20 March 2019
There’s nothing better than unzipping your tent to reveal a glorious view. Luckily, we South Africans are spoilt for choice. We’ve handpicked 5 campsites with the best views in South Africa
1. Tietiesbaai, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Western Cape
Located right on the ocean’s edge, in the delightfully low-key Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Tietiesbaai is an all-time favourite for campers who don’t mind roughing it a little. The main campsite converges on a perfect, crescent-shaped beach, but there are also other more secluded sites at various spots along the coastline. The sea is always cold and the wind does often blow, but this is all forgotten when you’re watching the sun set over the Atlantic while freshly-caught kreef sizzle on the braai.
2. The Kraal, Transkei, Eastern Cape
Perched on top of green, rolling hills and with endless views over the Indian Ocean, The Kraal has certainly maxed out when it comes to location. Add to this the fact that the lagoon is great for fishing, swimming and kayaking and you have the makings of an incredible holiday. What’s more, there’s fantastic hiking and surfing (including the legendary Shark’s Point) in the area, and the local village has a great little restaurant which is really vibey.
3. Tsendze Rustic Campsite, Kruger National Park
No list of the best South African campsites would be complete without a bushveld offering, and it doesn’t get more bushveld than Tsendze. Situated in in an excellent game-viewing area near Mopani Restcamp, every site at Tsendze is carved out of the bush, making it an especially intimate experience. There’s no shop, restaurant or electricity at Tsendze, but there are hot showers! Tsendze is kept spotlessly clean by Rodgers and Elina. If you ask nicely, they may even point out the resident Scops Owl’s hiding place.
4. Mahai Campsite, Royal Natal National Park, KZN
This gorgeous campsite in the Northern ’Berg has it all: rolling lawns, shade-giving trees and breath-taking views of the world-famous Amphitheatre. Once you’ve tired of splatting out around camp, you’ll be relieved to know that there are enough hiking routes in the area to last a lifetime, ranging from easy family strolls to strenuous multi-day adventures. The Mahai River has great swimming and trout fishing and there are also several waterfalls worth checking out. The best part? Mahai is only three hours’ drive from both Joburg and Durban.
5. Potjiespram Campsite, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Spoiler alert: The campsites at Potjiespram – in the otherworldly desert paradise that is the Richtersveld – can definitely not be described as ‘grassy’. Luckily, they’ve got a lot of other things going for them. Nestled on the banks of the mighty Orange River, in a small riverine forest, the sites all boast incredible views and most of them have at least some shade. The river is wonderful for swimming, canoeing and fishing, but Potjiespram’s main attraction is the unbridled tranquility of its location. If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further. A week in Potjiespram can cure all manner of ills… NB: You’ll need at least a high-clearance 2x4 to get there.