6 family-friendly campsites near Joburg

Posted on 20 September 2022

If you’re always looking for great campsites for a weekend break with the family, we’ve got you covered. These six campsites near Johannesburg are all within one and a half hours’ drive from the city, and they are perfect for a camping trip. Pack your fishing rods and swimwear too, because some of these campsites have beautiful dams perfect for a little bit of adventure.

1. Bush Willow Tented Camps

30 minutes from Johannesburg

Campsites near Joburg

Image sourced from Bush Willow Tented Camp Facebook page.

The Bush Willow Tented Camp is situated in the Muldersdrift countryside and offers a unique outdoor experience. There are two styles of tents – the open-plan tent, and the partitioned tent. Each tent includes 6 camper-style single beds with mattresses, kitchen compartment, toilet, and shower. Campers can enjoy a good braai in the Boma area while soaking a sunset. Enjoy game viewing, improve your fishing skills and take on the Zwartkops Mountain for a hike. Homo Naledi, a new species of human relative was discovered nearly 10 km away from the camp in The Cradle of Humankind.

The open plan tent charges R850 per night per tent midweek, and R1 430 per night per tent on weekends and holidays.

The partitioned tent charges R980 per night per tent midweek, and R1 680 per night per tent on weekend and holidays.

Visit their website here.

2. Warthogs Bush Camp

1 hour 25 minutes away from Johannesburg

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Image sourced from askarilodge.com

Warthogs Bush Camp is located in Magaliesburg just 2 km from Askari Game Lodge on the Plumari Private Reserve. This rustic camp is ideal for a relaxing getaway, family gatherings, conferences, and even weddings. The bush camp has six tents, and two tented stands with four tents on each. Facilities on the site include a hut-shaped dining area to enjoy meals with your family or friends and a boma where the elders can enjoy a deserved drink while sitting around the fire. Hot days are for dips and splashes into the water, so lucky for you, the campsite has a pool too. Fun activities available at Askari include an elephant experience, hiking, game drives, and a petroglyph hike where you will go and admire the rock engravings done by the people who lived and work in Magaliesburg 200 – 500 years ago. Rates for a stay here differ, so make sure to contact them here for their rates.

Contact: [email protected]

Visit their website here.

3. Soetdoring Vakansieplaas

1 hour away from Johannesburg

Soetdoring Vakansieplaas is located in Lenteland just outside Falconridge in Vereeniging. Its caravan park is surrounded by a forest of trees and is perfect for campers who want to get away from all of the city lights and everyday rush. This camping resort is not available for any day visits; it is strictly for campers. Soetdoring Vakansieplaas is perfect for the kids as its facilities include trampolines, an outdoor chess set, and a playground area. On reservation, families can go on an early morning or late afternoon game drive.

Price: From R400 per night for six people

Visit their website here.

4. Ruah Park Camping & Outdoor

1 hour 24 minutes away from Johannesburg

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Image sourced from the Ruah Park Camping and Outdoor Facebook page.

Ruah Park Camping and Outdoor are situated 30 km northeast of Pretoria bordering the Dinokeng Nature Reserve in the valley of Bobbejaansberge. Streams and dams run through the campsite and campers who enjoy fishing are welcome to try their luck, as long as they release the fish afterwards. The farm has diverse birdlife and small giraffe that roam around. Mountain trails along the dams and woody mountain slopes are perfect for the more adventurous camper.

Price: From R460 per night for four people

Visit their website here.

5. Kaia Manzi Resort

1 hour away from Johannesburg

Kaia Manzi is on the banks of Bronkhorstspruit Dam where those with a love for fishing can go and catch a fish or two. Campers can enjoy a trail run in the surrounding area. Kaia Manzi is the perfect site to launch a boat for the full camping experience.

Price: R240 per person per night

Visit their website here.

6. Bloekompoort Caravan Park

1 hour away from Johannesburg

Campsites near Joburg

Image sourced from Bloekompoort

Rediscover the magic of farm atmosphere at Bloekompoort Caravan Park. The caravan park has chalets available for booking if you do not have a caravan or tent. Campers can go on a trail run, enjoy a good braai, and enjoy a splash in the swimming pool for hotter days.

Price: From R260 per night for 2 people.

Visit their website here.


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