Fat Pig’s Top 5 camping locations in Western Cape

Claiming the title of “Best City in the World”, Cape Town, which is located in the Western Cape is surrounded by a wide variety of beautiful camping locations. From waking up to the sound of the waves crashing down onto the beach to the sound of rivers running and birds tweeting we’ve got your covered with our top 5 picks that are no more than 4 hours away from the CBD

  1. Enjo Nature Farm

Located in Clanwilliam, this isolated campsite is the place to go if you are wanting to switch off from real life and get in touch with yourself and nature. The facilities lie next to a river flowing through the majestic Cederberg mountains providing the ultimate spiritual connection. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the natural beauty on the many hiking trails surrounding the farm followed by cooling off in the spring-fed dam.

Cost: R100 per person (depending on season) ; Children: Free (0-12 years)

Drive: 3.5 hours

Facilities:Activities:
3 private campsites with water, fireplace and a charging point.Swimming in farms spring-fed dam
Thatch cottage with hot water shower and toiletGames room with pool table, dartboard and board games
Self-catering although breakfast and dinner can be booked in advanceChildren can bottle feed lambs
Firewood available for purchaseSevilla Rock Art trail exploring the Bushman paintings
Honesty bar selling drinks and snacksStargazing

2. The Baths Natural Hot Springs Resort

Located in the beautiful Olifants River Valley, dating back to 1739, this rustic resort situated on a citrus farm near Citrusdal, provides the ultimate relaxing escape. There are both hot and cold baths, with waters reaching 43 degrees at the source it is definitely worthwhile experiencing.

Cost: R120 – R150 per adult (depending on season). R50 – R60 per child under 12 (depending on season)

Drive: 2.5 hours

Contact: 022 921 8026; reservations@thebaths.co.za

Facilities:Activities:
3 communal ablution blocks spaced around the campsiteNatural hot springs
Braai facilitiesBeautiful hiking trails around Olifants River
Power PointsTennis court
 Children’s playground
 Explore nearby town of Citrusdal

3. Platbos Forest & Owl Camp

Off the grid, eco-friendly, set beneath beautiful old stinkwood trees, what more can one ask for to provide the unique camping experience. Platbos, located in Gaansbaai is owned by private conservationists whom are committed to the sustainability of keeping the rich diversity of Flora and Fauna, the baboons, Antelope, Leopard’s and thousand year old Milk-Wood trees. The entire site uses solar power lighting as well as heats water through the old school donkey boilers. There are a wide range of accommodation options available, from pitching a tent to secluded log cabins to boutique tented rooms.

Cost: Forrest camp: 120 – R150 per night for up to 4 guests, Owl Camp: R275 per night for 1-2 guests

Drive: 2.5 hours

Contact: 076 923 3349; admin@platbos.co.za

Facilities:Activities:
Firewood provided for donkey boilersForest trails
Off grid (no power points) but solar poweredLabyrinth made from mother of pearl seashells
Open air showerPlatbos forest tree nursery
Campsite under forrest canopyGrootbos Nature Reserve
Fire pit and brain gridKlein River Cheese farm

4. Kleine Eike

Situated in the countryside just outside the old Cape Dutch town of Greyton, overlooking the breath taking Riversonderend Mountains and riverside views of the Sonderend River. Kleine Eike is the perfect couples getaway, to be in nature, away from civilisation and get in touch with life and each other.

Cost: R400 per night for 1-4 people (depending on season)  

Drive: 1.5 hours

Contact: 082 809 9896; info@kleineeike.com

Facilities:Activities:
hiking, running, and cycle trailsnewly-built campsite along the riverbank
explore the restaurants, galleries, and shops in Greytoneach camping spot has its own braai facility and electricity
Greyton farmers market (every Saturday morning)bathroom ablutions with 8 shower cubicles and toilets, 10 basins and wash troths
apple and pear picking (January to May) 
canoeing and fishing on the river 

5. Kam’Bati River Resort

Situated just outside Swellendam, on a quiet farm in the Overberg, under the shade of towering gum trees alongside the flowing Breede river lies this picture-perfect taste of the countryside living. The working farm, producing Wheat, Barley, Canola and Corn provides city slickers the opportunity to witness how all these products that land up packaged in their shelves gets produced. Great for children due to the excess amount of activities available.

Cost: R200 per person per night, R100 per night for children (depending on season)

Drive: 2.5 hours

Contact: 079 200 9098

Facilities:Activities:
camping areas offering individual campsites of 90 square metres eachswimming pools with waterslides
braai drums are available, but it’s best to bring your own braai in case they’re all in usePutt-Putt course
central ablution blocks with hot-water showersJungle Gym
select plug pointscanoe and tube rides on the Breede River
daily servicing of bins and braai areaFishing & Hiking trails

Fat Pig’s checklist of Camping equipment:

Tent/CaravanGas Cooker with gasBraai & Wood
FridgeSleeping BagGazebo
Table & ChairsTorchFood & Supplies
Cutlery bagMattressLED Light

With so many options available out there it is sometimes hard to narrow down exactly the best place to will meet all your current requirements and needs for your camping excursion. The places listed above are our personal Fat Pig top 5 and not necessarily the top rated 5.

We understand the difficulty and admin that comes with camping, therefore we have made every effort to make this much easier for you. On Fat Pig, one can rent everything they might need in order to make this camping trip one to remember. From your rooftop tents to your Knife and Forks and everything in between Fat Pig has got you covered.

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