Camping spots you need to visit

There are few things in life that are more exciting than waking up in a tent; the sights, smells and sounds of Mother Nature. In South Africa, we are truly blessed with having some of the most amazing campsites in the world.

Here are five of the best camp sites in South Africa:

Driehoek Farm – Cederberg, Western Cape

The campsite is situated at the foot of Tafelberg. It’s well forested for its region, making it the ideal location for a summer camping trip. The camping grounds are mostly grassy and well shaded, ensuring that you find the perfect spot to set up camp. The farm has shared ablution blocks with electricity points. There is no cellphone coverage, however, but that means you can truly get away from civilisation. Things to do on the farm include hiking, swimming in the local pools, horseback riding, cycling and fishing.

Addo Elephant National Park – Eastern Cape

The Addo Elephant National Park is one of the biggest in South Africa. For a start you can enjoy Big Five safaris (including night drives) and hikes on one of the largest dunefields in the Southern Hemisphere. The park covers a vast area which includes the semi-arid Karoo, parts of the Zuurberg Mountain range, the Sundays River and a marine-protected reserve.

Other activities include horse trails, 4×4 adventures, bird watching, hiking tours and fishing (fly, surf and freshwater). The campsites are situated around the park, with the main camp featuring a flood-lit waterhole.

De Hoop Campsite – Richterveld, Northern Cape

Enjoy the best that the Northern Cape has to offer as you camp on the banks of the Orange River, while being deep in the bush at the same time. Bring along your canoe and fishing rod and enjoy the quiet waters as you won’t find any rapids close to the campsite.

While the camping ground is covered in soft sand and partially shaded, you are in for a surprise as the ablutions only have cold water and no electricity. Enjoy this rustic slice of heaven and remember to watch out for the soft sands when maneuvering your 4×4 vehicle up and down the shoreline.

Tsitsikamma – Eastern Cape

The Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park falls within the Eastern Cape boundaries. The two camp sites -Storms River and Natures Valley- are located about 45 minutes outside of Plettenberg Bay on the N2 highway.

Storms River is known for its exciting coastline activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, walks and hikes on the well-known Otter Trail and boating. Nearby you can bungee jump, or try the latest craze, tree-top canopy tours. Natures Valley forest camp offers visitors walks, hikes and trails, plus canoeing, sailing and boating on the river mouth.

Glen Reenen – Golden Gate National Park Free State

While this is not your typical bush experience, Glen Reenen is the perfect spot for birdwatchers. The old Maloti Mountains are an impressive backdrop, showing off rich gold and orange colouring. Go for hikes in the mountains, take game drives –where you can see a variety of zebra, wildebeest, eland and the rare bearded vulture, or simply enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature while you read your book. Other park activities include tennis, snooker, horse riding, absailing and canoeing.

It’s time to pack your brand new Isuzu canopy and hit the road. Visit one of these amazing local campsites and enjoy spending some time with Mother Nature. Remember to book well in advance, because the popular places fill up quickly.

Author: Staff Reporter

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