The 10 Best Private Camping Sites in the Western Cape

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Pitch up (and pitch a tent) at one of these top spots.

Camping is a rite of passage everyone should try at least once. There’s a certain pure joy that comes from sleeping under the stars, waking up beside a river, free-roaming children and braaiing marshmallows around a campfire… And there’s no need to share your special setting – you can get back to nature in splendid seclusion at one of these private spots.

Important note  Because we’ve picked the best finds, many of them are already booked up for the rest of the year. In order to secure your summer camping trip now, booking far ahead of time is recommended.

We’ve ordered them according to their distance from Cape Town. Have you camped somewhere special recently? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting They call it a hideaway – and it truly is, tucked away in the Hawequa Mountains in the Breedekloof, seemingly cut off from the world. In a vast green valley on the banks of the Holsloot River, the private camping areas are carpeted in grass and offer varying degrees of rusticity. They accommodate 15 or 20 people, with space for tents and caravans, and each spot has its own ablutions, braai area, patch of shade and access to the river – plus that wonderful faraway feeling. If you like the thought of camping with the option of soaking in a wood-fired hot tub, there are also three new off-grid mountain vista camps (Waboom, Geelbos and Vallei), reachable only by 4×4 or high-clearance vehicle.

The facilities

  • 11 campsites along the river
  • 8 with electricity (2 without electricity) and one with solar panel
  • campsite 1 and 3 have a water pump on site for irrigation on farm (runs softly)
  • 3 Mountain Vista 4×4 campsites with hot tubs (no electricity)
  • all have private ablutions (flush toilets, hot showers)
  • all have a portable braai and bonfire pit
  • kiosk selling firewood, ice, coffee, snacks, toys, braai equipment and fresh farm produce

Things to do

  • swimming in private plunge pools and the river
  • birdwatching
  • riverside picnics
  • 3 hiking trails (one to a waterfall)
  • mountain-biking
  • fly-fishing
  • bistro on site (open daily until 4pm, except Sundays and some Saturdays due to weddings and events)
  • wine farms nearby

Good to know Minimum 2-night stay and minimum 6 people per campsite on weekends and school holidays. Dwarsberg also has three designer “pod houses” and four rustic cottages for a more traditional self-catering break.
Pet friendly? No
Cost Riverside: R240 per adult per night
Mountain Vista: R320 per adult per night
R120 per child (free under 4 years old)
Where to find it Louwshoek Boontjiesriver Road, Rawsonville, Breedekloof
CHECK AVAILABILITY + BOOK DIRECT

Glen Oakes

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: Glen Oakes Farm

Where Hermanus
Distance from CT Just over 1.5 hours
Setting In the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, this 300-hectare family farm raises happy oak-fed pigs and diminutive Dexter cows. It also has an exclusive-use campsite with squishy grass, mountain vistas and space for up to 30 happy campers (although it’s just as suitable for two people). Oak trees provide shade, and it’s a quick stroll to the dam where you can swim and cast for bass. There is also an exquisite rock pool for dips, sparkling mountain streams and hiking paths through the fynbos-smothered terrain. Plus, you’ll be within easy reach of some celebrated cool-climate cellars if you feel like a wine-soaked outing.

The facilities

  • campsite accommodates 30 people in one group
  • hot showers and flush toilets
  • lapa with braai grids and fire kettle
  • firewood is provided
  • large spring-fed rock pool with sundeck and four loungers

Things to do 

  • swimming
  • walks around the farm and hiking in the mountains
  • braais or picnics
  • birdwatching
  • bicycling and mountain-biking
  • bass fishing
  • meet the farm animals (with the farmer present)
  • Hemel-en-Aarde wine route
  • Hermanus, whale watching and beaches close by

Good to know There is also a self-catering log cabin and stone cottage on the farm.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R3 000 for campsite per night (sleeps up to 30 people)
Where to find it Off the R320, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus
Check Availability + Book Direct

Kraalskloof

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: Kraalskloof

Where Rawsonville
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Setting After a bracing hike on the fynbos-covered mountains, much of your stay at this gorgeous private campsite on a working farm will revolve around its two wood-fired hot tubs, the perfect balm on a chilly winter’s night. It’s set high in the Slanghoek Mountains, affording some of the best 360-degree views in the area, stretching all the way to Worcester. You camp near the dam’s edge on a lawn-covered embankment, and there’s a converted shipping container with a bathroom, niftily kitted-out kitchen and patio under a roof. Apart from hiking, canoeing and soaking in the tub, there are wine estates to visit, distilleries, farm stalls and excellent stargazing at night.

The facilities

  • small kitchen with gas stove, kettle, small fridge and hot-water sink
  • 2 solar-heated shower rooms and toilets
  • solar-powered lighting
  • outdoor fire pit and indoor braai area
  • 2 hot tubs
  • canoe and tractor tubes
  • firewood available for purchase

Things to do 

  • hiking on the farm or in the mountains
  • swimming in a waterfall pool
  • mountain-biking
  • birdwatching
  • canoeing or tubing on the dam
  • stargazing
  • 4×4 outings (at an additional cost)
  • wine farms nearby

Good to know There are no electrical plugs, and no shade apart from the patio roof (bring your own gazebo or sun umbrella). It is accessible to high-clearance vehicles and SUVs. Minimum 2-night stay on weekends, and maximum 25 people.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R1 300 per night (6 people + 2 vehicles)
R120 (additional person per night)
R50 (additional vehicle per night)
R20 (pet per night)
Where to find it Off Slanghoek Road, between Breede River and Slanghoek, Breedekloof
Check Availability + Book Direct

22 Waterfalls

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: 22 Waterfalls

Where Porterville
Distance from CT Just over 1.5 hours
Setting In an area steeped in rugged countryside and cradled by heavenly mountains, these campgrounds on a family farm afford gorgeous valley views – plus exciting hikes up the ravine (with some scrambling and ladders) where a series of 22 spring-fed waterfalls along a rugged fynbos and forest trail bestows this farm its name. (Only 20 day visitors are allowed, so for maximum waterfall enjoyment, it’s best to stay over.) There’s also a 4×4 trail, farm animals, lots of space for kids to play, mountain-bike tracks and a dam stocked with bass. The camp sites are laid out along a shallow stream, and all have some degree of shade. There is a choice between more spacious sites at the main camping area, which have electricity and are suitable for caravans, and others in “Die Sirkel”, a separate area without power and closer to the start of the hiking route.

The facilities

  • 60 campsites spread out along the stream, 16 with power points
  • private “Eiland” across the river, with 5 sites
  • shared bathrooms with hot showers, basins and toilets
  • shared scullery/washing room and drinking-water taps
  • braai area
  • firewood and ice available to purchase

Things to do 

  • hiking the waterfall trail, with swimming
  • mountain-biking (including family-friendly tracks)
  • separate dams for fishing (catch and release) and swimming
  • visit the farm animals
  • paragliding in Porterville
  • Ginsmith gin tastings at Tygerkloof Distillery

Good to know Bring your own braai grid and toilet paper. No playing of music. Minimum 2-night stays on weekends and in summer high season. There are also basic self-catering cottages and zinc “camp houses”.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R300 (per night for up to 4 people); sites with electricity R50 extra
Free (babies and toddlers)
Contact 022 125 0583
Where to find it R44 Road, Waterval Farm, Porterville

Kleine Eike

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: Kleine Eike

Where Greyton
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting There’s a near-cinematic quality to this fruit farm in the bucolic backcountry of the Overberg. There’s a crispness to the air, and a bit more colour in everything that grows here – you see it in the dark tannin hue of the river that carves a path past this gorgeous campsite, and feel the lushness in the thick-pile grass carpet on which you pitch your tents. Tall trees create a sense of being in a private, magical world where you can hike endlessly, swim in pristine water or venture downriver in a canoe or on a lilo. You’ll be captivated upon arrival, rediscover your soul while exploring nature, and leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the real world.

The facilities

  • 12 camping sites along riverfront
  • 9 spots a little further back from the water (for people with caravans or small children)
  • each camping spot has its own braai and electricity
  • bathroom with 8 shower cubicles and toilets, 10 basins and wash troughs

Things to do

  • hiking, running and cycling trails on site
  • swimming
  • canoeing
  • fishing in the river
  • apple and pear picking (January to May)
  • Greyton Farmers’ Market (Saturday mornings)
  • restaurants, galleries and shops in Greyton

Good to know The entire campsite is available to rent for private celebrations and retreats.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R600 (per night per site for up to 4 people)
R150 (additional person per night)
Where to find it R406, Greyton, Overberg
MAKE A RESERVATION

Wolfkop Camping Villages

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: Wolfkop Camping Villages

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Setting For this Cederberg camping trip, kind staff have already done all the slog. You arrive and can instantly start playing: swim in the river, go for long hikes through the reserve or bliss out in a hammock. The camping villages (Grootfontein, Biesiesvlak, Middelpos and Noordhoek) comprise “villas” with Bedouin-canopied communal areas, serviced ablutions and dome tents along the Olifants River in several soul-restoring settings. All you need to bring is food and a cozzie – and something to float on downriver. If this smacks of glamping, note that the camps are rustic and real, not lavish and luxurious.

The facilities 

  • each village has 6 “villas” sleeping 6 each (total 36 people)
  • canvas tents with three-quarter mattresses and bedding
  • Bedouin-style freeform marquee set up for shade, with tables and seating
  • firepit, braai drum and grid
  • kitchen/prep area with cooking utensils, cooler box and electric light
  • communal fridge, freezer, microwave and power point
  • communal bathroom with hot showers and flush toilets
  • extra firewood and ice available to purchase

Things to do

  • river swimming
  • 3 hiking trails on site
  • mountain-biking trails on surrounding farms
  • horse riding nearby
  • canoes for hire to use on the Olifants River
  • guided bodyboarding trips on river
  • fly-fishing
  • rooibos tea, gin and wine tastings in Citrusdal valley

Good to know  No music or noise allowed unless you book the whole campsite “village” for your group. There is a glamping option, called Golden Valley, which has more of a Moroccan vibe with carpets, double bed, decorative details and fully equipped kitchen.
Pet friendly? Yes, if you book out whole campsite
Cost From R750 per night for two people sharing a tent (minimum 4 people)
Where to find it Off Keerom Road, Citrusdal
MAKE A RESERVATION

Houdenbek

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: Houdenbek

Where Ceres
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting This working fruit and veg farm in the Koue Bokkeveld (southern Cederberg) is one of the best places to pitch a tent and simply chill and admire the rugged rock formations (by night, there’s a star-filled canopy to behold). It has remained wonderfully low-key – fairly rustic and off-grid, with a few oak trees, spring water and alfresco showers built into the rocks. The exclusive-use campsite, tucked away beside a dam and with its own sparkling infinity pool, sleeps a maximum of 15 people. Tents can be pitched under reed roofs for protection from sun or rain. If chilling is not your thing, this spot puts you front and centre for the area’s famous climbing routes, biking trails and hikes to caves and rock art.

The facilities

  • infinity pool
  • fire pit/braai area
  • cooler box
  • gas-heated shower and flush toilet
  • firewood available to purchase

Things to do 

  • swimming
  • picnics
  • mountain-biking on site and nearby
  • fynbos walks
  • hiking, including Heiveld Arch trail on site
  • rock climbing
  • San rock art in caves
  • stargazing

Good to know There are baboons in the area, so be careful with your food storage. Minimum 2-night stay on weekends, 3-night stay on long weekends. There are also two cosy farm cottages for self-catering getaways.
Pet friendly? No
Cost R1 000 per night (for the first 1 – 5 people); R150 per person per night thereafter
Free (babies and toddlers)
Where to find it Off R303, near Ceres
Check Availability + Book Direct

Platbos

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: Platbos

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Setting A privately owned Provincial Nature Reserve, Platbos (near Gansbaai) is Africa’s most southerly forest, filled with indigenous milkwoods, white stinkwoods and hard pear trees – some of which are over a 1 000 years old. Within this rare setting are a handful of special off-grid spots to stay. Secluded Owl Camp is set beneath a white stinkwood tree, with an open-air shower and a composting loo with a view. For a more glamping vibe, Forest Camp has two pre-pitched tents with single beds, linen and towels. The romantic Honey Bee Suite is a box-shaped tent on a deck with a double bed and its own outdoor wood-fired hot tub.

The facilities
Owl Camp:

  • space for a tent or 4×4 campervan no higher than 2.5 metres (maximum 4 people)
  • outdoor fire pit/braai with grid, benches and picnic table
  • open-air shower (with donkey boiler), washstand, basin and waterless toilet
  • off-grid (no power points)
  • access to communal freezer

Forest Camp & Honey Bee:

  • bedding, linen, mosquito nets and towels provided
  • open-air shower (with donkey boiler), washstand, basin and waterless toilet
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas stove (access to communal freezer)
  • outdoor fire pit/braai with grid
  • off-grid (no power points) – solar lantern and candles for lighting
  • wood-fired hot tub and day bed (at Honey Bee)

Things to do 

  • forest trails
  • labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl shells
  • Grootbos Nature Reserve and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve nearby
  • whale watching at Franskraal and De Kelders
  • Lomond wine estate nearby
  • Klein River Cheese Farm in Stanford
  • shops, galleries and restaurants in Hermanus and Stanford

Good to know This is a wild place, so do be aware of baboons in particular. With its ongoing reforestation project, guests are encouraged to donate a tree to plant. Firewood must be bought on site, not brought in. There are also two log cabins – one rustic, the other modern (practically like camping, with one full wall of roll-up canvas to let the forest in).
Pet friendly? No
Cost Forest Camp: R1 200 (per night for up to 4 people)
Owl Camp: R380 (per night for 2 people)
R85 (additional person; maximum 4 guests)
Honey Bee Suite: R1 150 (per night for maximum 2 people)
Where to find it Grootbos Road, off R43 near Gansbaai
Check Availability + Book Direct

Enjo Nature Farm

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: Enjo Nature Farm

Where Clanwilliam
Distance from CT  3.5 hours
Setting Infinite silence, wide-open spaces, crisp air, rocky mountains and night skies festooned with stars… In the Cederberg’s pristine Biedouw Valley, Enjo offers camping next to its river, with a spring-fed dam and free-roaming horses that will likely come to visit. While the blissful, tree-shaded location is reason enough to seek it out, flower season (July to September) adds another layer of magic when the terrain is carpeted with colourful blooms. There are long hikes interspersed with dips in rock pools, or bouldering on the time-sculpted, burnt-orange rocks; mountain-bikers can downhill it to the old village of Wuppertal. Back at camp, there’s an indoor hot-water shower and fire pit should the weather turn glum.

The facilities

  • 3 private campsites (for maximum 4 people sharing)
  • communal indoor hot-water shower, toilet and kitchen sink
  • each campsite has water, a power point and braai area
  • dam with wooden deck and loungers
  • breakfast and dinner can be booked and delivered
  • firewood available for purchase
  • main farmhouse with an honesty bar for drinks and homemade goodies

Things to do 

  • swimming in the river and dam
  • paddle-skis and canoes to use
  • hiking trails
  • mountain biking
  • 4×4 trails, on site and next door
  • games room with a pool table, dartboard and board games
  • children can bottle-feed the lambs (in season)
  • Sevilla Rock Art Trail nearby
  • Rocklands bouldering site nearby
  • stargazing
  • explore Clanwilliam, Wupperthal and the Cederberg Wilderness Area

Good to know There is other accommodation, including chalets, cabins and cottages.
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost R120 (per adult per night, maximum 4 people per site)
Free (children and teens)
Where to find it Biedouw Valley, R364, via N7 from Clanwilliam
CHECK AVAILABILITY + BOOK DIRECT

De Kombuys Estate

Best Private Camping in the Western Cape: De Kombuys Estate

Where Oudtshoorn
Distance from CT 5.5 hours
Setting On a 200-year-old farm just down the road from the Cango Caves, at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, there is – aside from vineyards, a Cape-Dutch farmstead and a herd of Wagyu cattle – a cushy private glamping site. Bush Camp has three tents, a thorn-tree boma and a small stone cottage with all you could need for a self-catering experience with none of the hassle of pitching a tent. There’s even a deli and The Marbled Wagyu restaurant on site. It’s about as snazzy as these things get without a hint of pretense, but with heaps of Karoo hospitality.

The facilities

  • 3 tents with 2 stretcher beds each
  • 1 bedroom in stone cottage
  • kitchenette, lounge and fireplace in stone cottage, with large patio
  • bathroom (in cottage) with hot shower
  • solar-powered lights and 1 plug point
  • complementary firewood

Things to do 

  • walks on the farm
  • wine tasting on site
  • fresh farm produce at the Deli
  • dining at the Marbled Wagyu Restaurant in the old barn
  • braai dinner in camp catered by restaurant’s chef
  • children’s play area
  • visit the Cango Caves and Oudtshoorn

Good to know Bush Camp accommodates maximum 8 people, and there is a minimum 2-night stay. There are also vineyard cottages and luxury villas.
Cost Tents: R800 per night each for 2 people
Cottage: R1 800 per night for 2 people
Where to find it Cango Valley, off R328 near Oudtshoorn
CHECK AVAILABILITY + BOOK DIRECT

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Time of publication: 30 March 2022

26 Responses to “The 10 Best Private Camping Sites in the Western Cape”

  1. Les

    Looking for campings spots in Western Cape providing on-site caravans

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  2. Russel Piquer

    Interested in receiving new and old camp spots and new ideas…

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  3. Benita

    Looking for self catering cottage for a weekend of 5

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    • The Inside Guide

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      You can click the red buttons (‘MAKE A RESERVATION’ or ‘CHECK AVAILABILITY + BOOK DIRECT’) to enquire about accommodation availability.

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  4. Nashville

    Thanx You

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  5. Armand Anhuizen

    Looking for affordable places

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  6. Leon

    Very beautiful settings

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  7. Soraya

    Hi looking for affordable camping sites with chalets for self catering where music and drinking is allowed around cape town or west coast

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  8. Cheryl Davids

    None

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  9. Allison Dotchin

    Looking for camping places for 2 pensioners.. Love learning bout new places to camp. We have a motorhome 😁

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  10. Rushdea Rahim

    I am fascinated and impressed with publishing the 10 best camping places close to Cape Town.

    Awesome with all the necessary details.
    Keep it up.
    Regards.
    Rushdea Rahim

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  11. Kurt Petersen

    Thank you for this information, very interesting.

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  12. Dave Melly

    Interesting

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  13. Jerome

    Please send newsletters

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  14. NJA de Lange

    Beautiful campsites!

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  15. Ansie Quirk

    Please sent me the best camping sites in the western cape

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  16. Gerda Vlok

    Would like to get news

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  17. Trix

    This was very informative. I’m always looking for pet friendly camp spots in the western cape. It would be nice if you did an article on that with information on whether they allow large dogs, are the sites fenced or do dogs run free or must they be leashed all the time.

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  18. Dave Henderson

    Helpful info layout… interesting places

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  19. June

    All rather pricey

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  20. Lourens Ferreira

    Wonderful to learn about new places close to you in WC

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  21. Ans van der walt

    Boswa

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  22. PD

    I know it camping is supposed to be relaxing to get away, but with work from home, we can get away any time. It would be great to include the status of internet access or bandwidth at the camp sites.

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