10 Camping spots to consider this season
With the festive season and holidays on our doorstep, the idea of breaking away for well-deserved rest and relaxation is all too appealing. But with holiday accommodation spots filling up quickly, it is best to book as soon as possible as availability is not guaranteed. For many, summer signifies braais and outdoor shindigs around a campfire, and in this spirit Moneybags’ Danielle van Wyk decided to take a look at 10 camping spots for you to visit this festive season.
Tucked away in the Olifants River Mountains above Porterville in the Western Cape, Beaverlac offers camping and cabin experiences. Secluded in a range of mountains, the resort is home to two rivers. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of hiking, mountain bike trails and lounging in rock pools.
Price: R30 per car
The following fees apply per night:
18 years and older: R60 per person
Age 4-17: R40
Under 4: Free
Dogs: R50 per dog per night
- Tweede Tol
Found along the Bains Kloof Pass, this site is part of the renowned Limietberg Nature Reserve. The site offers 20 standard campsites, each with their own designated braai area, hot and cold water facilities and firewood at the main gate. There is also a jungle gym for the kids. A maximum of six people and two cars are permitted per site. Campers can enjoy taking advantage of their numerous rock pools and hiking trails.Price: R365 per plot per night (1-6 people) /
Private camping sites – R 570 per plot per night (1 – 6 people)
Entrance/conservation fee: R50 per adult, R25 per child (below the age of 12)
Contact: +27 (0) 21 483 0191
- The Baths Natural Hot Springs
Situated in the quaint town of Citrusdal, near Cape Town, The Baths offers the real camping experience. With 25 camping sites the area is equipped with braai facilities and electric points.
Price: R 80 – R 100-00 per adult and R40 – R50 per child (under 12)
Entrance fee: R10 per person
- Clanwilliam Bulshoek Dam Camping Accommodation
Just outside of Clanwillaim and only two hours drive from Cape Town, this rustic campground is found just off the Bulshoek Dam. This makes it the ideal spot for water and nature lovers alike. With lush lawns and private ablution blocks, fishing spots and boating allowances, the site is a must visit.
Price: R250 per site
Contact: +27 (0) 72 124 7747
- Palmiet Caravan Park
Situated in the close-knit seaside town of Kleinmond, this park boasts 170 sites in total and six people are allowed per site. The ablution facilities are modern and have both baths and showers in place. The site also borders on the beach and lagoon as well as the Palmiet River. This, provides campers with opportunities to swim, canoe, hike and birdwatch. No pets are allowed.
Price: Between R274 – R418 per plot for 4 people, any extra persons will pay R55 per day
Kids pay half price
Gate fee: R140 per tag deposit
Contact: 028 271 8400
- Cape Nature – Algeria
Algeria is a serene grassy area on the Rondegat River. It boasts with 13 self-catering cottages and 48 campsites for tents and caravans. Algeria offers a welcome shady break from the sun, with crystal clear pools to cool off in during the Cederberg’s hot, dry summers.
Price: From R220 per stand per night, R60 per adult per night, R35 per child per night
- Mountain Sanctuary Park
Situated just outside Gauteng, this camping site comes equipped with braai and grid and some of the sites have access to power points. The reserve also offers a freezer facility for all campers. Their ablution facility is well kept and offers guests the comfort of hot water showers, private toilets and basic kitchen use. Campers can enjoy serene surroundings, and nature activities.
Price: Adults per night on power site R190
Adults per night non-power site R140
Child per night R100
Adult midweek on power site R170
Adult midweek on non-power site R120
Child midweek R70
- Ilanga resort
Situated in KZN province, in the town of Port Shepstone, lies a holiday spot that’s perched right on Banana Beach of the Hibiscus Coast, offering direct access to rock pools, sand, sea and surf.
“There are 100 generous sized stands (most well grassed), all with 15amp power points. The sites are level with 70% of them shaded by beautiful trees. No stand is further than 60 meters from the high water mark. We have 4 walk-throughs leading directly onto the beach,” states the resort.
Price: R700 per adult per night and R75 per child per night
- Mac Nicol’s Bazley beach caravan resort
Lying just outside of Durban, the Lagoon area is one of the largest in the park and therefore has a site for every camper’s need. “Being situated adjacent to the Pool and Lagoon area, it is a very social and active area in season. It is a great place for both kids and adults alike. There is also a good mix of shady and sunny camp site,” adds Mac Nicol’s.
Price: R340 per night per adult
R170 per night per child
Full adult rates apply per pensioner
R240 per night per student
Private ablution: R145 per night
Gate fee: R100 cash Gate disc deposit required on arrival
- Yellowwood Forest
“The eco-friendly Yellowwood Forest campsite in Morgan Bay offers an unconventional camping experience for independent travelers, nature lovers and family holidays. Our peaceful campsite is situated just 1.5km from the Morgan Bay beach and is protected from prevailing coastal wind. Enormous trees and lush riverine vegetation make it a tranquil, bird watchers paradise,” states the campsite. A maximum of 100 campers are allowed.
Price: R225 per day per campsite, R25 per day per adult and R75 per day for electricity
Camping allows for people to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy nature surrounds. So why not pack up and visit one of the beautiful camp sites South Africa has to offer this festive, and make lasting memories.