As the African sun sets, turning the sky orange and red, you pull up to the campsite, pitch your side tent, and start the first braai of your long-awaited getaway. Whether you’re a camper stuck in the city, an adventurer with a ten-page bucketlist, or simply wanting to relax in Mother Nature, these Bushveld caravan stays will fit you like a glove:

Peppertree Lodge Caravan and Camping Site
Just outside Bela-Bela in the Waterberg, this family-friendly caravan park boasts a swimming pool, volleyball court, and playground for the little ones. Accommodation is offered in self-catering chalets and 20 caravan stands with ablution blocks, electricity and water points, and braai areas. If you’re an adrenaline-junky, the nearby zipline opportunity will peak your interest.


Moriti Bush Camp
Outdoor enthusiasts will be in awe of this private bush camp on the banks of the Limpopo River near the Groblersbridge Borderpost. Tall trees and calm waters create a soothing atmosphere and the sounds of wildlife will while away your worries. Nyala campsite has electricity, but Mapoti campsite does not. Try your hand at fishing in the river or tick off some bush bird species in your birder’s book.

Andante Game Farm
This game farm is nestled in the heart of the Bushveld near Naboomspruit, a mere 90-minute drive from Pretoria. Andante is a popular wedding and vow-renewal venue and blouwildebeest, kudu, zebra, impala, and nyala are often seen grazing the grassy plains at sunset. Stay in a self-catering chalet, the caravan park, or campsite with a braai area and swimming pool. A game drive is a must and you can explore the surroundings on horseback or by mountain bike. 

Rossouwspoort Camping & 4×4 Trails
Rossouwspoort is located on the Dwaalboom route, 10 kilometres from Thabazimbi. Explore the caves in the surrounding mountains and have the youngsters feed the buck for an unforgettable experience. Stay in one of the self-catering chalets, or book a caravan or tent stand. Facilities include ablution blocks, braai areas, water and electricity points, a lapa, and a swimming pool. The scenic surroundings are filled with 4×4 routes and the paragliding opportunities will get your blood pumping!

SANParks Tsendze Rustic Camp Site
Tsendze means ‘to ramble around like someone lost in the bush’ in Tsonga. This rustic camp is tucked away in the Kruger National Park and the 30 tent and caravan sites are set among ancient leadwood, mopani, and apple trees. It’s near the Tsendze River and Nshawu Creek luring buffalo herds and elephant bulls in the afternoon. The campsite boasts braai areas, water points, communal kitchens, and ablution blocks. Birding and game viewing are popular pastimes, or you can just marvel at the scenery. 

Sondela Camping and Caravan Park
Sondela Nature Reserve is an outstanding holiday resort with year-round green lawns, poolside snacks at Piccinini’s Bistro, and a free tractor and wagon game drive for four. There are 89 standard camping stands and 52 stands with private ablution blocks. Electricity and water points, braai areas, a bar and entertainment area, and a swimming pool add to the comforts at this renowned camping site. The Tambuki Campsite set around the base of a huge rock is a rugged camp without electricity and strictly for 4×4 campers. Be sure to climb this rock ─ the sprawling views from the top will be worth the effort!

Article source: JOY! Magazine (May 2019)

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