Mapped: 10 coastal spots on our camping list!

2017-04-10 21:13
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It's almost that time of year again - before you know it you'll blink and December will see thousands of city-slicker Saffas hook their trailers and fully stocked caravans for the trip to the sea, where a few square metres of grass will become home for two or three weeks. 

We all have that one favourite beach holiday destination where we reunite with our fellow campers each year. The uncle to your right and his family of six have booked their camp site for 20 years running and the family to your left have more boogie boards, surf boards and bicycles that can legally fit into their SUV...

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It's a festive atmosphere when you reunite with your camp family and braai fires burn from breakfast to supper!

For some, a camping holiday has never been on the cards, but the double page features in your favourite outdoor magazines make you threaten to go camping each year.. Maybe this year you will finally succumb to the trend and rough it! But where to go? 

Don't worry, we've got you covered!


1. Lientjiesklip Langebaan

A short 120km from Cape Town, between Langebaan and Club Mykonos retreat to this lagoonside caravan park. Hook your boat for an epic fishing escape on the lagoon and don't forget your potjie recipe - this is a social getaway, but nature lovers are spoiled to magnificent sunsets and views.

People per site: 4

Ground cover: Grass

Ablution facilities: Two ablution blocks with flush toilets and hot showers. Some sites have their own facilities.

Contact: 022 7722461 or visit the website.

2. Tietiesbaai, West Coast 

Tietiesbaai is an idyllic beachside camping spot that draws repeat visit every year. Avid fishermen and lovers of the West Coast flock to this spot. The delicious seafood is also a plus.

People per site: 6

Ground cover: Grass and ground

Ablution facilities: Two blocks with flush toilets and solar-heated showers

Contact: 022 752 2718


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3. Onrus Caravan Park

A spotless, leafy caravan park based alongside the rocky cliff path in Onrus is a family friendly camping destination. A short walk to the beach, lagoon and tidal pools and a short drive to the buzzing Hermanus with its array of attractions.

People per site: 4

Ground cover: Grass

Ablution facilities: Spotless ablutions with flush toilets and hot showers.

Contact: Call 028 316 1210 / 028 316 1704 or email

4. Jongensfontein

Just past the popular Still Bay you will find its little sister, Jongesfontein. Beaches, rock pool, ice cream cones and crayfish on the braai is what a Jongesfontein escape is made of.

People per site: 6

Ground cover: Grass

Ablution facilities: Ablution block with flush toilets and hot showers. Chalets are also available.

Contact: 028 713 7850 or email


5. Storms River Mouth Rest Camp

One of the highlights of the Garden Route is the Storms River Mouth section of the Tsitsikamma National Park. Keen for hiking routes, waterfall swimming pools, the world famous suspension bridge and maybe some bungy action?

People per site: 6

Ground cover: Mostly grass 

Ablution & facilities: The campsite has a shop where souvenirs and basic commodities may be purchase. There is an a-la-carte restaurant, serving light refreshments. There is also a laundromat and ironing room (irons not supplied). 

Contact: 012 426 5025

6. Ebb & Flow, Wilderness 

One of our favourite adventure destinations is Wilderness and the Ebb & Flow restcamp is a riverside oasis in close proximity to Wilderness' endless beaches and activities.

People per site: 6

Ground cover: Grass and lots of shade

Ablution & facilities: Various well-maintained blocks with flushing toilets, hot water showers and baths if you're in the mood. Braai facilities available at each site. A games room with television is a favourite spot for the kids.

Contact: 044 877 0046

7. Victoria Bay Campsite

A bustling beach spot just east of George - bring your surf boards and prepare for hours of lazing on the beach. George and surrounds also boast an incredible range of markets if you need a break from the waves.

People per stand: Between 4 - 6

Ground cover: Grass 

Ablution & facilities: There are 10 stands with private bathrooms. All stands have 220-volt power points, braai facilities and most are wheelchair friendly.

Contact: 044 889 0081

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8. Buffalo Bay

Another well-loved family spot completely surrounded by the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. Find Buffalo Bay camping grounds outside Knysna and experience a true fun-in-the-sun garden Route getaway.

Number of people: 6

Ground cover: Grass

Ablution & Facilities: Stands with 220 volt mains, Braai facilities, water points close to sites, ablutions with hot and cold water, wheelchair friendly with assistance, children's play area. 

Contact: 044 383 0045


9. Coffee Bay Municipal camp site

Coffee Bay is a hugely popular spot on the wild coast for everyone from hardcore hippies to families with kids. A long sandy beach, warm waves, rolling green hills, an awesome selection of cool, laid-back restaurants and bars make this destination a lekker one! Don't miss the walk to Hole in the Wall, a surf session or two and 

People per site: 6
Ground cover: grass and ground
Ablution & facilities: Two communal blocks with flush toilets and showers, braai facilities, lots of trees to hang hammocks in.
Contact: 047 532 2445

#WildCoast living in #CoffeeBay #Transkei #camping

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10. Tugela Mouth Resort

A tranquil KZN escape awaits for the keen fishermen, birdwatchers and lovers of the unspoilt KZN coast. 

People per site: 6

Ground cover: Grass and ground

Ablution facilities: Three ablution blocks with flush toilets and hot water. Other facilities include a games room, trampoline, swimming pools and lapa, play area for children, laundromat, freezing facilities, cafe and art shop.

Contact: Call 032 458 4241 / 032 940 0001 or email

Pristine beaches and hostel dogs #tugelamouth #southafrica #traveling

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