12 Best Camping Sites in Gauteng | Joburg & Pretoria 2018
12 Best Camping Sites in Gauteng | Joburg & Pretoria 2018
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12 Best Camping Sites in Gauteng | Joburg & Pretoria 2018
Roll up your sleeping bag, pack up the cooler bag and don’t forget the braai-wood because we've listed some of the best camping spots in and around Gauteng.
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12 Best Camping Sites in Gauteng | Joburg & Pretoria 2018

Roll up your sleeping bag, pack up the cooler bag and don’t forget the braai-wood because we've listed some of the best camping spots in and around Gauteng.
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12 Best Camping Sites in Gauteng | Joburg & Pretoria 2018
Roll up your sleeping bag, pack up the cooler bag and don’t forget the braai-wood because we've listed some of the best camping spots in and around Gauteng.

These camping sites offer the best of the best of nature. Some sites cater towards the perfect family weekend getaways and others are luxurious enough to be honeymoon locations.

Decide what level of ruggedness you enjoy and get ready for a camping adventure.

These are great experiences for a long weekend or a short holiday, and all camping sites have plenty of entertainment and things to do among nature.

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Camping Sites in Pretoria
Camping Sites in Johannesburg
Other Popular Camping Sites in and around Gauteng

Camping Sites in Pretoria

The suburbs of Pretoria aren’t far from a surprising number of fantastic camping sites. You will never be far from the Jacaranda trees of home.

Bush Willow Tented Camp

This luxurious camping spot is just 30 minutes away from Johannesburg and Pretoria and is set up along the Blaauwbank River under the careful watch of the Zwartkops mountain range.

Camp in style at Bush Willow tented camp

The locations has 10 large walk-in tents that can accommodate up to ten people.

Each tent is equipped with a small kitchenette and warm indoor shower, allowing for a convenient and relaxing stay.

Some of the many facilities on site include a popular braai area and swimming pool.

Summer days can be spent outdoors with their cricket, rugby, hockey and gym facilities and long winter nights can be warmed up with their indoor fireplaces.

  • Cost:
    • R800 - weekdays and Sundays
    • R1360 - Fridays and Saturday
  • Where:
    • Komdraai Road, Muldersdrift
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Bush Willow Tented Camp
  • Facilities:
    • Shared bathroom
    • Mountain views
    • Self-catering
    • Single beds
    • Bar Fridge
    • River views
    • Garden views
    • Braai facilities
    • Picnic area
    • Swimming pool

Twana Lodge

While the Twana Lodge has many types of accommodation available, from dormitories to cottages, the camping site is by far the most humble.

enjoy great service at Twana Lodge

The lawn area has plenty of space to camp and a shared ablution facility and braai lapa are provided.

Arne & Chrisien, the owners of the lodge, are accommodating and friendly and will often provide tours of the area.

Food seems to be an unresolved point at this campsite, with some reviews noting a self-catering system with few shops and places to buy food, while others argue that facilities are more than adequate if you bring your own food.

The consensus seems to be that bringing your own food will allow you the best stay possible.

  • Cost: R100 per person per night
  • Where:
    • Plot 42, Zwavel Poort, Pretoria
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Twana Lodge
  • Facilities:
    • Shared bathroom
    • Shared braai lapa

Beka Idube Bushveld Luxury Tents

For those wanting the safari experience without sacrificing luxury, the Beka Idube Luxury tents are perfect.

Experience nature and comfort at Beka Idube Bushveld Luxury Tents

Fully equipped with everything you’ll need to to relax and surround yourself with nature, this ‘Glamping site’ is perfectly secluded and private.

Plunge pools and wildlife watering holes are part of the outdoor facilities that encourage guests to embrace the gorgeous outdoor environment.

The site has three tents to choose from, with varying levels of convenience.

  • Cost: R650pp sharing
  • Where:
    • R573, 31 De Wagensdrift
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Beka Idube Bushveld Luxury Tents
  • Facilities:
    • 3 bushveld luxury tents each in total privacy.
    • Each tent has its own plunge pool and two tents have their own game water hole.
    • All tents have wood burning furnaces that heats the plunge pools.
    • King-size bed.
    • En-suite shower.
    • Private open air braai area. (Weber, Braai + fire pit).
    • Fully equipped Kitchenette with refrigerator/freezer, microwave plus hotplate.
    • All linen, bedding, crockery, cutlery etc. is provided.
    • Fan or heater + electric blankets in winter.

Nkwe Caravan Park

This beautiful green oasis allows you to camp surrounded by lush lawns and full trees, a few metres from their gushing waterfall.

See the best of nature and leisure at Nkwe Caravan Park

Offering great spots for picnics, bird watching and braais, this location is perfect for a family weekend.

The nearby tuckshop sells sweets, cool drink, charcoal and other extra things you might need during your stay.

  • Cost: Take a look at their rates here.
  • Where:
    • Nkwe Rd, Tierpoort
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Nkwe Caravan Park
  • Facilities:
    • Stands with 220 volt mains
    • Ablutions with hot and cold water
    • Wheelchair friendly with assistance
    • Childrens play area
    • Dogs allowed by prior arrangement
    • Shop in resort
    • Television room
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry
    • Security fenced or patrolled
    • Recreations room or hall
    • Braai facilities

De Rust Caravan Park

This site is a great way to experience wildlife, within a short distance from Pretoria.


De Rust is just 35min from Pretoria and hosts fauna and flora including rare bird and fish species and the famous Big 5.

With over 280 bird species, this is an excellent location for bird watching.

Being a small caravan park (with only 25 sites) it is easy to believe that the owner himself keeps the site in immaculate condition.

Make sure to pack in your own ice and firewood for this camping site as there are not many places to buy on site.

  • Cost: From R145 per person per night sharing
  • Where:
    • Klipdrift121JR Portion 18, Hammanskraal
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: De Rust Caravan Park
  • Facilities:
    • Birding
    • Game viewing
    • Cell phone reception (M Net poor)
    • Grassed sites
    • River bank
    • Partially shaded sites
    • Security: Patrolled fences, Manned Entrance Gate
    • Electricity 220 volt 15A connection*
    • Braai
    • Water Points
    • Refuse Bins
    • Ablution with
    • hot and cold water
    • Electric razor outlets
    • Swimming pool

Koedoesrus Bush Camp

Koedoesrus has two ‘levels’ of camping.

COOL DOWN BY THE RIVER Koedoesrus Bush Camp

The first is a simple formal campsite with access to electricity points, warm and cold water and ablution facilities, with space for five tents and up to six people per campsite.

The braai and swimming facilities are also available from this camping spot.

The ‘in the bush’ campsite is an immersion in nature with the sites surrounded by trees.

  • Cost:
    • R150 - Per Adult Per Night
    • R65 - Per Child Per Night (6-12 years)
    • Children 0-6 years free
  • Where:
    • 54 Fisant Street, Hammanskraal
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Koedoesrus Bush Camp
  • Facilities:
    • Laundry facilities
    • Braai/Barbecue
    • Swimming pool
    • Pet friendly
    • Indoor fireplace
    • Satellite TV
    • No Credit Card facilities
    • Parking on premises

Kamp Utopia

This camp is less about family time and more about team building time.


Kamp Utopia hosts youth camps, church camps, team building camps as well as day visits and picnics.

The site can host parties from 30 to 80 people, but only one group will stay at the site at a time, so you can expect privacy.

Kamp Utopia also provides you and your group with plenty of bonding experiences like an obstacle course, swimming pool, tug of war and lawn games.

  • Cost:
    • Self-catered : R120 pp (plus additional kitchen fee)
    • Catered : R615 pp
  • Where:
    • 282 Buffel St, Pretoria Rural
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Kamp Utopia
  • Facilities:
    • Afrikaans
    • BBQ | Braai Facilities
    • Boma
    • Child Friendly
    • Conference Facilities
    • English
    • Fully Catered
    • Secure Parking
    • Self-catering
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wedding / Function Venue
    • Bird watching
    • Outdoor
    • Swimming Pool
    • Team Building
    • Volleyball

Bass Lake Camp

Bass Lake has a great reputation of being a campsite that provides luxury style amenities and a spotless campsite.


Staff are very eager to help make your stay as comfortable as possible and bass in the lake are a legendary catch.

Animals can sometimes make their way through the camp site and remind guests how truely close to nature they are.

Dam levels depend on rainfall and subsequently, bass population depends on dam levels, so make sure to call ahead and find out when is the best time to visit if you’re looking forward to fishing.

  • Cost: Check their tariffs and seasons here
  • Where:
    • Portion 64 Leeuwkloof
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Bass Lake Camp

Camping Sites in Johannesburg

These secluded camping sites feel like thousands of kilometers away from the busy city, with their peaceful and tranquil nature, but most are right on your doorstep. Go and discover the nature out there just around the corner.

ATKV Buffelspoort holiday resort

The Buffelspoort Dam is one of the cleanest dams in Gauteng, and is perfect for fishing for a variety of fish like Carp and black bass.

have your own family family adventure

The camp itself has a variety of accommodation options like villas, rondavels, tent houses, flats and a caravan and camping site.

This site is perfect for family adventures and weekends away with a wide range of activities and entertainment.

Enjoy their warm and cold water swimming pools, jacuzzi, water slides and trampolines horse riding and sports facilities while you break away from the busy city life.

  • Cost: Check their tariffs and seasons here
  • Where:
    • R104, Buffelspoort, Rustenburg
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: ATKV Buffelspoort holiday resort
  • Facilities:
    • Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools
    • Cold-water outdoor swimming pools
    • Jacuzzis
    • Super-tube and trampolines
    • Snooker and pool
    • Golf and adventure putt-putt
    • Pony rides and horse-riding
    • Bird-watching
    • Volleyball, squash, tennis
    • Rugby, netball

Malonjeni Game Farm

This camping site is the perfect combination of luxury and family with three camping option and access to their amazing facilities that often pleasantly surprise guests.

keep busy this weekend at Malonjeni Game Farm

The main camp gives guests the most access to their spectacular facilities such as the swimming pool, family bathrooms, sports bar, pool tables and bmx tracks close by.

The bush camp invites more of an adventure camping atmosphere, with a more secluded site and more access to the nature available around you.

The farmyard is a great place for the kids to meet and greet the site’s fury friends like goats, sheep, donkeys and horses.

  • Cost: Check their tariffs and seasons here
  • Where:
    • Vaal Triangle
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Malonjeni Game Farm
  • Facilities:
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing (when the dams have water)
    • Obstacle course
    • BMX track
    • Putt putt
    • Volleyball
    • Soccer
    • Pool
    • Table tennis
    • Darts

Other Popular Camping Sites in and around Gauteng

These camping sites are a little outside of the city, but still close enough to drive to on a long weekend. Check out these secluded sites around Gauteng and enjoy some distance from the every-day city life.

Borakalalo National Park

This camping location can be a bit of a drive from Pretoria, but the return to nature is far worth the drive.

Experience the natuaral wildlife at Borakalalo National Park

The nature reserve has two accommodation options for guests; the Phuduphudu Bush Camp is well equipped and based further from the river than the Moretele River Camp, which is more basic.

Borakalalo offers all the wonder of a natural game reserve with game drives, bird-watching and nature surrounding you.

Naturally, being a nature reserve, guests need to be aware of monkeys in the area that tend to scrummage if food if left around.

Tip: While all the tents at the Moretele campsite face the river, try to pick a tent in the shade if you’re planning to visit during the summer.

Olifantspoort Bush Camp

This is a great camping spot for active campers and those who want to be outdoors for the weekend.

Get outside at Olifantspoort Bush Camp

Olifantspoort has many facilities like hiking trails, mountain-biking, bird watching, pool, fishing, look out points and donkey car rides.

These facilities are great for an active family or a couple looking for and outdoor experience.

While huts are available, camping sites and caravan sites are well maintained.

  • Cost:
    • R90-00 pppn Adults
    • R90-00 pppn child 11 and up
    • R45-00 pppn child 6 to 10
  • Where:
    • Southern Limpopo
    • Google Maps pin here
  • More Info: Olifantspoort Bush Camp
  • Facilities:
    • Hiking trails,
    • Mountain-biking,
    • Bird watching,
    • Pool,
    • Fishing,
    • Look out points
    • Donkey car rides.

    Enjoy these camping sites responsible and remember to clean up your site at the end of your adventure.

    Campsite managers are often very helpful if you ever need anything and are eager to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Don’t forget to book your favourite spot for your next long weekend in advance to avoid disappointment.

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