The Best Luxury Camping Sites in the Cape 2018

The Best Luxury Camping Sites in the Cape 2018 Cherry Glamping

Enjoy the great outdoors without having to rough it.

Glamping (glam camping) has become more comfortable, exciting and popular than ever before. From cabins in the woods to riverside tents and chalets in the mountains, there’s a diverse selection of accommodation on offer in the luxury-camping arena. And, with winter around the corner, there’s hardly a better time to get cosy at one of these pitch-perfect spots. Have we left one of your favourites out? Then please add it in the comments below.

1. Dwyka Tented Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Glamping Dwyka Tented Lodge

Where Montagu
What Surrounded by 350-million-year-old rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a sacred, hidden place. It was once home to the Khoisan people, and their paintings – some of which date back more than 3 500 years – can be seen at various points around the reserve. It’s about three hours drive from Cape Town but worth the trip for those seeking solitude.
Conservation management is the foundation upon which Sanbona was established, and will always remain its top priority.
Good to know Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is malaria-free.
Facilities

  • Nine luxury tents, each of which sleeps two adults.
  • Each tent is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shower and basin, mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, heating and cooling, and even a private deck with a Jacuzzi
  • The lodge has a lounge with a fireplace and satellite TV, an open-air dining area, wi-fi, and a wine cellar

Activities

  • A 58 000-hectare, Big 5 wilderness area with wide-open Karoo plains, and seven recorded sites containing San rock art
  • Two game drives per day
  • Comprehensive guided walks
  • Bird-watching
  • Stargazing
  • A boat safari (weather-dependent)
  • Relaxation retreats

Pet policy As this is a game reserve, pets are obviously not allowed.
Cost  R6 760 per adult sharing (valid for 2018)
Contact 021 010 0028, reservations@sanbona.com
Location Route 62 between Montagu and Barrydale
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2. Tented Lodge at Botlierskop

Glamping Botlierskop Tented Lodge

Where Garden Route
What These luxury tented suites are situated on Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, a tranquil haven on the Garden Route. With the Indian Ocean on one side and the Outeniqua Mountains on the other, the reserve offers deep immersion in the natural beauty this region is so famous for. The diversity of wildlife on the malaria-free, family-owned game lodge ensures an authentic luxury safari experience, with guests standing a good chance of seeing lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino (that’s four of the Big Five), as well as hippopotamus, black impalas and a variety of bird life.
Facilities

  • 21 luxury tented suites connected by raised wooden walkways that lead back to the Main Lodge
  • Each tented suite is equipped with a minibar, telephone, safe, coffee-and-tea stations, electric blanket, heating and air conditioning
  • Each tented suite has a private deck with views of the river
  • Each tented suite as an en-suite bathroom with a deep oval bath and outdoor shower
  • The Executive Tented Suite has its own splash pool
  • The Main Lodge has a lounge, and open-plan Fireplace Restaurant, leading onto an outdoor wooden deck

Activities

  • Heated 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 Bush Spa
  • 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

Pet policy As this is a game reserve, pets are obviously not allowed.
Cost Luxury Tented Suite: from R1 700 per person sharing
Deluxe Tented Suite: from R2 500 per person sharing
Executive Tented Suite (sleeps 2 adults): From R4 100 per person sharing
Family Tented Suite (sleeps 2 adults and 2 children): From R2 550 per person sharing
Meals not included in standard rate
Contact 044 696 6055 / 044 333 0021, info@botlierskop.co.za
Location Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Gonnakraal Road, Little Brak River
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3. Africamps Klein Karoo

Glamping Africamps Klein Karoo

Where Oudtshoorn
What Nothing says “escape into nature” like the Karoo – a semidesert landscape bathed in spiritual solitude. The Klein Karoo is separated from the Great Karoo by the Swartberg Mountain Range, and lies in a region that is sufficiently watered to bear lush vegetation (though some portions of it resemble the semidesert terrain that characterises the Karoo). This Africamps location, positioned around a dam on a working ostrich farm, serves as a gateway to this fascinating world.
Good to know This is one of several sites hosted by AfriCamps, a glamping service provider that collaborates with family-run farms and reserves to create luxury camping retreats. Other AfriCamps locations include AfriCamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve in Robertson, AfriCamps at Kam’Bati in Swellendam, AfriCamps at Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay, AfriCamps at Stanford Hills in Stanford, and their newest editions: AfriCamps at Mackers, Hazyview (opening in July 2018) and Africamps at Oakhurst in Wilderness (opening in October 2018).
Facilities

  • 12 luxury boutique camping tents, positioned around a big dam
  • Each tent has two queen-sized beds and a single bunk bed
  • Each tent has a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • Each tent has a braai area and a wood-burning fireplace
  • Amenities include air conditioning, electric blankets and wi-fi
  • Breakfast and dinner baskets can be delivered to your tent at an additional charge. Daily lunch options available at the lapa

Activities

  • A tour of the working ostrich farm
  • Karoo safari
  • Stargazing
  • Meerkat encounter
  • Hiking trails

Nearby attractions

  • Cango Caves
  • Numerous restaurants, including Buffelsdrift Game Lodge restaurant, Nostalgie Restaurant and Karoo Pot

Pet policy Pets are not allowed on the farm, due to the presence of free roaming game.
Cost R495 – R995 per adult sharing (depending on season), up to 2 adults
R200 per additional adult (each tent sleeps 5)
R100 per child (3 – 16 years)
Free for children under 3
Rates valid until 1 May 2018
Contact 063 170 4222, hello@africamps.com
Location Buffelsdrift Farm, Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

4. The Old Mac Daddy

Glamping Old Mac Daddy

Where Elgin
What Brought to you by Daddy Brands (the people behind The Old Biscuit Mill and The River Club), Old Mac Daddy may be famous for its luxury airstream trailers, but it also offers glamping accommodation in the form of two campsites: Daddy’s Den and Daddy’s Hideaway. The latter occupies a secluded spot overlooking a valley, so denizens will feel like rulers of their domain.
A family-friendly escape, Old Mac Daddy sits beside a peaceful lake with a white-sand beach. In summer, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a hammock, Huckleberry Finn-style, with a cocktail from Daddy’s Beach and Bar… Or there’s the nearby pool, with its breathtaking views of the lush valley.
Facilities
Daddy’s Den:

  • Two tented bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two bunk beds
  • The tent is equipped with a mini bar, tea-and-coffee station, air conditioning and a bathroom
  • Breakfast is included

Daddy’s Hideaway:

  • The luxury tent has a double bed and two single beds
  • Heated bathtub and shower
  • Premium coffee-pod machine
  • Swinging deck chairs
  • Private plunge pool
  • Free wi-fi

Activities

  • The Barn Restaurant & Bar
  • Daddy’s Beach & Bar
  • Lebanon Mountain Biking Trail (requires a R30 permit)
  • Wine-tasting tours
  • Archery
  • Stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking
  • Tractor rides
  • Zorbing
  • Fishing (catch and release)

Pet policy Pets are not allowed.
Cost Daddy’s Den Tented Camp: R2 196 – R2 695  (depending on season) for two adults (children stay at additional charge)
Daddy’s Hideaway Tented Camp: R1 495 – R2 095 (depending on season) for two adults (children stay at additional charge)
Breakfast included in standard rate
Contact 021 844 0241, reservations@oldmacdaddy.co.za
Location Old Mac Daddy, Elgin Valley Road, Elgin
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

5. The Storytellers Organic Farm

Glamping Storytellers Organic Farm

Where Clanwilliam
What Located in Rocklands, and surrounded by rugged but spectacularly beautiful rock formations, The Storytellers offers three large luxury tents – Dassie Den, Porcupine Place 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.
Facilities

  • The site is off grid, but there’s hot water, a gas fridge and lights, and each site has its own gas stove and braai facilities
  • Each site has a private bathroom
  • There is no wi-fi at the tents, but wired internet is available at the Storytellers office alongside the main house

Activities

  • Walking trails such as the Kloof Walking Trail, the Waterfall Trail and the longer Heuningvlei trail
  • Swimming in the farm lake
  • Bouldering in the Rocklands
  • The Storytellers Fynbos Apothecary (learn how to incorporate medicinal plants into daily life)

Pet policy Pets are welcome.
Cost Dassie Den, from R750 per unit (sleeps 4 people)
Porcupine Place, from R650 per unit (sleeps 4 people)
Tortoise Terrace, from R600 per unit (sleeps 4 people)
Good to know The Storytellers also offer a pop-up safari tent add-on for large groups.
Contact 082 862 7372 or 027 470 0057, info@thestorytellers.co.za
Address R364, Rocklands, Clanwilliam
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

6. Lancewood Tipi Lodge, Assegai Rest Farm

Glamping Lancewood Tipi Lodge

Where Robertson
What For camping with a Native American twist… There are three main areas: the Paws TiPi site, Magic TiPi Lodge and the recently added Noy Noy TiPi. Paws has two tents: one sleeps two people and the other sleeps five. This site is hired out exclusively to one group. Magic has one five-person teepee, sleeping from 2 to 5 people. Noy Noy is designed for 2 people but can sleep up to 3. This is the ‘romantic TiPi’ that has a shaded terrace, hammock and extra luxuries. In order to tread lightly ‘on the earth’ the TiPi Lodge runs on solar power for lighting and gas / solar for hot water.
Facilities

  • 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 bathrooms with an inside shower and toilet
  • Fully equipped kitchen area
  • Private braai area
  • Each TiPi has a fireplace for the cooler winter nights

Activities

  • Swimming in the lodge pool
  • Relaxing treatments from the resident massage therapist
  • Field archery
  • Hiking trails
  • Bird-watching

Pet Policy Pets are allowed by prior arrangement.
Cost Magic TiPi and Paws TiPi: R210 per person, for the first 2 nights per TiPi, and R160 per person for person per night thereafter
Noy Noy Tipi: R700 for 2 people sharing, R250 per additional person
Contact 023 626 6115, info@klaasvoogds.co.za
Address Assegai Farm, Klaasvoogds West, Robertson, Western Cape
Bookings Make an Enquiry

7. Cherry Glamping

Glamping Cherry Glamping

Where Elgin
What 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).
Facilities

  • 12 fully furnished bell tents (40 additional tents are available for larger parties)
  • Fully equipped kitchen available on site
  • A communal lounge with a large dining table and fireplace
  • A lapa with braai facilities
  • Large open spaces for hosting functions or festivals

Activities

  • Mountain-biking and hiking trails
  • Bird-watching

Nearby attractions

  • Cape Canopy Tour
  • Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre
  • Nature Discovery Tours
  • Elgin Wine Valley
  • Overberg
  • Whale Route
  • Various farm stalls and restaurants, including Gabriëlskloof Restaurant, Peregrine Farm Stall and The Hickory Shack

Pet policy Pets are not allowed.
Cost R1 800 per tent (for the first night)
R2 500 per tent (for two nights)
R1 250 per tent (per night thereafter)
Each tent sleeps 2 adults; extra beds can be added for R250 per bed per night
Contact 082 788 9837 (Richard Cherry), 082 456 1981 (Magriet Cherry), info@cherryglamping.co.za
Location Groenrug Estate, N2, Elgin
Bookings Check Availability and Book Online

8. Africamps at Ingwe

Glamping Africamps Ingwe

Where Plettenberg Bay
What 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. So it’s no surprise that Africamps – premium purveyors of luxury camping experiences – have established a forest-themed getaway in this region. Situated in the Crags, the boutique camping 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.
Good to know This is one of several sites hosted by AfriCamps, a glamping service provider that collaborates with family-run farms and reserves to create luxury camping retreats. Other AfriCamps locations include AfriCamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve in Robertson, AfriCamps at Kam’Bati in Swellendam, AfriCamps at Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay, AfriCamps at Stanford Hills in Stanford, and their newest editions: AfriCamps at Mackers, Hazyview (opening in July 2018) and Africamps at Oakhurst in Wilderness (opening in October 2018).
Facilities

  • Each luxury tent has a private deck, fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • Each tent has two queen-sized beds and a single bunk bed
  • Each tent has a braai area and a wood-burning fireplace
  • Amenities include air conditioning and electric blankets; wi-fi is available at the central lodge
  • Breakfast baskets and traditional South African braai packs can be delivered to your tent at an additional charge

Activities

  • Swimming pool
  • Sports fields
  • Farm dams and picnic sites
  • Guided hikes, including a night hike
  • Team building and outdoor adventure activities
  • Conservation and environmental education activities and programmes

Nearby attractions

  • Monkeyland
  • Birds of Eden
  • Jukani Wildlife Centre
  • Hog Hollow Horse Trails
  • 10 minutes drive from Plettenberg Bay
  • 30 minutes drive from Knysna

Pet policy Pets are not allowed due to the presence of wildlife species.
Cost R495 – R995 per adult sharing (depending on season), up to 2 adults
R200 per additional adult (each tent sleeps 5)
R100 per child (3 – 16 years)
Free for children under 3
Rates valid until 1 May 2018
Contact 063 170 4222, hello@africamps.com
Location Look for the Africamps at Ingwe signposts on the N2, between Keurboomstrand and Plettenberg Bay
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

9. West Coast Luxury Tents

Glamping West Coast Luxury Tents

Where Elands Bay
What Located midway between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay in the wildly beautiful West Coast on Fork West Farm, this site offer guests three luxury self-catering tents: Fork North, Middle Fork and Fork South.
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 unspoiled West Coast beach.
Facilities

  • Three luxury lodge tents (Fork North, Middle Fork and Fork South)
  • Each tent accommodates 2 adults
  • Fork South includes a stand-alone thatched unit alongside the main tent to accommodate four guests
  • Each tent includes electricity, an en-suite bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchenette
  • Each tent has a private braai area (firewood is available)

Activities

  • Unspoiled beach near the farm
  • 400-metre-long airstrip on the farm, which can be used by a light aircraft (by prior arrangement)
  • Boat-launching facility
  • Bird-watching
  • Surfing

Pet policy Pets are welcome, by prior arrangement.
Cost R900 (per night, single or two adults sharing)
R220 per child (5 – 12 years)
Contact 082 573 9886, 082 378 9793, theresa.uebel@gmail.com
Address Fork West Farm, between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay, West Coast, Western Cape
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

10. Luxury Treehouse, Vindoux Guest Farm

Glamping Vindoux Guest Farm
Nina Haddad

Where Tulbagh
What Nestled on the foothill of the Saronsberg Mountains, between the fruit trees and vineyards of Tulbagh, is the impressive and luxurious Vindoux Guest Farm. Offering weary travellers a secluded tree-topped getaway with large comfy beds and delicious farmhouse breakfasts. It’s the perfect hideout for young – and veteran – couples.
Facilities

  • Each treehouse has magnificent game-spotting opportunities (zebra, wildebeest and springbok) and stunning views of the orchards and the Saronsberg Mountains
  • Each treehouse has an en-suite bathrooms with a spa bath, a double bed, balcony and a coffee/tea making station
  • The Honeymoon Suite – which is further away from the others and more secluded – includes an indoor seating area and a partially covered balcony

Activities

  • Gym and spa facilities
  • Picnic area where light meals from the farm’s deli (including braai packs and picnic baskets) can be enjoyed
  • Biking trails (bikes available for hire)

Nearby attractions

  • Wine farms

Pet policy Pets are allowed, provided they are vaccinated, and kept on a leash at all times when outside of your accommodation. There are other dogs, and a few cats, present on the property, so your pet must play well with others.
Cost Standard suite: R1 550 – R1 900 per couple, includes breakfast (depending on season)
Honeymoon suite: R1 750 – R2 100 per couple, includes breakfast (depending on season)
Contact 023 230 0635, vindouxfarm@gmail.com
Address Vindoux Guest Farm, Twee Jonge Gezellen Road, Tulbagh
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

11.  Thali Thali Game Lodge 

Glamping Thali Thali Game Lodge

Where Langebaan
What 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. Five luxury en-suite tents are available, and the nearby farmhouse has a porch for relaxing on sunny days and a roaring fireplace for the cold West Coast winters.
Facilities

  • Each tent is equipped with a fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave
  • Each tent has an outdoor stoep and braai area

Activities

  • A la carte restaurant
  • Game drives
  • Walking tours are available
  • Archery lessons provided by accredited coaches
  • 3D archery course

Pet policy Pets are not allowed in the reserve.
Cost R660 per person sharing (until 31 August 2017)
R750 per person sharing (until 31 August 2018)
50% discount for children 5 – 12 years
Children under 5 stay for free
Contact 082 372 8637, info@thalithali.co.za
Address Zoutekuilen Farm, Route 27, Langebaan, 7357
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

12. Africamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve

Glamping Africamps Pat Busch

Where Robertson
What This campsite 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). Good to know This is one of several sites hosted by AfriCamps, a glamping service provider that collaborates with family-run farms and reserves to create luxury camping retreats. Other AfriCamps locations include AfriCamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve in Robertson, AfriCamps at Kam’Bati in Swellendam, AfriCamps at Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay, AfriCamps at Stanford Hills in Stanford, and their newest editions: AfriCamps at Mackers, Hazyview (opening in July 2018) and Africamps at Oakhurst in Wilderness (opening in October 2018).
Facilities

  • 5 luxury tents, each with solid wooden floors, a fully equipped kitchen, and an en-suite bathroom
  • Each tent has 2 queen-sized beds, and a single bunk bed
  • Each tent has a private veranda overlooking the spectacular fynbos forests and mountains of the reserve
  • Amenities include wi-fi, air-conditioning, a fireplace, braai facilities, fridge, microwave, coffee press, kettle and toaster
  • Laundry and babysitting services
  • Breakfast baskets can be delivered to your tent at additional charge

Activities

  • Hiking and walking trails
  • Dams for fishing and swimming
  • Swimming pool on site
  • Mountain-bike rental available on site

Nearby attractions

  • Wine farms
  • Robertson

Pet policy Pets are not allowed on the farm.
Cost R495 – R995 per adult sharing (depending on season), up to 2 adults
R200 per additional adult (each tent sleeps 5)
R100 per child (3 – 16 years)
Free for children under 3
Rates valid until 1 May 2018
Contact 063 170 4222, hello@africamps.com
Location Klaasvoogds West Gravel road, off the R60, Robertson
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

13. !Khwa ttu

Glamping Bush Camp Khwa Ttu

Where Yzerfontein
What Just over an hour out of Cape Town, this place gets its name from (and is inspired by) the ancient San culture.
Facilities

  • Bush Lodge has 4 large tents, each of which sleeps 2 people, has a lounge area, en suite toilet and shower, covered outdoor deck with a small kitchenette, and a private braai area
  • Bush Camp offers more basic facilities, with 5 tents (each sleeping 2-4 people), communal bathrooms, a central kitchen and a boma with a fireplace
  • Both campsites are solar-powered
  • Firewood is available for purchase

Activities

  • Game drives
  • A walk in nature to learn about the San people’s tracking skills
  • A photo exhibition, and the screening of an ethnographic film
  • Farmhouse restaurant
  • Herbal tea tastings
  • San language sessions
  • cycling and walking trails

Pet policy Pets are welcome.
Cost Bush Lodge: R450 per person
Bush Camp: R325 per person (includes breakfast)
Contact 022 492 2998, info@khwattu.org
Address Grootwater Farm, R27, Yzerfontein
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

14. Africamps at Kam’Bati

Glamping Africamps Kambati

Where Swellendam
What A serene riverside getaway, on a farm that makes the perfect picture of idyllic countryside life. Africamp’s luxury 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. The town of Swellendam is only a short drive away, and the Breede River offers intrepid explorers a trip into nature.
Good to know This is one of several sites hosted by AfriCamps, a glamping service provider that collaborates with family-run farms and reserves to create luxury camping retreats. Other AfriCamps locations include AfriCamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve in Robertson, AfriCamps at Kam’Bati in Swellendam, AfriCamps at Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay, AfriCamps at Stanford Hills in Stanford, and their newest editions: AfriCamps at Mackers, Hazyview (opening in July 2018) and Africamps at Oakhurst in Wilderness (opening in October 2018).
Facilities

  • 5 boutique luxury tents, each with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • Each tent has two queen-sized beds and a single bunk bed
  • Each tent has a braai area and a wood-burning fireplace
  • Amenities include air conditioning and electric blankets
  • Breakfast and dinner braai pack options available at an additional charge
  • There is an on-site shop (open daily) and a bar (only on weekends)

Activities

  • Swimming pools with water slides
  • Putt-Putt course
  • Pool lounge
  • Jungle gym
  • Canoe and tube rides on the Breede River
  • Fishing
  • Hiking trails

Nearby attractions

Pet policy Pets are not allowed on the farm.
Cost Cost R495 – R995 per adult sharing (depending on season), up to 2 adults
R200 per additional adult (each tent sleeps 5)
R100 per child (3 – 16 years)
Free for children under 3
Rates valid until 1 May 2018
Contact 063 170 4222, hello@africamps.com
Location Between Riviersonderend and Swellendam on the N2 (look for the Africamps turn-off)
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

15. Wolfkop Camping Villages

Glamping Wolfkop Camping Village
Citrusdal Accommodation

Where Citrusdal
What “You only bring food and clothes” reads the blurb on the Wolfkop Camping Villages website, summing up its commitment to camping without the hassle. The tents are set up on the bank of a peaceful river, with wooden walkways leading down to the water, and each campsite has a private jetty where campers can board canoes and sail off into the horizon. The campsite is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding mountains and farmland, whether you choose to do so on foot or by boat.
Facilities

  • Each camping village includes a Bedouin freeform marquee and several canvas tents
  • Each camping village has a braai area (firewood can be purchased at R25 per bag), with chairs and tables
  • Each camping village has electric lighting, cooler boxes and a power point

Activities

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing trips (R30 per person)
  • Horse-riding on the nearby farms
  • Hiking

Nearby attractions

Pet policy Pets are not allowed.
Please note No music or loud noise allowed, unless you book the whole campsite for your group.
Good to know Wolfkop Camping Villages also operates a luxury campsite at Hermanus, called KleinVlei. It’s situated next to the lagoon, about 1.4km away from Grotto Beach. Accommodation options include wooden cabins on the banks of the lagoon, as well as canvas tents.
Cost R750 – R850 per tent (1 to 2 adults/children, depending on season)
R125 per extra person
R150 for canoe hire (includes life jacket and paddles)
Contact 083 260 5071, info@middelposcampingvillages.co.za
Address Keerom Road, Citrusdal (off the N7)
Bookings Check Availability and Book Direct

16. Elgin Hills Luxury Tented Camp

Glamping Elgin Hills Luxury Tented Camp

Where Elgin
What Situated on the Palmiet River, Elgin Hills is all about comfort and warm hospitality. Each tent is built on a solid base among sturdy indigenous trees and has its own deck and chairs to lounge on.
Facilities

  • Standard tents sleep two people on queen-sized beds; larger tents can fit an extra bed for children if required
  • Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, equipped with a shower
  • The camp is completely self-catering, with a lapa providing full kitchen facilities for guests

Activities

  • Palmiet River
  • Walking trails in the wooded hills and surrounding fruit farms
  • The Elgin Apple Museum (one of only two apple museums in the world!)

Pet policy Pets are not allowed.
Please note Camp is closed in June and July
No children under 10 allowed
Cost R550 per person sharing (for 1 night)
R450 per person sharing (for 2 nights)
Rates valid until 30 April 2017
Contact 021 204 1045, info@elginhills.co.za or jolandie@elginhills.co.za
Address Elgin Hills Estate, Appletiser Road, Grabouw
Bookings Make an Enquiry

17. Africamps at Stanford Hills

Glamping Africamps Stanford-hills

Where Stanford
What Aaah Stanford… the lush green meadows and rolling hills are straight out of JRR Tolkien’s Shire, and it’s here that Africamps has pitched its (luxury) tent, 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.
Good to know This is one of several sites hosted by AfriCamps, a glamping service provider that collaborates with family-run farms and reserves to create luxury camping retreats. Other AfriCamps locations include AfriCamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve in Robertson, AfriCamps at Kam’Bati in Swellendam, AfriCamps at Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay, AfriCamps at Stanford Hills in Stanford, and their newest editions: AfriCamps at Mackers, Hazyview (opening in July 2018) and Africamps at Oakhurst in Wilderness (opening in October 2018).
Facilities

  • 5 luxury tents, each with a fully equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom
  • Each tent has two queen-sized beds and a single bunk bed
  • Each tent has a braai area, and a wood burning fireplace
  • Amenities include air conditioning and electric blankets (wi-fi is not available in the tents, but can be found at the nearby restaurant)
  • Breakfast baskets and traditional South African braai packs can be delivered to your tent at an additional charge
  • The Tasting Room serves breakfast and lunch, and creates personalised picnic baskets

Activities

  • 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
  • The nearby towns of Stanford and Hermanus have a wide array of fine restaurants, museums and art galleries

Pet policy Pets are allowed, although guests are asked to be mindful of their pets, and to clean up after them.
Cost R495 – R995 per adult sharing (depending on season), up to 2 adults
R200 per additional adult (each tent sleeps 5)
R100 per child (3 – 16 years)
Free for children under 3
Rates valid until 1 May 2018
Contact 063 170 4222, hello@africamps.com
Location Stanford Hills, R43 (off the N2)
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Researched by Matthew Flax and Kent Cloete

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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: 18 April 2018

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39 Responses to “The Best Luxury Camping Sites in the Cape 2018”

  1. kevin

    Greetings guys

    Which places would you recommend for Glamping along the garden route anywhere between P.E and Mosselbay), we a group of 4 couples and looking at any dates between 31st Dec to 4th Jan. reasonably priced, nothing more that 1000 per nite per room/tent

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  2. Natasha Loubser

    Hi there
    How would we get featured in your guide as we have a tented camp as well as cabins?
    Regards
    Natasha

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    • Ra-eesah

      Hi, would you kindly share the details of your accommodation? We’re still looking around for a vacation destination.

      Thanks x

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    • Michelle de Bruin

      Hi Natasha,

      Michelle here from The Inside Guide. You may submit your camp for consideration by sending an email to hello@insideguide.co.za.

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  3. Mike A

    Stayed recently at The Square Elephant, luxury converted shipping container on a secluded mountain side near Hermanus. Private nature reserve. Nobody else around. Incredible views of ocean, lagoon, Hemel n Aarde Valley. Hot tub. Off grid, but has wifi and solar power. Can’t wait to go back.

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  4. francis

    same old same old…. nothing new here.

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  5. Melanie

    Hi there, for some of these spots you’ve included their pet policy and for some you haven’t?

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  6. Jill Steenkamp

    Absolute gems! So many places to visit. Thank you.

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  7. Kevin Wearing

    Please send me more information – areas close to Gordon’s Bay, Western Cape. Many thanks

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  8. Louis Van Wyk

    Stunning!

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  9. zai

    Please try koester farm glamping in the magaliesburg

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    • Michelle de Bruin

      Hi Zai,

      Michelle here from The Inside Guide. Thanks for the tip!

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  10. Soozi dinnie

    Pleeeez help with wheel chair friendly spots ,,, we are dying to get out but battling to find places Tx Soozi

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  11. Soozi dinnie

    PLEASE HELP we were camping at beautiful TROUTHAVEN with my kids and husband when a ford ranger rode over me and now I am a new paraplegic paralysed from the high chest down and will never walk again. We LOVE the bush and camping. Are any of these fairly wheelchair friendly ? Seems so little available ? Will so appreciate guidance. We were proper campers ( no glam) but really want to try to get away to a quiet spot. ( sadly can’t afford the overseas rate camps but please advise anyway) Tx kindly. Soozi dinnie. Sushi.dinnie@gmail.com

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi, Soozi. We are very sorry to hear about your tragic accident at Trouthaven.

      According to their websites, Bontebok National Park, !khwa ttu and Silwerstrand Caravan Park all have wheelchair-friendly facilities. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has also confirmed that wheelchair-friendly accommodation is available at their Gondwana Family Lodge.

      We hope this helps.

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  12. Ernest

    Here’s some beautiful camping sites worth visiting, however. I would like to pitch my own tent and have that experience of “tent camping”, not already pitched luxury tents…. then some of these campsites are quite pricy

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    • James

      Hi check out Xama Fish Eagle River Camp on the banks of the Breede river near Swellendam. Private, grassed, clean, shaded, on the river edge, http://www.xama.co.za

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      • Soozi dinnie

        Tx james. Looks great. Pl can you see my post and advise. Appreciate.

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  13. Alison

    Great article

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  14. jacobus

    Awesome.

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  15. Manie Jansen

    Some of these priced are outlandish !
    I swear some top hotels are more reasonable.
    Obviously they are aimed at dollar or pound people. Then they wander why the locals dont support them.

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  16. Eben van Ellewee

    Interesting…
    So this for the kind of person who wants to give the impression that they are camping while they’re not actually doing anything of the sort?

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  17. Cliff

    Some of these camp sites prices are R4000-R6000 per night !!!!!!
    Must be a typo surely ?

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  18. Darlene

    Dwyka Tented Lodge has such a beautiful setting against the rocks. Outstanding service and attention to detail! Game drives and experiences are extremely special!

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  19. Barbara

    Terrrific piece..

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  20. HANNELLE LUBBE

    very interesting

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  21. Hayley Ellis

    It would have been a lovely extra to know whether any of theses sites were pet friendly.

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  22. Zaunab

    Big 5 in Ceres. I would love to see this.

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  23. Faith

    Please keep me informesd, thank you

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    • Michelle de Bruin

      You’ve been subscribed to our newsletter, Faith.

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  24. Lauren

    Where is the first image? what place?

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  25. Candy

    Elephants in Ceres? Really?

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