South Africa, with its diverse landscapes and captivating beauty, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. For those who seek the perfect blend of camping and hiking, the country offers a plethora of campsites surrounded by awe-inspiring trails. Join us as we explore some of the best campsites in South Africa that not only provide a refuge under the stars but also open up to exhilarating hiking adventures.

Augrabies Falls National Park – Northern Cape:

Augrabies Falls

For a camping experience with a touch of drama, head to Augrabies Falls National Park. The park is home to the impressive Augrabies Falls and boasts a network of hiking trails that wind through the rugged landscape. The Moon Rock and Ararat hiking trails are particularly popular, offering stunning vistas of the falls and the surrounding Orange River. It’s also a great stopover option for those travelling between Cape Town and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  

Setting up camp in the park allows visitors to be in the midst of the mesmerizing landscape, with the powerful roar of the falls as a constant companion. The park offers well-equipped camping facilities, ensuring a comfortable stay amidst the untamed beauty of the Northern Cape.

Cederberg Wilderness Area – Western Cape:

Wolfberg Arch

The Cederberg Wilderness Area, with its otherworldly rock formations and ancient San rock art, offers a camping experience like no other. Several campsites within the wilderness area provide access to a network of hiking trails. The Wolfberg Cracks and Arch hiking trail is a challenging yet rewarding option, leading hikers through narrow ravines and to the iconic Wolfberg Arch.

Where to Camp

Algeria Campsite

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer, the campsite offers a variety of amenities, including ablution facilities, making it an ideal base for exploration. As the sun dips behind the iconic Wolfberg Arch, the campsite transforms into a serene haven where the only sounds are the crackling campfire and the whispers of the ancient rocks.

Sanddrif Campsite

Surrounded by iconic rock formations, including the renowned Wolfberg Cracks, this campsite offers a camping experience like no other. Pitch your tent under the expansive night sky and wake up to the sun casting its first light on the surreal landscape. With hiking trails leading to the Wolfberg Arch and beyond, adventure awaits just beyond your campsite.

Driehoek Farm

For those seeking a more secluded and tranquil camping experience, Driehoek Farm provides a welcome escape. Tucked away in a valley surrounded by the Cederberg Mountains, this campsite offers a rustic and intimate setting. With access to hiking trails and the refreshing Driehoek Dam, campers can unwind amidst nature’s splendour. Be sure to savour the silence of the night and relish the brilliance of the stars in this remote oasis.

Tsitsikamma National Park – Eastern Cape:

The Otter Trail

Situated along the famous Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park is a coastal gem that combines camping with mesmerizing ocean views. The Otter Trail, one of South Africa’s most famous hikes, begins in Tsitsikamma. While the full trail takes five days to complete, the park offers shorter day hikes and camping options for those looking to explore this pristine coastal wilderness.

Those doing shorter day hikes can choose to camp at several campsites in the area:

Where to Camp

Eersterivierstrand Campsite

For those captivated by the allure of the ocean, Tsitsikamma offers campsites that let you wake up to the gentle melody of waves crashing against the shore. The picturesque Eersterivierstrand Campsite sits on the edge of the Indian Ocean, offering panoramic views of the turquoise waters. Campers here can enjoy direct access to the beach, making it an ideal spot for seaside strolls and tranquil sunset reflections.

Nature’s Valley Rest Camp

Nestled between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Nature’s Valley Rest Camp offers a camping experience in an untamed paradise. Surrounded by indigenous forests, this campsite is a gateway to the Groot River Lagoon and the endless stretch of sandy beach. Campers can enjoy both the tranquillity of the lagoon and the invigorating energy of the ocean in this remote and captivating location.

Storm’s River Mouth Rest Camp

Tsitsikamma’s camping grounds are nestled beneath a verdant canopy, providing a retreat into the heart of the ancient forests. The Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, with its variety of camping sites, stands as a gateway to the wonders of this coastal wilderness. As you set up your camp, surrounded by the calls of exotic birds and the rustle of leaves, you’ll find yourself immersed in the tranquillity of the forest.

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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve – Mpumalanga:

Blyde River Canyon

For a camping experience with a touch of geological marvel, head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Set up camp at the Forever Resorts Blyde Canyon and explore trails like the Three Rondavels Hike, which unveils stunning views of the iconic three peaks. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a series of cylindrical rock sculptures, are also accessible by hiking trails.

Where to Camp

Swadini A Forever Resort

Swadini A Forever Resort is a haven for campers seeking a blend of mountainous landscapes and riverfront bliss. The campsite overlooks the Blyde River and provides easy access to the Swadini Dam. With spacious camping sites and well-appointed facilities, it’s an ideal spot for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy water activities on the dam or simply unwind by the riverbank.

Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park – Northern Cape:

Ais Ais Richtersveld

For the adventurous souls, the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, a cross-border park with Namibia, promises rugged landscapes and unique flora. The Fish River Canyon hiking trail challenges hikers with a multi-day trek, and the Sendelingsdrif Camp provides a rustic camping experience in this remote and captivating terrain.

Where to Camp

De Hoop Campsite

Situated along the banks of the Orange River, De Hoop Campsite is a serene spot offering riverfront camping. Campers can pitch their tents under the shade of camelthorn trees and wake up to the soothing sounds of the flowing river. The site provides basic facilities, ensuring a rustic experience that connects you with the untamed beauty of the Richtersveld.

Kokerboomkloof Campsite

Known for its iconic quiver trees (kokerbome), Kokerboomkloof Campsite offers a surreal camping experience. The quiver trees stand tall, creating a unique atmosphere as the desert landscape transforms with the changing light. The campsite provides basic amenities, and campers can explore the surrounding area, capturing the essence of the Richtersveld’s distinctive flora.

Sendelingsdrift Campsite

Located near the entrance of the park and along the Orange River, Sendelingsdrift Camp combines comfort with the rugged beauty of the Richtersveld. Campers can choose between riverfront campsites or opt for the more sheltered sites. The camp features facilities such as a swimming pool, making it an ideal base for exploring the park’s diverse landscapes.

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South Africa’s campsites with hiking trails are an invitation to explore the untamed beauty of the country. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast seeking a gentle stroll, these campsites offer a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and camping tranquillity. So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your camping gear, and get ready to leave your footprints in the wilderness of South Africa. The journey awaits!