Summer Camping: Top sites to check out in Mzansi

Cape Town - South Africa is full of gorgeous campsites and deciding where to book your next camping holiday can get a little tricky, especially around the festive season.

Undoubtedly, the outdoors is crucial for one’s mental health – especially if you are a city dweller. As little as three days alone can benefit you in numerous ways - healthier lungs given the extraordinary air quality of the outdoors, a better night’s sleep and quality time with loved ones just being key ones to mention.

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Camping options across South African vary from locations near the coast to more secluded locations - and who better than the switched on camping community to share their favourites to help narrow down the hundreds of options available across Mzansi.

Camp Master recently polled their Facebook fans to see where you should head this festive season. 

NOTE: Please remember to confirm availability and latest prices with each campsite before travelling.

ATKV, Drakensville - KwaZulu-Natal

You will find the resort near the foothills of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a world heritage site. The caravan and camping site is surrounded by historical landmarks and offers unlimited tourist attractions within the vicinity.

ATKV has both paved stands and lush lawns. 

They also offer washing-up and ablution facilities. The ablution facilities are wheelchair friendly and each stand has a 15-amp power point and its own braai facilities. The resort offers a variety of activities for the whole family such as hiking, bird watching, pony rides and horse riding. 

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Warmbaths, A Forever Resort - Limpopo

Nestled in an African Bushveld atmosphere. The resort offers 285 caravan and camping sites, equipped with a power supply. These sites are serviced by eight neat ablution facilities. 

The resort is well-known for its hydro pools and spa which is great for the family. Other activities include cable water skis, go-karting and quad biking, foefie slides and a super tube to name a few. 

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Kruger National Park - Mpumalanga

Kruger National Park is well-known for its wildlife and beautiful views that let you be at one with nature. Most of the visitor camps offer tent/caravan sites, with a power supply, communal ablutions, and cooking facilities.

Each stand also has its own braai facilities. Apart from game viewing the traditional way, visitors can also book elephant-back safari’s, bush walks, early morning and night drives as well as play a round of Golf at Skukuza’s Golf Course.

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Silky Oaks Camp Site, Greyton - Western Cape

They offer several shaded campsites in secluded nooks along the river’s edge. The resort is solar powered. The campsite offers bird watching and possible sightings of the resident otter family. The night sky is inviting for all wannabe astronomers. 

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Dube Private Game Resort -  North West

Dube offers visitors a true dose of African bush mixed with modern amenities and impeccable service, a convenient wildlife sanctuary where you can experience a slice of undisturbed Africa close to home.

They have around 150 spacious grassed campsites. They are shaded with surrounding trees, equipped with electricity plug points, water taps and refuse bins. There are four ablution blocks and laundry rooms. The resort offers braai facilities, pools for the young and old and children’s play areas.

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Ifafa Beach Caravan Park - KwaZulu Natal, South Coast

The resort is situated in an area filled with shady trees and a breath-taking sea view. The premises include an excellent games room, licensed pub, and restaurant, with a deck overlooking the freshwater swimming pool, the kiddies play area and the spectacular tidal pool. 

They have stands available for tents and caravans. They have ablution blocks, laundry facilities, electrical points, and taps.

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