I have good memories though as a kid going to places and staying in a tent or caravan and having a great time, as an adult, I find myself not too keen on the whole camping idea. It seems ‘roughing it’ is not too high on my to-do list lately. Thus, I have decided to research some places catering for a “cleaner" nature experience :) There are many places that offer a place to camp without you having to take everything and the kitchen sink with you. Here are a few kid-friendly camping sites I think families would love to visit.
Kam'Bati River Resort
Kam'Bati Swellendam offers families a variety of family-friendly entertainment. Even if you are not the rugged-camping-type you can go glamping in their Africamps luxury tents. They offer putt-putt, water activities, a bar for the adults and a shop at the resort amongst other activities. Kam'Bati is a 2-hour drive from Cape Town - the ideal weekend getaway for families looking for fun. You can learn more about child-friendly camping at Kambati River Resort here.
Wolfkop Camping Village
The Wolfkop Camping village is found on Keerom Street, Citrusdal. It is 100ha of farm found about 20km from Citrusdal, located on the banks of the Olifants River. Each camping village, there are six over 200m, has a Bedouin tent set up and inside you will find one to three canvas tents equipped with a ¾ mattress, bedding, blankets, and towels.
The tents are set out with a beautiful view over the river. You should bring your own braai grid, utensils, chairs, tables and electric lights. Each village has their own power point. There are also communal ablution facilities available with hot showers and flush toilets, very important!
Activities available are fishing, hiking, biking trails, golf course, canoeing and just exploring the surrounding area. If this is camping, count me in and the kids will enjoy it too. Rates are from R750 per night for 1-2 adults in the camping village. You can also bring all your own equipment for yourself at R125 p/p per night. If you want to enjoy the water there are also canoes to hire and wood is available for your evening braais.
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Imhoff Park Kommetjie Campsite
Imhoff Park is found in Kommetjie on the Atlantic Seaboard about 34km from Cape Town. There is a wonderful view of Chapman’s Peak and Hout Bay Harbour. There are 75 grassed stands available for caravans as well as tents.
All the stands have electricity and braai facilities. There are clean ablution blocks with showers and ironing boards available. There is also a games room, T.V. room, and a children’s playground. Two sea facing brick chalets are also available if you don’t like the camping idea.
There is swimming, hiking, fishing, horse riding and it is close to a shopping centre, restaurants, and wine routes. There is plenty to do and see to keep the whole family happy. Rates differ for certain months so I think it advisable to look at their website for current correct information.
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Orange Kloof tented camp
Orange Kloof tented camp can be found close to Hout Bay situated within the Table Mountain National Park 20 minutes from Cape Town. Here you will find wonderful views and the site is surrounded by a rare forest.
The tents are permanent structures, with one four sleeper family tent and four two sleeper tents, all with single beds, mattresses, sheets and electrical lighting. All in all the camp sleeps, 12 people. There are communal ablutions with hot and cold water, braai area and an equipped kitchen. You are required to bring your own meals, beverages, bedding, pillows, and towels.
Surrounded by beautiful nature there is plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, bird watching and diving activities. Prices range around R375pp sharing. This facility provides a rustic yet luxurious experience to camping and definitely a place to visit to get away from it all.
Rivierplaas camping spot
Only an hour and a half drive from Cape Town on the Banks of the Breede River, here you will find the working farm of Rivierplaas. This is a ‘roughing it’ kind of place where there is no electricity but is ideal for nature lovers who want to get away from it all. They welcome tents, caravans, and motorhomes. They offer a safe outdoor environment for the kids, with plenty of things to do to keep them busy.
There are unique hand-built play parks for the kids to explore and plenty of open grass areas to have fun in. Activities available are a swimming area; the kids will love the foefie slide into the river, braai facilities, fishing, and hiking and since it is a typical farm there are plenty of farm animals. There are most importantly hot showers and flushing toilets, there is no electricity available so they use a warm water donkey system to create the warm water for the shower.This is a great place for families and children to have fun and explore and of course just enjoy the peace and beauty of nature. Looking for adventure or just a relaxing weekend away Rivierplaas should definitely be on your to-do list.
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Places to go camping with kids seems to be easier than I thought. If you are considering camping with the family there are plenty of options out there that you could really relax and enjoy.- Charlene
For more information please visit: Activities to do with kids in the Western Cape