Feel closer to nature, not your neighbours, at one of these campsites with limited stands. With the summer holidays around the corner, there are few things as rewarding as soaking up the beauty of wild places in total peace and quiet.

#1: Kokerboomkloof
|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

At this remote campsite it’s not simply about privacy, it’s also about solitude. There might be eight designated stands, but there’s every chance you could be the only one camping here. This is a destination for the well-equipped. You need a 4×4 to reach the site and there’s no water, wood or electricity. But you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of space, striking quiver trees and masses of stars.

Rates: From R243 base rate for two guests, R89 an extra adult, R45 an extra child
Contact: +27 (0)12 428 9111, BOOK ONLINE

#2: Skuinsklip
Namaqua National Park

The stretch of coast between the Groen and Spoeg rivers is seamed in pretty little bays where rustic camping is possible. Forget about sharing your sea view with a horde of holidaymakers as Skuinsklip has just two stands. (There are five other sites along the coast with between four and six stands.) This is the West Coast, so there are windbreak walls to protect the tents, but the sites do not have ablutions, just an enviro loo. They do, however, have uninterrupted views, fresh air and quiet.

Rates: R147 base rate for six guests
Contact: +27 (0)12 428 9111, BOOK ONLINE

#3: Motswedi
Mokala National Park

With only half-a-dozen stands arranged around a waterhole, Motswedi offers privacy, comfort and game-viewing opportunities. Each stand has its own neatly arranged bathroom, toilet and kitchen, so you don’t have to face strangers when you’ve just woken up. Solar power provides hot showers, while gas is used for the hobs and fridge. Set up your camping chair with a view of the waterhole and wait for the buffalo to come calling.

Rates: R434 base rate for two guests, R152 an extra adult, R76 and extra child
Contact: +27 (0)12 428 9111, BOOK ONLINE

#4: Cederberg Wilderness Area

For the chance to camp alone among ancient rock formations, shoulder your pack and set off into the Cederberg’s wilderness. Hikers are free to sleep under the stars wherever they like, so you can pick a spot all to yourself. The number of hikers allowed in a day is limited and you have to get an overnight hiking permit. Take a gas stove as fires are not allowed and be prepared for changeable weather. The mountains can deliver sudden storms, but also deep silence and stunning beauty.

Rates: From R120 for two guests per night, R20-R60 per additional person per night (max six)
Contact: +27 (0)21 483 0190, BOOK ONLINE

#5: Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Oribi Gorge is a place of sheer sandstone cliffs, dense forest and open grassland. You can descend right to the base of the gorge, where there’s a picnic spot and a delightful riverside walk. The camp overlooks the gorge and is peaceful and intimate with just five spacious, shady sites, each with an electrical power point. You’ll feel smug about your select spot when the time comes for the day visitors to go home.

Rates: From R90 per person per night
Contact: +27 (0)33 845 1000, BOOK ONLINE

Do you have a favourite secluded campsite? Let us know in the comments below.

Main picture by Brian Burger via Creative Commons