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.
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|
|Lighting: Lanterns, bulbs for flashlights, 12V, 220V, battery|
|Cooking equipment – [see Kitchen Equipment]|
|Cutlery and crockery – [see Kitchen Equipment]|
|Outdoor shower: Solar or gas|
|Braai (Barbeque equipment) grid, wood, firelighters, igniters|
|Cooker: gas, butane, other fuel|
|Dust pan and brush|
|Camping axe/Standard axe|