Campsites on route in Africa
Red Rocks Rwanda cultural center facilities include camping tents and a guest house with a local restaurant. Located in the northern province of Rwanda, Musanze the intercultural exchange offers local tours and volunteer opportunities with other local development projects and as a social enterprise our community philanthropic work is attributed to our love to better humanity of community members. The cultural exchange campsite offers you an opportunity to be a part of community philanthropic travel with a commitment to conservation and responsible tourism in Rwanda.
Nairobi – Karen Camp
Great place to stay, basic good food, simple rooms gardens and old overland safari trucks. An honest home away from home, it prepares you for roughing it in Africa before you go overlanding. Waggy tailed dogs to pat and always someone to talk to. Friendly staff – Brendan the patron will give a gruff hello and some local advice. If you like Africa; Karen Camp it
El Doret, Kenya – Naiberi River Camp
Ten miles from Eldoret town in the Kenya highlands – very unique self built campsite, set up by Raj and hosted by Ash.
Massive cave like bar with gardens running down to the Naiberi River. It’s a quiet place. You can camp in your tent or take rooms. Go swimming in the pool when it’s warm enough, or just paddle in the river. Budget rooms; hand built from local timber and stone
Near Nakuru, Kenya – Zebra Camp or Punda Millias
A campsite named after Africa’s favourite animal as Punda Milias means striped horse, so zebra in Swahili. The campsite was started by ex overlanders Tash and Karoma; their dogs are cousins of the big happy dogs you patted at Karen Camp in Nairobi. The camp is close to Nakuru Park and beside the Soysambu Conservancy. Zebra, buffalos, jackals, giraffes, impala often come to the waterhole by the camp.
Nairobi – Acacia Camp
Just 10km from central Nairobi near Nairobi National Park, good for visits to the Daphne Sheldrick’s Animal Orphanage, http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ the Langata Giraffe Centre, http://giraffecenter.org/ Karen Blixen Museum & Carnivore Restaurant http://www.tamarind.co.ke/carnivore/ The camp itself offers a variety of accommodation options, including camping, small or large shared dorm rooms and double and twin rooms. Good restaurant and bar while sharing your experiences with like-minded adventurers, travellers and overlanders.
Near Nakuru, Kenya – Kembu Campsite
A working farm, run by the Zoe & Andrew of the Nightingale family, overlooking the Great Rift Valley. Here you can get up at 5 and help milk the cows. Its near Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Menengai Crater, Mau Forest, and Kiplombe Valley. You can; set up your tent, stay in cottages or even sleep in the tree house
Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya – Acacia Camp
On the edge of the Masai Mara, Acacia Camp is nestled on six acres of acacia trees. The camp faces the scenic Meguarra Hills and the stream that meanders by at the bottom of the camp where wild animals come to drink. Masai often come and dance by the evening bonfire.
Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya – Mara Explorers
Aimed at backpackers, overlanders and budget travellers, a large campground set in stunning scenery, tented accommodation, hot showers and bar, only 3km from the National Park.
The owners; Laura and Moses spent years working on overland trucks in Africa. The camp has minimal impact on the environment and works in harmony with the local Masai community. For every guest who stays here, the locals directly benefit from the community fee.
They have piped water from a local spring 1km away and share it with the local community.
The camp is fenced for protection from elephants and buffaloes and is guarded 24 hours by Masai warriors. Smaller animals are free to come and go through the fence
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Lake Naivasha has many campsites along lake shoreline;– hippos come and crop the grass in all of them (camping areas are fenced); there are more than 400 types of birds, more than anywhere else in the world.
Must sees around the Lake are; Hell’s Gate National Park, Green Craters Lake, Elsamere – home of Elsa the Lion of Born Free, Mt Longonot volcanic crater. Loads of Colobus monkeys – the most beautiful monkey in the world
Lake Naivasha, Kenya – Fishermans Camp
On the shores of Lake Naivasha, you’ll find Fishermans Camp. With a spacious camping ground, a lively bar and restaurant it’s the perfect place to park up for a few days while you enjoy the many sights and activities Naivasha has to offer. Fisherman’s top camp offers a range of self-contained rooms and cottages, and a swimming pool.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya – Fish Eagle Camp
Perched on the southern shore of Lake Naivasha is the Fish Eagle Camp. Accommodation ranges from pitching your own tent to upgrading into one of their 52 rooms. Fish Eagle camp has a swimming pool, sauna and gym, and a restaurant and bar. Relax in the sprawling grounds surrounded by the huge variety of birdlife, watch the resident troop of colobus monkeys, and in the evenings you may be lucky enough to see the hippos grazing at the front of the campsite.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya – Camp Carnelleys
Camp Carnelleys offers a wide range of accommodation catering for all budgets- from camping to dorms, bandas to luxury cottages. With Lake Naivasha literally on your doorstep, Camp Carnellys offers something for everyone. Hire a boat, do some fishing or bird watching, go rock-climbing, or organise one of the many safaris the camp has on offer.
Jinja has at least 5 campsites – considering it’s the river adrenalin whitewater adventure centre of East Africa it needs them. Saying that though it’s never too busy or crowded – that’s why people love East Africa.
Jinja Uganda – Jinja Backpackers
They call the place ‘Their own bit of paradise’ and we can’t disagree. It’s a backpackers with camping; sat beside Lake Victoria at the beginning of the channel where the Victoria Nile leaves Lake Victoria- a unique location on the source of the Nile. They have a banana boat ready to go exploring around the lake for bird watching sunset cruise. The restaurant bar looks over the water. It’s new and one of already one of the best campsites we know.
Jinja Uganda – Adrift Riverbase
This campsite sits on a large grassed area just 100 foot above the Nile. Great views of the rapids you can go white water rafting down. Or site in the cliff top bar overhanging the river and watch it all; including a Nile High bungee jump for the brave out over the rushing water. For those who find the thought of bungee jumping too scary, they do moonlight jumps – for the completely insane! Choose between camping, dorms or thatched cottages.
Jinja Uganda – Explorers River Camp
Right on the Nile River; which is the top location in Jinja to have a campsite – it’s a long river! The camp sits beside Bujagali Falls – the first waterfall on the Nile – though all waterfalls on the Nile are really rapids and this one you can raft over. The camp has riverside showers, so you can still catch the view while having a wash.
Jinja Uganda – Explorers Backpackers
If you want to stay in Jinja but closer to town so to have the convenience of shops this is the place to be. Stay in dorms or rooms or camp in the grounds – just near 2 Friends restaurant, one of the best and cheapest in Jinja
Kampala, Uganda – Red Chilli Hideaway
A campsite in the capital city is the best way to be able to see the town and relax afterwards. They have a pool for the hot days, and Kampala can be hot. Now moving to a new build with; swimming pool, views of Lake Victoria, restaurant and bar with self catering on a big 5 acre plot.
Cephas Inn | Luxury Hotel, Accommodation, Conference Rooms
The Cephas Inn is a large hotel with camping area on nicely manicured lawns set on the hill next to the golf course above Kabale. There is a swimming pool, sauna, bar and restaurant, wifi, and 2 cooking areas for overland trucks or campers. You can walk down the hill into town or catch a boda boda. It’s a perfect base to set off from for your mountain gorilla treks.
Kisoro – western Uganda – Virunga Hotel & Campsite
The location is remote – like being at the end of the world; just miles from the borders of Congo and Rwanda and shadowed by the Virunga Mountains; standing high in the background. A typical old style guest house; with rows of rooms and space for camping in a quiet town It’s a good base to use to trek to the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Western Uganda – Lake Bunyoni Overland Resort
An ecologically built campsite on a gorgeous lake setting, the camp is right on the lake shore – with cool nights and warm days.
Enjoy the view from the restaurant; you can; dive into the lake from the deck, go swimming, hire kayaks or take a boat trip and see islands and fishermen
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania – Simba Camp
Drop toilets, wood heated showers, cold winds; but a view that’s hard to beat looking over the Crater, that’s if and when the morning mists clear; or is it clouds? It’s one of the best views in Africa Right on the crater rim, in a campsite where animals have the right of way – a real life zebra crossing – when you step out of your tent keep an eye out for; buffaloes, lions, elephants and then its baboons at dawn.
Arusha – Sakina Camp
Sakina Campsite is on the Uhuru (Freedom) Highway, just 30 minutes walk to Arusha town, a guest house and a garden for camping. Set with trees, flowers, nice paintings and murals and fine art of different wild animals on the concrete wall. Views of Mt. Meru from the background on early morning or late evening
Arusha, Tanzania – Masai Camp in Arusha town
A campsite just a mile from the centre of Arusha town, it has a good restaurant with pizzas burgers and lots more – and a pretty busy nightlife; especially at the weekends. So you can combine tenting and nightclubbing with the busiest nightclub in town a few hundred metres up the road. They have rooms and tents for hire
Arusha, Tanzania – Mesarani Snake Park 25 km east of Arusha town
Started by Ma and BJ who came up from South Africa, so long ago they are now Tanzanian. It’s the best base for the side trip to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. A thatched dirt floor open sided bar room – best hamburgers for snakes and great BBQ dinners cooked on open fires. Plus they have a wildlife park for rescued snaked and birds. Also they run a free medical clinic and educational centre for local people, and there is a Masai Cultural Museum where you the visitor can learn about Masai life from the Masai then visit a Masai village, getting there by camel.
It’s a lot more than a campsite and so one of the most popular camps on route.
Between Arusha & Dar, Tanzania – Zebra Campsite – (closed)
A stopover camp we use on the Pangani River on the road between Arusha and Dar es Salaam Highway. Not far from the main highway but you could be a million miles from anywhere. It’s on the border between Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions, about 50 kilometers from Mombo town and 72 kilometers from Same town.
Between Arusha & Dar, Tanzania – Pangani River Campsite
A great night stop over right on the Pangani River – basic and back to nature. You can look at the river and take a small boat out – it’s in the wild with crocodiles in the water
Tanga, Tanzania – Peponi Beach Resort
Swahili for Paradise – is set among coconut palms, mango and cashew trees. Wild pigs steal in at night to forage for fruit, while, from the treetops, the Bush Babies call.
Just south of Tanga town, idyllic does not describe the place; the best beach, fresh fish and just no one on the beach. All the buildings are built from coconut palms
Peponi beach looks out onto the Pemba Channel, closer to shore you can swim and snorkel on the tropical reef. Fishing dhows can be hired from the local fishermen, to sail to the outer reefs and snorkel in the coral
Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Ndege Beach, Backpackers Lodge & Camping
Backpackers and campsite right on Ndege Beach (Bird Beach in Swahili). A quiet white sandy beach with tall palms on the Indian Ocean, just north of Dar es Salaam. Run by Gerard who after working with Dutch safaris, fell in love with and could not leave Africa
Swim in the warm Indian Ocean or snorkel at the reef. Relax at the beach bar, where you can meet the locals and buy fresh fish and just caught lobsters off the fishermen for a great evening own cooked meal
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Mikadi Beach Lodge & Campsite
Right on the beach in Dar es Salaam – you normally catch a ferry to get there on the south side of the harbour – tropical paradise – so close yet so far from town, you would not know the capital of Tanzania was so close. It’s not far from the fast ferries to Zanzibar
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Kipepeo Village Campsite
The name in Swahili means butterfly – right on the beach and just a short drive and a ferry ride to Dar es Salaam. Hot days on the beach with a warm sea breeze when the sun goes down. Swim in the sun drenched water – cool shower and relax on a hammock with a cold drink frosty drink or cocktail from the beach bar called the Swimming Cow Pub
Iringa, Tanzania – Kisolanza or Old Farm House Campsite
Best known as the Farm House, Kisolanza is one of the few campsites on the highways from Dar es Salaam to Malawi and Zambia in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. It’s near the tea plantations of Mfundi. It’s a working farm; you’re free to take a good look around and buy any of the fresh food and vegetables and eat the same in their restaurant
Northern Lake Malawi, – Chitimba Beach
Chitimba Camp is set on a beautiful golden sandy beach, amongst banana palms and papaya trees, surrounded by the famous Livingstonia and Nyika mountains. It’s just off the main highway running from the border of Tanzania to the capital city of Lilongwe. Lots of things to do -Chitimba Village Walk, Witch doctor Visit, Manchewe Falls Day Hike to visit the falls where you can cool down in a natural bath. Livingstonia Day Hike, Woodcarving Lessons.
The lodge/campsite is mostly visited by overland trucks, backpackers and by independent travelers with own transport. Right on the beach, it’s a popular stop.
One of the most well-known places en-route, Kande Beach is one of the best places to chill out and relax along the shores of Lake Malawi. With clear blue water, white golden sand that is clean and soft to touch and safe swimming with shallow depth and free of rocks or obstacles. Shaded seating areas near the beach, umbrellas and hammocks to while away your day, the rooms are cool and comfortable to put your feet up and read or dream away your worries and cares. Aquanauts dive school is located on site offering PADI dive courses, day and night dives and snorkelling trips.
Northern Lake Malawi,Hakuna Matata Campsite
Hakuna Matata Campsite is near Chitimba in northern Malawi on the beautiful Chitimba Bay beach just below the magnificent Nyika Mountains. The beautiful town Livingstonia is situated directly above the campsite and can be reached along the famous twenty two hairpin bend road up the Nyika Mountain. It’s run by a South African couple; Willie and Irma
Nestled around a secluded cove on the Sangilo peninsula, the Sanctuary provides an idyllic escape to the lake – good food, friendly bar and stunning scenery, the enchanting secret beach, unique rock caves and crystal clear waters.
An old favourite and one of the longest established hotels in Malawi, the Sunbird has a great campsite on the edge of its grounds. It can be busy at times but the scenery across the lake makes up for it
Mabuya Camp is run by an English couple; Tom and Janey who, after travelling the continent for over a decade, decided to settle in the “Warm Heart of Africa”.
The campsite is the perfect place to unwind before picking up a safari. Hot showers, cold beer, yummy food and a gorgeous swimming pool, an internet cafe with wireless internet, homemade smoothies, book exchange, maps and guidebooks
On the western shores of central Lake Malawi. The sandy beaches curve endlessly to the horizon – palm-fringed, dotted by fishing villages. A lively campsite with a large pool.
Local guides lead birding walks or hikes in the area, head up mountain biking trails, or visits to the local fishing villages. The nearby Bandawe Mission also offers a peek into the country’s colonial past.
Swimming and snorkelling; beach barbeques are an excellent reason to just hang about and get some sun. Or go for a trip out to deeper waters on a fishing expedition with local fisherman
Cape Maclear backpacker spot; Malambe or Chichewa for baobab, is on the sandy beach of Lake Malawi in the heart of Cape Maclear.
Kick back with a cold drink in the bar/restaurant that overlooks the lake and its islands. Take a boat trip, village tour or make use of the free snorkelling gear. Keep an eye out for the early morning fisherman as they come in with their catches – great for the BBQ. They say; ‘those who stay find it very hard to leave’.
Mayoka Village is situated on a green slope in a small bay just outside the town of Nkhata Bay – the best of both worlds- a peaceful, scenic setting and friendly place to relax and enjoy a good meal. Go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters that are within easy reach of the busy little port of Nkhata Bay.
With a comfortable, homely atmosphere and friendly staff, Mayoka is culturally and environmentally sensitive. Its lively bar is a great spot to meet the locals and listen to live music.
Big Blue Star Backpackers is a big beautiful paradise on the lapping shores of the huge Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is full of the famous Malawi cichlids, of all colours, shapes and sizes. This makes for wonderful diving or snorkeling right on your doorstep.
Big Blue is two minutes walk from the little fishing village of Nkhata Bay with a daily market.
There’s a vibrant night life for the brave party animals, and for those not keen to party you can relax on the Big Blue Star veranda and watch the night fishermen, whilst enjoying a meal made from fresh organic, locally grown produce.
Perched on the banks of the Luangwa River, Croc valley is everything a camper could wish for plus more. With an abundance of wildlife including elephants, hippos, monkeys and antelope that frequent the camp, viewings are possible from the restaurant/bar, shaded common areas or even from your chalet. The hippo friendly swimming pool and hammocks provide welcome relief from the heat of the day. Game drives can be organised through the camp’s reception.
Set on 25 acres of woodland, Pioneer camp is the perfect place to escape the hustle bustle of Zambia’s capital. Despite being only 14kms from Lusaka and its international airport the camp is quiet and secluded, and home to a large variety of birdlife. Take a stroll around the camp, or have a quiet drink in the bar. Whether camping or staying in one of the many chalets or cottages the friendly staff at Pioneer will make you feel at home.
Just 15 minutes south of Lusaka and situated on a private game farm, Eureka camp is home to a variety of wildlife including Zebra and different species of antelope. Offering camping, en-suite bungalows, and dorms for backpackers, Eureka camp caters for everyone’s needs. There is a bar and restaurant, games area with a pool table and dart board, swimming pool, and large outside bbq and kitchen areas available for your use.
Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia – Grubbie’s Grotto [closed]
Grubby’s Grotto is a campsite on 1 acre plot a short stroll from the heart if Livingstone. This old colonial homestead has been an overlanders favourite for many years. The green grass, hot showers, swimming pool, and the characters that come to the grotto and its bar area, make this a fantastic place to park up for a few days while enjoying the Falls. The Zambezi Rafting Co is based here, as is the wonderful Obrana who can organise your bookings for the wide range of activities available in and around Livingstone and the falls area. Don’t forget to have a beer and a chat with the man himself; Grubby.
The Zambezi Waterfront is located on the Zambezi River only 4kms from the areas main attraction, the Victoria Falls. With its wide range of facilities including a restaurant and bar overlooking the river the Waterfront caters for all budgets. Whether you’re camping or staying in an en-suite chalet, participating in the adventure activities or simply relaxing with a sundowner and enjoying breath-taking view, the waterfront is the place to be.
On the banks of the Luangwa River, Bridge Camp is an ideal stop-over for those travelling between Lusaka and Chipata. There are 2 campsites complete with ablutions, or stone cottages and chalets for those looking for a little more comfort. Enjoy a meal on the viewing deck, have a dip in the large swimming pool, or go for a canoe or hike with the local guides from Changa-Changa Adventures.
Deans Hill View Lodge located near the welcome arch of Chipata is the perfect base for trips heading to South Luangwa National park, or travelling to or from Malawi. With its walled garden of native and exotic trees it’s a great place to pitch your tent and enjoy the views toward the South Luangwa Valley, while enjoying the many varieties of birds that call the lodge home. Deans has a family room and twin rooms, a restaurant/bar, and a self-catering kitchen.
Mama Rula’s B&B has long been a stopover for anyone travelling to the South Luangwa National Park. On the outskirts of Chipata along the road to South Luangwa, Mama Rula’s has a peaceful garden setting for both campers and accommodated travellers alike. With a well-stocked bar, swimming pool, fire pit area and lush surrounds, this makes for a good stop before or after your safari. They can also arrange trips into the national park.
Thebe River Safaris campsite as the name suggests is located on the Thebe River, Kasane. With spacious campsites, all complete with covered cooking areas, 2 large ablution blocks you can see why it’s long been an overlanders and campers favourite. Organise your Chobe National Park game drives or boat cruise through the reception. Thebe River offers twin and family rooms, a bar and restaurant and swimming pool to escape the heat of the day.
The Chobe Safari Lodge located in the heart of Kasane offers individual powered camping sites dotted amongst the riverine forest. For a little more luxury there are rooms and rondavels for all budgets. The Sedudu bar overlooks the river and is a prime location to enjoy a sundowner and a famous Botswanan sunset.
Maun, Botswana – Sitatunga Camp
Sitatunga Camp is one of the busiest campsites in Botswana. 10kms south of Maun it makes a good base for trips to the Okavango Delta or Moremi game reserve. Book your Delta trip or scenic flight from reception, then sit back and relax with the coldest beer and bluest pool in Maun.
A unique hotel full of character is an accurate description of the Sedia Hotel, Maun. A spacious campground and its air-conditioned chalets and rooms all surrounded by lawns and gardens, it’s a perfect base for trips to the Okavango Delta. Enjoy the al-fresco dining in the garden, under the mulberry trees or on the poolside deck.
Elephant Sands-”Where elephants rule” is on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, 50 kms from Nata. The campsite/lodge is set on a 16000ha conservancy with no fences allowing the wildlife to wander freely. The watering hole at the campsite is the “favourite local bar” for the elephants, zebra, buffalo and other wildlife. If you’re extremely lucky keep your eyes open for leopard and the resident pack of wild dog. A great place to stay.
An oasis amongst the Mokolwane Palms, the Nata Lodge lives up to its reputation. Near to the entrance of the Nata sanctuary and the Makgadikgadi Pans, for campers, or splash out on a luxury safari tent. Spend your evening in the tranquil bar/lounge area surrounded by Bush babies.
Planet Baobab with its traditional mud and grass huts offers a truly unique experience for anyone travelling to Botswana. In Gweta on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, Planet Baobab is a great overnight stop en-route to Maun or Kasane. Blast across the pans on a quadbike with the Kalahari Surf Club or kick back in a cowhide recliner in the traditional “shebeen”.
Run by Judith Camp Itumela is the halfway home to people travelling between Johannesburg and Maun. With a good bar and friendly staff, it’s the perfect place to spend your first or last night in Botswana. With 2 swimming pools, lush green surroundings and well equipped campsites it’s a campers favourite. You can’t beat Camp Itumela for its wonderful atmosphere.
An ideal northern Namibian stopover, Roys Rest camp is on one of the oldest farms in the Grootfontein area, Elandslaagte. 16 campsites, bungalows and private rooms, Roys is a great base for a day trip out to the San Bushmen. Take a stroll down the walking trails for bird watching or game viewing, or find welcome relief from the heat of the day in the swimming pool or lounge deck.
On the banks of the Okavango River is the Rainbow River Lodge. Owned and run by Johan and Corrie you won’t find a friendlier place to pitch a tent or spend a night in one of their 20 en-suite chalets. On the Caprivi Strip, you are surrounded by wildlife and birdlife. Activities available from the lodge include game drives in the Mahango National Park, boat trips to Popa Falls or a sun downer cruise on the Okavango.
Ngepi Camp in the upper Okavango Delta panhandle set on an island with permanent river frontage and surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps. Between two national parks, the area is teaming with wildlife. From en-suite tree houses to bush huts, to a floating swimming pool you can see why Ngepi camp has twice been voted camp of the year by Getaway Magazine
Ondangwa Rest Camp is an ideal overnight stop when exploring the Damara and Kaoko regions of northern Namibia. The camp has a fully licenced bar and restaurant run by the friendly owners Frik and Cecile and their staff. Pitch your own tent or spend the night in a fully furnished permanent tent. Hot showers and cold beer are always on offer.
Centrally located in Namibia’s capital Windhoek, the Cardboard box is the place to stay. Close to all amenities the “box” offers a selection of rooms, dorms or camping, a travel shop, self-catering kitchen, and off street parking. Its huge pool and lively bar are popular with Braai nights on Thursday and Sunday, shooter night on Wednesday and beer happy hour on Friday.
The Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park is a must for travellers wanting to get up close and personal to cheetahs. Not only is it the home of the Save the Cheetah Project, it’s also a working farm; with 5 bungalows and camping facilities. Pat a ‘tame’ cheetah, or watch the wild cheetahs at feeding time from the safety of one of the farm’s vehicles
Just 30kms from Kamanjab in the mountainous valley surrounded by a Mopani tree savannah, you’ll find the Gelbingen Lodge. Home to a clan of Himba living in their traditional ways, co-existing with the European owners of the farm, Gelbingen is a wonderful remote location to spend an afternoon interacting with the Himba. Gelbingen has 8 twin rooms, a bar; restaurant and swimming pool, also it’s a prime location for exploring Damaraland and Kaokoland.
Amanpuri meaning “place of rest” certainly lives up to its name. Whether your part of a group, a family or an independent traveller Amanpuri has everything you need. From spacious en-suite dorms, to private double and family rooms they have the most comfortable beds in Swakopmund. A restaurant – that includes breakfast, free internet a wifi, and a lively bar that plays host to many of Swakopmund’s Ground Rush skydivers, it makes for a great atmosphere.
In the heart of Swakopmund’s CBD you’ll find the Gruner Kranz/Swakop lodge. With newly renovated private rooms and en-suite dorms the Gruner Kranz is one of the best value for money options in Swakopmund. Hosting 2 bars and a restaurant it’s a popular haunt for the locals and a great spot to meet up with friends and other travellers.
A converted 100yr old building is now home to the Villa Wiese Backpackers Lodge. Owned by Johan and Tinki the Willa Viese is a home away from home. It’s just a short walk to the centre of town, supermarkets, restaurants, and the main beach. Offering a selection of accommodation from dorms to private rooms, a self-catering kitchen, and a large upstairs bar area it a popular choice for travellers to Swakopmund.
Driving along the edge of the Namib Desert the last thing you expect to see is a castle. Built in the early 1900’s by a German “Baron”, Duwisib castle is a short walk from the Duwisib Guest Farm. Surrounded by stunning scenery Duwisib Guest Farm has cosy and clean rooms, a basic campsite shaded by camel thorn trees, BBQ areas and a central ablution block.
Klein-Aus Vista is just 3kms west of Aus on the B4heading to Luderitz. Situated near the Aus junction it’s a great stopover for those travelling to or from Soussusvlei or Luderitz to the Fish River Canyon. With campsites and cabins nestled in the Aus mountains it’s a perfect place to escape the Namib Desert winds. The ghost town of Kolmanskop and the wild horses of the Namib Desert are a short drive away.
38kms north east of Keetmanshoop you’ll find the Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quiver Tree Dolerite Park. Travel back in time to through the fossil site or take a stroll through the quiver tree forest that is home to over 5000 specimens. The accommodation options range from en-suite chalets to a bush camp in an isolated valley. Enjoy the solitude.
On the banks of the Orange River, you’ll find Felix Unite. Owned and operated by Carlos it’s one of the most popular sites in Namibia. Felix Unite caters for all budgets from camping to cabanas to the honeymoon suites- the setting is idyllic. With an onsite restaurant, bar, general store and ATM, it makes for a perfect first or last night in Namibia. The view from the large swimming pool and deck area is unbeatable. Felix Unite runs canoeing trips on the Orange River.
Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is exclusively located within the Etosha National Park. After recent renovations the three camps; Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni provide excellent facilities for guests. Each camp has individual sites with power, a light and braai area. The ablution blocks are never far away. With swimming pools, bars and restaurants, a general shop, and even a post office, the camps are well stocked and well equipped to cater for all your needs. Each camp has its own private floodlit watering hole enabling game viewing 24hrs a day. Settle in with a glass of wine and enjoy the show!
Fish River Canyon, Namibia – Ai-Ais Campsites
One of the largest canyons in the world, the Fish River Canyon is ranked as one of the top hiking trails in Southern Africa. Located in the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the NWR camp Hobas is only a few kilometres from the viewpoints and walking trails of the Fish River Canyon. Camp facilities include shaded individual sites, clean ablutions, a swimming pool and a small store.
Ai-Ais which means “burning water” lies at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon. The burning water is referring to the sulphurous hot springs that are found in the area. NWR has a large campsite that is dotted with these hot springs. The sites are powered, have lights and braai areas, the ablution blocks are large and clean. There is a restaurant and bar area and also private rooms. The campsite has both indoor and outdoor pools that are heated by the natural hot spring waters making it very inviting on a cold Namibian night
Spitzkoppe with its oversized boulders and secret caves is a mountain oasis in the middle of the Namib Desert. Thirty one campsites are scattered amongst the rocky outcrops, so your neighbours, if any will be kilometres away. The sites are basic so be sure to bring all you need. With no electricity Spitzkoppe is the star gazing spot in Namibia. With 37 rock art sites and 3 walking trails, Spitzkoppe is definitely worth visiting
With 200m of riverfront Fiddlers Creek Campsite is not only a pleasant spot to pitch a tent but is just 5kms from the South African border. Each of the 14 sites is well equipped with modern facilities for individual or groups of campers. Bushwacked outdoor adventures operate from the camp organising half to five day river rafting trips.
Conveniently located on the N7 at the base of the Cedarburg Mountains and in the Klawer wine region is Highlanders Campsite. With years of experience in the tourism industry the owner, Sparky will ensure all your needs are met. The campsite is well set out and well equipped to cater to the needs of individual campers and groups. With wine and cheese tasting, on offer, stop by, relax poolside with a glass of wine and enjoy the stunning scenery.
28kms from Clan William in the Cederberg region is Gecko Creek Lodge. It’s a quaint self-catering camp on a 500ha private nature reserve bordering the Cederberg Reserve. Gekko Creek has and a swimming pool with a view. The camp organises hiking, fishing, horse-back riding and scenic flights
The Stumble Inn is one of the most popular backpackers in the Western Cape. Located in the heart of Stellenbosch, Stumble Inn is within walking distance to all you want to do here. With camping, dorms and private rooms, a self-catering kitchen and swimming pool, it’s the perfect hub for exploring the wine region. The managers George and Sharon will ensure all of your needs are met and the lively bar makes for a wonderful atmosphere. The Easy Rider wine tours depart from the Stumble Inn each day.
With 3 different locations in Cape Town, the Ashanti Backpackers caters for everyone, whether its dorm accommodation or private en-suite rooms in their guesthouse. With newly renovated dorms that have comfortable beds, individual safes and reading lights, a communal kitchen and a bar/café; Ashanti is a great base for your Cape Town stay. Their onsite travel centre will assist you with any information or booking needs.
Located in the heart of Cape Town and only a short walk from Long Street is The Backpack. With hotel like facilities at budget prices the Backpack has everything you could need to ensure a wonderful stay in Cape Town. The Backpack has a bar and restaurant, swimming pool and a large array of other amenities. Their travel centre can arrange Robben Island tours, shark cage diving, overland trips and many other activities.
Zebra Crossing Backpackers lies at the foot of Table Mountain and a short stroll from Cape Town’s CBD. With a full range of amenities, dorms or private rooms – some with views of Table Mountain, this is the spot to take a break from the hustle bustle of Cape Town and relax in one of their leafy courtyards. There is a small bar and braai facilities, and the Blue Skies travel centre can help you to arrange all of your activities and tours.
Beneath picturesque Signal Hill, is A Sunflower Stop backpackers hostel. Just 15 minutes from the major sights of Cape Town and its beaches it’s a great place to kick back, relax and enjoy the African Sun. They have spacious dorms and private rooms, a swimming pool and communal TV lounge and a weekly braai prepared by the staff poolside.
Our “home away from home” is certainly an accurate description of Karl and Mandy’s Jembjo’s Lodge. It’s a perfect base for exploring Knysna and its surroundings with a wide range of activities and sights a short stroll or short drive away. Jembjo’s has clean, comfortable rooms and dorms, a communal kitchen and outdoor braai area and an activity bookings desk. It’s just a 2 minute walk to town or the waterfront to enjoy a sun downer or to try the famous Knysna fresh oysters.
Twana lodge has long been home to campers and overland trucks escaping the metropolises of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The spacious gardens are perfect for pitching a tent or else upgrade to one their 86 beds – whether in a dorm or en-suite cottage. The owners Arne and Chris have worked in the tourism industry for years and will assist with Soweto tours, city tours, or trips to the lion and elephant parks.
A “haven in Johannesburg” is how the Backpackers Ritz. Set in a large mansion surrounded by gardens, the Ritz is the longest running backpackers in Johannesburg. Close to all amenities and with a selection of dorms or private rooms the Ritz is an ideal spot to relax by the pool or have a drink in the dungeon bar before embarking on your adventure.