The Best Glamping Sites in The Western Cape

The Best Glamping Sites in The Western Cape

Want to wake up by a waterfall, without having to forego your morning cappuccino? Try one of these luxury camping sites for size.

As life becomes louder and more chaotic, escaping into nature – without having to rough it and forego creature comforts – has become so appealing. Say hello to glamping (glam camping)!

A delicious and unaffected 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.

As the demand for luxury-camping accommodation in the Western Cape has increased, there’s been a proliferation of glamping offerings in all shapes and forms – from cabins in the woods to riverside tents and chalets in the mountains – perfect for any season. So pack your puffers, and hit the road!

Have we left out one of your favourites? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Dwyka Tented Lodge

Best Glamping in the Western Cape: Dwyka Tented Lodge
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Dwyka Tented Lodge Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Dwyka Tented Lodge Accommodation

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, hidden off the beaten track between Cape Town and Montagu. It was 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. A 58 000-hectare, Big 5 wilderness area with wide-open Karoo plains makes it the perfect destination for those seeking luxe solitude.

The lodgings

  • nine luxury tents, each sleeping two 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, wi-fi and wine cellar

Things to do

  • two game drives per day
  • comprehensive guided walks
  • bird-watching
  • stargazing
  • boat safari (dependent on water level in the dam)
  • relaxation retreat

Good to know Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is malaria-free.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R14 000 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Africamps at Ingwe

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Ingwe
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Ingwe Tent Interior
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Ingwe Exterior

Where Plettenberg Bay
Distance from CT 6 hours
Setting The Garden Route is a prime example of South Africa’s rich natural beauty. This vast stretch of lush forest land, sprinkled with rivers, waterfalls and gorges, is an adventurer’s playground. Situated in the Crags, this boutique glamping site is home to elevated tents with perfect views of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range and surrounding valleys. It’s the perfect base for exploring Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and the Tsitsikamma National Park.

The lodgings

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

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • farm dams
  • Monkeyland
  • Birds of Eden
  • Jukani Wildlife Centre
  • Hog Hollow Horse Trails

Good to know Breakfast baskets and traditional South African braai packs can be delivered to your tent at an additional charge.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Luxury Tent: From R1 190 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
Luxury Hot Tub Tent: From R1 490 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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The Storytellers Organic Farm

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: The Storytellers Organic Farm
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: The Storytellers Organic Farm Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: The Storytellers Organic Farm Interior

Where Agter-Pakhuis Valley, Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3.5 hours
Setting Located in Rocklands in the Northern Cederberg, and surrounded by rugged but spectacularly beautiful rock formations, The Storytellers offers two large luxury tents – Dassie Den and Tortoise Terrace. With a double bed and a bunk bed in each unit, the tents sleep up to four people and are sheltered from the sun and rain by a discreet roof canopy. There’s also a third cross-over unit – Caracal Cottage – which is a small cottage with a luxury safari tent pitched alongside the main structure. The main bedroom is inside a caravan (built into the cottage) and features a double bed. There is also a bunk bed inside the cottage, and another double bed in the safari tent, enabling this unit to accommodate six people.

The lodgings

  • two large luxury tents with a double bed, bunk bed, equipped kitchen and private bathroom
  • one cross-over cottage / glamping unit with two double beds, a bunk bed, equipped kitchen and a private bathroom
  • all sites have electricity and off-grid lighting and there’s hot water, fridge/freezers, gas stoves and braai facilities
  • The Storytellers is a wi-fi free zone. There is also limited cellular reception in the valley (only MTN phones work)

Things to do

  • short walking trails such as the Kloof and Waterfall trails, and easy access to longer hikes such as the Heuningvlei and Perdeberg trails.
  • swimming in the farm lake, river, waterfall, and rock pools
  • Bouldering and sport climbing in Rocklands
  • The Storytellers Fynbos Apothecary (learn how to incorporate medicinal plants into daily life)
  • The Verhaal.Kraal – opening in early 2020, the Verhaal.Kraal is a space dedicated to landscape education and conservation, as well as community tourism

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R650 – R800 per unit per night (season-dependent, minimum 3 nights)
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Cherry Glamping

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Cherry Glamping
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Cherry Glamping Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Cherry Glamping Tent Interior

Where Elgin
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting A secluded forest hideaway, where guests reside in luxury bell tents amid tall pine trees. The campsite lights up at night evoking enchanted forest glades from old European fairy tales, especially when there is a festival or wedding taking place (the site has a larger 35-hectare section for hosting events and special occasions).

The lodgings

  • Dennebos Camp featuring 12 fully furnished bell tents (25 additional tents are available for larger parties)
  • Bloekombos camp featuring 21 fully furnished bell tents (25 additional tents are available for larger parties)
  • fully equipped kitchens available on site
  • communal lounges with a large dining table and fireplace
  • lapas with braai facilities
  • large open spaces for hosting functions or festivals

Things to do

  • mountain-biking and hiking trails
  • bird-watching
  • Cape Canopy Tour
  • Nature Discovery Tours
  • Elgin Wine Valley
  • various farm stalls and restaurants, including Gabriëlskloof Restaurant, Peregrine Farm Stall and The Hickory Shack

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost R1 475 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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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

Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting Oakhurst is one of the few working farms along the tranquil Garden Route, boasting untouched fynbos plains and a beautiful indigenous forest. Grazing farm animals dot the horizon, where sweeping green lawns and the surrounding Outeniqua mountains set the perfect scene for a country escape.

The lodgings

  • eight boutique tents each with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has two 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 fireplace
  • private wood-fired hot tub

Things to do

  • fishing and canoeing on the dam
  • mountain-biking
  • guided horse-riding
  • 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

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 340 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Tented Lodge at Botlierskop

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Tented Lodge at Botlierskop
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Tented Lodge at Botlierskop Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Tented Lodge at Botlierskop Tent Interior

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
  • 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 (From 6 years)
Pet friendly? No
Cost Luxury Tented Suite: R5 300 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
Deluxe Tented Suite: R6 100 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
Family Tented Suite: R7 950 per unit per night (season-dependent)
Executive Tented Suite: R10 000 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Platbos Forest

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Platbos Forest
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Platbos Forest Bush Buck Suite
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Platbos Forest Honey Bee Suite Hot Tub

Where Between Gansbaai and Stanford
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting 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, bushbuck, baboons and even some leopard. 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 glamping options.

The lodgings

Honey Bee Suite

  • private tented room sleeping two
  • double bed with mosquito net
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • open-air shower
  • private hot tub
  • outdoor fireplace with a braai grid

Bush Buck Suite

  • secluded forest tent-cabin sleeping two
  • double bed with a mosquito net
  • open-plan bedroom, sitting area and kitchen
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor braai grid
  • open air bathroom

Things to do

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

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost Honey Bee Suite: R1 050 per unit per night
Bush Buck Suite: R1 050 per unit per night
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Old Mac Daddy

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Old Mac Daddy
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Old Mac Daddy Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Old Mac Daddy Bedroom

Where Elgin
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Situated among the trees in the Elgin Valley, alongside a peaceful lake with a white-sand “beach”, this family-friendly retreat is perfect for any season – whether you cosy up inside your trailer with a hot-water bottle and a book during winter, or relax in a hammock, Huckleberry Finn-style, with a cocktail from Daddy’s Beach Bar in the summer… The pool, with its breathtaking views of the lush valley, is wonderful for refreshing dips.

The lodgings

Airstream Trailers:

  • 12 vintage Airstream trailer suites, each decorated in their own funky theme
  • 10 family-friendly suites and two couples-only suites with deck or garden
  • double bed, en-suite bathroom with a shower, and an earth-friendly living area

Daddy’s Den:

  • family unit with two tented bedrooms
  • mini bar, tea-and-coffee station, air conditioning and a bathroom

Big Daddy’s Den:

  • larger unit with three tented bedrooms, (4th tent can be arranged for larger groups)
  • mini bar, tea-and-coffee station and a private shower and toilet
  • exclusive wood-fired hot tub

Daddy’s Hideaway:

  • nestled away from the main hub, this luxury tent sleeps a family of four
  • mini bar, tea-and-coffee station and a private bath, shower and toilet
  • large deck with deck chairs and a private plunge pool

Things to do

  • The Barn Restaurant & Bar
  • Daddy’s Beach & Bar
  • Lebanon Mountain Biking Trail (requires a R30 permit)
  • hiking trails
  • wine-tasting tours
  • archery
  • stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking
  • tractor rides
  • zorbing
  • fishing (catch and release)

Good to know Breakfast is included in your stay.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 895 per unit per night (season-dependent)
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Southern Yurts

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Southern Yurts
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Southern Yurts Tent Interior
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Southern Yurts Setting

Where Bot River
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Located on a hidden hill overlooking the Diepklowe Nature Conservancy at Porcupine Hills Guest Farm, this private yurt is surrounded by mountains, streams and extensive flora and fauna, making it an unforgettable reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. Made from wooden beams and draped in canvas, yurts offer all the amenities of a luxury chalet, without any of the dust and schlepp associated with traditional camping.

The lodgings

  • one secluded yurt
  • indoor fireplace and heater
  • outdoor (yet enclosed) bathroom with a hot shower
  • stone deck overlooking the valley below
  • open-plan kitchen with drop-down blinds
  • wood fired hot tub

Things to do

  • swing under an ancient oak tree
  • hiking trails
  • 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.
Cost From R1 100 for the unit per night (season-dependent)
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Africamps Klein Karoo

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps Klein Karoo
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps Klein Karoo Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps Klein Karoo Tent Interior

Where Oudtshoorn
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting Nowhere says “escape into nature” like the Karoo – a semidesert landscape bathed in blissful solitude. The Swartberg Mountain Range separates the Klein Karoo from the Great Karoo and while some areas resemble semidesert, you will be met by spectacular spekboom trees immediately after entering the camp grounds. This AfriCamps location, positioned around a dam on a working ostrich farm, serves as a gateway to this fascinating world.

The lodgings

  • 12 boutique glamping tents, positioned around a dam
  • each tent has two extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed, fully equipped kitchen, and en-suite bathroom
  • private deck with outside seating and braai area, air-conditioning, electric blankets and a wood-burning fireplace, wi-fi

Things to do

  • tour of the working ostrich farm
  • Karoo drive
  • guided stargazing
  • meerkat encounter
  • Cango Caves
  • numerous restaurants, including Buffelsdrift Game Lodge restaurant, Nostalgie Restaurant and Karoo Pot

Good to know Breakfast and dinner baskets can be delivered to your tent at an additional charge.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 190 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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West Coast Luxury Tents

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: West Coast Luxury Tents
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: West Coast Luxury Tents Braai Area
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: West Coast Luxury Tents Kitchen

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

The lodgings 

  • three luxury lodge tents (Fork North, Middle Fork and Fork South)
  • each tent sleeps two adults
  • Fork South includes a stand-alone thatched unit alongside the main tent to sleep two
  • each tent includes 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, which can be used by a light aircraft (by prior arrangement)
  • bird-watching
  • surfing in Elands Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, on prior arrangement.
Cost R1 250 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Africamps at Kam’Bati

Best Glamping Sites in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Kam'Bati
Best Glamping Sites in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Kam'Bati Deck
Best Glamping Sites in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Kam'Bati Tent Interior

Where Swellendam
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This family-friendly farm epitomises idyllic country life, where the little ones will be enrapt with swimming, canoeing and fishing in the Breede River, playing mini golf or doing a scavenger hunt, while adults catch up with friends around the fire.
The boutique tents are situated in a patch of forest, where guests can fall asleep to the sound of the river, and awake to the sight of ducks ambling down to the shore. Swellendam is a short drive away, and the Breede River offers intrepid explorers a trip into nature.

The lodgings

  • five boutique tents, each with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has two extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a spacious deck with outdoor seating and a braai area
  • next to each tent is a wood-burning fireplace and private outdoor wood-fired hot tub
  • air conditioning and electric blankets

Things to do

  • swimming pools with water slides
  • putt-putt course
  • pool lounge
  • jungle gym
  • canoe on the Breede River
  • vegetable garden
  • guided farm tour
  • fishing
  • hiking trails
  • wine farms in the Overberg
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve
  • Cape Agulhas
  • the town of Swellendam

Good to know Breakfast and dinner braai pack options available at an additional charge.
There is also an on-site shop (open daily) and a bar (only on weekends).
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 340 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Boschendal Tented Camp

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Boschendal Tented Camp
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Boschendal Tented Camp Deck
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Boschendal Tented Camp Tent Interior

Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting One of the Cape’s oldest wine estates, dating back to 1685, Boschendal boasts some of the most beautiful surrounds in the Cape Winelands, with dramatic mountain vistas visible wherever you find yourself on the expansive property. In addition to award-winning food-and-wine offerings, the estate recently introduced tented accommodation found between indigenous fynbos, olive trees and boulders on the rustic side of the Simonsberg mountain.

The lodgings

  • seven fully serviced luxury tents
  • king-size bed sleeping two adults
  • small indoor lounge
  • minibar fridge
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • private outdoor deck with views over the valley

Things to do

  • The Werf Restaurant
  • hiking, mountain-biking, trail running, and horse-riding trails
  • farm, cellar and vineyard tours – and bread-making
  • wine-tasting in the estate’s regal Manor House, also at the Cellar Door Wine Tasting Centre, and the Werf Restaurant tasting area
  • scenic farm picnics in two areas: Rhone Rose Garden Picnics with spectacular mountain views and Werf Farm Picnics, under the trees of the Pavilion lawn
  • open-water swimming and yoga
  • meals cooked on an open fire
  • signature sundowners overlooking the 1000 acres of protected nature reserve
  • The Tree House activity centre for younger guests

Good to know All meals and drinks (excluding premium spirits) are included in your stay. Picnics can be prepared on request, for those in the mood for an alfresco dining experience.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R7 800 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Tented Eco Camp at Gondwana Game Reserve

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Tented Eco Camp at Gondwana Game Reserve
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Tented Eco Camp Accommodation at Gondwana Game Reserve
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Tented Eco Camp at Gondwana Game Reserve Tent Interior

Where Garden Route
Distance from CT 4.5 hours
Setting This luxury Big-Five game reserve 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. At Gondwana’s Tented Eco Camp, guests enjoy a hands-on conservation experience where they are involved in wildlife and field management, learn important bush skills and interpretation, as well as enjoy plenty of game drives and downtime at the lovely solar-powered camp.

The lodgings

  • five large eco-bedroom tents set on raised wooden platforms with en suite bathrooms
  • can be made up as twin or king beds, sleeping two people
  • 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
  • bird-watching and monitoring
  • bush skills and management
  • veld management

Good to know The tented camp can only be booked as part of a three, five or 12-night programme, where a daily itinerary has been scheduled for you. All meals and beverages are included in your stay.
Child friendly? Yes, from 6 years
Pet friendly? No
Cost Three-Night Programme: From R11 100 per person sharing (fully inclusive of all meals, beverages and activities)
Five-Night Programme: From R22 880 per person sharing (fully inclusive of all meals, beverages and activities)
12-Night Programme: Please enquire directly
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Teniqua Treetops

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Teniqua Treetops
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Teniqua Treetops Tent Interior
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Teniqua Treetops View

Where Between Knysna and Sedgefield
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting This eco-friendly lodge takes glamping to another level… a few levels above the ground, to be precise. These spacious treehouses, spread out over a wide area to ensure inhabitants have their privacy, have been carefully constructed so as to avoid any damage to the surrounding environment. If you’re looking to escape, this is the place – no-one’s likely to find you up here, except the occasional bird.

The lodgings

  • four couples treetop suites
  • two family-sharing treetop suites
  • two family double treetop suites
  • 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 pool
  • solar-heated Jacuzzi
  • indoor games room
  • Sedgefield market on Saturday mornings
  • bird-watching

Good to know The lodge is wheelchair friendly.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Couples Treetop Suite: R1 989 per unit per night (season-dependent)
Family Sharing Treetop Suite: R2 308 per unit per night (season-dependent)
Family Double Treetop Suite: R2 797 per unit per night (season-dependent)
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Africamps at Pat Busch

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Pat Busch
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Pat Busch Deck
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Pat Busch Tent Interior

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This glamping camp is situated in the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, a lush paradise enclosed by mountains, and populated by a variety of flora and fauna (including over 100 bird species).

The lodgings

  • 10 boutique glamping tents, each with solid wooden floors, a fully equipped kitchen, and an en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has two extra-length queen-size beds, and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a private veranda overlooking the spectacular fynbos forests and mountains of the reserve
  • wi-fi, air-conditioning, a fireplace, braai facilities, fridge, microwave, coffee press, kettle and toaster
  • laundry and babysitting services available on request

Things to do

  • hiking and walking trails
  • dams for fishing and swimming
  • swimming pool on site
  • mountain-bike rental available on site
  • nearby wine farms
  • town centre of Robertson is a short drive away

Good to know Breakfast baskets and braai baskets can be delivered to your tent at additional charge.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 190 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Thali Thali Game Lodge

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Thali Thali Game Lodge
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Thali Thali Game Lodge Setting
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Thali Thali Game Lodge Bedroom

Where Langebaan
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting All the beauty and tranquility of the West Coast is on display at this family-run fynbos reserve, where the deer are so friendly they’ve been known to wander into the lodge and hang out with the guests.

The lodgings

  • five luxury en-suite tents each with a double bed sleeping two (sleeper couch can sleep two children or an extra adult)
  • each tent is equipped with a fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave
  • each tent has an outdoor stoep and braai area
  • glass sliding doors for sweeping views
  • nearby restaurant with a deck and boma areas for relaxing on sunny days, and a roaring fireplace during winter

Things to do

  • à la carte restaurant
  • game drives
  • archery lessons provided by experienced coaches
  • 3D archery course

Good to know Breakfast is included in your stay.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost R1 600 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Wolfkop Camping Villages

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Wolfkop Camping Villages
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Wolfkop Camping Villages Tent Interior
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Wolfkop Camping Villages Setting

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The pre-pitched tents on the bank of the beautiful and peaceful Olifants River are linked to the water via wooden walkways. Each campsite has private four-poster jetties where campers can board canoes and meander down the river. The campsite is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding mountains and farmland in the heart of the Cederberg.

The lodgings

  • five camping villages (Grootfontein, Biesievlak, Noordhoek, Middelpos and Golden Valley Deluxe Village)
  • Newly renovated Glamping Villa sleeping eight and Golden Valley Deluxe Village sleeping six
  • all villages have a stretch tent for shade, wind and rain protection, three canvas tents (all with two foam mattresses and bedding provided), and two 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 

  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • horse-riding on the nearby farms
  • hiking in the surrounding area
  • Cederberg Wilderness Area

Good to know No music is allowed unless the campsite has been exclusively booked.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Camping Villages: R750 per night for two adults (season-dependent, minimum 2 nights)
Golden Valley Deluxe Village: R1 755 per night for the unit (season-dependent, minimum 2 nights)
Glamping Villa: R4 135 per night for the unit (season-dependent, minimum 2 nights)
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AfriCamps at Doolhof Wine Estate

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Doolhof Wine Estate
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Doolhof Wine Estate Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Doolhof Wine Estate Deck

Where Wellington
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting A plethora of scenic elements is on show at this beautiful retreat, situated at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass, where sounds of the trickling Kromme River can be enjoyed alongside breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.

The lodgings

  • six boutique tents each with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has two extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a gonspacious deck with outdoor seating and a braai area
  • air-conditioning, electric blankets and a wood-burning fireplace
  • private wood-fired hot tub next to each tent

Things to do

  • vineyard hike
  • river walk along the Kromme River
  • mountain-biking
  • kids’ mountain bike trail
  • wine tasting
  • cheese platters and lunch
  • spa treatments from the comfort and privacy of your own tent
  • hiking trails and fly-fishing in the Limietberg Nature Reserve
  • touring between various Wellington wine farms and distilleries
  • world-class golf courses

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 340 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Kwelanga

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

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

The lodgings

  • caravan and eco-tent, each sleeping two adults
  • off-the-grid
  • each unit features a fully equipped kitchen
  • eco tent features an en-suite bathroom with a shower
  • private outdoor fire pit and seating area
  • the upstairs main house features a large swimming pool, huge fire pit area, pool table, relaxation areas, books, and board games

Good to know Although the main house is unavailable for rent, the owners welcome guests to use all the facilities.

Things to do

  • stargazing
  • visit the Baardskeedersbos Saturday farmers market
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking trails
  • nearby swimming beaches
  • nearby wine estates (including Lomond, Raka and Stanford Hills)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R600 per person per night
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Lancewood Tipi Lodge

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Lancewood TiPi Lodge
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Lancewood TiPi Lodge Accommodation
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: Lancewood TiPi Lodge Tent Interior

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting Situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, in the picturesque Klaasvoogds Valley, Lancewood TiPi Lodge offers guests a unique glamping experience with a twist. This eco-friendly, off-the-grid getaway harnesses all of mother nature’s beauty, without scrimping on luxuries. The elegant and sophisticated tents are large and spacious, and include all that is needed for a comfortable self-catering stay – including indoor fireplaces to ensure winter chills are kept at bay.

The lodgings

  • Paws TiPi camp: two large TiPi tents, one sleeping five, the other sleeping four
  • Magic TiPi camp: one large TiPi tent, sleeping two to five
  • Noy Noy TiPi: the romantic/ exclusive offer – one large tipi tent sleeping two
  • the TiPis have double or single beds, sleeper couches and other furniture
  • Paws & Magic TiPi both have a private outdoor shower and wash basins, complete with hot water from solar- or gas-powered geysers
  • Noy Noy TiPi has an open air bath and shower with a “twist”
  • each TiPi site is allocated its own private ablution block with an inside shower and toilet
  • fully equipped kitchen area
  • private braai area
  • fireplace for the cooler winter nights

Things to do

  • swimming pool
  • relaxing treatments from the resident massage therapist
  • field archery
  • hiking trails
  • bird-watching

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, on prior arrangement.
Cost Paws TiPi: R1 405 per night for the first four adults; R170 per person thereafter (season-dependent)
Magic TiPi: R725 per night for the first three adults; R170 per person thereafter (season-dependent)
Noy Noy TiPi: R925 per night for the unit (season-dependent)
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AfriCamps at Stanford Hills

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Stanford Hills
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Tent Interior
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Bathroom

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting The lush green meadows and rolling hills of Stanford are bliss personified, and it’s here that AfriCamps has pitched its boutique tents in the foothills of the Klein River Mountain Range, overlooking a dam. The boutique wine farm on which the camp is situated offers wine-tasting experiences and authentic country food made with farm-fresh vegetables plucked from the estate’s garden.

The lodgings 

  • five boutique tents, each with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • each tent has two extra-length queen-size beds and a single bunk bed
  • each tent has a spacious outdoor deck and braai area
  • air conditioning, electric blankets, and a wood-burning fireplace (wi-fi is not available in the tents, but can be found at the nearby restaurant)

Things to do

  • swimming in the farm dam
  • bass-fishing in the top dam
  • wine-tasting at The Tasting Room
  • horse-riding on the farm
  • whale-watching from an airplane
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • a wide array of fine restaurants, museums and art galleries in the nearby towns of Stanford and Hermanus

Good to know Breakfast baskets and traditional South African braai packs can be delivered to your tent at an additional charge. The Tasting Room also serves breakfast and lunch, and creates personalised picnic baskets.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, one dog per tent, and please clean up after your pets.
Cost From R1 190 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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!Khwa Ttu

Best Glamping in The Western Cape: !Khwa Ttu
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: !Khwa Ttu Tent Interior
Best Glamping in The Western Cape: !Khwa Ttu Bathroom

Where Yzerfontein
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Situated among indigenous flora and large open plains, with the wild ocean in the distance, the tranquil hidden hideaway offers a wonderful feeling of escapism without having to go the distance. Not just a getaway experience, but an educational one too, !Khwa Ttu immerses guests in the ancient history and culture of the San – the first native people of the area.

The lodgings

  • Bush Camp: five tents (each sleeping two to four people), communal bathrooms, a central kitchen and a boma with a fireplace
  • Bush Lodge: four large tents on a platform, each of which sleep two people, with a lounge area, en suite toilet and shower, covered outdoor deck with a small kitchenette, and a private braai area
  • both campsites are solar-powered

Things to do

  • game drives
  • San Guided Walks in nature to learn about San culture
  • traditional home cooked meals in the on-site restaurant
  • herbal tea tastings
  • San museum
  • San language sessions
  • cycling and walking trails

Good to know Firewood is available for purchase
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost Bush Camp: R700 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
Bush Lodge: R950 per night for two adults (season-dependent)
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Researched by Kent Cloete, Nikki Benatar, Adam Lange

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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: 19 February 2020

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

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    DETLIV SYLVESTER

    please send me specials

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    Tim Botha

    Really did not know there was such a large collection of “glamping” available. Time for an upgrade

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    Elizabeth

    Yes please.

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    Erna Steytler

    Would love to receive info on interesting camping sites in Western Cape.

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    Merlyn Milhomem

    We are interested in camping as a family of 5.

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    Wilmien Jovner

    This is a dream come true, a Definate Bucket List

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    Doug Varkevisser

    Really interesting,never heard about these wonderful tented options

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    Andy Cluver

    I have a new Camping / Glamping site on the Onrus lagoon (near Hermanus ) which I would like to show you ?
    The area is a protected area , with numerous bird life , otters , small animals +++
    2 no Tents with Showers , Toilets , Basins . Dining area , Braai area .
    High security .
    Directly on the Lagoon with a 2 minute boat trip to the Onrus Main Beach .
    The Milkwood Restaurant is 2 minutes away by boat .
    So far I have a 5 star rating from AirBnb .

    Please call me .
    082 6582899.

    Regards,

    Andy .

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    Willem

    Kent, Nikki and Adam, I love your work!

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