Anysberg Nature Reserve is located in the semi-arid Klein Karoo, between the towns of Ladismith, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Montagu. Five wheelchair-friendly campsites are available here, accommodating a maximum of six people per site: Duiker, Springbok, Gemsbok, Steenbok and Eland. There are no power points, but you can use the communal kitchen area with a gas stove, fridge and freezer.
The spectacular Cederberg Wilderness Area, proclaimed in 1973, has varied and wonderful options for camping, including the shady, upgraded campsite at Kliphuis, situated in the Pakhuis Pass on the flower route to the Biedouw valley and Wupperthal. Near the famous Rocklands bouldering site, it is also the perfect spot for climbing enthusiasts. The 14 sites lie on the banks of the Kliphuis River, a great spot for swimming in summer.
The Algeria campsite – with 48 sites suitable for tents and caravans – is set on a picturesque grassy area on the banks of the Rondegat River, with beautiful clear pools, perfect for swimming.
At the foot of the Gamkaberg, overlooking the Klein Karoo valley and the Swartberg Mountains, lies the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, with two campsites where you can pitch your tent and set up your camping area (each site can host a maximum of four people).
If you don’t want to pitch your own tent, the old horse stables have been converted into two separate “rooms”, each sleeping four. The campsites and stables share ablution facilities consisting of solar hot-water showers and eco-friendly toilets.
The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, encompassing 250ha of indigenous forest in the Langeberg area near Heidelberg, offers nine well-appointed campsites, each with a wooden deck and screen, lights, electrical and USB points, a braai pit and grid, as well as a bench, table and seating with water and a scullery. Each site looks onto indigenous forest, making for wonderful birdwatching, walks and mountain biking. There are communal ablution facilities, a communal fridge, and a play area for children.
The Limietberg Nature Reserve offers family-friendly camping (bring your tent or your caravan) in the Du Toitskloof Mountains. The Tweede Tol camp and picnic site is located at the original tollgate of the beautiful Bainskloof Pass, built in 1853.
The campsite has 20 standard sites, each with its own braai area, but if you’re looking for something more private, choose one of the six fenced-off campsites, each with its own kitchen and bathroom.