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Camping in South Africa and Lesotho

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  • Storms River Mouth (Tsitsikamma National Park) -- 13 to 21 December 2002

The Storms River Mouth Rest Camp in the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park is our Paradise. As far as we are concerned, it is undisputedly the most beautiful camping spot in the world. Having visited it throughout my childhood and seen the various changes taken place, it is still the best place we have camped, ever. Since the two of us first started going out, we have camped at Storms River Mouth for at least ten days out of every year while we lived in South Africa. The non-powered tent sites are demarcated clearly and have ample space available. This is definitely one place where, even when it is full, you are not camping on top of your neighbour. Each site comes standard with a brick braai (barbecue) and the sunsets over the sea while braai-ing, with dolphins making their evening swim past, just cannot be beaten. Just remember, to get one of the sea-front sites you will have to book at least nine months in advance. Activities include numerous short walks through the rainforests or swimming/snorkelling/scuba diving in the environmentally protected waters, which is awesome as the underwater life is abundant. Some years we took mountain bikes and cycled in the local pine forests, other times it was road cycling up and down the access road. The best known hiking trail in South Africa, The Otter Trail, also commences here and takes one on a 5-day hike (42 km) westwards to Natures Valley -- See our trip report below.


(1) View of our "Paradise", Storms River Mouth. It's got to be the best campsite in the world.
(2) Camping with just the Southern Ocean in front of you.



(1) The suspension bridge. (2) Day walking at Plettenberg Bay.

  • Port Elizabeth Camp Site -- 12 to 13 December 2002

  • Transkaroo Hike, Middelburg -- September 2002 (3 days)


(1) Typical Scenery of Karoo (Day 1). (2) Inside the first night's hut.

  • Cathedral Peak Camp Site -- 25 to 26 March 2002



  • Cathedral Peak Hike (wilderness camping), Drakensberg -- 21 to 25 March 2002


(1) First day of the hike. (2) Half way to the top.


(1) Camping on the top of the Drakensberg. (2) Above the clouds.

  • Golden Gate National Park -- 9 to 10 March 2002

  • Kalkfontein Dam -- 22 to 23 January 2002



  • Storms River Mouth (Tsitsikamma National Park) -- 9 to 18 December 2001

  • Hopetown Kayaking Trip, Orange River -- 22 to 24 September 2001


(1) Camping on the banks of the Orange River.

  • Sentinal Hike (wilderness camping), Drakensberg -- 9 to 11 August 2001


(1) Summit of Mont-aux-Sources (3282 m). (2) Filling up the water bottles below Mont-aux-Sources.

  • Sentinel Hike (wilderness camping), Drakensberg -- 7 to 8 July 2001


(1) Climbing the chain ladder. (2) View of the Eastern Buttress of the Amphitheatre.

  • Namahadi Hike (wilderness camping), Drakensberg -- 12 to 14 April 2001

  • Vereeniging Camp Site -- 6 to 7 April 20001

  • Krugersdrift Dam -- 1 night



  • Kalkfontein Dam -- 10 to 12 November 2000



  • Gariep Dam Nature Reserve -- 23 to 24 September 2000



  • Sterkfontein Dam Resort -- 6 to 7 July 2000

  • Injasuti Hike (wilderness camping), Drakensberg -- 31 June to 6 July 2000



  • Sterkfontein Dam Resort -- 30 to 31 June 2000



  • Rustfontein Dam Nature Reserve -- 16 to 18 June 2000



  • Katse Dam Kayak Tour (wilderness camping), Lesotho -- 27 to 31 April 2000


(1) Katse Dam Wall -- 185m high, 710m long, double curvature concrete arch wall.
(2) Night 1 camp site -- woke up to a chilly morning (Elevation approx. 2030m).



(1) Day 2. (2) Night 2 "Island" camp site.


(1) Night 3 camp site.

  • Erfenis Dam -- 1 night



  • Informal Camping on Table Mountain -- 31 December 1999 to 1 January 2000


(1) Looking down over Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
(2) Waking up on New Years Day following a night of watching fireworks over the entire Peninsula!


  • Brandwater Hike, Fouriesburg -- 4 days





  • Ben Macdhui Hiking Trail -- 7 to 9 August 1999


(1) The summit of Ben Macdhui (3001m).
(2) Tiffindell Ski Resort, what South Africans regard as ski paradise!


  • Klipspringer Hike, Augrabies National Park -- 12 to 14 July 1999


(1) Hut for night 1. (2) Orange River on Day 2.


(1) Arid landscape on Day 3.

  • Augrabies National Park -- 11 to 12 July 1999



  • Kalahari National Park -- 5 to 11 July 1999


(1) & (2) Camping at Twee Revieren Rest Camp.


(1) Camping at Nossob Rest Camp. (2) Camping at Mata Mata Rest Camp (Namibia left of fence).

  • Upington Resort -- 4 to 5 July 1999

  • Karoo National Park -- 1 to 4 July 1999



  • Impereni Hike, Ficksburg -- 29 to 30 May 1999


(1) Old farm house on Day 1. (2) Kameelkop Rock (Camel-head Rock)

  • Aldam Resort, Allemanskraal Dam -- 6 to 7 March 1999

  • Informal Camping at Allemanskraal Dam -- 5 to 6 March 1999



  • Mountain Zebra National Park -- 31 December 1998 to 1 January 1999

  • Great Fish Nature Complex, Sam Knott Nature Reserve -- 30 to 31 December 1998



  • Addo Elephant National Park -- 28 to 30 December 1998



  • Karoo National Park -- 26 to 28 December 1998

  • Karoo National Park -- 10 to 12 December 1998

  • Aliwal North Camp Site -- 25 to 26 September 1998



  • Ben Macdhui Hiking Trail -- 24 to 26 September 1998



  • Van der Kloof Dam Resort -- 8 to 10 August 1998



  • Rhebok Hike, Golden Gate National Park -- 11 to 12 July 1998



  • Kututsa Hike, Free State -- 25 to 27 April 1998



  • Gariep Dam Nature Reserve -- 4 to 5 April 1998



  • Storms River Mouth (Tsitsikamma National Park) -- 7 to 10 January 1998

  • The Otter Trail Hike, Tsitsikamma NP -- 3 to 7 January 1998









  • Addo Elephant National Park -- 2 to 3 January 1998

  • Great Fish Nature Complex, Sam Knott Nature Reserve -- 31 December 1997 to 2 January 1998



  • Mountain Zebra National Park -- 28 to 31 December 1997



  • Karoo National Park -- 26 to 28 December 1997

  • Genadendal Hike -- 11 to 12 October 1997



  • Hiking in Grootwintershoek Wilderness Area -- 24 to 27 September 1997





  • De Bos Camp Site, Montegu -- 29 to 31 August 1997



  • Grootvadersbosch Wilderness Area (Boesmansbos) -- 8 to 10 August 1997



  • De Hoop Nature Reserve -- 8 to 11 July 1997

  • Bontebok National Park -- 30 May to 1 June 1997



  • Storms River Mouth (Tsitsikamma National Park) -- November 1996



  • Hoare Hut Hike (UCT Mountain & Ski Club), Hex River Mountains -- 21 to 24 September 1996



  • Storms River Mouth (Tsitsikamma National Park) -- 24 to 30 November 1995



  • Silver Sands Resort, Robertson -- 23 to 25 September 1995