The 23 Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape

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

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

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

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

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve Campsite Western Cape

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

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

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm Campsite Western Cape
Love Camping

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

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

Platbos Forest & Owl Camp

Platbos Forest Campsite Western Cape

Where Gansbaai
What Set in an ancient forest, Platbos is privately owned by conservationists intent on preserving its rich diversity of flora and fauna, which includes thousand-year-old milkwood trees, bushbucks, baboons and even some leopards. The entire site is effectively off-the-grid and utilises solar-powered lighting, and old-school donkey boilers to heat the water. Unique for its flat terrain (hence its name) and sandy, alkaline soil, Platbos offers a variety of accommodation options, including secluded log cabins and tented rooms.
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
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 4×4 camper van
  • open-air shower
  • sink and waterless toilet
  • fire pit and braai grid
  • communal freezer
  • firewood provided for donkey boiler, additional firewood can be purchased
  • off-grid (no power points) but solar-powered

Activities

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

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

Enjo Nature Farm

Enjo Nature Farm Campsite Western Cape

Where Clanwilliam
What This secluded farm in the Cederberg Mountains is the place to go if you want to get off the beaten track. The campsites, which lie beside a river, provide spiritual immersion in the silence and majesty of the Cederberg. Guests can swim in the farm’s spring-fed dam, or explore the many hiking trails that surround the farm. And, if you’re fortunate enough to be here between July and September, you’ll be treated to a wondrous bouquet of colour as wildflowers bloom in the Biedouw Valley.
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
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
  • games room with a pool table, dartboard and board games
  • children can bottle-feed the lambs during lambing season
  • hiking, mountain-biking and Jeep trails in the surrounding nature reserve
  • The Sevilla Rock Art Trail is worth exploring for its many Bushman paintings
  • stargazing (the views of the Cederberg night sky are legendary)
  • nearby towns include Clanwilliam, Ceres and Wupperthal
  • ideal location for exploring the Cederberg Wilderness Area

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

Kleine Eike

Kleine Eike Campsite Western Cape
Coetzer Cooke

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

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

Activities

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

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

Driehoek Guest Farm

Driehoek Guest Farm Campsite Western Cape

Where Clanwilliam
What A working farm set among the mountains and rivers of the Cederberg. The region provides the ultimate escape from city life and, while the farm is a treasure in its own right, it also serves as a perfect base for exploring what is one of the country’s most hauntingly beautiful landscapes.
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
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 (that flow in winter only), and natural pools where you can enjoy a refreshing dip
  • hiking trails in the surrounding mountains (for hardier types)
  • Driehoek’s assortment of amicable farm animals (kids will love them)

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

The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort

The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort Campsite Western Cape
Sophie Karbjinski

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

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

Bonnievale River Lodge

Bonnievale River Lodge Campsite Western Cape

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

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

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

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

Rondeberg Resort

Rondeberg Resort Campsite Western Cape
Clanwilliam Info

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

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

Water’s-edge campsites:

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

General campsites:

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

Activities

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

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

Ebb & Flow Rest Camp

Ebb and Flow Rest Camp Campsite Western Cape
The Hiking Chronicles

Where Wilderness
What It may be slightly further from Cape Town, but it’s worth the trip. This beautiful campsite is situated in the midst of the Garden Route, one of the country’s most awe-inspiring regions. A river runs past it on one side, while on the other, a blanket of densely wooded forest completely encloses the seemingly small patch of open terrain on which the campsite (and various other appealing accommodation options) are situated.
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
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 friendly? No
Please note There is no shop or ATM in the Rest Camp
Cost R217 – R480 for 1 to 2 adults per night (depending on the campsite)
R89 (additional adult)
R45 (additional child)
Contact 044 877 1197, enquiries.wilderness@sanparks.org
Location Wilderness National Park (via N2)

Grootvaderbosch Nature Reserve

Grootvaderbosch Campsite Western Cape
Wild Card

Where Langeberg
What An enchanted forest, populated by a variety of indigenous tree species. Camping among the towering yellowwoods and ironwoods, and walking along paths that run through densely packed woodland where the sun barely peeks in through the treetop canopy, is an experience that nature enthusiasts are sure to remember.
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
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 friendly? No
Cost R180 – R300 for 1 to 2 people (depending on season)
R30 per additional person (maximum 6 per campsite)
Contact 087 097 9262, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Location Grootvaderbosch Nature Reserve (via N1, R60, N2 past Swellendam, R324, R322)

Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway Campsite Western Cape

Where Trouthaven
What Known as paradise by those who’ve experienced it, this campsite just outside Rawsonville is situated on a working fruit and wine farm and is perfect for beautiful getaways.
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
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
  • bistro (open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm)

Activities

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

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

Kam’Bati River Resort

Kambati River Resort Campsite Western Cape

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

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

Activities

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

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

Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park Campsite Western Cape
Africa Geographic

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

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

Tweede Tol

Tweede Tol Campsite Western Cape

Where Limietberg Nature Reserve, near Paarl
What This site is situated in the Du Toitskloof Mountains, close to Bainskloof Pass, at the spot where the original tollgate was built in 1851. Campers will get a taste for the rugged mountain life, surrounded by fynbos, forests and rock-strewn wilderness.
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
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 friendly? No
Cost R160 – R400 for 2 people (depending on season)
R60 per additional person (maximum 6 people)
R260 – R580 per private campsite (depending on season)
R80 per additional person
Up to 6 people allowed per campsite, with a minimum of 2 per site
Please note The cost of a permit (R40 for adults, R20 for children) for entering a CapeNature Reserve is not included in the accommodation rate.
Contact 021 871 1535, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Location Tweede Tol (via N1, R44, R301)

Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Slanghoek Mountain Resort Campsite Western Cape
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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

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

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Kagga Kamma Campsite 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, no ablution facilities and no water (an authentic camping experience)
  • wood and ice can be purchased at reception

Activities

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

Pet friendly? No
Cost Swartrug Camp: R135 per adult per night
R68 per child per night
R194 per vehicle per stay
Bobbejaanskraans Camp: R97 per adult per night
R49 per child per night
R194 per vehicle per stay
Contact 021 872 4343, 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.

Algeria Campsite

Algeria Campsite Western Cape
Love Camping

Where Cederberg
What A lush, grassy area beside a gurgling river, surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Cederberg. Algeria Campsite serves as a gateway to the otherworldly landscape that is the Cederberg Wilderness Area, a place of jagged rock formations, and caves decorated with ancient San and Khoi rock art.
Distance from CT 2.5 – 3 hours
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 friendly? No
Please note Crystal Pool, Engelsmanskloof, Middelberg, Sneeukop, Welbedacht, Tafelberg, De Rif and Wolfberg areas are closed until further notice due to the fires in December 2016.
Cost From R120 for 1 to 2 people (depending on season)
From R20 – R60 per additional person
Maximum 6 people per campsite
Contact 021 483 0190, reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
Location Cederberg Wilderness Area (via N7)

Wolfkop Camping Villages

Wolfkop Campsite Western Cape

Where Citrusdal
What A collection of camping villages on the banks of the Olifants River, surrounded by lush green lawns and mountainous terrain. What’s more, the tents are erected on your behalf, saving you the trouble of lugging around heavy camping gear and making for a more comfortable camping adventure that borders on glamping.
Distance from CT 2 hours
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
  • braai grid, cooking utensils, outdoor table and seating
  • electric lighting and power points
  • firewood and ice available for purchase

Activities

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

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

Nature’s Valley Rest Camp

Natures Valley Rest Camp Campsite Western Cape

Where Nature’s Valley
What Visiting Nature’s Valley is like discovering a lost village in the midst of a jungle. The small town, surrounded by the forests, mountains and white-sand beaches of the aptly named Garden Route, has around 50 houses, one store and no malls. This SANParks-operated campsite, located on the banks of the Groot River that flows past the village, provides deep immersion in a secluded region.
Distance from CT 6.5 hours
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 friendly? No
Cost R217 – R335 for 1 to 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)

Beaverlac

Beaverlac Campsite Western Cape
Chris Joubert

Where Olifants River
What Tucked away in the Groot Winterhoek Mountains above Porterville, this charming no-fuss campsite epitomises the great outdoors in all its rugged majesty.
Distance from CT 2 hours
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
R75 per adult
R45 per child (aged 4 – 17 years)
Free for children under 5
Contact 022 931 2945, beaverlac.kantoor@gmail.com
Campsite bookings can be done online
Cabin bookings can only be done telephonically
Location Beaverlac, Porterville (via N7, R44, R365)

Silwerstrand Caravan Park

Silwerstrand Caravan Park Campsite Western Cape

Where Robertson
What The camping ground forms part of the Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate, a private resort set against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountains. It’s the perfect base for exploring a valley famous for its wines and natural beauty. While day visitors are allowed, campers gain exclusive access to the river that runs through the estate.
Distance from CT 2 hours
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 friendly? Yes, on prior arrangement
Cost R80 – R120 per adult (depending on season)
R50 – R60 per child under 12 (depending on season)
Contact 023 626 3321 or 076 199 4085
info@silwerstrand.co.za or bookings@silwerstrandcaravanpark.co.za
Location Silwerstrand Golf and River Estate (Via N1, R60)

Vensterklip

Vensterklip Campsite Western Cape

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

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

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

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

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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: 04 September 2019

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

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    Leon Slabber

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    Harry

    All camping info for cape province..best part of our country

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    Nikita

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

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    Tanya Prinsloo

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    Natashia

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    Peter Nel

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