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TOP SA CAMPING SPOTS

Posted on Monday, 30th Mar 2015

While some enjoy the hustle and bustle of busy locations with all of the main tourist attractions, many feel that exploring Africa is about is getting away from it all, roughing it (or glamping in style) and simply soaking up the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Traveller24 compiled a list of the best-loved spots to pitch a tent around South Africa; here are some of our favourites.

Dolphin Caravan Park, Ballito, KZN
A four-star, family run resort that is close to the beach and has more than 100 campsites available. There are modern ablution blocks, laundry and communal sculleries as well as a wide variety of typical holiday resort activities, such as table tennis, pool tables, a communal swimming pool as well as loads of good birding spots. Located only 20km from King Shaka Airport the surrounds are delightfully tropical with lush shrubs and palm trees. This is as luxurious as you can get whilst still using your own camping equipment.

Beaverlac, Porterville, Western Cape
This is an extremely popular getaway for Capetonians who are young and young at heart. Being only two and a half hours away from the city and pet-friendly, dog owners will be happy to know that their canine companions are more than welcome. The greatest allure of Beaverlac is the network of natural pools just waiting for you to dive in. There are no demarcated camping sites and no electricity points, but there are well-maintained ablution blocks. The perfect place to swim, hike and just chill out with mates. (Due to the popularity of this site, booking is essential.)

Glen Reenen Campsite, Golden Gate National Park, Free State
Situated comfortably in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains you can find the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park derives its name from the golden tones that are cast by the sun upon the nearby sandstone cliffs. More than half of the 45 sites have powerpoints and there are braai facilities, ablution blocks and laundry services available to all campers. While you are there you can drive around the 11 600 ha park and spot some of the indigenous wildlife.

Buffelspoort, Gauteng
This beautiful resort is conveniently less than an hour’s drive from both Pretoria and Johannesburg and is jacked up with a wide range of facilities. Boasting a fully-fledged waterpark, hair salon, bottle store, table tennis, horse riding and golf facilities, you will be hard-pressed to feel as though you are really camping. You can also explore the local towns of Hartbeespoortdam and Groot Marico for an authentic South African experience.

Coffee Bay Municipal campsite, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape
This is a hugely popular spot along the Wild Coast with a long beach, warm waves and an expanse of rolling green hills, why wouldn’t it be popular? There is a selection of laid-back restaurants and bars and backpacker lodges. Most of the backpackers have a camping option, but for those less inclined to setting up tents there are comfortable bungalows to stay in. There are 40 camping sites available with communal ablution blocks and braai facilities. Swim, surf, play beach sports, visit the local restaurants then lay in a hammock and watch the sun set. Perfect day!

Some of these sites are more kitted out with facilities than others so it’s up to you to decide how much of a survivalist you want to be. All of them, however, offer beauty, nature and good fun. Just don’t forget your insect repellant!

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