Top 10 Camping Sites Near Joburg


Looking to get out of town for a short break that won’t break the bank? Check out our pick of the best places to pitch your camping tent and become one with the great outdoors.

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Glen Reenen Campsite

Where: Golden Gate National Park, Free State.

Distance from Joburg: Three-hour drive.

What to expect: The campsite has the ideal location, nestled between trees on the banks of a stream, where you can explore the park and where you’re sure to spot one or more of the many animals that roam free.

Things to do: Check out the quaint nearby ‘Jewel of the Free State’ – Clarens, while you’re there.

Visit: www.sanparks.org

Buffelspoort

Where: Rustenburg, North West Province.

Distance from Joburg: One hour, 45-minute drive.

What to expect: Located close to Jozi, this is the ideal weekend getaway for the entire family. The resort boasts many amenities, including a waterpark and plenty of homely facilities.

Things to do: Enjoy the resort’s many activities, such as horse riding and golf.

Visit: www.atkv.co.za

Pitjane Fishing Camp

Where: Borakalalo National Park, North West Province.

Distance from Joburg: Two-and-a-half-hour drive.

What to expect: A rustic campsite that makes a great base from which to explore the eco nature and game reserve. Plus, you can enjoy some homely comforts, like flushing toilets and hot showers.

Things to do: Try your hand at the relaxing pastime of fishing.

Visit: www.borakalalo.co.za

Olifantspoort Bush Camp

Where: Modimolle, Limpopo.

Distance from Joburg: Two-hour drive.

What to expect: Switch off from the big city and get in tune with nature at this wilderness camp. Recharge your batteries with leisurely walks, bike rides or simply by taking in the bushveld.

Things to do: Unwind with simple activities like swimming, hiking or bird watching.

Visit: www.olifantspoort.yolasite.com

Forever Warmbaths Camping

Where: Bela-Bela, Limpopo.

Distance from Joburg: Two-hour drive.

What to expect: A comfortable camping venue, great for the less experienced. This luxury camping site is the perfect balance of city life and nature.

Things to do: Explore the rest of this resort, which attracts thousands of tourists to Limpopo.

Visit: www.foreverwarmbaths.co.za

Bush Willow Tented Camp

Where: Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

Distance from Joburg: 40-minute drive.

What to expect: Want to go camping without the fuss? Then this is the place for you! Stay in one of 10 fully furnished walk-in tents that house four to six people.

Things to do: Explore all that Muldersdrift has to offer, like The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site or the Lion Park.

Visit: www.bushwillowtentedcamp.co.za

Malonjeni Guest Farm

Where: Meyerton, Vereeniging.

Distance from Joburg: 50-minute drive.

What to expect: Stay in one of the two campsites that boast a swimming pool, tuck shop and even a sports bar. Their farm is also home to several wild animals, like wildebeest, zebra and antelope.

Things to do: Take a game drive within the farm (or a game walk for the more adventurous).

Visit: www.malonjeni.co.za

Rametsi Eco Lodge Game Farm

Where: Lyndleyspoort Valley, Swartruggens.

Distance from Joburg: Two-hour, 15-minute drive.

What to expect: Enjoy your stay at this game farm situated close to a picturesque dam. The campsites all have electricity points so you won’t feel too far removed from the city, if you’re not ready to fully disconnect.

Things to do: Take your pick from 4×4 trails, hiking paths and even canoeing.

Visit: www.rametsi.co.za

Dinokeng Waterfront Estate

Where: Kameeldrift, Roodeplaat Dam.

Distance from Joburg: One-hour, 15-minute drive.

What to expect: Located near the dam, this is an ideal quick getaway from Gauteng and is run by a friendly manager who has enjoyed fishing there for over 40 years. Although ablution services are shared, each campsite has an electricity point.

Things to do: If fishing isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a leisurely picnic, canoeing or mountain biking.

Visit: www.campdinokeng.co.za

Mountain Sanctuary Park

Where: Magaliesburg.

Distance from Joburg: One-hour, 15-minute drive.

What to expect: Up in the Magaliesburg mountains you’ll find a campsite that has been attracting campers for 40 years. It’s also perfect for the nature lover who needs a short break from Gauteng.

Things to do: Take the short 20-minute walk to the nearby natural pools.

Visit: www.mountain-sanctuary.co.za

By Gugu Maduna

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  1. I’m not a ‘happy’ camper but I know people who’ll be so happy to know they don’t have to go far to experience this. Great article

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