#LongWeekendEscape: 4 SA camping spot ideas

Looking to get away from all of the city craze and immerse yourself in nature?

Camping may not be everyone's first port of call when it comes to planning a getaway trip for the holidays, but with the latest camping trends, like glamping and the availability of cabins, a nature escape is affordable and within in reach of most. 

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Having a great camping experience highly depends on your choice or preference of nature. From forest settings, endless lake views and desert backdrops, there are a variety of camping venue settings that will make your camping experience pitch perfect.

For those less inclined to tent it out, at many of these locations you can rent it out in a cabin or luxury tent, to make your stay that much more comfortable. 

Whether you plan to rope the family along or fly solo, these 4 South African camp sites are sure to leave you in awe and at one with nature.

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Tietiesbaai - Paternoster

Tietiesbaai campsite lures all beach lovers with its breathtaking teal ocean views that campers have the luxury to view from their tents or caravans while camping it out on the white sand shores. Watch the sun rise and set over the pristine vista and spend your time fishing, hiking or just beaching it out. 

Ablution blocks with flush toilets and solar-heated showers are available on the campsite along with a fresh water source. The campsite allows 6 people per campsite and offers 60 campsites in total. 

If you aren't one to want to camp it out in a tent or caravan, check out Sea Shack who offer comfortable, furnished wooden beach shacks with beds as well as luxury pre-pitched tents with stretch beds. 

Where: Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Tietiesbaai, Paternoster

Price: R138.50 (off season) - R202.40 (peak season) per night, per 6 person campsite

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Mahai River Campsite

Nestled in one of Drakensberg's most beautiful valleys, this campsite offers campers a secluded forest setting with the added feature of a flowing river. The venue offers a wide range of hiking trail options (for both novice and seasoned hikers), horse riding, swimming and fly-fishing close to the camp. Just be sure to zip your tent closed when you venture out to protect your things from baboons lurking about. 

Clean ablution and washing-up facilities are available as well as electric and non-electric campsites. There are 44 campsites with plug points and 40 without. A maximum amount of 6 people are permitted per campsite and braai facilities are available. 

Where: Giant's Castle Game Reserve, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal

Price: For bookings: Call 033 845 1000 / 1071/75 / 1001 or email camping@kznwildlife.com 

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Albert Falls, Pietermaritzburg

This natural beaut is situated a measly 24 kilometres (about 15 miles) outside of Pietermaritzburg and houses some of the most spectacular open field vistas to view the sun rise and set. It sits in the same landscape as the breathtaking 3000-hectare (30 square kilometres) Albert Falls Dam and Game Reserve. This camping haven is perfect for fisherman trying to catch a relaxing time and reel in some weekend relief and it also offers a variety of watersport activities on the dam for the more adventurous type campers. 

There are 110 campsites available at the location - with 60 at Notuli, overlooking the game reserve; and 50 at Pelican Bay overlooking the dam - the camp is a sweet escape for both water and animal enthusiasts and voyeurs alike. You also get access to well-maintained ablution facilities with hot and cold water, electric lights and power points.

Where: Albert Falls Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal

Price: Prices start at R130 per adult & R65 per child per night (peak season) and vary depending on the experience campers want.

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Augrabies Falls National Park, Upington

Why not camp in the same place as the thunderous and powerfully beautiful waterfalls in Augrabies Falls National Park? Campers can take in the magnificent site of the Orange River as it plummets down the 56 metre (183.727 feet) cliff edge during its full flood season. Visitors can also take in the amazing range of game that roam the reserve. Both the northern and southern side of the river provide sanctuary to a range of species, from the very small succulents, birds and reptiles to the Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok, gemsbok and giraffe. 

The rest camp offers campers the option of caravan or camping sites in a shaded area with a maximum of six people allowed per site. There are power points at each camp, a communal camp kitchen with two-plated stoves and sinks, communal ablution facilities, laundry and ironing room available. The Park also has chalets available for those who prefer a more home-like setting. 

Where: Augrabies Falls National Park, Upington, Northern Cape - situated along the Orange River

Price: The prices for camping start at R359 (high season). Prices for bungalows or chalets vary - see their November 2018 - October 2019 tariffs.

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What are you waiting for? 'Tis the season to camp with a reason, whether the reason is relaxation or water conservation, these beautiful destinations await your arrival!

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