Namaqua National Park, a seaside gem located along South Africa’s northern Cape, offers some of the most breathtaking coastal camping experiences. This guide will introduce you to the spectacular campsites within the park, ensuring you are well-prepared for an unforgettable adventure along the Namaqua coastline…

Boulderbaai Camp Site

Boulder Baai Go Camp

Located 43km from the Groenrivier gate, this campsite offers six spots equipped with Enviro-loos. Boulderbaai is one of the most popular seaside havens in the park. It is surrounded by massive boulders, providing natural wind protection and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. This campsite is perfect for those seeking solitude and a direct connection with nature.

Please note that there are no ablution facilities, running water, or electricity. Access requires a 2×4 vehicle with high ground clearance, especially if you’re coming from the Hondeklip Bay road gate. The campsite features large open areas, making it ideal for groups of family and friends.

With minimal facilities, it’s ideal for self-sufficient campers who enjoy the raw beauty of the landscape.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Skuinsbaai Noord Camp Site

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Located further north, Skuinsbaai Noord is situated about 29 km from the Groenrivier gate and offers 2 campsites with expansive views of the ocean and rugged coastline. The shoreline at this campsite is rocky and features several small bays in the vicinity.

Its remote location makes it a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers. The site is known for its incredible sunsets and the serene ambience it offers to visitors.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities (1 enviro-loos)
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Koringkorrelbaai Camp Site

Nestled in a picturesque bay, Koringkorrelbaai is a favourite among campers for its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. This campsite is perfect for those who enjoy beachcombing, fishing, or simply relaxing by the sea. Its sheltered location makes it a comfortable spot even on windy days.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Bamboeskamp Camp Site

Bamboeskamp offers a unique camping experience with its lush, green surroundings and the soothing sounds of nearby waves. This site is well-suited for nature enthusiasts and those looking to explore the diverse flora and fauna of Namaqua National Park.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Varswater Camp Site

 

Varswater is known for its pristine beaches and excellent fishing opportunities. It is an ideal campsite for families and groups who enjoy water activities and want to experience the peace and calm of the Namaqua coast. The site provides easy access to the beach, making it a convenient choice for beach lovers.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Kwass Se Baai Camp Site

Kwass Se Baai is a secluded campsite that offers stunning coastal views and a peaceful environment. It is a great spot for watching marine life, including seals and various seabirds. This campsite is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Delwerskamp Camp Site

Delwerskamp is the southernmost campsite in Namaqua National Park and is known for its rugged beauty and dramatic landscapes. The site is a great base for exploring the southern parts of the park and offers a serene camping experience away from the more frequented spots.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Seeduiker Camp Site

Seeduiker is a hidden gem along the Namaqua coast, offering an intimate camping experience near the ocean. This site is perfect for those who love to explore tidal pools and watch seabirds in their natural habitat. Its remote location ensures a peaceful stay, away from the crowds.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Groenriviermond Camp Site

Groenriviermond Campsite Go Camp

Groenriviermond is the southern gateway to Namaqua National Park and offers a beautiful beachfront camping experience. This campsite is perfect for those who enjoy fishing, birdwatching, and exploring tidal pools. It’s a great spot for families and groups looking for a serene coastal retreat.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Moonbay Camp Site

Moonbay is renowned for its serene beauty and spectacular moonlit nights by the sea. The campsite is set in a sheltered bay, providing excellent opportunities for kayaking and snorkelling. The tranquil environment makes it an ideal spot for stargazing and enjoying the natural beauty of the Namaqua coast.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

Skuinsklip Camp Site

Skuinsklip is a scenic campsite set against the dramatic backdrop of the Namaqua coastline. Known for its striking rock formations and serene beach views, it’s an excellent choice for those who appreciate the raw, untouched beauty of the area. The site is perfect for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Amenities:

  • Basic ablution facilities
  • No electricity or running water
  • Suitable for tents and 4×4 caravans

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Tips for Coastal Camping in Namaqua National Park

  1. Plan Ahead: Due to the remote nature of these campsites, ensure you have all necessary supplies, including water, food, and camping gear.
  2. Wild camping in the park is not allowed and you must book your campsite/s ahead of arrival. Click here to book via SANparks online, although we recommend phoning the park directly: +27(0)27 627 1948
  3. A Wild Card grants you free entry, but you will still need to pay the camping fees.
  4. Respect Nature: Leave no trace by cleaning up after yourself and respecting wildlife.
  5. There is no cellphone signal in the park.
  6. Weather Preparedness: Coastal weather can be unpredictable, so pack accordingly for varying conditions.
  7. 4×4 Vehicle: Many campsites are only accessible by 4×4 vehicles, so ensure your vehicle is equipped for off-road travel.
  8. Safety First: Inform someone of your travel plans and expected return, and always have a map and GPS on hand.

Camping along the Namaqua coast is a unique and enriching experience that offers unparalleled access to one of South Africa’s most beautiful natural areas. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a newcomer to the outdoor lifestyle, Namaqua National Park’s coastal campsites provide the perfect backdrop for your next adventure.