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Top 10 Camping Sites in South Africa

South Africa's breathtaking landscape, amiable climate and amazing wildlife makeanideal setting for a thrilling camping experience. From the glorious sandstone cliffs in theFree State to the scintillating waters of the Magalies River in Gauteng, every South African province has something exciting to offer campers. For those of you who love soaking up the sights, sounds and serenity of nature, First Car Rental has put together a collection of the top 10 camping sites in South Africa.

  • Driehoek Farm

    1. Driehoek Farm, Western Cape

    Located 240 kilometres from Cape Town on the N7, the Driehoek Farm nestles at the heart of the Cederberg Mountains and offers quite the picturesque camping site. This camping site makes the perfect base for hiking to well-known landmarks such as Tafelberg, Sneeuberg, the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch.You can also enjoy swimming in the many wonderful pools nearby. The Driehoek Farm prides itself on cleanliness of the camping sites and ablution facilities.

    Price: From R150 for up to 5 people

    Contact: 027 482 2828 | Email:

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  • Tankwa Karoo National Park

    2. Tankwa Karoo National Park, Western Cape

    The 143 600 hectareTankwaKaroo National Park lies on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape with the Roggeveld Escarpment in the East, Cederberg in the West, and Klein Roggeveld Mountains in the South,and is home to a fascinating diversity of life. You can take in the rugged splendour or the Karoo at the two newly-developed camping sites in the Park. Surrounded by amazing moonscapes, mountainous cliffs and rich plant life you enjoy a rather rustic camping site that is unlike any other.

    Price: From R100 for 2 people

    Contact: 023 415 2828/9

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  • Yellowwood Forest

    3. Yellowwood Forest Campsite , Morgan Bay, Eastern Cape

    If you are looking for a peaceful forested camping site, the Yellowwood Forest Campsite in Morgan Bay could be the perfect choice for you. The grass-covered, shady camping sites are an ideal pick for campers with kids. You can enjoy a guided tour on arrival, pick out interesting arts& crafts at the gift shop; and kids can enjoy themselves in the play area complete with a tree house with its rope swings, trap door and slide. The Yellowwood Forest camping site is where you go to enjoy the best side of great outdoors.

    Price: From R170 for up to 6 persons

    Contact: 043 8411598 | Email:

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  • Glen Reenen Rest Camp

    4. Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate National Park, Free State

    Mountain biking is a much loved sport in South Africa and for those of you who love to experience the great outdoors on a bike, the Sabi Experience is an event you certainly must participate in. Taking place in one of the most scenic places in South Africa, the Sabi Experience is a four-day stage cycling event.

    Price: From R165 for two persons

    Contact: 012 428 9111 | Email:

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  • Magalies Sleepy River

    5. Magalies Sleepy River Campsite, Gauteng

    Located just 60 minutes away from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Krugersdorp, Magalies Sleepy River Campsite gives you a quick getaway into a peaceful environment that is surrounded by lush vegetation. The massive shaded campsite on the banks of the Magalies Riversets the perfect backdrop for your outdoor adventure. This campsite is a good base to visit the nearby Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves. You can also enjoy swimming, bird watching and explore the Magalies Meander.

    Price: From R100-00 per site per day

    Contact: 072 674 2291

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  • Ilanga Resort and Caravan Park

    6. Ilanga Resort and Caravan Park, KwaZulu-Natal

    If a beach camping site is what you are looking for then visit the Ilanga Resort and Caravan Park. Lying adjacent to the Banana Beach of the Hibiscus Coast, this camp site offers access to exciting rock pools and plenty of sand, sea and surf. Something you certainly have to catch is the glorious Sardine Rush that happens during winter months.

    Price: From R460 for 6 persons (mid-season)

    Contact: +27 (0)39 681 3280 | Email:

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  • Marakele

    7. Bontle Camping Site, Marakele National Park, Limpopo

    Located just three-and-a-half hours from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Bontle Camping site in MarakeleNational Park offers plenty of grassed camping sites and lots of shade. The MarakeleNational Park is home to diverse animal life, however, game sightings are few and far between. What you can look out for is rhino and elephant. The Marakele National Park also inhabitsthe world's largest breeding colonies of the endangered Cape Vulture.

    Price: From R185 for two persons

    Contact: 021 777 1745 | Email:

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  • Forever Badplaas Resort

    8. Forever Badplaas Resort, Mpumalanga

    If you are looking for complete outdoor family fun, the Forever Badplassis a great choice. Nestled within a nature reserve at the foot of the Hlumuhlumu Mountains, the Forever Badplass Resort offers 300 picture-perfect caravan and camping sites. There are lots of fun activities you can indulge in like fishing, game drives, tree walking trails, horse trails and more. You can also pamper yourself at the award-winning Hydro Spa.

    Price: From R113 per person per day

    Contact: 012 423 5600

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  • The Growcery Orange River Camp

    9. The Growcery Orange River Camp, Northern Cape

    Situated on the banks of the Orange River, The Growcery is a grassed, basic needs bush camp with all the bare essentials needed to provide an unforgettable experience. The endless views of the river and the surrounding rock formations offer campers a tranquil environment to be one with nature. The Growcery offers fun outdoor activities like swimming, tag & release fishing, mountain biking, combination 4X4 guided safaris and Orange River rafting trails.

    Price: From R150 per person per night

    Contact: 02648 1672 5466 | 082 082 6715

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  • Klien Paradys

    10. Klein Paradys Caravan Park, North West

    Klein Paradys means ‘little heaven' and for a good reason. The camping sites here are the perfect place to relax, laze about on the lush lawns and enjoy the serene views of the dam close by. The camping sites are equipped with electricity, braai stands, water taps and clean ablution blocks. A weekend break at the tranquil Klein Paradys Caravan Park is all you need to refresh yourself. The camping sites are closed to visitors during the winter months of June and July.

    Price: From R530 for up to 4 people, per stand per weekend

    Contact: 012 252 1938 | 012 252 4625

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Now that you know what the hot and happening events are in December you can plan your holiday well in advance. Hire a car with First Car Rental and take a trip to any of these great destinations. With 47 car rental branches across South Africa, car hire is easy and quick. Contact First Car Rental now.

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