Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Are you a nature lover who's planning to visit the Northern Cape soon? Do you love sleeping in a pitched tent under clear night skies or do you prefer roughing it in style? Whatever your great outdoors preference is, we have a camping or glamping experience tailored just for you.

Imagine sipping a glass of the Northern Cape's finest wine or brandy while looking out over the lush, green landscape hugging the banks of the Orange River, hearing waves crash against Namaqualand's coastal shores, or simply watching the sun setting on the semi-desert plains of the Richtersveld. 

Here are some camping and glamping spots we've hand-picked for you in the Northern Cape:

The Growcery Camp – Richtersveld

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Enjoy the ultimate in tranquility with breathtaking views of the Orange River. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

Located 22km from the border post at Vioolsdrift, the Growcery – Orange River Camp is a tranquil oasis that provides travellers passing through this region with the best of the best as far as camping is concerned. 

It boasts scenic campsites, where travellers can pitch their own tents along the banks of the Orange River, with 360-degree views of the mountains. 

A visit here ensures an escape to a laid-back and relaxing atmosphere where one is able to explore the many hidden treasures of the Richtersveld, including the cultural attractions, adventures and beautiful natural surroundings that this area has to offer. 

Alternatively, you can choose to stay in one of the eco-camp's 10 "chic shacks". These "shacks" are made out of reclaimed material and sleep two people each. Facilities include a braai area with a kitchenette, shared ablutions and washing basins, as well as a bar and restaurant on site.

Other activities to look forward to include swimming in the natural pools of the Orange River, river rafting, guided hiking trails, a 4×4 Richtersveld safari and blissful nights under star-studded skies.

For bookings, phone +27 (0)27 761 8007 or email info@thegrowcery.co.za.

Khamkirri rest camp – Kakamas

Khamkirri offers campsites, private stands and a tented camp along the Orange River, not far from the Augrabies Falls. (Image: Khamkirri)

Set in the stunning Green Kalahari landscape, Khamkirri – the place of the leopard – has a number of campsites situated along the Orange River in the small town of Kakamas. Come and enjoy adventure experiences such as river rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, river cruises, hiking and excellent birdwatching. 

Khamkirri is also a good stopover if you're looking for traditional local cuisine, spa experiences and relaxed outdoor living. The basic campsites are roomy and ideal for families with children, and are set on lush grass under large, indigenous camel thorn trees. There's access to power points, and the shared ablutions are centrally located and easily accessible.

Alternatively, visitors can choose to "glamp" by making use of the posher private stands, each of which comes with its own bathroom, power points, braai and patio. There's also a swimming pool, and a bar and restaurant on site. 

Each stand can accommodate up to six family members, and one mode of transport (vehicle or caravan). Please note: stands are not booked but are made available on a first come, first served basis.

For the ultimate luxury bush-bashing experience, why not try the riverside tented camp? It's for those who want a comfortable and fully equipped camping experience without having to lug their tent and gear around with them.

For bookings, phone +27 (0)84 244 4408 or email bookings@khamkirri.co.za.

Witdraai bush camp – Erin Game Ranch

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Stay in a traditional thatched grass hut at the Erin Game Ranch. (Image: Khomani San)

Erin Game Ranch is situated about 60km south of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and 180km west of Upington on the R360.

The Witdraai bush camp is a rustic facility where visitors can either choose to stay in one of the four grass huts or pitch their own tents and camp. Erin Game Ranch is all about the experience; here, you will be able to get a real sense of what it's like living in an authentic San village. 

The reserve offers cultural activities such as dancing, guided walks and tracking sessions, conducted by members of the ‡Khomani San community and offering intriguing insights into their history and customs. Animals that can be spotted here include oryx, Kalahari springbok, blue wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and ostrich.

The camping area has an ablution block with toilets and showers, as well as a kitchen area for preparing food. On request, traditional meals can be prepared for guests staying at the bush camp. Should you choose, you can also enjoy some folklore and traditional storytelling told by the elders of the community.

For more information, phone Vinkie van der Westhuizen at +27 (0)72 977 0120 or email bushcamp@kalaharivinkie.co.za.

Motswedi campsite – Mokala National Park

Mokala National Park, situated 70km southwest of Kimberley just off the N12 highway, offers a range of camping and glamping sites that visitors can choose from.

There are six campsites, all overlooking the waterhole. Each site has its own solar geyser for the bathroom with a shower and hand basin, a toilet, a kitchen area for preparing food and a gas fridge/freezer.

There is also an electric fence surrounding the campsite that goes up to knee-height to keep roaming animals out. 

Visitors to the park can expect to see species such as roan antelope, sable antelope and tsessebe.

For more information, phone +27 (0)53 204 8000 or email tess.white@sanparks.org.

Glamping at the Namaqua National Park

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Every spring, the dry Namaqualand landscape transforms into a magical wonderland of cheerful wildflowers. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

The Namaqua National Park is a popular visitor drawcard during the annual wildflower season in August and September. You can camp right on the beach or inland, and bear witness to a kaleidoscope of pink and white daisies during the day and a sky filled to the brim with stars at night.

The national park is characterised by abundant wildlife, with 4x4 vehicle adventures and hiking trails on offer. During the flower season, we recommend visitors book ahead and glamp in style at either the Beach Flower Camp (located on the seafront north of Groenriviermond, about an hour and a half's drive from Garies) or the Skilpad Flower Camp with its incredible views of the flowers, approximately 200km from Kamieskroon.

Both camps comprise 15 en-suite luxurious tented bedrooms with comfortable beds, electric blankets, various meal options, a cash bar and a communal lounge area.

Prices for 2020 start from R2 700 per person sharing per tent; kids over 16 years pay in full.

For bookings and more information, phone +27 (0)83 652 5489 or email info@experiences.co.za.