Camping guide for South Africa

Campsite rules vary, but keep an eye out for regulations that are wildlife specific. Baboons, monkeys, birds and even honey badgers can wreak havoc in an unattended camp so look out for signs and heed any warnings. If there are lids on the bins, make sure you replace and secure them. Wherever you’re camping, don’t leave food in the open and put any leftovers in your vehicle overnight. Leopards in the Kruger National Park Many campsites have electricity, but plug points aren’t always conveniently placed. An extension cord can be useful for charging items safely in your car. Power can cost extra, but once you’ve paid for your campsite there should be no further fees. There’s never an extra charge for the ablutions or hot showers. Most campsites ask for silence after 10pm, but campfire conversation, at a reasonable volume, is generally acceptable into the night. Make sure your fire is properly extinguished before you head to bed. Music is rarely allowed and national park campsites are particularly strict on noise. Busy resort campsites, however, can get a bit rowdy in the holiday season.

Camping Essentials for your trip

Tent: Ground, rooftop, canvas, nylon, with/without  awning
Ground sheet: Netting, PVC
Pegs, ropes and poles
Fly sheet
Camping table
Folding chairs
Windbreaker screens
Lighting:  Lanterns, bulbs for flashlights, 12V, 220V, battery
Cooking equipment – [see Kitchen Equipment]
Cutlery and crockery – [see Kitchen Equipment]
Outdoor shower: Solar or gas
Camping toilet
Braai (Barbeque equipment) grid, wood, firelighters, igniters
Cooler box
Extension lead
Cooker: gas, butane, other fuel
Table cloth
Dust pan and brush
Camping axe/Standard axe
Bush saw/Panga


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