January 22, 2021

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Top family-friendly camping spots in the Western Cape

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Long, hot summer days on the beach or next to a river, sultry evenings by the braai and not a digital device in sigh. What better way to spend the coming holiday than in the great outdoors? 

Wolfkop Camping Village, Citrusdal

Nestled on a 100ha citrus-buchu-rooibos farm on the banks of the Olifants River, just 20km from Citrusdal, Wolfkop Camping Village is an ideal place to take the family for a relaxing and hassle-free break. 

The farm has six camping villages, each with a large bedouin-style marquee overlooking the river and three canvas tents pitched beneath with high-density foam mattresses, bedding, blankets and towels.

A fully equipped kitchen area is stocked with a braai grid, chairs, tables, electric lights, utensils and cooler boxes. 

Each village has power points, hammocks, and communal ablution facilities with hot showers and flush toilets. There are canoes and kayaks for rent, and don’t forget your lilo! 

More information: www.wolfkopcampingvillages.co.za

Berg River Resort, Paarl 

Tucked away in the heart of the Cape Winelands between Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, the Berg River Resort offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

It has a variety of guest accommodation ranging from partially shaded caravan- and camp sites to comfortable, two-bedroomed family chalets with kitchens.

There are plenty of things for the kids to enjoy, such as a spacious lawn for ball games and a volleyball net, jungle gym, tractor rides, roller-skating rink, tennis wall, putt-putt and an animal farmyard. 

The river has clear, shallow waters ideal for paddling, swimming and floating on lilos, and bicycles are welcome for kids to use for exploring. 

More information: www.bergriverresort.co.za 

Kam’Bati River Resort, Swellendam

Kam’Bati River Resort is a great spot for both rugged campers and glampers as it has basic grassy campsites as well as Africamps luxury tents and cozy cabins.

A two-hour drive from Cape Town, this family-friendly resort is on the banks of the Breede River and has a wealth of fun for the kids such as swimming pools with water slides, putt-putt, a play park with sandpit, and activities like canoeing, kayaking and fishing. 

There are several hiking trails, a teen zone and an adults-only bar with a big-screen television so you’ll never miss the rugby.

AfriCamps guests can also enjoy birding expeditions, scavenger hunts and picnics by the river. 

More information: www.kambati.co.za

Imhoff Park Campsite, Kommetjie

Imhoff Park offers a lovely escape from the city. Boasting stunning views of Chapman’s Peak, the campsite has 75 grassed stands for caravans and tents, and there are clean ablution blocks with showers and ironing boards, electricity hook-ups and braai facilities. 

An array of activities will keep the whole family busy, among them a children’s playground, games room, television room and horse-riding. You can also enjoy hiking, fishing and swimming, and the spectacular Noordhoek beach is just a short walk away. 

More information: www.imhoff.co.za 

Rivierplaas, Breede River

Located on the banks of the Breede River, Rivierplaas is a working farm with campsites. It is ideal for nature lovers who want to get away from it all.

Sites are available for tents, caravans and motorhomes, and there is no electricity so it’s a true getaway. There are flushing toilets and hot showers though – a warm water donkey system is used to heat water. 

There are plenty of fun things for the kids to do, from open grass areas for playing and hand-built play parks to swimming, foefie sliding, fishing and canoeing in the river. Other activities include hiking and mountain biking (bring your own bikes). There are also several braai areas surrounded by nature. 

More information: www.rivierplaas.co.za