Do you love the outdoors? Do you love camping? Always on the lookout for a new adventure? Camping has a stress-relieving effect and can boost your mood. Camping can help you to slow down a bit and help you to become more mindful and live in the moment. If you have a love for nature and want to spend as much time in a peaceful environment, read further as we will discuss the 20 best caravan parks in South Africa.
Beaverlac Camping, Cederberg
This camping site is situated in the valley of the Cederberg and has the most stunning views of the surrounding Olifants River Mountains. Beaverlac offers campsites for tents, caravans and cabins for you to have a good sleep-in mother nature. You can enjoy hikes and trials and have a fabulous time exploring the rock pools, have a picnic, and enjoy a swim after a hot day in the sun. Here is some good news for pet lovers: This is a pet-friendly caravan park. You are allowed to bring your four-legged friend!
Tel: +27 022 931 2945
Warm Baths Camping, Gauteng
This is definitely a must on everyone’s bucket list. Due to the natural mineral baths, this is a major tourist attraction and has fantastic facilities and fun things to do. It is also very close to Johannesburg. Here you are spoilt for choice as there are over 300 camping spots and 285 spots specifically for caravans. This is a perfect destination if you are a family and have kids or if you just need a break from the city hustle and bustle.
Cape Vidal, KZN
The Isimangaliso Wetland Park is a unique coastal camping experience and is also one for the bucket list. It is situated about 37km from St. Lucia. This is quite a small little camping site that is quite hidden from the outside world. But it has so much to do! Enjoy snorkelling, fishing, or even bird watching. It also has stunning beaches and beautiful hiking trails. If you are a photographer, this is the place for you. You can spot hippos, elephants, and even turtles. So, take that perfect photo for the family!
Bruintjieskraal Campsite, Baviaanskloof, Eastern Cape
I you are looking for long-term caravan camping, you have arrived! If you want to experience Baviaanskloof camping this is the campsite for you. It is located at the Groot Rivier Poort and you will have access to your own warm water, toilet, and braai facilities. There are stunning hiking trials and swimming spots for the whole family to enjoy.
Fiddlers Creek Campsite, Orange River, Northern Cape
This is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lives. It is an absolutely beautiful experience to set up camp on the banks of the Orange River. Each campsite is equipped with an undercover kitchen, basins, running water, electricity, and a built-in braai area. This is the ideal destination for a group of friends as you can camp together in caravans and enjoy the bar that has pool tables, and a volleyball court. So, bring your friends and have a great holiday or weekend together!
Mahai River Campsite, Royal Natal National Park, KZN
It is located in one of the most gorgeous valleys in the Drakensberg and probably South Africa. Set at the foot of the majestic northern Drakensberg Mountains, the Mahai Campsite is perfect for families and for those that would like a quiet weekend away with a loved one. It is exceptionally peaceful and you will be blessed with a beautiful landscape every day. It has beautiful and clean facilities but you just have to make sure you pack all your food away for the naughty baboons!!
Buccaneers, Cintsa, Eastern Cape
This will be a great holiday destination for those who love the beach and loves to surf. Buccaneers is located on the spectacular eastern shores of the Wild Coast of South Africa. This campsite is equipped with a stunning communal kitchen, ideal for a group of friends celebrating a weekend together. The serene beach is a stone’s throw away from the campsite where a wide variety of activities are on offer. Take a horseback ride on the beach, learn to surf, or go mountain biking.
Call: +27 (0)43 734 3012
Secret Falls, Tulbagh, Western Cape
This is a quaint and charming little campsite and it is only accessible via 4×4 vehicles. Secret Falls is located 100km from Cape Town and is amongst 150 hectares of countryside and of course the Groot Winter Hoek Mountains. This is the ideal place for couples that need a weekend away. This is also a great destination if you love mountain biking as there are a lot of trials to choose from.
Die Mond, Tankwa Karoo, Western Cape
Looking for a cheap holiday destination for you and your friends? Die Mond in Tankwa Karoo will be perfect. There are no bookings and no electricity. You can swim and hike and you just have to bring your own braai grid if you want to have a braai. This is the perfect place for you to just sit back relax and forget the outside world for a bit.
Call: +27 (0)23 317 0668
Koningskop, Citrusdal, Western Cape
This is a luxurious camping site and is situated between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam. You will be able to explore the rooibos and citrus farm on foot or by bicycle. You can enjoy the beautiful views of the Swartland and Cederberg mountains and even try your hand at fishing! You will definitely find an activity that you will enjoy.
Motswedi Luxury Campsite, Mokala National Park
The Motswedi Luxury Campsite has 6 camping spots and each campsite has its own ablution facilities, kitchen, geyser, fridge, braai, and washing area. If you have a bit of money to splurge this can be a great option for you. The breakfast corner overlooks a waterhole where animals come to drink water. This is the perfect start to anyone’s day. After having a peaceful breakfast, you can have a walk around and take in a breath of fresh air.
Tsendze Rustic Campsites, Northern Kruger National Park
This beautiful campsite is situated in the famous Kruger National Park and it is located 7km from the Mopani Rest Camp. This is one of the newest additions to the park and it is becoming quite popular due to its beautiful surroundings and animal and bird species. The ablution and kitchen facilities are superb and you will also have all the privacy in the world. So, if you want to camp in the Kruger National Park, this will be a great camping spot.
Call: 013 735 6535
Stoney Ridge Campsite, Colenso
If you are a family that loves camping and you are heading towards the breath-taking Natal Midlands, the Stoney Ridge campsite is perfect. It is situated on a private game farm and you can have fun game viewing experiences and even drive the 4×4 routes if you are looking for adventure. There are a restaurant and a beautiful shop and you will have access to beautiful facilities on the campsite.
Albert Falls, Pietermaritzburg
This is a campsite that caters to families and it is located just 24km from Pietermaritzburg. It offers plenty of water sports activities like fishing, canoeing, and kayaking on the dam. There is more than enough space for your caravan and you will have hot water and well-maintained facilities. This is the ideal setting for a family getaway.
Call:033 569 1202
Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate Highlands National Park
You definitely come here for the view. The park gets its name from the beautiful gold colors that gets reflected by the sun on the sandstone cliffs. This park probably has the best views and landscapes out of all the parks in South Africa and you will experience tranquility and peace like never before in your life. The park is home to a variety of birds and animals and you will have a hard time deciding what beautiful thing to look at next! This campsite will be perfect for families and couples.
Call: 058 255 0909 / 058 255 1000
Mac Nicol’s Caravan Park, Bazley Beach
Kwazulu Natal Caravan Camping at its finest! This gorgeous caravan site is a four-star destination and the service is absolutely fantastic. The friendly and helpful staff will set up your tent or help you with your caravan and you can just relax and have a moment to yourself. This site is located less than an hour’s drive from Durban and you will have access to spotless ablutions, laundry stations, entertainment, communal braais and lots of facilities for the kids.
Call: 039 977 8863
Soetwater Resort & Medusa Caravan Park, Kommetjie
This is a very popular caravan resort for people that just wants to spend a weekend away. You can have fun in the artificial tide pools and watch the fisherman every day. You can walk to Slangkop to see an abandoned radar station and visit Simonstown and Cape Point. You have a choice between electricity or no electricity in your camp.
Call: 021 783 4146
Welcome to the largest dam in the country! The Gariep Dam reserve is home to many buck species and zebras. It does not matter whether you are here for a quick stop or long-term visit. You will definitely find something to do here. You can experience sunset cruises, fishing, and game viewing by boat and you will have access to beautiful and well-kept facilities.
Call: 012 423 5600
Berg River Resort, Paarl
This resort is situated in the Paarl Valley and is just 60 km from Cape Town. This is a beautiful camping spot and the perfect place to bring young kids. There are Olympic sized pool and waterslides! There are 150 stands for caravans and tents and you will have electricity. Kids will have the most fun as there are tractor rides, farm animals and trampolines. You can also explore multiple museums and art galleries.
Call: 021 863 1650
Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, Tsitsikamma National Park
If you are planning in exploring the Garden Route a bit more this should definitely be your number one stop. The Tsitsikamma National Park on the spectacular Garden Route is a perfect choice. You will even be able to see dolphins or the Souther Right Whale if you are lucky. You will have an amazing camping experience and will have access to a communal ablution block, a Laundromat, kitchen facilities, a restaurant, and a store. Storms River Mouth Rest Camp is best suited to couples, families, and friends.
Call: 042 281 1607