Top 15 Camping Sites in The Western Cape

What could be better than pitching a tent and spending a few nights drinking in the tranquil sights and sounds of the Western Cape? For us, nothing quite compares!

But with so many campsites in the Western Cape, it’s hard to make a decision on the perfect camping spot. So to help you tick “Destination??” off your list, we’ve put together a list of the best spots to go camping in the Western Cape.

!Khwa ttu

Beauty of The Golden Hour

This place is truly special! Staying at !Khwa ttu gives you the chance to take a look into fascinating world of the San people.

With museums, guided tours and exceptional art work on site, a weekend away in the !Khwa ttu bush camp can be truly inspiring.

The bush camp has five large pre-pitched tents, each of which has 2 single beds and a small lounge area. The campsites all have access to communal bathrooms, a kitchen and a boma.

!Kwha ttu is unique, it’s a fascinating blend of culture, history and adventure; it’s the absolute perfect getaway!

  • Cost: R350 pp per night
  • Where:
    • Grootwater Farm, R27, Yzerfontein
    • 70km outside of Cape Town

The Beach Camp

Trendy Eco-Village

This is definitely an all time favourite for those who like the idea of camping but prefer to camp with a touch of luxury.

The Beach Camp, situated along the rugged coastline of the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, provides a camping alternative.

Seven pre-pitched tents welcome their guests to a weekend of laidback seaside living; all you need to bring is a sleeping bag, food and your cozzie.

This easy going “eco-village” has access to a communal kitchen, hot water bathroom facilities and a rustic seating area overlooking the Atlantic.

Spend your days swinging in a hammock, horseback riding, paddle boarding, swimming or mountain biking. The choice is yours.

  • Cost: +- R250 pp per night
  • Where:
    • Cape Columbine, Paternoster
    • 164 km outside of Cape Town

Slanghoek Mountain Resort & Campsite

Stillness of Slanghoek

Nestled into the Slanghoek Valley in Rawsonville lies a campsite surrounded by beautiful views and scenic trails.

The campsites are situated in the vineyards on the banks of the stream and they all have ablution facilities and an electricity point.

There is also a playground and swimming pool near the campsite which may come in handy during the hot summer months when the streams dry up.

Cost: R600 per site per night
Slanghoek Rd, Rawsonville
101,6km outside of Cape Town

Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway

Hideaway in Heaven

Said to offer a platform for poetic fly fishing, the Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway offers 11 campsites each with their own private ablutions and a portable braai.

The campsites are scattered around the farm and most of them have access to electricity and hot showers. The cozy cottages offer a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for a winter getaway.

The cool Holsloot River offers a pleasant respite for the hot summer days and is the ideal playground for fishermen on the fly.

  • Cost:
    • R700 per site per night for the first 6 people
    • R120 per person thereafter
    • R60 per night for children 4-12 years
  • Where:
    • Dwarsberg Farm, Rawsonville
    • 107km outside of Cape Town

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Magnificent Scenery of Cederberg

Nestled into the very heart of the Cederberg mountains, lies this perfect piece of untouched paradise.

The Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, and especially the camping sites, invite you to get back to basics while sleeping under a sea of stars.

There are two campsites to choose from; both of which boast of a truly untouched experience.

  • Swartrug Camp: This campsite consists of five stands with no access to electricity. There is access to a warm water ablution facility, a swimming pool and, if you feel like keeping in touch with civilization, there is easy access to the restaurant and bar.
  • Bobbejaanskraans Camp: If you’re in the mood to rough it in the wild, this is for you. The campsite is only accessible by 4×4 and has no designated stands, no access to electricity and no ablution facilities.
  • Cost:
    • Swartrug R75 pp per night; R180 per vehicle
    • Bobbejaanskraans R50 pp per night; R180 per vehicle
  • Where:
    • R303, Koue Bokkeveld, Cederberg
    • 248 km outside of Cape Town via R44

Nuwerust Rest Camp

Lazy Daze Below The Rooiberg

Resting in the shadow of the glorious Rooiberg mountains is the Nuwerust Rest Camping site.

Kitted with braai facilities and two ablution blocks with hot water, this camping site is a picture of simplicity.

Whether you choose to relax and unwind amongst the wildlife, take a hike or try your hand at rock climbing; Nuwerust promises a proper escape from the bustle of the city.

  • Cost: R250 for 4 people per night
  • Where:
    • Nuwerust Farm, Cederberg
    • 254km outside of Cape Town via R44

Nature’s Valley Rest Camp

Heart of Nature

Placed in the de Vasselot section of the Tsitsikamma, Valley Rest Camp rests perfectly on the banks of the Groot River.

As you’d except camping in one of the most luscious forests in South Africa, the campsite is the ideal springboard for a day of hiking, bird watching or trail running.

There are 44 designated camping sites available; all of which have no access to electricity.

  • Cost: R205 per site per night (each unit sleeps 6)
  • Where:
    • Tsitsikamma National Park, Forest Drive, Kurland
    • 551km outside of Cape Town

Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge

Free Your Spirit

Looking to unleash your inner Mowgli? Wild Spirit was made just for you. With access to yoga classes, drumming circles and a tree house deck, Wild Spirit provides a unique blend of relaxation and adventure.

The camping sites all have access to shower rooms, toilets, a self-catering kitchen, a library and hearty homemade meals.

Catered more towards the backpacker style of travelling, we’d recommend this spot for independent travellers or small groups of people looking for a rustic escape from the demands of the city life.

Choose to pitch your tent in the campsite garden or take to the sticks near the bushhouse. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by high mountains and a dense indigenous forest.

  • Cost: R100 p/p per night
  • Where:
    • R102, Nature’s Valley Road, The Crags
    • 544km outside of Cape Town

Tweede Tol

Time to Reflect on The Beauty of The Cape

This picturesque campsite is found on the cliffs of the beautiful Bains Kloof Pass with access to a range of rock pools and hiking trails.

The site offers 20 campsites, each of which have access to a braai area and hot water ablutions.

  • Cost: R300 per site per night
  • Where:
    • Tweede Tol, R301, Wellington
    • 93km outside of Cape Town

Secret Falls

Share Your Secrets with The Wilderness

This hidden gem offers you the chance to experience magic in the mountains. Nestled on the foothills of the Winterhoek Wes mountains, Secret Falls caters solely towards nature-lovers.

There are ten campsites available, all of which are only accessible by 4×4. The campsites are simple and you’ll need to be fully kitted with your camping essentials to really enjoy your stay.

A weekend spent at this exclusive campsite will include hiking to a number of waterfalls while soaking up the tranquil sights of Winterhoek Wes mountains.

  • Cost:
    • R130 for age 12+
    • R70 for ages 0-11
    • R70 for trailers
  • Where:
    • Portion 3, Die Ster 377, Winterhoek Wes, Tulbagh
    • 133km outside of Cape Town

Ebb & Flow Rest Camp

Majestic Views for Days

Situated on the edge of the Touws River, this campsite is loved by locals and tourists alike – perhaps too much so during the holiday seasons.

Both camps (South and North) have caravan and campsites with shared ablution, scullery amenities and quick access onto the river with a kayak or floating flamingo in hand.

The camps allow a maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle per site.

  • Cost:
    • R34 per adult per day (SA residents)
    • R17 per child per day (SA residents)
    • R112 per adult per day (International visitors)
    • R56 per child per day (International visitors)
  • Where:
    • Garden Route National Park, Dumbelton Rd, Hoekwil, Wilderness
    • 444km outside of Cape Town

Fairy Knowe Backpackers

Release Your Inner Wild Child

Keen to lose the shoes, join a drumming circle and spend your days swinging in a hammock? Fairy Knowe is just for you.

This campsite offers a range of undesignated camping sites, all with access to ablution facilities, a chill zone and bar area.

A favourite for those who’d prefer to steer clear of the crowds at Ebb & Flow, Fairy Knowe offers a very tranquil and relaxing stay (If you get a sweet camping spot that is).

  • Cost: R 120 pp per night
  • Where:
    • Garden Route National Park, 1 Dumbleton Rd, Wilderness
    • 444km outside of Cape Town

Malkoppan Guest Farm

That Summer Feeling

A short 6km outside of Lambert’s Bay, lies the pet-friendly Malkoppan Guest Farm.

The farm has 45 campsite available and is situated right across the road from the acclaimed Muisbosskerm open air restaurant. The campsites have access to electricity and neat ablution blocks.

  • Cost: R 75 pp per night
  • Where:
    • 5km outside of Lambert’s Bay
    • 262km outside of Cape Town

Xamarin Guest Farm

World of Wine and Wonder

Xamarin is based 5km outside of Lambert’s Bay nestled between the vineyards of the Sir Lambert’s Wines.

With access to wine tasting, a golf course, a 4×4 game safari and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, camping at Xamarin promises to be nothing short of entertaining.

All 18 campsites are fully serviced with access to electricity and ablution facilities.

  • Cost: R250 per site per night
  • Where:
    • Outside Lambert’s Bay
    • 257km outside of Cape Town

Oewerzicht Farm Cottages & Campsites

Outdoor Adventure for The Whole Family

If you’re looking for a less rustic, family-friendly option, Oewerzicht is for you. The groomed campsites are situated along the banks of the river with access to modern ablutions, power points and plenty of shade.

The river is perfect for fishing, tubing and canoeing and the campsite even welcomes well-behaved dogs to join in on the fun.

For cycling enthusiasts looking to crank a challenging 25km trail through the mountains, you’ve met your match!

  • Cost: R300 per site per night
  • Where:
    • Oewerzicht Farm, Greyton
    • 146km outside of Cape Town

Article originally posted on Vibescout: 17 Best Camping Sites in the Western Cape | Cape Town – 2019

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