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EEver wondered what it would be like to unplug from your busy, technology-driven lives for a few days? The outdoors is crucial for one’s mental health — especially if you are a city dweller. Camping has proven to offer many benefits, including a better night’s sleep and quality time with loved ones. With the help of Camp Master, we list a few camping sites worth visiting:
ATKV, Drakensville: KwaZulu-Natal
Located near the foothills of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, ATKV, Drakensville is a caravan and camping site surrounded by historical landmarks. ATKV has both paved stands and lush lawns. The campsites include ablution facilities, a 15-amp power point and a braai area. The resort offers a variety of activities for the whole family such as hiking, bird watching, pony rides and horseback riding.
Located at Jagersrust.
Contact: 036 438 6287.
WWarmbaths A Forever Resort: Limpopo
Nestled in an African Bushveld atmosphere, Warmbaths, A Forever Resort, offers 285 caravan and camping sites equipped with a power supply. The resort is known for its hydro pools and spa where guests can unwind after a fun night of camping. There is so much to see and do, including cable water skiing, go-karting, quad biking and a super tube to name a few.
Located at 1 Chris Hani Way, Bela-Bela.
Contact: 014 736 8500.
KKruger National Park: Mpumalanga
Kruger National Park is well known for its Big 5 and stupendous views. Most of the visitor camps offer tent or caravan sites with a power supply, communal ablutions and cooking and braai facilities. Apart from game viewing, you can also go on a bush walk, enjoy a guided game drive and play golf at Skukuza’s Golf Course.
Contact: 013 735 4000.
Dube Private Game Resort: North West
Dube Private Game Resort offers a true dose of African flair mixed with modern amenities and impeccable service. They have around 150 spacious grassed campsites equipped with plug points, four ablution blocks and laundry rooms. The resort offers braai facilities, pools and children’s play areas.
Located at 36 Dube Lodge, Blaauwbank, Brits.
Contact: 082 375 6179.
Ifafa Beach Caravan Park: KwaZulu-Natal, South Coast
Situated in an area filled with shady trees and a breath-taking sea view, Ifafa Beach Caravan Park offers a games room, a pub and restaurant and a tidal pool. They have stands available for tents and caravans kitted with ablution blocks, laundry facilities, and plug points.
Located at 17 Sidney Gee Ln, Ifafa Beach.
Contact: 039 977 8615.
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg region offers breath-taking mountain views and adventures of note: hiking, rock-climbing, paragliding, mountain-biking, abseiling, ice-climbing, horse-riding and more.
South Africa has amazing trail-running terrain for visiting athletes, including mountains, forests, bushveld, beaches, savannahs and deserts – as well as some competitive runs to consider.
Zipline through breath-taking Mpumalanga scenery with Induna Adventures in the Sabie River Valley on the Panorama Route – one of several exhilarating zip slide experiences on offer in South Africa.
The Freedom Trail is an exhilarating mountain-bike route from East Coast to West Coast in South Africa that runs through some of the most spectacular natural beauty the country has to offer.
Mpumalanga province’s Sudwala Caves, the oldest in the world, offer a walking tour for any fitness level through majestic caverns, or a more challenging expedition for experienced cavers.
A trans-border adventure from South Africa to Mozambique will take you from game viewing in the bush to idyllic Indian Ocean playgrounds, via the urban delights of Maputo: ‘the Havana of Africa’.
Sani Pass takes you from Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal over the Drakensberg into the neighbouring kingdom of Lesotho – a testing drive or hike that boast rare birds, skiing and the highest pub in Africa.
Rock climbers are spoilt for choice in South Africa – Western Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape are all provinces blessed with plentiful mountains and myriad climbing routes.