Escaping from the crowds and finding a sense of peace and tranquillity are some of the best reasons to go camping. Here are 5 camping spots where you and your family (or even just you!) can connect with nature.
If you’d like to avoid some of the more bustling campsites, South Africa offers loads of more remote options in our national parks where you won’t find crowds in close proximity. In fact, you won’t find many amenities at all, and you should arrive well prepared. But the places themselves are well worth venturing into, for some much needed R&R.
1. |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Options are endless in this remote park, but Kokerboomkloof is probably the top choice amongst campers. Situated approximately six hours from Sendelingsdrit, it consists of four ablution blocks with two stands each. Visit if you’re keen on rustic living, serenity, landscape photography and clear night skies. There are no showers or washing facilities, so be prepared! Price: R195 for two people
2. Mapungubwe National Park
Mazhou camping site on the western side of the park is a birder’s paradise and a dream for visitors looking for relaxation. It is situated approximately 35km from the main reception building and only 10 stands are available at R225 for two people. You can even book the whole camp if you’d like fewer strangers around. All sites are equipped with power points under large shady trees.
Read more about Mapungubwe National Park here.
3. Namaqua National Park
Nine different locations in the park are set aside for camping, but there is one where your chances of meeting other people are slim. At Skuinsklip you camp next to the sea at one of two sites — book both to enjoy complete privacy. The stands accommodate six people each and are situated 23km from the Groen River Gate. Visitors must be self-reliant as there’s no water, electricity or ablutions; just an environmental toilet. The nearest fuel is found 100km away and a 4×4 is required to get to the campsite — it’s difficult to get more remote than this! A campsite will cost R115 for six people.
4. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The popularity of this arid park makes bigger camps busy. If you’re willing to travel further, you’ll get to see places where you can hear your own echoes among the call of the wild. If you do the Nossob 4×4 trail, sleep over at Polentswa. There are only three campsites available, and you’ll have to take your own drinking water. A rustic toilet and shower facilities are provided.
In the area near the Mabuasehube gate leading to Botswana, many small campsites await. The quietest of them all, Mosomane, has a single camping spot that can accommodate up to 10 people. Keep in mind that there are no facilities at all. Bring absolutely everything you need.
5. Tankwa-Karoo National Park
From the Perdekloof and Langkloof campsites which have facilities, to the six far-flung informal campsites for the more adventurous at heart, the Tankwa-Karoo has something for everyone. The informal sites have no facilities, so visitors must be fully self-sufficient. Each of the six sites is for the exclusive use of one group of up to 15 individuals. Steenkampshoek, with the Roggeveld Mountains at your back, and Biesjesfontein in the central part of the park, are two of the most secluded sites. Perdekloof and Langkloof can be booked for R225 for two people. Informal campsites cost R100 for two people.
Information courtesy of SANParks Times: www.sanparkstimes.co.za
Photographs taken by Petro Kotze and René de Klerk