The Best Glamping Getaways in The Western Cape

The Best Glamping Getaways in The Western Cape

Wake up in nature, without having to forego your daily luxuries.

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

A winning 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 canvas-sided cabins in the woods to riverside tents – perfect for any season. So pack your puffers and hit the road!

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Camp Canoe

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Where Franschhoek
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Setting Tucked among lush fynbos, olive trees and boulders on the rustic side of the Simonsberg Mountains at Boschendal Wine Estate, the newly opened (and entirely independent) Camp Canoe takes centre stage. Far removed from wine estate’s foot traffic, guests are encouraged to switch off, unwind and reconnect with nature. The aesthetic is playfully retro and utterly gorgeous, reminiscent of an old-school summer scout camp (right down to Tupperware in the kitchen). Waking to birdsong from the comfort of a sumptuous bed, before embarking on a day of little adventures (be it epicurean or outdoorsy) is a special kind of luxury. You might want to stay put, though – the setting and views are lovely, with the tents skirting the edge of a sparkling dam. Hammocks and a hot tub do tend to encourage idling the hours away. This is one for the bucket list!

The lodgings

  • 7 luxury tents, each sleeping 2 adults
  • king-size bed (or 2 singles) with luxury linen
  • en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg induction stove
  • indoor seating area with fireplace
  • viewing deck with outdoor seating and Weber braai
  • hot tub
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary wood, charcoal and ice
  • picnic, braai and breakfast boxes to order

Things to do

  • picnics on the jetty or in nature
  • dam for paddling and swimming
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking trails
  • horse-riding
  • The Werf restaurant and deli and Farm Shop
  • wine-tasting on site, and nearby

Good to know House Canoe, the “clubhouse” dining area and kitchen, is available for use by bigger groups.
Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per tent
Cost From R2 800 per tent per night
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Dwyka Tented Lodge

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Where Near Montagu
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Surrounded by striking 350-million-year-old rock formations, and built around the horseshoe bend of a dry ravine, Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a sacred place, hidden off the beaten track of Route 62. This land was once home to the Khoisan people, whose ancient rock paintings can be seen at various points around the reserve. A 58 000-hectare, Big Five wilderness area with wide-open Karoo plains makes it the perfect destination for those seeking a romantic, luxe safari experience.

The lodgings

  • nine luxury tents, each sleeping two adults
  • en-suite bathroom with shower
  • minibar, tea and coffee facilities
  • air-conditioning
  • private deck with a heated plunge pool
  • main lodge with a lounge, fireplace, satellite TV, open-air dining area and wine cellar

Things to do

  • two game drives per day
  • comprehensive guided walks
  • bird-watching
  • stargazing
  • relaxation retreat with spa treatments

Good to know There is a SA residents special on offer until 30 September 2022.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? At the main lodge
Sleeps 2 per tent
Cost SA residents special: From R9 100 per tent per night (minimum 2-night stay)
From October 2022: From R16 310 per tent per night
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Canvas Collective

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Where Near Clanwilliam
Distance from CT 3 hours
Setting Canvas Collective Africa is taking glamping up a (tent) peg or two with ultra-luxe tents and hyper-local fine dining in some of the Cape’s most beautiful wilderness locations. Just in time for the spring wildflower season, they’ve set up camp on a farm in the fabled Biedouw Valley. Surrounded by the Cederberg’s striking landscapes and rock formations, a dazzling carpet of blooms underfoot and a glittering canopy of stars by night, it’s a remote escape that will weave its magic – and where you will be thoroughly pampered. For the summer season, they’ll be decamping to the magnificent Tulbagh valley.

The lodgings

  • 10 boutique tents with king-sized beds
  • en-suite bathroom (with flushing toilet and hot-water rainshower)
  • minibar/drinks trolley and Nespresso machine
  • private outdoor area with cushioned loungers and fireball fireplace
  • butler service
  • all meals included, plus midnight snacks and breakfast in bed

Things to do

  • gourmet dinners at The Field Kitchen
  • alfresco high tea
  • picnicking
  • soaking in the hot tub
  • flower walks
  • hiking trails
  • horse-riding
  • stargazing (telescope available)

Good to know All drinks are included in the rate except premium beverages. The Cederberg camp is open until 30 September.
Child friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 per tent
Cost FromR6 500 per tent per night, all-inclusive
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Africamps at Karoo 1

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Where Between De Doorns and Touws River
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting AfriCamps’ latest destination is a goodie – in the fabled Hex River Valley on the edge of the Great Karoo. Thirteen glamping tents are spread out across the landscape, leading to a breathtaking rock pool on the edge of a ravine – floating in this pool, staring at the big blue sky and craggy rock face, is simply blissful. Karoo 1 is a farm escape offering the best of both worlds – access to pristine nature and tranquil wilderness, with the added luxury of its hotel facilities: a large swimming pool, a restaurant serving delicious Karoo meals and a bar for cocktails. Explore unique fauna and flora on hiking and mountain biking trails, or soak up the views from the outdoor wood-fired hot tub next to your boutique tent.

The lodgings

  • 2 bedrooms with extra-length queen-size beds, one with a single bunk bed above it
  • bathroom with rainshower
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove
  • open-plan living and dining area with fireplace
  • elevated deck with outdoor seating and braai
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • air-conditioning and electric blankets
  • cook-your-own breakfast and braai baskets delivered (at an extra cost)

Things to do

  • walking and hiking trails
  • picnicking
  • swimming in the kloof rockpool or hotel pool
  • mountain-biking (4 routes on site)
  • tractor rides on the farm
  • wildlife spotting
  • restaurant and bar on site
  • Veldskoen farmstall nearby (20km)
  • day trips to Matjiesfontein (78km)
  • day safari to Aquila Reserve (27km)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, dogs only
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From October 2022: From R1 940 for two adults; extra adults R295, kids R195
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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
  • wood-fired hot tub
  • 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
  • TV and Netflix

Things to do

  • on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • braai baskets (additional cost)
  • picnic baskets  (additional cost)
  • guided hiking trails (additional cost)
  • guided quad-bike tours (additional cost)

Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2
Cost From R3 500 per night for the dome (depending on season, includes breakfast)
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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 towns of George and Mossel Bay, with views of the Indian Ocean on one side and the Outeniqua Mountains on the other, the 4 500-hectare Botlierskop Game Reserve allows visitors to immerse themselves in the true beauty of this magnificent part of our country – with a luxe safari edge. The hilltop Tented Lodge has spacious, modern safari tents equipped with all the comforts, joined by a raised wooden walkway to the main lodge. There are myriad ways to enjoy the wildlife, including game drives, horseback safaris, bushwalks and veterinary safaris where guests can help with conservation tasks, as well as a wonderful Junior Ranger programme and kids activities.

The lodgings

  • 23 tented suites (Luxury, Deluxe, Superior and Executive)
  • king-size four-poster bed; Executive Suite also has a sleeper couch for two children
  • en-suite bathroom with a deep oval bath and outdoor shower (Deluxe and Superior suites have indoor showers too)
  • lounge with indoor fireplace (except in Luxury suites)
  • private deck with outdoor seating and river views
  • minibar and tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • heating, air-conditioning and electric blankets
  • smart TV with Netflix (in Superior suite)
  • private jacuzzi in Executive Suite
  • breakfast included

Things to do

  • guided game drives
  • guided bush trails on foot
  • horseback safaris and outrides
  • catch-and-release fishing
  • luxury picnics at the dam
  • rimflow swimming pool at the Main Lodge
  • floodlit tennis court (with tennis gear to hire)
  • pampering at Fijnebos Spa, with a heated pool and gym
  • The Fireplace Restaurant on site

Child friendly? Yes (from 6 years old)
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 adults per tent, plus one or two kids
Cost Winter Special: From R1 080 – R2 720 per person sharing per night (depending on suite choice)
From October 2022: From R3 690 – R6 540 per person sharing per night (depending suite choice and season)
Children (ages 6 – 11 years) pay half the adult rate
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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.

  • 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
  • air conditioning 

Things to do

  • hiking trails (including a river walk that leads down to Karatara Gorge)
  • swimming
  • kids’ splash pool
  • birdwatching
  • stargazing
  • nighttime forest excursion (summer only)
  • bush bar
  • games room (pool table, foosball, table tennis)

Good to know Eco friendly, off the grid with solar power
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi Yes
Sleeps 2 – 4 per suite
Cost Couples Treetop Suite: From R1 989 per unit per night (depending on season)
Deluxe Couples Treetop Suite: From R2 308 per unit per night (depending on season)
Family Double Treetop Suite: From 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 private game reserve near Herbertsdale in the heart of the Garden Route boasts beautiful vistas with 360-degree views of the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains. Uniquely situated in a diverse fynbos landscape, Gondwana provides an incredible backdrop for an authentic Big Five Cape safari.

In addition to game drives and plenty of downtime, The Tented Eco Camp offers guests a secluded luxury off-grid tented-safari experience with a conservation angle, where you’ll learn about wildlife and field management, bush skills and interpretation. Set in a magnificent fynbos valley in the heart of the reserve, the tented camp is solar-powered, sources its water sustainably from a nearby perennial spring and is a plastic-free zone.

The lodgings

  • 7 Luxury eco-tents (twin or king set up)
  • ensuite bathroom and covered deck area, set on raised platforms
  • wooden walkway over the riverbed links the accommodation to the recreational areas
  • two thatched recreational tents stylishly decorated, which house the lounge, dining, and bar areas with a nearby pool and hammock relaxation area
  • outdoor boma dining area for sinner under the stars

Things to do

  • monitoring of ecological impact of keystone species such as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and giraffe together with behavioural analysis
  • game census
  • further studies on leopard and brown hyena via camera traps
  • alien invasive tree species eradication (a great work out)
  • water assessments
  • elephant dung sampling
  • bird identification and monitoring
  • monitoring of cheetah and lion camera traps

Child friendly? Yes, years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi Only in lodges/rooms
Sleeps 10
Cost From R4 510 per person sharing per night (all-inclusive)

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AfriCamps at Pat Busch

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Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting This Route 62 glamping camp is situated in the 2 000-hectare Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, a lush paradise filled with forests, streams, dams and a variety of flora and fauna (including over 100 bird species). From your veranda in one of these boutique tents on a slope in a hidden valley, you’ll be looking out over spectacular fynbos, glistening water and the Langeberg mountains – all yours to explore at leisure.

The lodgings

  • 10 boutique tents with two bedrooms
  • two extra-length queen-size beds, one with a single bunk bed above it
  • bathroom with rainshower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor seating and dining area with fireplace
  • elevated wooden deck with braai
  • air-conditioning
  • cook-your-own breakfast and braai baskets can be delivered (additional charge)

Things to do

  • three hiking trails
  • dams for swimming and canoeing/rowing
  • catch-and-release fishing
  • saltwater swimming pool
  • mountain-bike trails and rental on site
  • birdwatching
  • nearby wine farms and wine-tasting river cruise
  • Saggy Stone craft brewery nearby
  • restaurants and shops in Robertson (15km)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Limited
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 240 per night for two adults; extra adult R275 per night; R175 per child (up to 16 years)
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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 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
  • 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 lake 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
  • fishing (catch and release)
  • bonfire pits by the private lake-beach

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? At the restaurant
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 Diepklowe Nature Conservancy on Porcupine Hills olive farm, this glamping option is surrounded by mountains, streams and bountiful flora and fauna, making it an unforgettable reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. Made from wooden beams draped in canvas, and attractively decorated, the yurts offer all the comforts of a luxury chalet without any of the dust and schlepp associated with traditional camping. With hiking trails and walks on your doorstep, and a farm dam to splash in, this getaway will appeal to couples, groups of friends and families of all ages. Although it’s self-catering, breakfast baskets, “sundowner” baskets and other treats to suit all occasions can be ordered.

The lodgings

  • three private Yurt sites: secluded Forest View, Kestrel and Malachite
  • double beds, plus daybeds for additional adults or children
  • outdoor (yet enclosed) bathroom with a hot shower
  • kitchen with mini oven, electric plate and fridge (gas stove at Malachite and Kestrel)
  • indoor fireplace
  • outdoor seating and braai area
  • private wood-fired hot tub
  • stone deck overlooking the valley (Forest View)

Things to do

  • visit the Secret Forest
  • walking and hiking trails
  • swimming and kayaking at the dam
  • catch-and-release fishing (gear to rent)
  • birdwatching (books and binocs supplied)
  • hot-tub stargazing
  • Bot River wine route
  • horse-riding nearby
  • mountain-biking nearby
  • Cape Canopy zipline nearby

Good to know Two new cabins opened in October
Child friendly? Yes, on request
Pet friendly? Yes, on request (a small fee applies)
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps Forest View: 2; Malachite and Kestrel: 2–4
Cost Forest View: From R1 700 per night
Malachite and Kestrel: From R1 300 per 2 people per night
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Wolwehoek Private Reserve

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Where 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 of the Klein Karoo. The private nature reserve, overseen 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 just one glamping unit, Leopard’s Kloof, decorated with an evocative old-time explorer’s feel (including a telescope), but another two are in the pipeline.

The lodgings

  • king-size bed
  • freestanding bath with a view and outdoor shower
  • indoor lounge with Chesterfield sofa and armchairs
  • dining table
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • wood-fired hot tub (plunge pool in summer)
  • pizza oven and outdoor braai area/lounge
  • 12-metre super-hammock

Things to do

  • hiking trails
  • rock-climbing
  • birdwatching
  • mountain-biking
  • stargazing

Good to know The escape is completely solar-powered, and is only reachable with 4×4 vehicles.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Guests will need to drive to a wifi hotspot
Sleeps 2
Cost From R3 000 per night for two adults
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!Khwa Ttu

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Where Between Yzerfontein and Darling
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Situated among indigenous flora and large open plains on the West Coast, with the wild Atlantic ocean in the distance, this hidden hideaway offers a wonderful feeling of escape 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 people of the Cape. There are two solar-powered glamping sites that blend into the bush on the “sea side” of the reserve, offering spectacular sunsets from their decks. They are ideal for larger groups if booked as exclusive-use (Bush Lodge is the more luxurious option).

The lodgings

  • Bush Lodge has four large tents on a platform; Bush Camp has five tents
  • Bush Lodge has king-size beds; Bush Camp has single beds (mattresses are available for kids under 12)
  • Bush Lodge tents each have an en-suite with outdoor shower; Bush Camp has two communal bathrooms (male and female)
  • fully equipped kitchenette at Bush Lodge with fridge; basic kitchenette with a small gas stove at Bush Camp
  • indoor lounge area
  • outdoor deck with braai at Bush Lodge; boma braai area at Bush Camp

Things to do

  • mountain-biking and walking trails in the reserve
  • game and bird watching
  • San-guided medicinal and food trails and walks
  • tractor ride and tracking in nature
  • on-site restaurant
  • San Heritage Centre museum and shop
  • shops, markets and wine farms in Darling (20km)
  • beach at Yzerfontein (14km)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? No, only at the Heritage Centre
Sleeps Bush Lodge: 8 in 4 tents (2 per tent)
Bush Camp: 10 in 5 tents (2 per tent)
Cost Bush Lodge: From R950 per night for two adults sharing
Bush Camp: From R700 per night for two adults sharing
Free for children under 6 years old; R200 per night for children and teens
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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
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 4
Cost From R2 200 per night per unit (depending on season, minimum 2-night stay on weekends)
Midweek special: From 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 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 Mountains. Some tents overlook a beautiful farm dam, while others have views of fynbos-covered slopes (from August to November, the proteas are in bloom). The wine farm on which the camp is situated offers tastings and authentic country food made with its own farm-fresh vegetables, giving it the added attraction of being a “slow-foodie” destination.

The lodgings 

  • 10 boutique two-bedroom tents
  • two extra-length queen-size beds, with a single bunk bed above one
  • en-suite bathroom with rainshower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor seating area with fireplace
  • spacious outdoor deck and braai area
  • air-conditioning and electric blankets
  • wood-fired hot tub (in five tents)
  • cook-your-own breakfast and braai packs can be delivered (at an extra fee)

Things to do

  • swimming and canoeing in the dam
  • two hiking and mountain-biking trails
  • bass fishing in the top dam
  • wine-tasting onsite
  • The Tasting Room restaurant onsite (also offers picnic baskets)
  • horse-riding on the farm
  • aerial whale-watching and scenic flights (the farm has its own airstrip and small plane)
  • Kleinriver cheesery and Birkenhead brewery nearby
  • restaurants, galleries, markets and more Stanford (10 minutes away) and Hermanus (25 minutes)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, one dog per tent
Wifi? At the restaurant only
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 240 per night for two adults; with hot tub from R1 390 per night for two adults; R275 per extra adult; R175 per child (up to 16 years old)
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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 Afromontane forest, Platbos is privately owned by conservationists intent on preserving its rich diversity of flora and fauna, which includes centuries-old milkwood trees, bushbuck, baboons and even some leopards. Platbos offers two glamping options – secluded tented-cabin-rooms tucked away in the forest, surrounded by birdsong and deep, green beauty. They are entirely off the grid and utilise old-school “donkey boilers” to heat the water. There is also the more rustic Forest Camp, a short walk away, with two furnished tents and an open-air kitchen.

The lodgings

  • two suites: Honey Bee (a free-standing tented bedroom and separate kitchenette) and Bush Buck (open-plan bedroom, sitting area and kitchen)
  • double bed with mosquito net
  • open-air shower and composting toilet
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • outdoor fireplace with a braai grid
  • private wood-fired hot tub (in Honey Bee)
  • indoor lounge area with fireplace (in Bush Buck)
  • daybed and hammock (in Honey Bee)

Things to do

  • explore the forest trails
  • meander the labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl shells
  • visit neighbouring Grootbos Nature Reserve
  • wine tasting at Lomond Wine Estate nearby
  • beaches and whale-watching at Franskraal, De Kelders and Gansbaai (15km)
  • restaurants, shops, markets and more in Stanford (34km) and Hermanus (58km)
  • Kleinriver cheesery and Birkenhead brewery nearby

Good to know Food can be kept cold in the “Freezer Hut”.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? No
Sleeps Suites: 2 each; Forest Camp: 4
Cost Suites: From R1 150 per night
Forest Camp: From R1 200 per night
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Treedom Villas & Vardos

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Where Wilderness
Distance from CT 5 hours
Setting Those seeking a truly unique forest glamping experience in a fantasy setting will find their haven at this eclectic escape – home to two unique Vardos (gypsy wagons) and a triple-storey treehouse villa. The wagons are wonderful liveable works of art and have been designed with romance, relaxation and magic in mind. Dine in your very own mini greenhouse under fairylights, or relax on a rocking daybed or moon swing. The treehouse villa offers a spacious lounge with a smart TV, private patio upstairs and outdoor forest lounge. The destination can be booked per unit or on an exclusive-use basis.

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
Wifi? Yes
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 These fancy tents are your answer to crowd-free, chic camping by the seaside. Located on beautiful Fork West Farm, they’re set up behind the sand dunes in typical rugged, bushy West Coast terrain, with access to a wild, unspoiled private beach just a few steps away. Fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the waves, spend hours exploring the coastline (there’s 40km of it – something your four-legged friend will truly appreciate), keep an eye out for dolphins, seabirds and a few grazing buck, and celebrate the end of each day with a salute to a stunning sunset and crayfish grilling on the coals.

The lodgings 

  • three luxury tents (Fork North, Middle Fork and Fork South)
  • Fork South has a stand-alone thatched unit alongside that sleeps an extra adult or 2 kids
  • double bed
  • en-suite bathroom
  • fully equipped kitchenette
  • deck with seating and dining table
  • private braai area with firepit
  • fan heater and hot-water bottles

Things to do

  • beachcombing and coastal walks
  • sundowners
  • birdwatching, including at Verlorenvlei
  • surfing in nearby Elands Bay

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 per tent
Cost From R1 300 per tent per night
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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 glamping tents offer perfect views of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range and forested valleys. It’s the ideal base from which to explore Plett, Knysna and the Tsitsikamma National Park.

The lodgings

  • 6 boutique glamping tents with 2 bedrooms, 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 240 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 These boutique camping villas on a 100-hectare citrus, buchu and rooibos farm are set on the grassy banks of the beautiful, peaceful Olifants River. Each campsite or “villa”, consisting of two dome tents, one bell tent and a bedouin-tented living area, has river access and beautiful views. Wolfkop is also an ideal base for exploring the stunning surroundings of the Cederberg.

The lodgings

  • four camping villages (Grootfontein, Biesievlak, Noordhoek and Golden Valley), each with 8 villas
  • villas include a bell tent with a king-size bed and two dome tents with two single beds each (bedding supplied)
  • kitchenette with a fridge/freezer, two-plate stove, kettle and toaster
  • bedouin-style stretch tent for shade, wind and rain protection
  • tables, chairs and two large bean bags
  • villa deck with built-in braai
  • electric lighting and a power point
  • communal bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets
  • Kolkol wood-fired hot tub
  • extra firewood and ice available to purchase on site (cash or Snapscan)

Things to do 

  • river swimming and canoeing
  • hiking and mountain-biking trails on surrounding farms
  • horse-riding nearby
  • stargazing

Good to know No music is allowed unless the campsite has been booked for exclusive use. There is a minimum 2-night stay policy.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, only if booked for exclusive use
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 6 per villa (2 per tent)
Cost From R1 500 per night for two people sharing; R3 000 per night for six people sharing
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AfriCamps at Oakhurst

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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 glamping tents each with 2 bedrooms, 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
  • kids’ play area
  • 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 240 per night for 2 adults (depending on season)
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Kwelanga

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Where Baardskeedersbos
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting Situated on the peaceful outskirts of sleepy Baardskeerdersbos (affectionately known as “B-Bos” among locals), this off-the-grid glamping retreat in the Overberg offers a true sense of tranquillity, where sweeping fynbos plains and towering mountains set the scene for a glorious reconnection with nature. The property is a little bohemian, quirky and arty, like the neighbouring town, with accommodation in a glam eco-tent and an old-school caravan. Guests have access to fresh eggs and herbs at the greenhouse, and a pool table, a dart board and swimming pool at the main house.

The lodgings

  • eco-tent with large double brass bed and caravan with double bed
  • each with an en-suite semi-outdoor bathroom with a shower
  • each with fully equipped kitchenette with a gas stove and fridge
  • outdoor seating and dining area with firepit/braai
  • private wood-fired hot tub

Things to do

  • swimming in the pool
  • hot-tub stargazing
  • Saturday Farmers’ Market in town
  • hiking trails
  • mountain-biking trails
  • nearby swimming beaches
  • nearby wine estates
  • nearby horse riding

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? No
Sleeps 2 per unit
Cost From R675 per person per night (minimum 2-night stay)
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The Storytellers Organic Farm

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
  • 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)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? No
Cost From R950 per unit (minimum 3-night stay; season-dependent)
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Thali Thali Game Lodge

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Where Langebaan
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting All the beauty and tranquility of the West Coast is on display at this 1 400-hectare family-run reserve, where the bokkies are so friendly they’ve been known to wander into the lodge and hang out with the guests. Other inhabitants include Cape buffalo, giraffes, zebras, camels, ostriches and emus. The glamping tents – a mix of canvas and stone – have sliding doors that showcase sweeping views of the veld, and an outdoor area ideal for meals under the stars. And when you’re in the mood for some real West Coast hospitality and socialising, the onsite restaurant has a deck, boma and small pool for relaxing on sunny days, and a roaring fireplace in winter.

The lodgings

  • five tents
  • double bed plus sleeper couch (for an extra adult or 2 kids)
  • en-suite bathroom with shower
  • equipped kitchenette with bar fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle
  • indoor seating area
  • outdoor patio and braai area
  • air-conditioning and heater
  • breakfast is included

Things to do

  • guided game drives
  • bush walks
  • birdwatching
  • 3D archery course and lessons
  • meals and sundowners at the onsite restaurant
  • splash pool and playground for children
  • restaurants, shops, beaches and watersports in Langebaan (12km away)

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? At the restaurant only
Sleeps 2 adults per tent
Cost From R1 700 per tent per night
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AfriCamps at Doolhof

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Where Wellington
Distance from CT 1 hour
Setting Glorious Boland scenery is on show at this beautiful wine estate, nestled between the Groenberg and Limietberg mountains at the foot of the spectacular Bainskloof Pass. Enjoy the sounds of the trickling Kromme River from the comfort of your outdoor hot tub, explore the farm and surrounding Winelands, breathe in the fresh mountain air… This is one of the smaller AfriCamps, with the boutique tents pitched on green lawns in front of towering peaks.

The lodgings

  • six two-bedroom tents
  • two extra-length queen-size beds, one with a single bunk bed above
  • en-suite bathroom with rainshower
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor living room with fireplace
  • spacious deck with outdoor seating and a braai area
  • air-conditioning and electric blankets
  • private wood-fired hot tub
  • cook-your-own breakfast and braai baskets delivered (additional fee)

Things to do

  • vineyard hike
  • walk along the Kromme River
  • labyrinth for walking meditation
  • mountain-biking, including a kids’ trail
  • wine tasting and lunch/platters on site
  • spa treatments in your own tent
  • hiking and fly-fishing in nearby Limietberg Nature Reserve
  • ghost house rock-pool trip into the mountains
  • Groenberg 4×4 tour
  • Wellington wine farms and distilleries
  • world-class golf courses

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Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 5 per tent
Cost From R1 390 per night for two adults; R275 per extra adult; R175 per child (up to age 16)
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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 August 2022

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