Have you ever felt the urge to go off the beaten track? To experience nature in its truest form, without any distractions, technology or the humdrum of city life chaos, which never seems to sleep. We’ve compiled a list of the top eco-friendly camping spots in South Africa for those wanting to get off-the grid. Let your Datsun take you there.
1. Richtersveld Wilderness Camping
If your idea of the perfect getaway involves the beautiful river, mountains and desert wilderness, then Richtersveld is the perfect place for you. Located on the banks of the Orange River, Richtersveld offers a variety of camping sites. There are minimum recourses, so make sure you’re kitted up for camping with only the bare necessities. Richtersveld desert offers stillness, peace and mesmerising nights under the bright stars of the open sky.
For more information, visit richtersveld.co.za.
2. Terra Khaya Backpackers, Hogsback
If you ever cross paths with someone who has experienced the pure bliss of that which is Terra Khaya, they’ll tell you only good things of this vibrant sanctuary high in the hills of Hogsback. This eco-lodge invites wanderers, conscious explorers, families and creatives to their humble abode. The permaculture paradise is run on renewable energy along with passion and community spirit. As soon as you walk into the doors of Terra Khaya, hear the chimes in the wind, feel the heat of the firepit on your cheek and breath in the fresh mountain air, you’d likely never want to leave.
For more information, visit terrakhaya.co.za.
3. Hermit’s Wood Campsite
Hermit’s Wood might very well be one of the well-kept secrets when it comes to off-the-grid camping. This ten-unit camping site offers campers a multitude of activities while enjoying the peace and quiet. The campsite, which is situated within the Mlambonja River Valley, boasts a beautiful backdrop of Rhino Peak and looks out onto Garden Castle. From hikes, valleys, caves and pools, it’s very unlikely that you’ll miss civilisation.
For more information, visit tracks4africa.co.za.
4. Greyton Eco-Camp
Greyton Eco-Camp is perfect for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, yet still want to remain close to a nearby town for an afternoon lunch or casual Saturday market. The camping site is situated close to where the Riviersonderend and Gobos rivers meet, allowing you to set up tent in the midst of sandy beaches and nearby mountainsides. At Greyton Eco-Camp, they endeavour to uphold a sustainable, low impact and low carbon footprint.
For more information, visit greytontourism.com.
5. Platbos | Western Cape
Spend a weekend in the mysterious, ancient indigenous forest of Platbos. Situated on the slopes of the Baviaanspoort Hills, between Gansbaai and Hermanus. There is a mysterious phenomenon around how this forest came to be, and is still surviving and thriving on a sand dune, with neither river or spring to sustain it. Yet, it grows. Following the ethos ‘take only pictures, leave only footprints,’ Platbos offers four incredible venues, allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature, peace and tranquillity. Although eco-friendly and off-the-grid, Platbos still offers comforts for the soul. From solar lanterns and candles to donkey boilers to provide hot water.
For more info, visit platbos.co.za.