Camping as an essential activity

Camping is becoming one of the most popular ways for people to get away, relax, escape stress and clear their minds – while spending time outdoors reconnecting with friends and their families and create memories.

It used to be that campsites mainly saw families and retirees pitching their tents or unpacking their caravans, but nowadays more and more people are drawn to camping, with a growing number of young adventurers having also discovered the joys of camping. .

Why not love being closer to nature, with easy access to adventures such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, stargazing and mountain biking – or maybe just reading and relaxing around the fire? camp with a cool drink and some marshmallows on a stick. And all at an affordable price too!

The Best Places to Camp in the West Coast’s Adventure Capital

If you and your family or a group of friends want to get out into nature and book a camping adventure, then a trip to the Bergrivier region – the West Coast’s adventure capital – is a must!

This beautiful region – known for its open spaces and spectacular landscapes – has some of the most pristine and untouched nature reserves, wetlands, lagoons, mountain scenery and more. It’s also dotted with small towns that offer a huge range of activities and adventures for all ages, interests and budgets.

The area also offers amazing campsites, and below are just a few, and where to find them.

Porterville

Porterville is a picturesque village nestled on the slopes of the Olifant River mountains at the foot of the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area and outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted when they visit here!

For those who want to test their adrenaline level, there are companies that offer tandem paragliding and hang gliding experiences. Birdwatchers can also expect to find an abundance of feathered friends. Anglers can cast a line in the area, and for golfers, Porterville offers a scenic golf course with a beautiful mountain backdrop. There is also a craft gin distillery in the mountains above the town and a variety of restaurants in the village.

Some of the best camping sites in and around Porterville include the Excelsior Guest Farm, near the town itself, which offers camping and glamping options with beautiful mountain views; Cedarpeak, which has fabulous secluded glamping pods in the mountains above the city; popular Beaverlac with campsites and wooden or stone cabins near mountain streams and rock pools; Groot Winterhoek Nature Reserve with spectacular hiking trails and rock formations; and 22 waterfalls with pitches for caravans and tents as well as chalets providing access to the 22 waterfalls that descend from the mountain, as well as a farm dam.

Piketberg

Piketberg, which is nestled at the foot of the Piketberg mountain range, attracts visitors who want to enjoy – among other things – the beautiful natural surroundings and the many outdoor activities.

Bird watchers, 4X4 and outdoors enthusiasts, golfers, wildlife lovers, foodies and history buffs will be spoiled for choice when visiting the area.

Top recommended camping sites in and around Piketberg include: Die Ark Camping near Koringberg which offers a fabulous farm stay with fishing, canoeing and swimming, tractor rides, 4x4s and more; the Goudkop Bush & Detox Camp in Redelinghuys, which offers hiking trails, game drives, a restaurant, swimming pool, and detox and hydrotherapy facilities; the Sandveld Dorpshuys in Redelinghuys, which has a mini animal farm and a playground and children’s pool. Jakkalskloof 4×4, also in Redelinghuys, offers camping and cabins, bush huts, swimming pool, hiking trails and 4×4 routes to see cave paintings and rock formations, as well as game drives; Kardoesie on the N7 just outside Piketberg is a farm with restaurant, shop, swimming pool and paintball; Kruistementvlei at Piket-Bo-Berg, which is located in the mountains above Piketberg, offers camping as well as cottages; Kleine Paradys in Piketberg offers campsites, glamping options in fully equipped caravans, as well as cottages, with guests able to enjoy fishing, a heated swimming pool, children’s play area and farm animals.

Velddrif

Heading towards the coast, the very popular west coast village of Velddrif, which runs along the banks of the beautiful Berg River, is one of South Africa’s most popular birdwatching sites and the town is perfectly located to offer a multitude of activities to water sports enthusiasts.

Velddrif also offers a culinary adventure and cultural experience. As far as camping is concerned, Velddrif and the surrounding area close to Aurora and Dwarskersbos offer some very good options, such as: Daniels Hoogte which is a private game reserve with lovely views over the Aurora Valley; Happy Campers on the River Berg at Velddrif with campers enjoying their own private pontoon; Klein Tafelberg 4×4 in Aurora with camping facilities and cabins; the Kliphoek River Resort in Velddrif, which has campsites and cabins on the banks of the Berg River, with a slipway to launch your boat; Knorvarkie in Velddrif is another gem on the banks of the Berg River with campsites, caravans and two glamping tents; Kuifkopvisvanger, also on the banks of the river at Velddrif, is a working farm with cabins and campsites; the Stywelyne Beach Resort in Laaiplek offers chalets and camping facilities right by the beach; as does the Dwarskersbos Beach Resort in Dwarskersbos.

When it comes to camping in the Bergrivier area, visitors really are spoiled for choice and there’s a reason the area has been dubbed the Adventure Capital of the West Coast. For more information on the Bergrivier area and where to camp, as well as other things to see and do, visit https://bergriviertourism.co.za/bergrivier/.

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