The Best Glamping Sites in The Western Cape

The Best Glamping Sites in The Western Cape

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As the pandemic continues to rage, leaving fear and chaos in its wake, escaping into nature (without having to forego creature comforts) feels like a safe and savvy solution. Say hello to glamping (glam camping)!

A delicious and unpretentious combination of indoor luxury and the great outdoors, glamping offers all the perks of nature (spectacular views, swims in rockpools, etc) and strips away all the bugbears of regular camping (dust, bugs, shared ablutions) – transforming it into a luxury experience.

The past few years has seen a proliferation of glamping offerings around the Cape – from riverside tents and hideaways in the mountains to canvas cabins in the woods – all of which are suitable for any season. So pack your puffers, and hit the road!

Have you stayed in a luxury campsite that you think we should know about? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Dwyka Tented Lodge

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Where Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Surrounded by 350-million-year-old rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a sacred place, off the beaten track between Cape Town and Montagu.Once home to the Khoisan people, whose paintings (some of which date back more than 3 500 years can be seen at various points around the reserve), this 58 000-hectare wilderness reserve in the Karoo is the perfect destination for those seeking luxe solitude.

The lodgings 

  • 9 luxury tents, each sleeping 2 adults
  • each tent is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shower and basin, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, air-conditioning, and a private deck with a Jacuzzi
  • main lodge with a lounge, fireplace, satellite TV, an open-air dining area, wifi and wine cellar

Things to do

  • soak in the Jacuzzi
  • 2 nature drives per day
  • comprehensive guided walks
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing
  • boat safari (dependent on dam-water level)
  • relaxation retreat

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per unit
Cost R7 500 per night for 2 adults (valid until 16 December 2021), includes all meals and nonalcoholic beverages, twice-daily nature drives and on-drive beverages, and guided wilderness walks.
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Wolwehoek Private Nature Reserve

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Where Keisie Valley, near Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting “Secluded” is only the tip of the iceberg when describing this breathtaking escape, hidden in the untouched Keisie Valley just outside the Karoo town of Montagu. The private nature reserve, managed by passionate owners Roux van der Watt and Robin De Cauwer, is a wonderfully isolated haven far removed from the stress of daily life, where birdsong, fynbos plains and stunning accommodation set the scene for an off-the-grid escape. There is currently only one glamping unit, with the introduction of another two in the pipeline.

The lodgings

  • Leopard’s Kloof luxury tent (sleeps 2)
  • king-size bed
  • free-standing bath
  • lounge area
  • outdoor shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • pizza oven and outdoor braai with firewood
  • 12-metre super-hammock

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • hiking trails
  • rock-climbing
  • birdwatching
  • mountain-biking
  • stargazing

Good to know The escape is completely solar-powered, and is only reachable in a 4×4 vehicle. If you do not have a 4×4 you can arrange (prior to arrival) for the manager to drop and collect you at Leopard’s Kloof Cabin for a fee of R200. Your vehicle will be safely parked at the collection point.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2
Cost From R2 500 per night for 2 adults (depending on season)
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Tented Lodge at Botlierskop

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Where Garden Route
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting Halfway between the seaside towns of George and Mossel Bay, with views of the Indian Ocean on one side and the Outeniqua Mountains on the other, Botlierskop Private Game Reserve allows visitors to immerse themselves in the true beauty of the magnificent Garden Route, with a luxe-safari edge.

The lodgings

  • 21 tented suites (divided into Luxury, Deluxe, Family and Executive suites)
  • four-poster, king-size bed with mosquito net
  • private deck with outdoor seating and views of the Moordkuil River
  • en-suite bathroom with a deep oval bath and outdoor shower
  • minibar
  • in-room safe and telephone
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • electric blanket
  • heating and air-conditioning
  • the Executive Tented Suite has a private Jacuzzi
  • the Family Tented Suite has a spacious lounge converted to day beds when kids are sharing

Things to do

  • rim-flow swimming pool at the Main Lodge
  • tennis court at the foot of Botlierskop Hilltop (tennis equipment available for hire at the reserve)
  • Botlierskop Fijnebos Spa & Wellness (with an indoor heated pool)
  • guided game drives
  • guided bush trails
  • horseback safaris
  • horseback outrides (for experienced riders only)
  • fishing  (requires a fishing license fee)
  • canoeing on the Moordkuil River
  • numerous children’s activities including face-painting, catch-and-release fishing, and the Junior Ranger Programme

Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per unit
Cost From R5 300 per night for two adults (depending on season and tent type)
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Teniqua Treetops

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Where Between Knysna and Sedgefield
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting This ecofriendly lodge takes glamping to another level… a few levels above the ground, actually. These spacious treehouses, spread out over a wide area to ensure inhabitants have their privacy, have been constructed in such a way as to minimise impact on the surrounding landscape. If you’re looking to escape, this is the place to be – no-one’s likely to find you up here, except the occasional bird.

The lodgings

  • 4 couples’ treetop suites
  • 2 deluxe couples treetop suites
  • 2 family double treetop suites (sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and/or shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • comfortable sleeping areas with electric blankets and heating
  • open deck with a braai

Things to do

  • hiking trails (including a river walk that leads down to Karatara Gorge)
  • swimming
  • kids’ splash pool
  • birdwatching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite
Cost Couples Treetop Suite: R1 989 per unit per night (depending on season)
Deluxe Couples Treetop Suite: R2 308 per unit per night (depending on season)
Family Double Treetop Suite: R2 797 per unit per night (depending on season)
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Tented Eco Camp at Gondwana Game Reserve

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Where Garden Route
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting This luxury Big Five game reserve in Herbertsdale in the heart of the Garden Route boasts beautiful landscapes, where 360-degree views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains and sweeping fynbos plains create an incredible backdrop for a Big Five safari.

In addition to game drives and plenty of downtime, The Tented Eco Camp offers guests a safari experience with a conservation angle, where you’ll learn about wildlife and field management, bush skills and interpretation. Set in a protected fynbos valley in the heart of the reserve, the tented campsite is solar-powered but utterly comfortable. During your three- or five-night programme, a dedicated team of two expert field guides and a chef is assigned to look after a maximum of 10 guests, making for an incredibly intimate and exclusive experience. Longer stays can be arranged on request.

The lodgings

  • 5 large eco-bedroom tents set on raised wooden platforms with en suite bathrooms
  • can be made up as twin or king beds, sleeping 2 people each
  • each has an outdoor covered seating area
  • large communal tent area beautifully furnished with a kitchen, lounge, dining, and covered deck
  • outdoor dining boma
  • relaxation area with hammocks and a pool

Things to do

  • care of rare and endangered species
  • monitoring ecological impact of certain animals
  • animal behavioural analysis
  • game census
  • wildlife monitoring and recording (such as the Cape Leopard)
  • removal of alien tree species
  • water assessments
  • elephant dung sampling
  • birdwatching and monitoring
  • bush skills and management
  • veld management

Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Cost 3-Night Programme: From R11 100 per person sharing (all-inclusive)
5-Night Programme: From R22 880 per person sharing  (all-inclusive)
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Africamps at Pat Busch

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Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting In the heart of Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, this boutique glamping site is a lush paradise enclosed by mountains, and populated by a variety of flora and fauna (including over 100 bird species). The private farm dam and swimming pool make this scenic spot perfect for a summer escape.

The lodgings

  • 10 boutique glamping tents, each with solid wooden floors, a fully equipped kitchen, and an en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has 2 extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a private deck overlooking the spectacular fynbos forests and mountains of the reserve
  • air-conditioning, electric blankets, indoor fireplace
  • braai facilities
  • laundry and babysitting services available on request

Things to do

  • hiking and walking trails
  • swimming in the farm dam or swimming pool
  • kayaking and canoeing
  • mountain-bike rental available on site
  • Robertson town centre is a short drive away
  • cook-your-own breakfast baskets (additional cost)
  • cook-your-own South African braai baskets (additional cost)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 190 per night for 2 adults (depending on season)
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Old Mac Daddy

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Where Elgin Valley
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Situated next to a forest of trees in the Elgin Valley, within a blossoming apple orchard and alongside a peaceful lake with a white-sand “beach”, this family-friendly retreat is perfect for any season. Relax in a hammock, Huckleberry Finn-style, with a cocktail (when restrictions allow) from Daddy’s Beach Bar or take a dip in the pool, with its breathtaking views of the lush valley. Each Airstream caravan unit is equipped with powerful temperature control settings, to keep you chilled in summer and toasty in winter.

The lodgings

  • 12 vintage Airstream trailer suites, each decorated in their own funky theme (10 family-friendly suites and 2 couples-only suites)
  • private deck or garden
  • double bed and en-suite bathroom (enquire as to your unique bathroom per unit)
  • earth-friendly living area
  • Daddy’s Den family unit: 2 tented bedrooms
  • Big Daddy’s Den: 3 tented bedrooms
  • Daddy’s Hideaway: luxury family tent
  • 2 larger self-catering units for a big group or family

Things to do

  • swimming in the dam and pool
  • The Barn Restaurant & Bar
  • Daddy’s Beach & Bar
  • hiking trails and nature walks
  • wine-tasting tours on request (when permitted)
  • archery
  • stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking
  • tractor rides
  • Zorbing
  • fishing (catch and release)
  • bonfire pits by the private lake-beach

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4 per unit
Cost From R1 895 per unit per night, includes breakfast (depending on season)
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Southern Yurts

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Where Bot River
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting Located in the Diepklowe Nature Conservancy on Porcupine Hills Guest Farm, a short drive from Bot River, this collection of private yurts is immersed in endless nature, providing an idyllic get-away-from-it-all escape. Made from wooden beams draped in canvas, yurts offer all the amenities of a luxury camp, without any of the dust and schlep associated with DIY camping. In addition to Forest View Yurt (in its own secret location), the Yurt Camp has two more yurts: Malachite and Kestrel.

The lodgings

  • Forest View Yurt with bedroom fan/heater, indoor kitchen fireplace, deck overlooking the valley and a wood-fired hot tub
  • Kestrel Yurt with indoor kitchen fireplace and a wood-fired hot tub
  • Malachite Yurt with indoor kitchen fireplace, lounging space and a wood-fired hot tub
  • each unit has its own private kitchen and bathroom
  • outdoor braai

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • swing under an ancient oak tree
  • hiking trails
  • trail running
  • birdwatching
  • swimming in the dam
  • ziplining through the Overberg mountains with Cape Canopy Tours
  • nearby wine farms, including Beaumont Wine Estate
  • horse-riding

Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? Yes, on request
Sleeps 2 per yurt
Cost From R950 per unit per night (depending on season and unit type)
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Grysbokkloof Private Nature Reserve

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Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2 hours 15 minutes
Setting This private nature reserve, tucked in the rolling hills of the Montagu countryside, is the perfect answer for those who prize relaxation and privacy. Home to just one tent at the top of a mountain, Grysbokkloof is entirely off the grid – making use of solar power for an even more enveloping stay. Wake to nothing but the sound of chirping birds, before soaking up the views of the watering hole from your private hot tub (offering 180 degree views of the surrounding mountains) or hammock – perfect for a romantic getaway.

The lodgings

  • 1 king-size bed
  • 2 single beds
  • en-suite bathroom with a hot water shower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • spacious lounge and dining table
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor braai with a grid
  • hammock
  • boma braai with a potjiekos pot
  • pizza braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • hiking trails
  • running and cycling
  • stargazing
  • birdwatching
  • golf in nearby Montagu
  • rock climbing
  • Montagu Avalon Hot Springs
  • Montagu Museum
  • Montagu Tractor Trips
  • Montagu Farm Market and Art Gallery

Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 4
Cost From R2 200 per night per unit (depending on season, minimum 2-night stay on weekends)
Midweek special: R1 500 per night for two people (minimum two-night stay)
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AfriCamps at Stanford Hills

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Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting In the foothills of the Klein River Mountains, overlooking a dam and the entire Stanford Valley, this glamping site is a bucolic fantasy come true. Situated on a boutique wine farm that offers wine-tasting experiences and country-style meals made with farm-fresh vegetables plucked from the estate’s garden, there’s no reason to leave…

The lodgings

  • 10 boutique glamping tents, each with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has 2 extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a spacious outdoor deck and braai area
  • 5 of the tents each have an outdoor wood-fired hot tub next to the tent
  • air-conditioning, electric blankets, and a wood-burning fireplace (wifi is not available in the tents, but can be found at the estate’s restaurant)

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • swimming in the farm dam
  • catch-and-release bass fishing in the top dam
  • wine-tasting at The Tasting Room
  • horse-riding on the farm
  • whale-watching from an aeroplane
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • a variety of fine restaurants, markets and art galleries in the nearby towns of Stanford and Hermanus
  • cook-your-own breakfast baskets (additional cost)
  • cook-your-own braai baskets (additional cost)
  • The Tasting Room for breakfast and lunch

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, one dog per tent
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 190 per night for 2 adults (depending on season and tent type)
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The Dome at Misty Mountain Reserve

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Where Garden Route
Distance from CT 6.5 hours
Setting Perched on the edge of the Tsitsikamma coastline, overlooking the Indian Ocean below, Misty Mountain Reserve is a (p)lush paradise hidden in tropical terrain. In addition to uninterrupted views of the splashing ocean, the reserve boasts a tranquil dam and forest, home to an abundance of plant and birdlife. In addition to the Dome, there’s also a Luxury Forest View Tented Lodge and a Luxury Lake Side Tented Lodge.

The lodgings

  • queen-size bed with an electric blanket
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • 40-year-old wine-barrel tub with hot and cold water
  • minibar fridge and microwave
  • ecofriendly heater
  • outdoor bathroom with a heated eco shower
  • spacious outdoor deck with a built-in sky net
  • complimentary wifi
  • gas braai on the deck
  • golf cart to drive between the Dome and main lodge

Things to do

  • on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • braai baskets (additional cost)
  • picnic baskets  (additional cost)
  • guided hiking trails (additional cost)
  • scenic forest walks
  • footgolf
  • 9-Hole mashie chip and wedge golf
  • 4 mountain bike routes (bring your own bike)
  • freshwater fishing
  • quad-bike tour through the Tsitsikamma Forest (additional cost)
  • wild-animal sanctuaries (additional cost)
  • canopy tours (additional cost)
  • bungee-jumping (additional cost)
  • ziplining (additional cost)
  • segway tours (additional cost)

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2
Cost From R3 500 per night for the dome (depending on season, includes breakfast)
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Platbos Forest

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Where Between Gansbaai and Stanford
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Set in an ancient forest, Platbos is privately owned by conservationists eager to preserve its rich diversity of flora and fauna, which includes thousand-year-old milkwood trees, bushbuck, baboons and even some leopard. The entire site is effectively off-the-grid and utilises 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 glamping options.

The lodgings

  • Honey Bee Suite with a double bed and private hot tub
  • Bush Buck Suite with a double bed, open-plan bedroom, sitting area and indoor fireplace
  • fully equipped kitchens
  • open-air bathrooms
  • outdoor fireplace with a braai grid

Things to do

  • forest trails
  • labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl seashells
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve
  • restaurants and shops in Stanford and Hermanus
  • Klein River Cheese Farm

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per unit
Cost R1 050 per unit per night
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Kuganha Tented Camp

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Where Breede River Valley
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting A Big 5 safari experience less than three hours from Cape Town? Yes, please! This luxury tented camp, in the middle of Inverdoorn’s 10 000-hectare private game reserve, has all the makings of a prized African getaway – without having to hop on a plane from Cape Town. Home to beautifully appointed tents arranged among the thick wooded acacia trees, with an inviting pool overlooking the Tankwa Karoo veld and mountains beyond, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve landed in heaven. In addition to a daily game drive, personalised itineraries and an exclusive spa bungalow, this incredible escape is an ideal option for a soul-enriching stay spent listening to the sounds of nature.

The lodgings

  • 6.13sq metre tents with king-size beds
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath
  • private patio and dining pergola
  • shared splash pool
  • sun deck and loungers
  • complimentary drinks on arrival
  • complimentary drinks on first evening
  • complimentary sunset drinks on safari
  • bonfire area with seating
  • three-course dinner prepared on the open fire
  • breakfast in the morning
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • afternoon and early-morning game drives
  • spot the Big 5
  • relax by the splash pool
  • stargazing
  • Bush Hut Spa
  • cheetah rehabilitation and conservation project

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 per tent
Cost From R11 999 for 2 nights (depending on season, includes all meals and activities)
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Treedom Villas & Vardos

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Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting Those seeking a truly unique glamping experience in a sumptuous setting will find their haven at this eclectic escape in the Wilderness valley. Home to two Vardos (gypsyesque wagons, the first of their kind in South Africa) and a two-storey treehouse villa, the destination can be booked per unit or on an exclusive-use basis for those seeking a completely private getaway. Each Vardos has been lovingly curated with romance, relaxation and magic in mind. Dine in your very own greenhouse, or kick back and relax on your daybed or moon swing. The  treehouse villa, available to rent during your stay, is fully equipped with a queen-size bed, modern kitchen, spacious lounge with a smart TV, private patio upstairs, outdoor forest lounge, fire pit and daybed swing.

The lodgings

  • 2 Vardos (Owl and Gypsy)
  • queen-size bed
  • en-suite bathroom with a rain shower
  • open-plan interior with a fully equipped kitchen
  • bar serve area
  • private enclosed garden
  • large rocking daybed
  • firepit and braai
  • private greenhouse with a seating area dining table, lit up by fairy lights

Things to do

  • communal herb garden
  • Outdoor Sauna Experience
  • The Love Tunnel private dinners
  • outdoor infrared and hot stone sauna
  • heart-shaped pool
  • nearby blue flag beach
  • Mossel Bay and Knysna zipline
  • canoeing
  • paragliding
  • acro-branching
  • horse-riding

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Sleeps 2 per Vardo
4 in the treehouse villa
8 in total (when booking exclusive-use)
Cost From R1 700 per Vardo per night (depending on season)
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West Coast Luxury Tents

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Where Between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Midway between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay on Fork West Farm in the wildly beautiful West Coast, this site offers guests a tranquil glamping experience. Set behind the sand dunes, in what is rugged, bushy terrain, these luxury tents are your answer to crowd-free camping by the sea, as each tent has private access to an unspoilt beach.

The lodgings

  • 3 luxury lodge tents (Fork North, Middle Fork and Fork South)
  • each tent sleeps 2 adults
  • Fork South includes a stand-alone thatched unit alongside the main tent that sleeps 1 adult or 2 children
  • each tent has electricity, an en-suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette
  • each tent has a private braai area (firewood is available)

Things to do

  • unspoilt beach near the farm
  • 400-metre-long airstrip on the farm that can be used by a light aircraft (by prior arrangement)
  • birdwatching
  • surfing in Elands Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Sleeps 2 – 4 per tent
Cost From R1 250 per night for 2 adults (depending on season)
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Africamps at Ingwe

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Where The Crags, Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting Sprinkled with lush forests, rivers, waterfalls and gorges, the Garden Route is an adventurer’s playground, home to a boutique glamping site where elevated tents offer perfect views of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range and surrounding valleys. It’s the ideal base from which to explore Plett, Knysna and the Tsitsikamma National Park.

The lodgings

  • 6 boutique glamping tents with a private deck, fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has 2 extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a large deck with outdoor seating and a pit braai
  • indoor fireplace
  • air conditioning and electric blankets
  • 3 tents feature their own outdoor wood-fired hot tub

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • swimming pool
  • walks
  • farm dams
  • Monkeyland
  • Birds of Eden
  • Jukani Wildlife Centre
  • horse riding
  • cook-your-own breakfast baskets (additional cost)
  • cook-your-own South African braai baskets (additional cost)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 190 per night for 2 adults (depending on season and tent type)
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Wolfkop Camping Villages

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Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting In the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, overlooking the Olifants River, Wolfkop Private Nature Reserve is one of those immersive getaways where unplugging from the noise of the outside world is a given. The scattering of pre-pitched tents on the river bank is linked to the water via wooden walkways, and has a private four-poster jetty where campers can board canoes and meander along the water.

The lodgings

  • 5 camping villages (Grootfontein, Biesievlak, Noordhoek, Middelpos and Golden Valley Deluxe Village)
  • Glamping Villa sleeping 8 and Golden Valley Deluxe Village sleeping 6
  • all villas have a stretch tent for shade, wind and rain protection,1 main bell tent with a king-size bed, 2 canvas tents (all with 2 foam mattresses and bedding provided), a kitchen and lounge area with fire boma, and 2 large bean bags to relax and unwind
  • all villages have a braai area with tables, chairs, fridge/freezer, cutlery, crockery, kettle and a stove
  • each camping village has electric lighting and a power point

Things to do

  • guided bodyboarding trips down the river
  • swimming in the river
  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • horse-riding on the nearby farms
  • hiking in the surrounding area
  • exploring the Cederberg Wilderness Area

Good to know No music is allowed unless the campsite has been exclusively booked.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 8 per site
Camping Villages: R750 per night for 2 adults (depending on season, minimum 2 nights)
Glamping: From R4 400 per glamping site per for the weekend for 6 – 8 guests (depending on site and season)
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Adventurer’s Escape

Glamping Western Cape: Adventurer's Escape
Glamping Western Cape: Adventurer's Escape Interior
Glamping Western Cape: Adventurer's Escape Pool
Glamping Western Cape: Adventurer's Escape Bedroom

Where Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting A 15-minute drive from the centre of Plettenberg Bay, tucked away in Kuthumba Eco Nature Reserve in The Crags, this heavenly hideaway (as its name suggests) is a prime destination for a tranquil escape with a slew of activities. Accommodation is in the form of a wooden cabin and a glamping tent, available to rent individually or for exclusive use. Take a break from the stress of daily life as you wake to uninterrupted vistas over the Tsitsikamma forest and breathe in the fragrant aromas of surrounding fynbos.

The lodgings

  • 1 glamping tent with a queen-size bed
  • 1 wooden cabin with a queen-size bed
  • bathroom and 2 outdoor showers
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • undercover outdoor dining area
  • spacious lounge and seating area with a wood-burning fireplace
  • outdoor braai and firepit
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • splash pool
  • view-drenched patio
  • complimentary wifi

Things to do

  • kayaking (kayak provided)
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing
  • cycling or hiking to Salt River viewpoint (5.24km)
  • hiking to Nature’s Valley (6.8km); pickup can be arranged in advance
  • Monkey Land
  • Birds of Eden
  • Africanyon
  • The Elephant Sanctuary
  • Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Centre
  • Jukani Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Centre
  • mohair and curio shops
  • bungee-jumping
  • quad-biking
  • nearby wine farms
  • horse-riding
  • polo
  • nearby spas
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • Nature’s Valley
  • Pepper Mill restaurant
  • Bread and Brew coffee shop
  • Nature’s Way farm stall

Child friendly? Yes, 8 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 2 – 4
Cost From R1 070 per night for 2 adults  (depending on season)
R400 per night per additional person
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AfriCamps at Oakhurst

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Oakhurst
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Oakhurst Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Oakhurst Tent Interior
Glamping Western Cape: AfriCamps at Oakhurst Hot Tub

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting After the turnoff from Hoekwil, you’ll arrive at Oakhurst Farm where an avenue of blue gum trees leads you all the way to the spectacular glamping area. What travel brochures don’t mention is the All Saints Church – a magnificent Cape Dutch-style chapel hidden among the trees along the way – fit for a wedding! Divinity aside, this is an adventure lover’s paradise, with farm walks, a pump track (where chickens and pigs have right of way!), archery, a farm dam, a waterfall, and much more. Oh, you must order a Shelly’s chicken pie from the onsite farm shop – utterly delicious.

The lodgings

  • 8 boutique tents each with a fully equipped kitchen (stove and oven) and en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has 2 extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a spacious deck with outdoor seating and a braai area
  • air conditioning, electric blankets and a wood-burning indoor fireplace
  • private wood-fired hot tub at each tent

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • fishing and canoeing on the dam
  • mountain-biking
  • guided horse-riding
  • archery
  • hiking trail to the nearby waterfall
  • pump track
  • farm pool
  • massage treatments in the comfort of your own tent
  • Oakhurst Dairy to watch cows being milked and calves being fed
  • nearby beaches
  • hang gliding
  • paragliding
  • Wilderness Lakes Art Route
  • nearby craft markets
  • cook-your-own breakfast baskets (additional cost)
  • cook-your-own South African braai baskets (additional cost)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Sleeps 5 per unit
Cost From R1 340 per night for 2 adults (depending on season)
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Kwelanga

Glamping Western Cape: Kwelanga
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Kwelanga
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Kwelanga Bathroom
Glamping Western Cape: Kwelanga Bedroom

Where Baardskeedersbos
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Situated on the peaceful outskirts of Baardskeerdersbos (affectionately known as “B-Bos” among locals), this off-the-grid glamping retreat in the Overberg offers an uninterrupted sense of tranquillity, where sweeping fynbos plains and towering mountains set the scene for a scenic stay in nature.

The lodgings

  • off-the-grid caravan and eco-tent, each sleep 2 adults
  • each unit has a fully equipped kitchen
  • eco tent has an en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • private outdoor fire pit and seating area
  • upstairs main house (not available to rent) has a large swimming pool, huge fire pit area, pool table, relaxation areas, books, and board games that guests are welcome to use

Things to do

  • soak in the hot tub
  • stargazing
  • Baardskeedersbos Saturday Farmers’ Market
  • Baardskeerdersbos Art Route (twice a year)
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking trails
  • nearby swimming beaches
  • nearby wine estates (including Lomond, Raka and Stanford Hills)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Sleeps 2 per unit
Cost R600 per person per night
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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 August 2021

3 Responses to “The Best Glamping Sites in The Western Cape”

  1. Lucy Corne

    GReat list thanks. Lots of inspiration for fabulous staycations!

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  2. Leigh Anne Swart

    Great giveaway

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  3. Tarryn

    Looks like excellent breakaways

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