Top 10 Family-Friendly Campsites in South Africa

South Africa's breathtaking landscape, amiable climate and amazing wildlife make an ideal setting for a thrilling camping experience. From the glorious sandstone cliffs in the Free State to the unspoilt coastling of KZN's south coast, every South African province has something exciting to offer campers.

To help you discover the great outdoors, we've put together a list of Top 10 Campsites from across the country that are perfect for families who want to escape the hustle and bustle for a few days.

  • Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

    1. Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga

    Situated in the south-western part of the Kruger National Park, Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is one of the park's oldest camps. Lodging at the camp ranges from luxury guesthouses, family cottages and basic bungalows, to tent and caravan sites. This holiday season take a trip to South Africa's largest national park and enjoy the great outdoors.

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  • Glen Reenen Campsite

    2. Glen Reenen Campsite, Golden Gate National Park, Free State

    Situated close to the Golden Gate National Park, the stunning and shady Glen Reenen Campsite is the perfect spot for admiring local birdlife and game. Nestled at the foot of the ancient Maluti Mountains, this campsite offers an impressive backdrop.

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  • Ebb & Flow Campsite

    3. Ebb & Flow Campsite, Wilderness National Park, Eastern Cape

    Have a fun-filled family vacation at the Ebb & Flow Rest Camp, where nature's various elements collide to create a sensory feast for nature lovers. Experience the Eastern Cape's natural wonders, from rivers, untouched seaside and lagoons, to dense forests and mountains. Enjoy an array of fun activities, such as fishing, boating, abseiling, paragliding and hang gliding or climbing to the waterfall above the campsite.

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  • Royal Natal Mahai

    4. Royal Natal Mahai Campsite, Drakensburg, KwaZulu-Natal

    This child-friendly campsite, situated against the mountains of the Northern Drakensburg, is surrounded by tall trees and bordered by a mountain stream. The campsite offers the right balance of nature and comfort in an idyllic, natural setting. Royal Natal Mahai is the perfect location for nature lovers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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  • River Goose Campsite

    5. River Goose Campsite, Bonnievale, Western Cape

    Situated on the banks of the Breede River on Eureka Farm 8 km from Bonnievale, the River Goose Campsite is the ideal setting for families wanting to enjoy the scenic highlights of the Western Cape. Attractions in the vicinity include the Robertson Wine Route, the iconic Myrtle Rigg Memorial Church and the JL le Roux Museum.

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  • Mac Nicol's Caravan Resort

    6. Mac Nicol's Caravan Resort, Bazley Beach, KwaZulu-Natal

    Less than 100kms from Durban, near the bustling town of Scottburgh with its restaurants, shops, and tidal pools, you will find the award-winning Mac Nicol's Caravan Resort. Established in 1971, this resort is surrounded by pristine, unspoilt coastline and offers guests the best in caravanning, camping and luxury cabins.

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  • AfriCamps Klein Karoo

    7. AfriCamps Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

    For a boutique camping experience that is close to nature, take a trip to AfriCamps Klein Karoo. Experience local farm life, taste delicious farm cuisine, and witness how local produce is made. Located just off the Garden Route, an hour north from George, this farm offers its guests a luxury camping experience in custom-made boutique tents.

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  • Mdumbi Backpackers

    8. Mdumbi Backpackers, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape

    The Mdumbi Backpacker is an award-winning facility that promotes community involvement and sustainable eco-tourism. Nestled in the heart of the Transkei on one of the most beautiful stretches of the South African coastline, Mdumbi offers guests panoramic views of the Wild Coast and a unmatched first-hand experience of a rural Xhosa community.

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  • Mountain Sanctuary Park

    9. Mountain Sanctuary Park, Rustenburg, North West Province

    Just 2 hours from Johannesburg you will find Mountain Sanctuary Park, a privately-owned nature reserve nestled high above the Grootfontein Valley within the Magaliesberg Mountains. This venue is a favourite with hikers, offering an array of hiking trails spanning the 1000 hectares of outback. The park offers 3-star accommodation by way of Log Cabins, Huts, Chalets and Campsites.

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  • Dinokeng Waterfront Estate

    10. Dinokeng Waterfront Estate, Kameeldrift, Gauteng

    Situated on the south-east banks of the Roodeplaat Dam you will find the Dinokeng Waterfront Estate. This family-friendly destination is one of Gauteng's most a popular fishing destinations. Dinokeng offers guests clean campsites, tranquillity and an unforgettable fishing experience for the keen fishermen.

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