The Art of Caravanning

A Lifestyle Choice

Gatvol of holiday booking traumas and what feels like an endless experience of overrated accommodation? Many locals are seeking independence when choosing a holiday they deserve, which is why caravanning is on the up. Considered your ticket to the best of both worlds, caravanning allows you to enjoy the privacy and comfort of your own accommodation plus the freedom of the open road. The fact is: caravans give not just one holiday, but an endless variety of cross-country getaways that can (and probably will) draw you quickly into a whole new lifestyle.

The ability to hitch up your ‘home’ and go wherever adventure takes you is priceless. It’s also one of the most affordable ways to take the whole family on an extended trip and it’s certainly the best way to see the country. There are over 700 caravan and camping resorts in South Africa, some offering very basic facilities; others providing five-star luxury. Whatever your preference, you will find yourself planning your next trip before the last one has even come to its end.

Caravanning Hot Spots

Whether you want to be near a wildlife park, enjoy a popular tourist route or more adventurous trail, in the mountains or at the beach, there’s a caravan site nearby…

The ability to hitch up your ‘home’ and go wherever adventure takes you is priceless. It’s also one of the most affordable ways to take the family on an extended holiday and the best way to see the country.

Blyde River Canyon (Mpumalanga)

The world’s third-largest canyon features cliffs that tower 800 metres above the river bed. Visitors to this scenic gem of fresh mountain views and towering waterfalls will also find the famous Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels, God’s Window and the Pinnacle.

Park Off At: Swadini Forever Resort

It’s entirely landlocked by the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and nestled among the Drakensberg peaks on the banks of the Blyde River. 

Cradle of Humankind (Gauteng)

For a unique natural, cultural and historical experience, this World Heritage Site has fossils over three million years old.

Park Off At: Bass Lake Lodge

You’ll receive an open-arm welcome at the lodge’s new caravan park designed and built by caravaners for caravaners. Peacefully placed alongside two well stocked dams, it will keep keen fishermen busy. Birdwatchers will be in paradise here too.

Most of the spectacular range forms part of the uKhahlamba World Heritage Site. Waterfalls, San rock art, hiking trails, awesome views and crystal clear streams make the area well worth a visit.

Park Off At: Silverstreams Country Estate and Caravan Park

It’s a little piece of heaven hidden in the folds of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains near Underberg

Golden Gate (Free State)

In the foothills of the Maluti Mountains lie the red sandstone cliffs of the Golden Gate. These spectacular coloured mountains become snow-capped in winter and the quaint town of Clarens is just a stone’s throw away.

Park Off At: Glen Reenen Rest Camp

Situated within the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the arresting sandstone cliffs radiate a glorious golden hue. Hiking trails snake in and around the area, allowing enthusiastic game or bird watchers ample viewing from the privacy of their caravan set up in beautiful shaded grounds. 

Wild Coast (Eastern Cape)

An untouched paradise, with pristine forests, rugged cliffs that drop into the ocean, small bays with sandy beaches and tiny towns scattered along the coastline.

Park Off At: Yellowwood Forest Campsite

A unique forested campground on the banks of the Inchara River. With never more than a handful of caravaners at any one time, you are guaranteed the quiet tranquility of the surrounds.

The Garden Route (Western Cape)

An adventure paradise of white water rafting, the Otter Trail, Knysna Lagoon and the world’s highest bungee jump.

Park Off At: Glentana Resort  

Situated halfway between George and Mossel Bay, the Little ‘Sleepy Hollow’ forms part of an ancient riverbed. Just 100 metres from the beach, it sets the scene for swimming, surfing, beach and rock fishing, snorkelling or simply sitting back and enjoying.

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