We are yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love camping. The hours of play time in the outdoors, getting dirty, making new buddies, the freedom of running in the wild…it’s paradise for kids. And as South African’s, we’re blessed to live in a diverse country with weather patterns that permit year-round camping. In this post, we’ll be showing you the best family-friendly camping spots in central South Africa. They’re based in Gauteng, Limpopo and the North West provinces.
A roundup of the best family-friendly camping spots in central South Africa
Campsites in Gauteng
Dinokeng Camping & Fishing
Located in the Roodeplaat Dam area, Dinokeng Camping & Fishing offers camping and caravan sites as well as a lodge for self-catering travellers. With a swimming pool, kid’s play area, canoes, a kid-friendly restaurant and a clubhouse, there’s a LOT to do here.
More details: http://campdinokeng.co.za
Campsites in Limpopo
Mapungubwe National Park
Accommodation is available at Tshugulu Lodge, Limpopo Forest Tented Camp, Mazhou Camping Site, and Maloutswa Bird Hide. Mapungubwe National Park is located near Alldays and offers museum tours, heritage tours, game drives, guided walks, and of course game viewing excursions.
More details: www.sanparks.org/parks/mapungubwe
Marakele National Park
Located just 12km from Thabazimbi, Marakele National Park has various campsites on offer and also offers self-catering safari tents. If you prefer a little more luxury, the Motswere Guest Cottage is your best bet. Kids have the opportunity of getting up close and personal with the Cape Vulture colony that calls this park home. There’s also loads of bird viewing, game viewing, bush walks, and eco trails on offer.
More details: www.sanparks.org/parks/marakele/
Wambaths Forever Resort
The Wamrbaths Forever Resort in Bela Bela is a timeless classic and always a hit for families. The resort offers caravan stands and camping sites. They also have self-catering chalets and cabins on offer, or if you prefer, you might be interested in the hotel. From heated pools to pedal boats and speed slides, this is a water paradise. The resort is famed for its abundance of pools, zip line, cable water ski, super tube and its spa.
More details: www.foreverwarmbaths.co.za
Klein Kariba ATKV Resort
Another popular destination for families exploring Bela Bela is Klein Kariba. The resort offers self-catering accommodation as well as camping options. It is arguably one of the best family-friendly camping spots in central South Africa. On offer here are heated indoor pools and mineral baths, cold water pools, waterslides, mini golf, horse riding, and hiking trails, to name but a few.
More details: www.atkvresorts.co.za/klein-kariba-overview
Campsites in North West
Borakalalo National Park
The Borakalalo National Park in Brits is famed for its self-catering tented camps but also offers camping and caravan sites. Kids will love the opportunity of viewing the park’s game, fishing, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors here.
More details: www.borakalalo.co.za
Buffelspoort ATKV Resort
Buffelspoort ATKV Resort is located in Rustenburg and is best known for its variety of water activities. The resort has an abundance of accommodation options on offer for families. Once settled, kids can check out the heated in-and-outdoor swimming pools. They can also swirl down the super tube, splash in the cold-water pools, or take on the adventure golf challenge.
More details: www.atkvresort.co.za/buffelspoort-overview
Mountain Sanctuary Park
Located just outside of Rustenburg, Mountain Sanctuary Park’s name is pretty self-explanatory. The resort offers camping and caravan sites, but for a different twist, give their huts and log cabins a run for their money! Kids will be entertained by the mountain biking trails, swimming pools, abseiling, and the abundance of natural beauty.
More details: https://mountain-sanctuary.co.za/
Be sure to check out our other destination guides as well, we’ve got you covered in all nine provinces!