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We’re so excited for the warmer weather, the outdoors and the flower season in the Cape. To celebrate, we thought we’d share our top 5 camping areas in and around Cape Town. It’s the best time of year to get outdoors and spend time with your family and loved ones. It isn’t too hot, it isn’t freezing and the rainy season is on its way out. Another bonus: The mosquitoes aren’t out in FULL force yet either.

New to camping? No stress! We’ve also compiled a list of our MUST-HAVE camping items for beginners. Kind of like a ‘camping starter pack’! We’ve also sourced the best, most popular and safest areas for campers that are all family friendly. We’ve also noted which camping sites are dog friendly, because we know how hard it is to leave your beloved pooches behind!

Here’s our ultimate, top 5 camping areas around Cape Town:

For the love of flowers

If you want to see the wild flowers, then you need to get to West Coast National Park! Check out this website for a full list of options. Also check out West Coast National Park’s website for more information on opening times and rules.

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For the dog lovers

Beaverlac has always allowed our best, furry friends onto their grounds. It’s a total paradise for dogs with loads of walking trails, streams, rivers and hiking routes. Not your cup of tea? Check out Pet Friendly for a full list of dog-friendly camping spots!


Wine and camping? Sure!

Robertson has among the most picturesque camping sites where you can camp on the riverbank with the vineyards in the background. There are some gorgeous wine routes in the area, perfect for day trips. View this website for lots of options in the area. We also really love Bonnievale River Lodge.


Beach me up, buttercup!

Betty’s, Gordon’s and Pringle Bay have extremely beautiful camping sites that overlook the ocean. Here’s a very helpful list of the best beach camp sites in South Africa: List.


I’d rather glamp, thank you

If you’re really not a fan camping, then you’ll love options where your tent is already set up for you! You might still need some extra camping and outdoor equipment, but our absolute favourites are Wolfkop, Old Mac Daddy and Africamps. Enjoy the camping without the work!

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Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Also check out this list of The Best Camping Spots in Cape Town, with prices and full information. View the post here.

Now that you’ve found your ideal spot, you need to head to Cape Union Mart and Mr Price Sport for gear. And definitely get your wardrobe “camp ready” at Totalsports and Old Khaki. All of these stores are in our mall, and you’ll find them all here. Not sure what to buy? Don’t worry, the store assistants in all these stores will help you create the perfect camping kit!

The gear you need will depend on the facilities available at your chosen camp site. Eg do they have showers? Shared or equipped kitchens? Have you chosen a glamping option? If you’re still not sure what you’ll need, check out this incredibly helpful Camping Checklist that divides your trip into sections for easy packing. We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite products, deals and specials from Cape Union Mart and Mr Price Sport below!

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