We compiled a list of 3 Johannesburg camping sites perfect for the whole family and not too far from home.
1. Dinokeng Fishing & Camping, Roodeplaat Dam
Location: -25.643167, 28.383944 From Joburg: 1 hour Situated on the South Eastern side of the Roodeplaat Dam, Dinokeng Fishing & Camping is 15 minutes’ drive from Pretoria and ideal for keen fishermen, with carp, barbel, bream and yellowfish on offer. Those who don’t fish can enjoy picnics, canoeing, mountain biking (bring own bikes) and game viewing in Roodeplaat Nature Reserve. Number of stands: 28, 17 of these on the water’s edge Electricity: Yes, at all stands Braai facilities: Yes, but bring your own grid Shade: Trees. Two on the water have lapas at an extra cost Ground cover: Grass Pets: No Nearby activities: Game drives in Roodeplaat Nature Reserve and a cycling track Important info: Strict opening and closing times and no loud music at any time Cost: Please contact Dinokeng for details Contact: Tel 0761967150, campdinokeng.co.za
2. Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela-Bela
Location: -24.849239, 28.042757 From Joburg: 2 hours Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, near Bela-Bela, consists of 12500 hectares of malaria-free bushveld and has all the features of a good family resort. There’s a large caravan park with 77 shady stands plus various self-catering options. The park has a good network of game viewing roads, most of which you can drive with a sedan. Number of stands: 77, plus various houses and chalets Electricity: Yes, at all stands Braai facilities: Yes, grids provided Shade: Plenty of trees Ground cover: Grass and sand. Paved area for caravans Pets: No Nearby activities: Game drives, horse riding, walks, putt-putt, heated pool Cost: R130 per stand, plus R70 per person (low season), and R200 per stand, plus R115 per person (peak season). Max 6 people and 2 vehicles per stand Contact: Tel 0140017010, email@example.com, mabalingwegamereserve.co.za
3. Mountain Sanctuary Park, Rustenburg
Location: -25.853777, 27.473358 From Joburg: 2 hours Mountain Sanctuary Park is perched in the mountainous Magaliesberg area, with views of surrounding farmland and the nearby Buffelspoort Dam. The 1000-hectare property, which has been open to the public for four decades, is renowned for its hiking trails and there’s a set of natural pools just a 20-minute walk away. Number of stands: 30 (20x20m), plus various cottages and cabins Electricity: Yes, but only at 15 of the stands Braai facilities: Yes, grids provided. Wood for sale at R25 a bag Shade: Partial tree cover Ground cover: Grass and sand Pets: No Nearby activities: 7km hiking trail, or climb the nearby ridge (10km). Swimming pool available in camp Important info: Minimum two night stay over weekends, and minimum of two adults per stand. Request powered/non-powered/shaded stand when booking Cost: R190 per person (powered stand), R140 (no power). Kids under 12, R100. R45 per vehicle Contact: Tel 0145340114, mountain-sanctuary.co.za