You have undoubtedly heard of the term ‘glamping’ or ‘Boutique camping’. It is a fantastic way of traveling for people who love the outdoors and nature, but are looking for more comfort than just a dome tent with mattress and sleeping bag.
Imagine, you will be awakened in the morning by the rising sun and the singing birds. You make a delicious cup of coffee and start the day quietly on your own veranda, enjoying the view of a river, an idyllic lake, the mountains or the vineyards. That is glamping in the Western Cape of South Africa!
Are you traveling with children? Then this trip is perfect! The camps and the spacious tents are child friendly and you do not have to worry about malaria! Malaria mosquitoes do not occur in this area.
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|From€ 557/ per person|
Route 62, Garden Route (tuinroute), Garden Route National Park (Tsitsikamma en Wilderness)
Swellendam, Stanford, Robertson, Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Cape Town
Permanente self-catering 'tents'
Africamps at doolhof, AfriCamps at Oakhurst, AfriCamps at Ingwe, AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Estate, AfriCamps at Pat Busch, AfriCamps Klein Karoo, Africamps at Kam'Bati
|Please note: At Africamps at Stanford Hills Estate a minimum stay of 2 nights applies during the weekends. If your stay here falls on the weekend, your trip will either be 1 night longer or you can choose to stay 1 night less in one of the other camps. Therefore it remains a 12 day trip.|
Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport, you can receive your Europcar rental car, Category C (Hyundai Accent Sedan or similar) and receive your glamping journey through the Western Cape province! (a different type of rental car is of course also possible)
If you arrive late in the evening, it is also possible to be first brought by a driver to a hotel in Cape Town and to receive your rental car the next day. It is also possible to spend a few days in Cape Town before or after your trip, ask us about the possibilities.
You don’t have to drive far today, the first camp of this trip is near the town of Wellington, about 80 kilometers from Cape Town airport. You can check in at the accommodation from 14:00 and, depending on the time you leave from Cape Town, you can make a stopover en route.
At the Doolhof wine estate you will stay in one of the six luxury tents surrounded by vines. Different wines are produced at this winery and you can try them during a wine tasting in the tasting room (R50 for five wines). A picnic lunch with fresh products is also possible, advance reservations required.There are also beautiful hiking and hiker routes through the wine countries around the property, you can go horse riding, rent mountain bikes or try the labyrinth.
Along the way you can stop for lunch, do some shopping or you might want to visit a wine farm.
The tents of the Pat Busch Camp are beautifully situated between the Cape fynbos with the Langeberg in the background. Here you can see a wide variety of birds, but also live goats / antelopes and Nguni cows. In this nature reserve you can relax, take beautiful walks or go on long hiking trips, swim in the dam or the pool, fish and mountain bike.
Today a somewhat longer trip ahead: 264 kilometers to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo (about a three-hour drive). This tour will take you through a fantastic beautiful part of South Africa! This already starts at the Kogmanskloof mountain pass to the village of Montagu. This village was founded around 1820 and today you can still see many buildings with special architecture, so take a good look around as you drive along Long Street. Many tourists also come here to enjoy the natural hot springs.
Today you drive on the famous Route 62, a beautiful winding route along rivers, mountain ranges, small villages and fruit plantations. After Montagu you continue your way through Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp, all places where you can stop to eat, drink and take a look around. Along the side of the road you will see ‘mushrooms’ where local products are sold.
Once in Oudtshoorn you can do your shopping and explore the village. There are so many things to do in the area, you will certainly not be bored here. Highlights are visiting the Cango Caves (a beautiful cave system),ostrich farms, Cango Wildlife Ranch and the Swartberg Pass. In the village you will find many different restaurants if you don’t feel like cooking. Here you can try regional dishes such as lamb and ostrich.
Other optional activities that you can book at this property are a meerkat excursion where you go in silence with a guide in silence looking for meerkats.Or choose a game drive in the reserve to look for zebras, giraffes, kudus, springboks and more. There is also childcare for children from less privileged families that you can visit.
Knysna and Plettenberg Bay to your final destination. This route is 170 kilometers and this journey will take approximately 2.5 hours. Along the way you can stop in one of the aforementioned places to eat and / or do some shopping. You will also be driving this part of the N2 highway later in this journey, which is absolutely no punishment!
But today you can also choose to take a longer route via the N9 / R62 and the small winding Prince Alfred mountain pass to Keurboomstrand. This route is only 10 kilometers longer than the former, but will take approximately half an hour longer.
Your accommodation for the following nights is on the well-known Garden Route where you have already driven part of today. This area is characterized by green forests, beautiful coastal strips, estuaries and wonderful beaches. The camp is located in a nature reserve that is called The Crags and borders it Garden Route National Park From your accommodation you can be in the pleasant coastal town of Plettenberg Bay in ten minutes or visit the nearby quiet beach at Nature’s Valley.
In the coming days you can enjoy the beautiful nature in the area at your leisure or opt for sporting activities such as canoeing, blackwater tubing,
Two nights at Africamps at Ingwe based on accommodation. Three of the six tents in this camp have their own hot tub, for these tents you pay extra.
Swimming pool and sports fields are present at the camp and there are also plenty of beautiful places for a picnic.
Via the N2 highway you will drive in the direction of Cape Town in a calm manner again today. Depending on the route you chose on day six, you will see a well-known part of the Garden Route today or enjoy it for the first time (fortunately the view is not boring soon!). You can stop along the route in different places; the larger coastal town Plettenberg Bay or for example the small town Sedgefield with the lively market on Saturdays. You can also make a small detour to Brenton-on-Sea. There is enough time for this, the next camp is only 95 kilometers from Africamps at Ingwe.
such as hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing or canoeing (there are two canoes available that you can use for free). Children can take a look at the stables where the cows are milked.
This camp is located near the town of Wilderness on the Indian Ocean and surrounded by forests. A famous viewpoint in the area is Wilderness Heights where you can see the ‘map of Africa’, where the Cayman River forms the continent of Africa. Dolphin Point gives you a beautiful view of the ocean and with a little luck you can see dolphins or whales (seasonal). This area is a true paradise for nature lovers! Forests, pristine beaches, fynbos and more can be found here. In the village itself you can buy nice souvenirs made in the area or visit the Wilderness Art Route.
Accommodation at Africamps at Oakhurst on a bed and breakfast basis. It is possible to rent a hot tub for an additional charge. Would you like to go horse riding? Please indicate this when booking i.v.m. availabilty. There is a nice children’s playground, a tree house and a ‘Big Swing’ on the farm.
Have a hearty breakfast today, because you have a distance of about 265 kilometers ahead. Fortunately you will come across enough places along the way where you can stop for a moment to stretch your legs. The N2 main road takes you today from George along the coast to Mossel Bay. History lovers can visit the Bartolomea Dias museum here and learn more about the Portuguese explorer who set foot here in 1488.
After Mossel Bay you will go more inland via Albertinia to your final destination in Swellendam. You will certainly see Aloe Vera plants growing around Albertinia, because this village is also called ‘Home of the Aloe’. More information about this special and native plant can be found at House of Aloes where you can of course also buy products. Near this village is also the Garden Route Game Reserve where you can optionally make a game drive of a few hours, ask us about the possibilities. Elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions, giraffes, zebras, leopards and more live in this game reserve. Staying overnight at the Garden Route Game Lodge is also possible if you want to extend your trip.
Your camp for the next two nights is a little outside of historic Swellendam, the third oldest city in South Africa (founded in 1745). Today you can make a stop here on your way to the accommodation, but you can also take your time tomorrow. A famous museum here is the Drostdy (open air) Museum. Take a walk through the village past the historical buildings from the time of the VOC. You can find a variety of restaurants in the village.
Today you can make a stop here on your way to the accommodation, but you can also take your time tomorrow. A famous museum here is the Drostdy (open air) Museum. Take a walk through the village past the historical buildings from the time of the VOC. You can find a variety of restaurants in the village. If you still want to do your shopping, please note that most shops are closed all day on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Two nights at Africamps Kam’Bati based on accommodation. At the camp there is a swimming pool with slides, mini golf course, playground, pool lounge and shop. You can also go canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, etc.
You drive to the last camp of this trip, a route of 105 kilometers. The village of Stanford is approximately a 20-minute drive from the famous Hermanus. If you visit this area between July and November you have a good chance of whale watching along the coast. However, with a boat trip you can get even closer to these giants.
In and around Stanford you will also find excellent restaurants, wineries, breweries and art galleries. Take a walk through the village and admire the old buildings.
You’ll spend the night at the Stanford Hills Boutique Wine Estate where the five luxury tents are situated on a dam with a beautiful view over the valley and the Klein River mountain range. In addition to grapes for making wine, beautiful proteas are also grown here.
Overnight stay at Africamps Stanford Hills based on accommodation. There is a restaurant at this camp that you can use. You can also choose a wine tasting, dam swimming, horseback riding, fishing, hiking / hiking (two routes of 5 km each) and there is a playground for the children.
A final breakfast in the beautiful nature of the Western Cape province. Via Hermanus, Botrivier and the N2 along Somerset West, you drive back to Cape Town. From Stanford to Cape Town airport is 130 kilometer.
Check-in at the camps is possible from 14:00. Guests are requested to call the property half an hour before arrival to ensure that check-in is smooth. Check out before 10:00.
The tents of AfriCamps are built according to the same rules and are therefore virtually the same at all different places. Below you can see the layout of the tent with the outside deck / terrace signed. The total area is 55 square meters. Click on the photo below for the map of the tent.
There is running hot and cold water, electricity, air conditioning and a wood-burning stove for a cold winter evening. There are two bedrooms, each with a double bed (queen size) and one of the bedrooms has an extra bed mounted above the bed where a child can (still) sleep (all bedding is provided).
The bathroom has a toilet, sink and shower. The terrace is covered and there are two sun loungers, a picnic table and a nice braai. Towels are provided in the bathroom, however, bring a towel yourself for use after swimming.
Food and drinks
At most camps it is possible to order a breakfast basket that is delivered to your tent. It usually contains the following products: sandwiches / muffin, ham / bacon, cheese, jam, butter, yogurt, eggs, milk, fruit juice and fresh fruit. You can prepare your own breakfast in your tent (kitchen available). Price is R110 per person. Content may vary per camp.
At Africamps at Oakhurst Camp you can also opt for a home cooked meal. Your evening meal (choice of chicken pie or lasagna) is then cooked and brought to your tent.
Please note: for all the above options, you must book this at least 1 day in advance.
Prices per person based on 2 travellers
Contact us for a proposal in case you are travelling with more or less travellers and/or kids.
All prices subject to availability and changes.