Knowing how much we love a bit of adventurous, off-the-grid camping, our friends at Bergrivier Tourism highly recommended that we include Draaihoek’s beach camp during our recent camping trip to the west coast…

Situated between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay and overlooking the waves of the west coast, Draaihoek Lodge is known for its upmarket lodge and restaurant. Less known is Draaihoek’s beach camp: a rustic, eco-friendly campsite hidden slightly away from the lodge and behind the dunes just 30 meters away from the high watermark.

A Winter Weekend at Draaihoek’s Eco Beach Camp

When it comes to luxury, Draaihoek’s beach camp is quite a contrast to its nearby 4-star lodge. It’s rustic, eco-friendly, and as close to (legally) living on an almost undisturbed beach stretch as you can get. If you want a seaside camping spot to escape to and soothe your soul, you’ll find some proper downtime here once you’ve set up camp and settled in. 

Campsite set up at Draaihoek Beach Camp

Undisrupted beach at Draaihoek Lodge Beach Camp – Image by Otto Du Plessis Photography

It caters to campers looking for something simple but beautiful. A place to disconnect from the outside world and the modern comforts of our daily living – expect not to find any cellphone signal unless you really try.

Explore Draaihoek’s natural surroundings, from its private nature reserve where resident springboks stand ready for the next photo opportunity, to the large expanse of beach stretching all the way to Elands Bay itself. Relax by the big fire pit while gazing at the stars on a clear night, or if you’re a keen birdwatcher you can enjoy the reserve’s large diversity of birdlife. 

A dam in the Draaihoek Private Nature Reserve

Fire pit at Draaihoek Beach Camp – Image by Otto Du Plessis Photography

What you need to know:

Draaihoek’s Beach Camp includes a basic, ablution facility with an eco-friendly toilet and shower with hot water from its solar-powered geyser.
Its campsite can accommodate up to 4 campers with vehicles.
Dogs are allowed at the campsite only with prior arrangements.
No electricity.
There is a braai pit at the campsite but you will need your own braai gid and equipment.
Wood can be arranged with management.  

Need power and lighting for your off-the-grid camping trip? Click here and browse Go Camp’s battery packs, solar panels, working lights and loads more to rent. 

Draaihoek Beach Campsite Image by Otto Du Plessis Photography

Solar-powered geyser at Draaihoek Beach Camp’s ablution facility – Image by Otto Du Plessis Photography 


Those camping at Draaihoek are likely to want to remain in the privacy and solitude of the beach camp’s stretch of the reserve with little need to rejoin the rest of the world. Whether its beach or bush, there’s still plenty to see and do within the reserve: 

Animal life: With an uninterrupted coastline, an abundance of sea animals is also on view – dolphins, whales and seals, together with various bird species. The reserve is also home to some buck species, a huge variety of birdlife, and mongoose. 

Off-Roading: Draaihoek Lodge is located close to some highly regarded and well-known 4×4 routes, with Klein Tafelberg (voted one of South Africa’s top 10 4×4 trails) being one of them. You can read all about Klein Tafelberg and what it has to offer here: Campsite Spotlight: Klein Tafelberg Adventure Centre

Dining: Suppose you feel like experiencing a bit of the lodge or taking a break from campfire food. In that case, Draaihoek’s restaurant is open daily from 8 am for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a selection of delicious meals with quality wines selected from our cellar.

Draaihoek Beach Camp’s eco loo with a view


More info:


  • Beach Camp: R450 per night for the campsite (Please confirm updated pricing with the establishment).
  • Max Guests: 4 (Max 4 adults )
  • Children: Please enquire about child rates 


Landline:  +27 22 952 11 70

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