7 spectacular coastal campsites

With more than 2,500 kilometres of coastline, South Africa is extraordinarily blessed in the seaside department. And, just to make outdoors lovers even happier, there are campsites at many of the most beautiful spots along our shores. So, this summer find your favourite piece of paradise, pitch your tent, and call it home.

1. Cape Vidal, Isimangaliso

Set up your tent just a stone’s throw from the awesome stretch of beautiful beach at Cape Vidal. The 50 campsites are set in the shade of the dune forest, but your days will most probably be spent basking in the sun on the endless beach, where you’ll find good surf fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming.

2. Rocky Bay Caravan Park, Scottburgh

This family friendly resort has more than 160 bush-protected or sea facing sites. From your tent at Rocky Bay, you’ll be able to stroll along the beach or explore the many rock pools. The excellent facilities include a kids’ playground, swimming pool, splash pool and games room. The park is also protected by 24-hour security and an access-controlled gate, so you can enjoy your stay with complete peace of mind.

3. Yellow Sands, near East London

Possibly one of the best campsites in the country, this is the sort of place that people return to every year once they’ve discovered it. The seafront camping sites have direct access to both the beach and the river, all the campsites have electricity and facilities are well maintained.

4. Storms River Mouth Rest Camp

Inside the Tsitsikamma National Park (and, incidentally, at the start of the Otter Trail), this campsite is on a gorgeous strip of soft green grass right beside the sea. With easy access to a safe swimming beach, as well as scuba diving, snorkelling and walking trails, you’ll feel instantly relaxed here.

5. Buffalo Bay, Knysna

Situated on a grassy peninsula, surrounded by ocean, the cavaran and camp sites at Buffalo Bay offer some of the best views of the sea, along with one of the most dramatic locations. Located in the Goukamma Marine Reserve, on the N2 between George and Knysna, it’s in the heart of the Garden Route, so there’s never any shortage of things to do.

6. Kogel Bay Resort

A few kilometres from Gordon’s Bay, along the spectacular coastal road, this campsite is set on a long and pristine stretch of beach, with great mountain and sea views. The mountains shelter the campsite from the winds and, in season, you can watch whales from your tent.

7. Tieitiesbaai, Paternoster

In the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve just outside the quaint coastal fishing village of Paternoster, this wild and rugged campsite is set in a semicircle of sand around a tiny rocky bay. Although there’s no electricity and no hot water, the spectacular setting more than makes up for this. Just remember to bring your own braai stand.




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