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Camping in South Africa: A Campsite Round Up

By Bidvest Bank
Looking for a budget-friendly holiday, a trip that the kids will remember forever, or an adventure that gets you into the heart of the outdoors? Camping offers you all this and more. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of spectacular campsites in South Africa in all kinds of landscapes – mountains, coast, veld and everywhere in between. So while it’s difficult to choose just a few, here’s a selection of some of our favourite South African campsites that will get you itching to pitch your tent: 

Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Located within the Golden Gate National Park and set against the magnificent Maluti Mountains, Glen Reenen Rest Camp is perfectly positioned for anyone wishing to explore the park’s highland terrain – all 11 600 hectares of it. Blesbok, black wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, oribi, and eland roam this vast stretch of the north eastern Free State, and avid bird watchers can look forward to sightings of the rare bearded vulture and bald ibis. The area also offers excellent hiking and mountain biking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Coffee Bay Municipal Camp Site
Roughly 250 km south of Durban on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast, Coffee Bay is the perfect South African campsite for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. The municipal campsite is both affordable and beautiful – it’s located in an indigenous forest adjacent to the beach – and visitors can enjoy fishing, surfing, horse riding, and hiking along this warm-watered sweep of coastline.

Cobham, Southern Drakensberg
Positioned in the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site 150 km from Pietermaritzburg, Cobham is in an exquisite location surrounded by golden sandstone, grasslands and river valleys in an area with rich biodiversity. The area offers excellent hiking – caves located three to five hours by foot from the campsite can be booked for overnight hikes – fishing in the Pholela River, swimming and bird watching. 

Driehoek, Cederberg
Approximately 240 km from Cape Town, Driehoek offers family-friendly camping holidays on a shaded riverbank, set against the dramatically beautiful Cederberg Mountains. Driehoek is the perfect choice for hikers and walkers, and you can choose from hikes to several notable landmarks, including the Maltese Cross, Panorama Caves and Wolfberg Arch, or opt for shorter walks to a waterfall, bushman painting and an old stone leopard cage. 

Magalies Sleepy River Campsite, Magaliesberg
Situated on the banks of the Magalies River and shaded by indigenous trees, Magalies Sleepy River is the ideal spot for swimming – in the river as well as in the campsite’s large pool. The campsite has vast stretches of lawn for outdoor games and visitors can enjoy wonderful nature walks and bird watching, as well as horse riding nearby. For the truly adventurous, there’s even the opportunity to visit a gold mine in the surrounding area – and take a trip down under! 

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