In addition to the many catered and self-catered places to stay in Southern Africa, there are hundreds of camping, campervan and motorhome sites that are in or near popular nature reserves, wildlife parks and famous landscapes, tourist attractions, tour routes and the gorgeous coastlines that stretches for thousands of kilometres.
The smell of the bush, the sound of animals calling, light as it casts its yellow glow over the savannah, the crisp morning air, and the warm rays of the African sun. There are few better ways to get really close to the Southern African outdoors than by pitching a tent or setting up a campervan or motorhome in the heart of this raw beauty.
There are basic camp sites, where visitors come to enjoy the serenity of the outdoors without the hustle and bustle of city life. Some of these have electricity and ablutions available, while others are more rustic, little more than a clearing in the verdant vegetation. On the other side of the spectrum, there are luxurious tented camps, where tents stand on raised platforms and boast king-sized beds, inviting linen, mosquito nets, and electricity. Affectionately dubbed "glamping", this is a real treat for those that want to enjoy the camping experience with a touch of the glamour and convenience that comes with modern living.
The majority of campsites offer powered sites for campervans and motorhomes. The shared bathrooms and toilets at campsites are often basic but usually well attended to. Easy access to shared kitchen and bathroom facilities is generally available on these sites. The majority of campsites offers a private barbeque facility where campfires are permitted. Some sites even offer a private ablution and small kitchen wash-up facility.
Many campsites in Southern Africa forms part of a hotel or lodge and campers may utilise lodge facilities such as restaurants, swimming pools and laundry facilities.
Some of the most popular camping destinations in Southern Africa includes the Kruger National Park and the Garden Route in South Africa, Sossusvlei and Etosha National Park in Namibia and the beautiful Chobe National Park in northern Botswana.
The Southern African camping experience is a truly special one. Whatever your preference, Southern Africa has something for everyone and you will find yourself planning your next camping trip even before you have concluded your Southern African holiday and returning home.