mweb.co.za
Where to find it George Rex Drive, The Heads, Knysna

Afri Eco Resort Wilderness

Camping Sites: Afri Eco Resort Wilderness

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting On a game farm inland in the Boven Lange Valley, you can head into the wilds but camp in comfort. You’ll have a multi-level deck which you can furnish with all your chosen gear, and which comes with panoramic views over the forests to the mountains and ocean. Look out for free-roaming zebras, grysbok, bushpigs and more.

The facilities

  • 6 private campsites with a grassblock platform (for a tent, camper, caravan)
  • deck with a table and chairs, umbrella and loungers
  • firepit and braai
  • kitchen area with a double sink, 2-plate gas stove, kettle, microwave and storage space
  • shade netting
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • private ablutions with hot shower and flush toilet
  • complimentary crate of firewood per day
  • kiosk selling necessities, cooldrinks and snacks

Things to do 

  • large swimming pool with waterslides
  • playpark and trampolines
  • wildlife viewing and birdwatching
  • outdoor movie nights
  • Wilderness and Sedgefield beaches and shops (5 mins)
  • Timberlake Village close by (with Acrobranch treetop obstacle course)

Good to know There is a minimum two-night stay. A tent and other camping gear can be supplied at an extra cost if you don’t have your own.
Pet friendly? No?
Cost From R890 per night (up to six people)
Contact info@afriecoresorts.co.za
Where to find it Off the N2 to Sedgefield (just past Timberlake Village), Wilderness

Arbeidsloon Campsites

Camping Sites: Arbeidsloon

Where Near Mossel Bay
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting On a sheep and grain farm, this family-friendly campsite is a great escape from the bustle of the Garden Route, offering a peaceful “bush and bay” getaway. The sea is close by – a lesser-known stretch of the coastline – but you’re in the countryside surrounded by fynbos and wild bushbuck.

The facilities

  • 13 grassed sites in two blocks (for tents, caravans and other camping vehicles) and 1 extra stand for motorhomes (overnight only)
  • each has a power point and water tap, and shared washing-up sink and bins
  • 2 communal ablution blocks, each with 2 hot showers (gas geysers)
  • there is also a private off-grid bush camp
  • wood to purchase

Things to do 

  • back roads for walks
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking
  • swimming at Boggoms Bay beach (5km)
  • Vleesbaai and Nautilus Bay beaches nearby
  • wildlife spotting and birdwatching
  • Stoepsit farm restaurant 800 metres from the camp
  • fishing (Gourits River and ocean)
  • shops, restaurants and activities in Mossel Bay (20km)
  • Mossel Bay over-water zipline
  • Dragon Dune sandboarding nearby

Good to know Bring your own braai. There is not much shade and no wifi.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R550 – R750 per site (up to four people)
From R150 – R200 per extra person (maximum six per site)
From R110 – R130 per child (3 – 12 years)
Pensioners discount out of season
Contact 071 888 2252, bookings@arbeidsloon.co.za
Where to find it Boggomsbaa/Vleesbaai turn-off on the N2, west of Mossel Bay

Butterfly Creek Bush Camp

Camping Sites: Butterfly Creek Bush Camp

Where Near Groot Brakrivier
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting You’ve probably never heard of Friemersheim, but it’s worth taking a turn there to find this gorgeous forest campsite on the banks of the Beneke River. It’s on a farm that looks like it’s straight out of the pages of a storybook, befitting the camp’s fairytale name. Come here to camp in peace amid the sounds of nature. You’ll be woken by cows and sheep and chickens, but you won’t mind.

The facilities

  • 6 grassed sites with shade
  • each with an electrical point; there is a shared water tap
  • braai facilities and a large communal boma/firepit
  • 2 modern ablution blocks (300 metres from camp) with 4 hot showers
  • 2 scullery sinks
  • solar lights illuminate the camp and road
  • wood to purchase (one bag complimentary) plus fresh farm milk

Things to do 

  • farm walks and animals
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • swimming in the river
  • birdwatching
  • beach and sea swims at Klein Brak and Groot Brak (20km)
  • shops, restaurants and activities in Mossel Bay (40km) and George (45km)
  • day safaris at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve close by

Good to know There is no cellphone signal; the owner’s wifi can be used if needed. The closest shops are in Klein Brak and Groot Brak.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R150 per person (maximum six people per site)
Contact 067 240 1757, annelizescherman@gmail.com
Where to find it Beneke Road, Friemersheim, off R102 at Klein Brakrivier on the N2

Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 28 February 2024

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7 Responses to “The 50 Best Camping Sites in the Cape”

  1. Sonia Leithgob

    I would love to explore these camp sites… going to have to start a list!

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  2. EDUAN MATTHEE

    Julle blad is een van die mees gebruikers vriendelke blaaie wat ek nog gesien het. Gee al die inligting wat nodig is. Dankie vir julle moeite.

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    • Inside Guide

      Dankie, Eduan.
      It’s always great to hear positive feedback.

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  3. Peter Ramsay

    Please add me to the group

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  4. Mike Andreasen

    Please add me to the group

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  5. hugh ferguson

    Please forward the weekly newsletter to above mail

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  6. URSULA MARIE VAN EEDEN

    This is lovely thanks so much, we are collecting information and campsites as we would like to hit the road for a year in 2 years time. Starting to plan our adventures.

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