Camping and Caravanning

At the AA, we understand that South Africans love camping. That's why we're working harder to make getting out there easier for you!

There are many good campsites (and some great ones!) in South Africa. However, there are also some run-down campsites, so it's best to use one of the AA Quality Assured resorts or AA Travel partners - Forever Resorts, ATKV Resorts or SA National Parks. That way you'll be assured of a well-maintained campsite and an enjoyable trip!

Camping Dos and Don'ts
  • Before you go, read up on the area you intend to visit so you can prepare properly for the conditions you're likely to encounter.
  • Always check that tents and other equipment are in working order before you leave home. Be extra sure to test lighting and cooking equipment.
  • Once there, minimise your impact on the environment by using existing sites and tracks.
  • Always dispose of rubbish in the bins provided. If there are none, take it home with you.
  • Build campfires in designated areas where possible.
  • Respect other campers and their space. Abide by the campsite's noise guidelines and curfew and keep music to a minimum, especially at night.
  • Check if your chosen campsite permits pets before you take them along.
Safety Tips
  • Use electric lanterns rather than paraffin or candle-powered lamps inside the tent as the latter two are fire hazards. Glow sticks are ideal for children.
  • When using paraffin or candle-powered lanterns inside the tent, always keep them clear of the fabric and ensure the tent is properly ventilated.
  • Avoid pitching tents beneath overhanging branches that could break in windy conditions and crush the tent, possibly causing injury to its occupants.
  • Always ensure campfires are properly extinguished before going to bed.

Need guidance on what to take and what not to forget? This useful checklist will provide a starting point for your packing and planning.

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