50 best SA camping spots for families
From 4-star family resorts to rustic sites with outdoor showers, here are 50 popular camping and caravan spots the whole family will enjoy.
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EASTERN CAPE

1. Areena Riverside Resort (4-star)

Where is it? 30km east of East London

Kids will love: Games room, animal touch farm, playground, swimming pool (with kids pool), trampoline and adventure village with abseiling, paintball, quad bikes and more.

Mom and dad will love: Wildlife, boat cruises, spa

2. Green Fountain Caravan Resort

Where is it? 10km east of Port Alfred

Kids will love: Swimming pool, playground, open space

Mom and dad will love: Private ablutions

3. Rendezvous Caravan Park

Where is it? 40km east of East London

Kids will love: Playground, swimming pool (with kids pool), grassy areas, safe sea bathing

Mom and dad will love: Private ablutions


4. Sitrus Oewer River Camp

Where is it? 50km north of Port Elizabeth

Kids will love: Playground, swimming in the river, canoeing

Mom and dad will love: Fishing, birdwatching

5. Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, Tsitsikamma National Park

Where is it? 67km east of Plettenberg Bay

Kids will love: Boat rides, swimming pool, sea bathing, open spaces

Mom and dad will love: Sea views, scuba diving, snorkelling, nature trails

6. The Willows Resort (3-star)

Where is it? Port Elizabeth

Kids will love: Games room, jungle gym, dolls house, tidal pools, kids movies, super tube, mini golf

Mom and dad will love: Sea views, shop, coffee shop, bar, fishing, snorkelling

7. Yellowwood Forest Campsite

Where is it? Morgans Bay, 90km east of East London

Kids will love: Playground, open spaces, easy hiking trail

Mom and dad will love: Peace and quiet, tents and linen for hire, gift shop with wifi, tea garden and pizzeria

FREE STATE

8. Dimalachite Nature Resort and River Lodge 

Where is it? 10km west of Parys

Kids will love: White river rafting, paintball, mini golf, swimming pool, jungle gym

Mom and dad will love: Fishing, game drives, spa, jacuzzi, sunset cruises

 

9. Gariep

Where is it? Gariep Dam

Kids will love: School holiday programme, swimming pool (including kids pool), mini golf, quad bikes, horse rides, paintball

Mom and dad will love: Restaurant, motor boating, walking trails, guided tours of dam wall, fishing

10. Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gates Highland National Park 

Where is it? 20km east of Clarens

Kids will love: Swimming, Basotho cultural village, vulture restaurant

Mom and dad will love: Walking trails, lookout points, game drives, scenery

11. Qwantani 

Where is it? Sterkfontein Dam, Harrismith

Kids will love: Swimming pool, mini golf, games room, horse riding, kids activities like obstacle courses and chocolate hunts

Mom and dad will love: Restaurant, spa, walking trails, birdwatching, mountain biking


GAUTENG

12. Dinokeng Camping & Fishing 

Where is it? Roodeplaat Dam, 25km north of Pretoria

Kids will love: Playground, swimming pool, open spaces


Mom and dad will love: Farm stall and nursery, shop, fishing, driving range


KWAZULU-NATAL

 

13. Albert Falls Dam and Game Reserve (3-star) 

Where is it? 20km north of Pietermaritzburg

Kids will love: Playground, swimming pool, water sports

Mom and dad will love: Game viewing, nature trails, fishing, birdwatching


14. Dolphin Holiday Resort (4-star) 

Where is it? Ballito

Kids will love: Playground, swimming pool, television room, TV points (selected campsites)

Mom and dad will love: Tea garden

15. Hlalanathi Drakensberg Resort 

Where is it? Northern Drakensberg, 60km north-west of Winterton

Kids will love: Swimming pool, table tennis, open spaces, kids activities

Mom and dad will love: Restaurant, shop, golf course

16. Mac Nicol’s Caravan Park (4-star) 

Where is it? Bazley Beach, 50km north-east of Port Shepstone

Kids will love: School holiday programme, swimming pools (including kids pool), trampoline, sea bathing, TV room, games room

Mom and dad will love: Tent erectors, heated pool, daily tea and scones

 

17. Richards Bay Caravan Park (4-star) 

Where is it? Meerensee, Richards Bay

Kids will love: Playground, trampoline, paintball, swimming pool (including kids pool), mini golf, TV room

Mom and dad will love: Private beach, shark protection

18. Royal Natal Mahai Campsite, Royal Natal National Park 

Where is it? 67km south-west Harrismith

Kids will love: Swimming pool, horse riding, open spaces

Mom and dad will love: Trout fishing, shop, scenery, hiking

19. Queensburgh Caravan Resort (4-star) 

Where is it? 15km west of Durban

Kids will love: Adventure playground, swimming pool

Mom and dad will love: Restaurant, shop, mountain biking, riverside walk

20. Scottburgh Caravan Park (3-star)

Where is it? 60km south of Durban

Kids will love: Playground, swimming pools, trampoline, table tennis, volleyball, in-season entertainment, TV room

Mom and dad will love: Tent erectors, ironing facility

LIMPOPO

21. Warmbaths (3-star)

Where is it? Bela-Bela (formerly Warmbaths)

Kids will love: Swimming pools, wave pool, super slides, go-karts, fu-fi slide, playground, mini golf

Mom and dad will love: Hydrospa, restaurants, river rides, cable water ski, archery


22. Eiland Spa 

Where is it? About 68km east of Tzaneen

Kids will love: Swimming pools, water slide, trampolines, mini golf, horseriding

Mom and dad will love: Hydro spa, mineral baths, gym, birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, restaurants, attractions in surrounding areas

23. Kaoxa Bush Camp

Where is it? About 200km north of Polokwane

Kids will love: The bush experience, wildlife, swimming pools

Mom and dad will love: Luxury safari tents, en-suite bathrooms, personal decks with bushveld views, rock art, birdwatching, proximity (10-minute drive) to Mapungupwe National Park

 
24. Silver Rocks Caravan Park (4-star)

Where is it? 20km north Bela-Bela

Kids will love: Playground, swimming pool, mini-golf, trampolines, grassy areas

Mom and dad will love: Fully equipped stands, luxury ablutions, baby bath facilities, restaurant, bar, guided game drives and walks, fishing, mountain biking

25. Coral Tree Camp (4×4 only)

Where is it? 77km east of Polokwane

Kids will love: Swimming pool, grassy areas, outdoor bath and shower

Mom and dad will love: Privacy (only one camping party allowed at a time), mountain and forest views, solar power

26. Tshipise (3-star) 

Where is it? 255km north-east of Polokwane

Kids will love: Swimming pools (including kids pool), playground, trampolines, horseriding, mini-golf

Mom and dad will love: Bush drives, walking trails, tennis, rheumatic bath, in-season bowls, volleyball and jukskei

MPUMALANGA

 

27. Badplaas (3-star) 

Where is it? About 100km south-west of Nelspruit

Kids will love: Swimming pools, water slides, tube rapids, paintball, mini golf, horse and pony rides, kiddies quad bikes

Mom and dad will love: Hydro spa, game drives, hiking, mountain biking, sports facilities, fishing, supermarket, bottle store, petrol station, pubs, restaurants, museum

 

28. Berg en Rivier Country Retreat and Riverside Tented Camping 

Where is it? 45km north of Witbank

Kids will love: River tubing, canoeing, hot air balloon, free-roaming wildlife

Mom and dad will love: Hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching, fishing, 4×4, safari tents, champagne breakfast

 

29. Blyde Canyon (4-star)

Where is it? 140km north of Nelspruit

Kids will love: Swimming pool, trampolines, horseriding, mini-golf

Mom and dad will love: Hiking, mountain biking, tennis, helicopter excursions, guided tours to the Kruger Park, sightseeing in the surrounding area, views

 

30. Merry Pebbles Holiday Resort and Caravan Park (3-star)

Where is it? Sabie

Kids will love: Swimming pools (including kids pool), water slides, entertainment hall, playground, mini golf

Mom and dad will love: Restaurant, shop, proximity to the Kruger Park, mountain biking, hiking, trout fishing, tourist attractions in surrounding areas

31. Satara Rest Camp, Kruger National Park 

Where is it? 48km from Orpen Gate

Kids will love: Playground, swimming pool, kids educational programme, grassy areas

Mom and dad will love: Guided bush walks, game drives, 4x4 adventure trail, restaurant, shop, cellphone reception

 

32. Olifants River Lodge (3-star) 

Where is it? About 20km west of Middelburg

Kids will love: Swimming pool (including kids pool), pedal boats, horseriding, paintball, quad bikes, jungle gym, raft building

Mom and dad will love: Heated swimming pool, restaurants, shop, fishing

 

33. Stonechat Private Resort 

Where is it? About 75km west of Nelspruit

Kids will love: Swimming pool, jungle gym, trampolines, quad bikes

Mom and dad will love: Fishing, canoeing, birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking

 

34. Swadini (3-star)  

Where is it? About 160km north of Nelspruit

Kids will love: Swimming pools (including a heated kids pool), mini golf, trampolines

Mom and dad will love: Restaurant, shops, volleyball, hiking, heated pool

NORTHERN CAPE

 

35. Sterland Caravan Park and Campsite 

Where is it? Sutherland

Kids will love: Rustic camping experience

Mom and dad will love: Spectacular stargazing

 

36. Kalahari River & Safari Company 

Where is it? About 23km north-west of Lutzburg

Kids will love: River rafting, swimming, clay pigeon shooting

Mom and dad will love: Fly fishing, white river kayaking, birdwatching, fully equipped tent option

 

37. Kleinzee Spa and Rest Camp

Where is it? About 100km west of Springbok

Kids will love: Swimming pool, beach, playground

Mom and dad will love: Spa, restaurant, spring flowers, 4x4, squash, table tennis


NORTH WEST

38. Buffelspoort

Where is it? About 30km east of Rustenburg

Kids will love: Swimming pools, water slides, trampolines, adventure mini-golf, pony and horse rides

Mom and dad will love: Heated pools, restaurant, shop, beauty parlour, golf, tennis, squash

 

39. Mountain Sanctuary Park (3-star) 

Where is it? About 40km east of Rustenburg

Kids will love: Swimming pool, picnics

Mom and dad will love: Hiking, mountain biking, restaurant, big screen TV, rock climbing, abseiling

 

40. Bakgatle Resort, Pilansberg National Park (3-star)

Where is it? About 70km north of Rustenburg

Kids will love: Swimming pool, playground

Mom and dad will love: Luxury safari tent option, game drives, hiking

 

41. Rametsi Eco Game Farm 

Where is it? About 75km west of Rustenburg

Kids will love: Swimming pool, playground, board games, horse riding

Mom and dad will love: Game viewing, birdwatching, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, 4x4, restaurant, shop

WESTERN CAPE

 

42. 22 Waterfalls Holiday Farm

Where is it? About 6km north-east of Porterville

Kids will love: Farm animals

Mom and dad will love: Mountain biking, hiking, 4×4, fishing

 

43. Dibiki Holiday Resort (4-star)

Where is it? Hartenbos, about 15km north of Mossel Bay

Kids will love: Swimming pool, jungle gym, trampoline

Mom and dad will love: Lapa, big screen TV

 

44. Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park 

Where is it? Plettenberg Bay

Kids will love: Playground, proximity to water and lagoon beach

Mom and dad will love: Canoe and boat hire, attractions in surrounding area

 

45. Khomeesdrif Caravan and Camping Site 

Where is it? About 50km east of Caledon

Kids will love: Jungle gym, grassy areas, boat and tube rides, quad biking

Mom and dad will love: Fishing, birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking

 

46. Kromrivier Cederberg Park 

Where is it? About 80km from Citrusdal

Kids will love: Farmyard animals, milking cows, feeding pigs, horse riding

Mom and dad will love: Private ablution option, restaurant, craft beer brewery, Cederburg Observatory, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking

 

47. Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve 

Where is it? About 40km east of Ceres

Kids will love: Snow (seasonal), paintball, quad bikes, cherry picking (neighbouring farm)

Mom and dad will love: Hiking, mountain biking, 4×4, fishing, target shooting

 

48. Montagu Guano Cave Resort 

Where is it? 8km south-east of Montagu

Kids will love: Animal petting zoo, tractor trips, pony and horse rides,swimming pools, playground

Mom and dad will love: Restaurant, hiking, fishing

 

49. Onrus Caravan Park 

Where is it? About 8km west of Hermanus

Kids will love: Beach, tidal pool, grassy areas

Mom and dad will love: Whale watching, diving, walking trails, museum

 

50. Plettenberg

Where is it? Plettenberg Bay

Kids will love: Action cricket (seasonal), swimming pools (including kids pool), playground, mini golf, trampolines, school holiday programme

Mom and dad will love: Motorboats, birdwatching, fishing, volleyball, canoeing, ferry cruises

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