8 Fun spots for water-loving campers

2016-10-22 16:30
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You don't have to head to the beach for a camping escape to remember. South Africa boasts an abundance of natural resources, which makes for many waterside camping opportunities.

While many SA tourists retreat to our ever-stretching coastline, others will make their way to rivers and dams for a different kind of water escape.

SA provides many spots to practice your canoeing, reel out some big fish or just relax!

Seven waterside camping spots to check out in SA

1. Warmbaths forever resort

The heated pool, tube ride, river ride, wave pool, super tube and cable water ski will awaken the water sport junkie in you, but if that’s too intense for you, try tennis, volleyball or a selection of game drives. Even spot some game by quad bike.

People per site: Up to 8 people

Ground cover: Paving

Facilities: Pools, cable water ski, go-karts, mini quads, hydro, jacuzzi, kiosk, restaurant, putt-putt, tennis courts - everything you would expect from a Forever resort.

Contact: Call 014 736 8500 or email warmbaths@foreversa.co.za.

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2. Vaal River: River Run Resort 

A riverside getaway filled with fun and relaxation waits on the Vaal River. Bird watching and fly fishing are favourite pastimes and you can pitch your tent right next to the Vaal. River Run resort can be found between Potchefstroom and Parys. River tubing and canoeing adventures beckon!

People per site: Up to 8 people

Ground cover: Grass

Facilities: Putt putt,volleyball, swimming pools, trampoline, table tennis, tuck shop, river tubes and television

Contact: Visit the website here or call 072 457 6260.

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3. Gariep Nature Reserve, Gariep Dam

Gariep dam is a water sport enthusiast’s paradise. Perfect for your sailing, jet skiing and power boating escape! Other water fun includes canoeing (with own equipment) fishing (require your own equipment) game viewing by canoe and swimming.

People per site: 5

Ground cover: Grass

Facilities: Well-maintained ablution blocks and scullery, as well as electricity. Bowls, pools, putt-putt, restaurant, tennis, volleyball and hiking trails.

Contact: Call 051 754 0026/48

4. Rondeberg Resort, Clanwilliam

Embrace Bulshoek dam with al lyour favourite watersports, fishing and swimming, but also enjoy nature while hiking.

People per site: Up to 8 people

Ground cover: Grass

Facilities: Caravan stands with own ablution facility and caravan stands with general ablution.

Contact: Visit the website here or call 021 100 3689.

5. Hartebeespoortdam Shangrila innibos

Surrounded by the Magaliesberg mountains, the Hartebeespoort dam is a watersport and hiking heaven.

Campsites consist of 20 private sites and 8 bush sites surrounded with shady trees and green grass set in a slice of indigenous bushveld. 

People per site: 4 - 8 

Ground cover: Grass

Facilities: Ablution facilities refuse bins, plug points, water taps and built-in undercover braai & preparation area facilities are available for your use.

Contact: Visit the website or call 071 335 0362 / 082 784 6129.

6. River Goose, Bonnievale 

Bonnievale is a quick and convenient weekend escape for Capetonians - it's not only surrounded by great wine tasting spots, but it lies beside the Breede River.

People per site: 6

Ground Cover: Grass 

Ablution & facilities: The camp sites share an ablution block with showers and hot water, as well as flush toilets. Each stand has its own braai as well as picnic table. No power points. 

Contact: Visit the website here or call 082 759 5727



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7. De Hoop, Richtersveld 

An unspoilt riverside camping destination perfect for travellers keen to rough it.

People per site: 6 - 12

Ground cover: Sand

Facilities: Very basic facilities. No power points. Showers with cold water only. 

Contact: Visit the website here or call 027 831 1506



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8. Augrabies Falls, SANParks

Admire the unique landscape and the majestic Augrabies falls. While you're there, visit the Riemvasmaak natural spring, take on Kalahari MTB or fishing and treat yourself to hot air ballooning!

People per site: 6

Ground cover: Sand

Facilities: Communal camp kitchen with two-plated stoves, and sinks, communal ablution facilities, laundry and ironing room. All sites have power points.

Contact: Visit the website or call 054 452 9200.

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