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Camping

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.

Anysberg Nature Reserve

Anysberg Nature Reserve is located in the semi-arid Klein Karoo, between the towns of Ladismith, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Montagu. The reserve, officially proclaimed in 1990, encompasses 79 629 hectares of plains and the majestic Cape Fold Mountains, with deep valleys and steep gorges.

Cederberg Wilderness Area

The Cederberg was proclaimed as a Wilderness in 1973. The 66811 ha of mountainous terrain is located in the Cape Floral Region only three hours outside Cape Town, but it feels like a different world.

Goukamma Nature Reserve

Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve was proclaimed a marine protected area in 1990 and it is heralded as one of the country’s conservation success stories. The reserve stretches along 16.5km of the coastline between Buffalo Bay and Platbank, and 2 500 hectares inland.

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Originally known as Melkhoutskraal, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. It has only been a reserve since 1986 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004.

Limietberg Nature Reserve

Limietberg is a pristine nature reserve tucked away in the Du Toitskloof Mountains, near Paarl. The reserve stretches from Franschhoek in the south, eastwards towards Groot Drakenstein, and northwards as far as Voëlvlei Dam and is a World Heritage Site.