samgdickinson Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
March 7th, 2022 Mabibi Beach Camp

As others have said, the main draw here is the beautiful, wild beach (which is shared with the nearby Thonga beach lodge. Beware the big waves / current!). Other than that, it is a very peaceful campsite with shady spots equipped with braai, tap and bin. We couldn't find anywhere to do our washing up, and the ablutions were good but water was very dark

March 2nd, 2022 Sodwana Bay - Sodwana Bay Camp Site

This was a really useful (and affordable at R105pp) base to do some diving at Sodwana Bay. We camped by the ampitheatre (which had been mown ahead of a big fishing event the following week, unlike the majority of the other camp spots) and it was a good walking distance from both the diving on Sodwana Bay beach and Mseni Lodge (lovely place for drinks/dinner). Like most KZN campsites, ablutions were utilitarian but clean, and spots are shady (but overgrown as mentioned above). We were alone in the 300+ campsite for the second night but still felt safe, though noticed there was no one at the gate when we came back late at night after a turtle tour

February 28th, 2022 Nyalazi Campground

Simple/compact but peaceful community run campsite right near the entry to iMfolozi-Hluluwe. Some of the (mostly shady) sites have a lovely view over the park. Ablutions were nice and clean

February 27th, 2022 Hluhluwe Bushcamp

We loved this campsite. Beautiful surroundings with lovely long grass (which looks particularly good at sunrise and sunset) and a woodland inhabited by nyalas. Great bird life too. Lovely ablutions and well equipped campsites. We didn't use the pool but think it is available to camping guests and looked very nice!

February 26th, 2022 St. Lucia - Sugarloaf Camp

Classic KZN campsite. Lots of shady campsites (largely empty), quite utilitarian but clean ablutions, feels safe - but nothing to write home about! The boardwalk was shut due to high water, which was a shame. Feels quite far away from the main strip

February 24th, 2022 Injisuthi Campsite

Beautiful surroundings and a great base for hiking (marble baths was one of our favourite hikes of a six month trip). Gets very busy at the weekend, but plenty of spots. Braai sites were a bit hit and miss. Basic but fine amenities. Bit of a bumpy road down!

February 20th, 2022 Khotso Horse Trails and Overland campsite

As others have said, this was one of our favourite campsites in South Africa. Lovely, peaceful surrounding. Nice, super helpful and relaxed owners and staff. Some great activities on offer too (we did the horse trekking and tubing both of which were really fun, as well as our own hiking in the local area) and super amenities, including a much welcome outdoor kitchen and cosy living space. Would definitely recommend a few days here.

February 19th, 2022 Sani Pass Lodge, Backpackers & Camping

We stayed at the backpackers a short drive away from the lodge for approx 700 rand pp including a three course meal at the lodge which allowed us to make the most of the bar until late at night, which was lovely. The backpackers itself is more like a mountain refuge, well equipped with a large communal living space with a fire, and great communal kitchen. There was a big group who'd just returned from hiking and the walls are pretty thin so we were kept up quite late but nothing unexpected for a backpackers on a weekend. Would recommend

February 18th, 2022 Sisters of Charity B&B

300 for a double room so pretty cheap. Room was tidy and had a small ensuite but we weren't allowed to use the kitchen so not ideal for self-catering

February 17th, 2022 Marakabei Lodge

Not an official campsite (no electricity and no tap) but we thought this was a great stop off en route from Roma to Sani Pass via Thaba-Tseka. Grassy patch on which to park overlanding vehicles, access to clean toilets and we were also given keys to a (quite basic) rondavela to shower with hot water, and invited to do our dishes in the spacious kitchen. There was also a bar which we didn't visit but seemed well stocked! Staff were very friendly.

February 16th, 2022 Semonkong Lodge

We loved our stay at Semonkong! The grassy campsites have the best view of the river just below, and the ablutions block was clean and had hot water. But the real plus was the Duck and Donkey tavern, part of the lodge, a cosy place to warm up after an afternoon of horse trekking in the rain! The lodge run this and other activities (e.g. abseiling) directly and create jobs for the local community in the process, and we understand there are lots of other ways they give back. Would definitely recommend a stay here, and a hike to the nearby waterfall, whilst in Lesotho!

February 14th, 2022 Cederberg Guest Farm

Agree with all the latest comments. Stunning pond-side setting, welcoming owners and good ablutions, and a nice lapa to shelter from the rain/sun if necessary. The bird watching was a real highlight.

February 12th, 2022 Away with the Fairies backpackers

Agree with the latest reviews, some great camping spots in the woods away from the main backpackers / bar, which are accessible for small overlanding vehicles (we have a Hilux with a rooftent(. Great mix of access to a fun bar and good food, and quiet space to camp, and the access to the hiking trails to the waterfalls was a real plus, as well as the beautiful views from the viewing platform. Ablutions were nothing to write home about...

February 10th, 2022 Green Fountain Farm Resort

As described by others, the owner Chris is very nice and helpful. The manager less so, but welcoming enough. The only downsides of this place were its proximity to the road and to a nearby (military?) airfield, as well as the fact that each ablution block hosts four sites so things can feel crowded if all are in use. Other than that, the sites are nice and grassy and it is useful to have own ablutions. We didn't use the pool area but it looked nice enough!

February 1st, 2022 Oaksrest Vineyards Guest Farm

We loved this campsite! Waking up for a swim in the beautiful dam, surrounded by mountains, was a real highlight. There was only one other couple when we were there so it was very peaceful. Lovely owners who even gave us a box of delicious, freshly-picked grapes on departure!

January 14th, 2022 Sanddrift

This campsite is right next to the incredible Cederberg vineyard, and to some of the most amazing walks in the local area (e.g. Wolfberg Cracks - not for the faint hearted!). It has a lovely family vibe (which also means it can get noisy) and the highlight is the access to the crystal clear river as well as the Malgaat swimming pond on hot days

January 12th, 2022 Gecko Creek

Awesome place to camp, with access to a great lapa for cooking / sheltering from the sun or rain, a lovely pool with stunning views, and great ablutions. Would definitely recommend as a base for exploring the local area.

January 9th, 2022 Skilpad Padstal Farm Camp

The campsite wasn't officially open for business when we were here (it is typically open during flower season) but the owner welcomed us on site anyway. Grassy spots with a lovely view over the national park and access to some nice walking trails. Ablutions were fine too even though the owner said they would usually be cleaner!

January 5th, 2022 Sesriem Campsite - NWR

Price as of January 2022 was still 490pp which makes this the most expensive campsite we stayed at in Namibia over a period of six weeks. It's a classic NWR camp where the staff aren't super welcoming, and campsites are pretty uninspiring, but this is the best way to enter the park first thing / leave last and see the dunes at their best at sunset/sunrise. And the pool was welcome relief in the summer heat, even if it was very busy!

December 29th, 2021 Anchor Lodge and Camping

We popped by to try to find somewhere to camp at Hentiesbaai during busy season (a fruitless task as it's a very popular place during the festive season!) and quickly turned back as there is a bar right at the entrance of the campsite which was blaring out electronic music at 5pm, and had plenty of drunk teenagers outside. Campsites looked pretty crowded too. Wouldn't recommend for a peaceful night's sleep!

December 27th, 2021 Brandberg White Lady Lodge

A very popular place with families over the festive period, with accessible pools and a good bar. But it isn't a particularly private or peaceful place to stay, with probably about 50 big campsites spread around on a sandy area, and shared ablutions.

December 26th, 2021 Mowani Mountain Camp

Given the quality of the campsites we have seen elsewhere in Namibia, we didn't feel this was worth R330pp. Yes, the sites are nestled against nice boulders but this is common in the area, and we found the sites here to be quite exposed to the sun and close together.

December 22nd, 2021 Kaoko Mopane Lodge & Campsite

The perfect place to cool off after a week in the Kaokoveld. Excellent swimming pool, lovely bar with draught beer and a view over the river (dry when we were there) and good sites with individual ablutions. Nice peaceful location away from the hustle and bustle of Opuwo.

December 20th, 2021 Syncro Campsite

An oasis in the desert, on the banks of the Kunene river. Good ablutions, and lovely places to hike in the mountains just above. All the campsites were busy when we were there so it did feel quite crowded, but other than that a magical place to stay, with incredible birdwatching

December 19th, 2021 Puros - Community Campsite

This is a real oasis, with lovely shady campsites and good outdoor ablutions. Really impressive given the desert setting! Welcoming staff who even convinced us to stay another night and relax. Would highly recommend.

December 18th, 2021 Mudorib Top Junction - Palmwag Concession site C-7

This campsite is a little difficult to identify but we made a good guess based on the remnants of fires we saw on the ground. Some nice shade from the trees, and surrounded by impressive mountains. Other than that we didn't see very much as the river was dry. But we found it to be a good distance from the entrance to the Palmwag conservancy (about 7h driving at a leisurely pace through jaw-dropping scenery) on the way to Sesfontein (approx another 3h through the Hoanib river bed) given we only planned to stay in the conservancy one night.

December 16th, 2021 Hoada campsite

As others have said, this is a lovely setting amongst the granite rocks, and some efforts have been made to nestle each campsite by its own rock and provide shade, but we didn't think it was worth the price given the quality of the campsites we have seen in the rest of Namibia. Sadly, the pool wasn't in a good state either, but this is understandable given chronic water shortages. Staff were welcoming and you can sense they have really felt the loss of income during COVID

December 15th, 2021 Cape Cross Seal Reserve Campground

A bit of a utilitarian campsite, frequented mostly by fishermen, and quite crowded. But was fine as a stopover on the way up the skeleton coast (in fact it is one of the only places to camp!). Thankfully the smell of the seal colony can't be smelt from camp, and it is relatively well protected from the wind. Really nice bar at the lodge with views over the sea. Didn't try the restaurant

December 13th, 2021 Swakopmund - Alte Brücke

We stayed here earlier in December, and found it to be a useful base to explore the area around Swakopmund. Very safe and useful to have own ablutions as well as grassy sites, even if these are in the heart of the complex so not particularly private. The only downside is we didn't feel the staff were very welcoming (perhaps because we weren't local?) and when our friends asked to stay in early January, they were told the price was R900 for two people versus the R450 for two which we had paid just weeks before, which was already a lot!

December 8th, 2021 Erongo Farmhouse and Erongo Rocks Campsites

This was our favourite campsite during a six week tour of Namibia. We stayed at Camp Granite which was the most luxurious (if very simple!) camp with full open air kitchen, dining room and bathroom set up, and felt utterly alone in this incredible setting. The silence was almost deafening, and the stargazing was second to none. The hiking trails are brilliantly marked, and we loved having an aperitif at yoga rock in the evenings. Can't recommend it enough.


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