5 Campsites near Pretoria for a bushveld experience

Posted on 15 March 2024

There are plenty of campsites near Pretoria, with the capital city on the doorstep of incredible bushveld experiences.  Whether you would like to rough it in the wild or have nearby ablutions with hot water, it doesn’t matter – the chances are good of catching an incredible sighting.

Also read: 30 Best Things to do in Pretoria

1. Dinokeng Game Reserve

Campsites near Pretoria

Picture: Dinokeng Game Reserve

Just a short drive from Pretoria (around 90 minutes), this vast reserve is home to the Big Five and offers a range of camping options. wake up to the distant roar of a lion or witness a giraffe sauntering by your campsite. With various hiking trails and game drives, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with nature and create unforgettable memories.

With a few bush camp options and Bomas for, ome with electricity options and bathroom ablutions with hot water.

Visit their website here.

Also read: Unwind in nature: a guide to the best camping sites in Limpopo

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve

Campsites near Pretoria

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela-Bela. Picture: Getaway Gallery

Just a two-hour drive from Pretoria takes you to the Waterberg Mountains and Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. A world beckons nature enthusiasts with its sprawling landscapes and abundant wildlife. Set up your campsite under a thorn tree to the harmony of chirping birds and rustling leaves will be your symphony. Embark on thrilling game drives, encounter animals like lions and elephants, or indulge in a soothing sunset – with a G&T of course! –  and hike along the marked trails.

3. Rust De Winter Nature Reserve – Uitvlugt Resort

Picture: Uitvlugt Resort

For a quick bushveld escape, an hour’s drive from the capital takes you to Rust De Winter Nature Reserve. Tucked away along the banks of the Elands River, Uitvlugt Resort campsite offers a perfect retreat from the daily grind. Go fishing in the river’s waters, or explore the reserve’s lush vegetation on foot. Keep your binoculars handy as you might catch a glimpse of the diverse birdlife that calls this place home.

Explore Rust De Winter Nature Reserve

4. Marakele National Park

Campsites near Pretoria

Tlopi Tented Camp, Marakele. Image: Melanie van Zyl

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey to Marakele National Park, where a three-hour drive takes you to its majestic mountains and dramatic landscapes. With an abundance of wildlife and mesmerizing views, this campsite is a nature lover’s paradise. As you set up camp, you’ll be greeted by the enchanting sounds of nature. Take a game drive through the park’s rugged terrain, spot rare bird species, or embark on a rewarding hike to the top of Lenong Viewpoint for panoramic vistas.

Plan Your Visit to Marakele National Park

Pilanesberg National Park

Campsites near Pretoria

Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp

Located just over two hours from Pretoria, Pilanesberg National Park offers a range of accommodation options, including campsites, lodges, and self-catering chalets. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the Big Five. Activities include game drives, hot air balloon rides, and guided bush walks.

Visit their website here.

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