Five Western Cape campsites to visit in 2016

Planning a camping trip in South Africa’s Western Cape province? There are an abundance of stunning campsites available to choose from — to suit any budget.

If you’re looking for a few good options, we’ve browsed around and found five Western Cape campsites to visit in 2016. Grab your friends, make sure you have a reliable vehicle (if not, hire a car in Cape Town — it’s really affordable) go exploring!

Sothemba

Farm 141, Witzenberg, Ceres, 6365, Western Cape, South Africa

From the top of the farm, the whole Karoo, Skoorsteenberg and the Roggeberg can be viewed.

The campsite offers a choice from luxury tents, private suites and cottages to backpacker and safari tents.

Activities available are mountain biking, hiking, swimming and some wildlife can be seen around as well. That differs from scorpions, ostriches and when lucky even leopard tracks.

For more information, you can visit their website: http://www.sothemba.co.za/ , or contact them: +27 23 004 0050

Biesievlak Camp

Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa

The Biesievlak campsite is located at the Olifants River, a river of around 285 kilometers long in the end flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. They offer cabins but also a field with the opportunity to pitch your own tent.

Available activities are horse riding, fishing, hiking and canoeing.

For more information, you can visit their website: http://www.biesievlak.co.za/, or contact them:+27 (0)83 260 5071

Matjiesvlei Guest Farm

South Cape DC, South Africa

The Matjiesvlei offers a choice from four self-catering units, but next to that you can also choose to camp on the camping site. This camping site is located at the Gamka River, ‘Gamka’ means lion.

Due to the fact that it is situated at a river, there are water activities such as canoeing and fishing offered. Next to that, horse riding, birding, mountain biking and visiting some wine cellars is also possible.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.matjiesvlei.co.za/index.php, or contact them: +27 (0)73 174 1028 or +27(0)83 453 2209

Peace of Eden

49 Rheenendal rd, Knysna, 6576, South Africa

The Peace of Eden is situated along the Garden Route, on the edge of the Knysna forest. They offer a wide variety from cabins to forest tents and the possibility to set up a camp yourself.

Since it is located along the Garden Route, it is close to various activities of the Garden Route. These activities contain for example the Knysna Elephant park, Birds of Eden, Monkeyland, kayaking and bungee jumping. At the camp itself you can take a look at their organic garden, even pick your own vegetables and herbs. Explore the forest and canoe in the pond nearby.

For more information, take a look at their website: http://www.peaceofeden.co.za/, or contact them: +27 44 388 4671

Vensterklip

Vensterklip Farm, R366, Elands Bay, 8110, South Africa

Along one of the largest natural wetlands of the West Coast, the Verlorenvlei, is Vensterklip situated. The location attracts over 240 bird species, what makes it a good place for birding. Also close to the camp is Elands Bay, which attracts surfers from all over the world.

Next to that, there are also possibilities for hiking, kayaking and fishing.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.vensterklip.co.za/, or contact them: +27 (0)22 972 1340