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About Camping in South Africa

Camping seems to be one of the only ways in which modern humans can connect with nature and the outdoors. South Africa has some of the best areas on earth to camp, naturally setting up tents day in and day out for the duration of a few weeks doesn’t really seem like much of a holiday. Do not fear Drive South Africa is here to provide you with an exceptional assortment of camper vans. It really is as simple as filling out the form below or contacting one of our sales and travel experts for advice on the best camper van for the you’re ideal, South African camping adventure. Camper hire South Africa is the best way to be on the ground while staying in luxury.

Best time to visit South Africa

This really is entirely up to you, camping seems to be more popular in the natural areas or national reserves around the winter months where game viewing game is more optimal this is usually from around May to August. 

Coastal areas seem to more popular in the summer months. However the campsites around the beautiful beaches can get very crowded if you don’t like crowds this is something to consider. If you want a bit more of a secluded camping experience it might be better to travel in Autumn slightly out of season, many of the Eastern coastal regions still receive temperate weather during the winter months.

Around the provinces and areas for camping

South Africa is a land of world class beaches, breathtaking mountains and some of the most captivating wildlife that can be found anywhere on the planet. South Africa camper hire is the best way to experience this amazing country, with some noteworthy destinations with great camping include the Kruger National Park, Entabeni Game Reserve, Kapama Game reserve, Balule Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and the Cederberg area which has many well established camping areas and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. These are only a few of the great places to enjoy camping in South Africa.

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Getting around South Africa with your camper

If you’re main objective is to go on the best camping trip possible whilst visiting South Africa hiring a campervan is by far your best option as many of Drive South Africa’s extensive range of Camper vans come equipped with all the necessary equipment to ensure you get the most out of South Africa. There really is nothing like being out in the open with good company and having the convenience and luxury of a great camper van.

Length of stay

If you wish to go on an extensive South African camping adventure you really need minimum 3 weeks. However this really won’t be enough time as there really are so many absolutely captivating places to see and enjoy the outdoors so a camper hire Southern Africa adventure might sometimes take you considerably longer, of course depending on your willingnesss to explore. You might want to consider arranging a longer visa before departing, just in case. Make sure you check the visa requirements before leaving your home country to see how much time you are allowed to spend in South Africa.

What to pack

Unfortunately airlines will limit you in terms of how much you are allowed to take on the flight so you might have to buy the bare essentials when you get to South Africa such as basic cooking utensils, sleeping bag and tent. This is where hiring a camper will come in handy as many of the Camping Vans which are available through Drive South Africa will have these facilities on board on your luxury camper.

If not you can always buy a tent or sleeping bag at one of the extensive camping outlets in South Africa some of the more popular ones include Cape Union Mart, Mr. Price Outdoors or Game Stores and camping gear can be surprisingly affordable.

Where to stay on your camping holiday ib South Africa

Western Cape

Western Cape could be arguably the most popular destination in South Africa for international tourism, so many of the areas nearby are geared for camping and tourism. Must see places close to the main city of Cape Town include the picturesque Garden Route, the Cederberg area and the West Coastal region which all have facilities for camping. We also have a ton of branches available her for your South Africa camper hire needs.

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape is a lot more of a rugged province then the Western Cape with a lot more untouched locations where a camper van or 4x4 will come in handy. The Eastern Cape really is a great place to explore untouched beauty and it being slightly warmer than the Western Cape makes it a great destination for brilliant camping. Camper hire in South Africa is generally quite easy, but please note that there are very few branches in the Eastern Cape due to its remote location so hiring a camper in Cape Town and driving tpo the Eastern Cape might sometimes be a better option.


The weather in KwaZulu-Natal is far warmer than the other provinces but with this also comes more rain and more green areas to explore. Durban the largest city is also a gateway to other great destinations in the area such as the Drakensberg Mountains and the world class beaches of the North and South Coast of KZN, where there are many great camping areas to explore.

Gauteng Province

The Gauteng province is a lot smaller then KZN or the Western or Eastern Cape; however this hasn’t stopped it from being the commerce capital of South Africa with two major sprawling urban areas not far from each other (Johannesburg and Pretoria).

Why camper hire with Drive South Africa?

With Drive South Africa’s leading sales team just waiting to make sure your perfect South African trip is just a click or phone call away. We are here to help you in every way to achieve this. There’s a reason why South Africa is often voted as one of the most beautiful countries in the world and what better way to properly experience this then through Drive South Africa’s extensive range of campervans.

Drive South Africa camper rental booking is done through our easy to use online reservation service. Here you can compare prices, and obtain online quotes, all without any obligation on your part. Once you decide on a camper hire in South Africa, Drive South Africa will make the booking on your behalf at one of our trusted affiliate campervan rental companies. Payment is made through our secure online payment system, and we accept all major credit cards. Our trained team of consultants is on hand to assist or advise you with any part of the process. Our staff is there to ensure your camper hire South African is relaxing holiday that exceeds you expectations.

Whether you’re looking to sit back and enjoy a mellow paced holiday, or you want the convenience of having a home away from home as you explore South Africa, camper hire is an enriching means of enjoy the multitude of attractions the southern tip of Africa has to offer.

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Related FAQ's

When is the best time to visit Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve?

The best time to visit Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is during the winter months - from June to end of August. However, the nature reserve is spectacular throughout the year.

You’ll find more than 1,00 species of flora in the reserve - including several species of endangered cycads - and in spring you'll find carpets of wildflowers. Try to at least visit one of the nearby beautiful waterfalls. Birds and animals life are abundant. Spot Verreaux's eagle, the rare bald ibis which nests on the cliff ledges and all five species of South African primates - including vervet, samango monkeys, chacma baboons and both species of bushbaby.

What do I need to pack when I travel to South Africa?

As South Africa is a malaria-free country, there is no need for you to pack any preventative tablets or syrup, other than your prescription medication. However, we do highly recommend that you bring: cameras, lenses and binoculars, light clothing for summer safaris, bathing suits for the pool areas, walking shoes, sunscreen and hats, warmer clothing for winter visits.

How many official languages are used in South Africa?

South Africa is a nation that is home to a vast amount of cultures. In total, we have 11 official languages, including English, which is widely spoken throughout the country. The local population groups and cultures - include Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, Sotho-Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Afrikaners, English, Cape Coloured, Indians, Khoi and San.

When is the best time to visit The Otter Trail, Garden?

Spring and summer are the best times to hike the trail, between September and March.

One of the highlights is being able to swim along the way and it’s the best time to see the wildflowers. Once on the trail, hikers need to be aware of the dates and times of the tides as it is all but impossible (and inadvisable) to attempt river crossings during high tides.

When is the best time to visit West Coast National Park?

Spring flower season in the West Coast National Park runs from the beginning of August to the end of September; though, both the West Coast and the Tankwa Karoo National Park best viewing period is from the last two weeks of August until mid-September.

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  • Ballito
  • Bethlehem
  • Bloemfontein
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Winelands
  • Colesberg
  • De Aar
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Ellisras
  • Ermelo
  • Estcourt
  • Garden Route
  • George
  • Graaf-Reinet
  • Grahamstown
  • Harrismith
  • Hermanus
  • Hoedspruit
  • Howick
  • Jeffreys Bay
  • Johannesburg
  • Kathu
  • Kimberley
  • King Williams Town
  • Klerksdorp
  • Knysna
  • Kokstad
  • Kuruman
  • Ladybrand
  • Ladysmith
  • Mafikeng
  • Margate
  • Mogale City
  • Nelspruit
  • Newcastle
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Phalaborwa
  • Piet Retief
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Pilanesberg
  • Plettenberg Bay
  • Polokwane
  • Port Alfred
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Potchefstroom
  • Pretoria
  • Richards Bay
  • Rustenburg
  • Saldanha
  • Sasolburg
  • Secunda
  • Southbroom
  • Springbok
  • St Francis Bay
  • St Lucia
  • Sun City
  • Umhlanga
  • Umtata
  • Upington
  • Vanderbijlpark
  • Vereeniging
  • Vredenburg
  • Vredendal
  • Vryheid
  • Welkom
  • Witbank
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