You are going to love the collection of campsites we’ve put together for you for the Limpopo, the country’s most northern province. Because the Limpopo not only has the northern reaches of the Kruger National Park on its western flank but it also boasts the Waterberg, Mapungubwe National Park, the Magoebaskloof, and the Marakele National Park to captivate both visitors and locals.
With so many popular campsites already to choose from – Satara in the Kruger, the ATKV Klein-Kariba in Bela Bela, and the ATKV Eiland Spa at Letsitele as examples – we thought to bring you a selection of sites some of you may not have heard about before, some that are quieter than most, but that all offer a wonderful chance to experience the Limpopo at its best.
I Wanna Go Camping! 8 Great Campsites In Limpopo
Bergsig Eco Estate, Bela-Bela
Bergsig is a 340 hectare bushveld reserve that offers views out of the bushveld, the Hoek Mountains and the valleys below, just two hour’s drive from Johannesburg. It’s thus a perfect weekend spot that gives you the chance to do a ‘bushveld’ escape, animals included (no Big 5 but good access to the animals that are here), without having to travel too far.
Aside from a rather classy lodge, chalets and gorgeous bundu huts near a rock pool, there is also a small campsite with only 10 stands, no power points and a real back-to-nature feel. There are a couple of bathrooms with toilets and hot showers as well as bush showers. Bonus is that the estate is in a malaria-free area.
Expect: fishing, game and bird watching, volley ball, swimming, mountain bike trails, nature hikes, canoeing (there is a dam) and 4X4 routes.
Andanté Game Farm, Naboomspruit
This camping spot lies at the foot of the Waterberg, is in a malaria-free zone and gives a taste of the Bushveld experience. It is also fairly small, offering just 13 stands to both caravans and tents. The allure is definitely the silence of typically clear bushveld evenings around a camp fire, broken only by the call of a jackal or the snort of a wildebeest in the bush nearby.
The stands are shady and grassed, have electricity, ablutions with hot water, a children’s swimming pool and braai facilities. Expect: game drives, bird watching (over 100 species have been recorded at Bunde), swimming, volleyball, pool, hiking, mountain biking, a bar, a shop and peace and quiet.
Kaoxa Camp, Alldays, Mapungubwe
Another luxury experience, Kaoxa, which lies between two magnificent sandstone ridges, lies within World Heritage Site and smacks of a timeless experience where the orange Kalahari sand beneath your feet, and the sight of baobabs, will have you breathing normally again in no time.
Bonus: just about every mammal, bar the rhino and buffalo, has been seen on the farm that its owners describe as a ‘truly wild piece of Africa’. The bird list can swell to 350 species and raptors feature heavily. Kaoxa offers three luxury safari tents, each with its own veranda and electricity.
There is a kitchen, and a traditional leadwood boma – a wonderful space in which to ease into the evening before a fire and under a night sky. Do you need more to persuade you?
Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge, Houtbosdorp, near Magoebaskloof
There are only two stands on this campsite, so perfect for those after an escape that includes avoiding the throngs. Kurisa is 422 hectares of nature at its best on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment with incredible views over the lowveld.
A tranquil indigenous forest that includes ancient yellowwoods and burbling streams is yours to experience amidst mountains, rivers, bushveld and a series of walking paths, hiking trails, guided birding walks with a Birdlife SA accredited guide, sunset drives, fly-fishing and massages.
Aside from the farmhouse, the lodge cabins and a stone cottage, the two campsites offer hot showers and flush toilets as well as braai facilities and an incredible environment. You might not want to give this one a miss.
Magoebaskloof Getaway, Magoebaskloof
Set in the country close to Haenertsburg, this is a wonderful breakaway for those after trout flyfishing, and hiking and biking in amongst the mountains and streams of this almost subtropical part of the Limpopo.
Set in a beautiful valley on the escarpment of the Drakensberg in amongst the mountain, Magoebaskloof Getaway offers 12 clearly demarcated stands in their campsite, each of which has a braai area, electrical outlet and tap for drinking water. Separate ablution blocks for men and for women have two showers, two toilets and basins.
There is also a central washing up area, fridge/freezer and kitchen table top. Expect trout fishing, a steep hiking trail to the top of the farm, a children’s jungle gym, mountain bike trail and the chance, if you’re a large group, to play volley ball. Wander the area at liberty through the forests and river and enjoy the peace of the environment, and the call of birds.
Waterberg Wilderness Reserve, Naboomspruit
This is one for the more rugged amongst you. To access the farm you will need a 4X4 vehicle with good ground clearance. But it will be worth it for the beauty of the views over the surrounding hills and valleys and for the opportunity to explore the gorges and their streams and pools on foot or along mountain bike trails.
The camp is on a plateau between two deep gorges with wonderful views. A series of safari tents that sleep a maximum of 8 guests, although two further campsites are available, are offered on a self-catering basis. The waterhole nearby means that it’s not unusual to sight game from the deck.
Everything is run off solar power and there is a good supply of cooking and kitchen utensils, but you’ll need to cater for all your food and other needs as the reserve does not have a shop or restaurant.
Madikela Game Lodge, Vaalwater
Lying in the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere on the Waterberg Plateau, Madikela Game Lodge lies just over two hours’ drive from Pretoria in a maleria-free zone. The beauty of the rocky outcrops, limestone plateau and free wilderness make this a beautiful escape that gives you a real sense of the African wilderness without having to travel too far to enjoy it.
Whilst Madikela does not have a campsite per se, it does have a bush camp with four thatched cabins, a thatched bush kitchen and a large braai boma with mens and womens ablution blocks. Each cabin has a series of bunk beds and sleeps nine in each, perfect for a large group breakaway.
Expect a 60 km scenic 4X4 trail that runs along the Blokland River escarpment with incredible views of the Blokland basin and the Lapalala River wilderness, self-guided walks to view game, or self drives. On neighbouring farms enjoy horse riding, big cat viewing, and fishing.
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