Are you looking for a weekend getaway from the city with friends, family, or even a solo trip to ‘find yourself’? Camping is a great way to forget about the city life and work stress, and it allows you to see nature from a different perspective. Living in Cape Town you sometimes forget how close we really are to true wilderness and the different environments and landscapes you can experience within a few hours drive from the Mother City.
Have you heard of the Cederberg or Karoo? Well, they’re your best bet to really get lost for a weekend in solitude and peace, with some of the best views and scenic drives close to Cape Town. I will continue to update this blog as I find new and better spots to explore (as there are so many) to share with you, so ensure that you come back to see what other great camping spots there are to find. For now, take a look at the below list of camping sites that I have had the pleasure of staying at, some with friends and family, and others that I have adventure to by myself.
Langkloof Campsite, Tankwa Karoo National Park (4h30 from Cape Town)
The Tankwa Karoo National Park is definitely a must-see place for all of those looking for a good road trip, incredible landscapes, and camping out in the wilderness. The park is part of SANParks so it is well looked after and clean. Within the Tankwa Karoo National Park, there are only 2 campsites that have ablution facilities, of which these 2 are Perdekloof and Lanfkloof. At the Langkloof campsite, there are a total of 6 back-to-back stands with their own bathroom and kitchenette making it very user-friendly for those who are just starting out with their campaign adventures and not yet comfortable enough to let go of these luxuries and make use of the various informal campsites that have no bathroom facilities.
En-Route to the Tankwa Karoo National Park
Morning coffee brewing spot close to the Langkloof campsite
Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge (2h30 from Cape Town)
Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge is a great place to visit for a group of friends looking for a weekend break. They have various tented camping options available if you don’t want to take your own tent equipment, or there are stands for you to be able to pitch your own tent too. What makes this spot great for a group of friends is that there is a communal braai and kitchen area, as well as a central firepit too where you can socialise together, and with others also camping there. For those hot summer days, there is a nice swimming pool with great views too. So all in all for a good atmosphere and to meet other people, Gecko Creek would score highly.
Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve (3h30 from Cape Town)
Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve is one of my favourite camping sites that I have found in the Cederberg, and only around 3.5hrs drive out of Cape Town, it’s very accessible. The facilities are beautiful, with toilets and showers as well as a large pool. There are only 5 formal campsites so ensure that you check availability before heading out on your adventure. They also offer informal campsites without ablution facilities and is only accessible by 4x4.
The campsite is within close proximity (about 1km) of the reception and lodges/cave suites, where there is a restaurant and bar, as well as various activities that you can book such as game drives and quad bike tours. You also have the option to go on a self-drive tour on the reserve where there is some wildlife to be seen as well as the beautiful rock formations to explore. With different hiking trials, you could also get lucky and spot some ancient rock art!