Love camping but not so keen on queuing for the bathroom? These campsites offer the added luxury of your own facilities. Now that’s what we call camping bliss. By Gaynor Siljeur

Motswedi Campsite, Mokala National Park

If you are looking for a more exclusive camping experience, look no further. Motswedi Campsite has just six stands spaced well away from each other in a half moon around a waterhole – ideal for game viewing. Each stand has its own bathroom with a solar geyser for hot showers, and a kitchen with a gas fridge/freezer and two-plate gas burner. What’s more, the kitchen has a built-in preparation nook where you can sit and enjoy breakfast in peace and quiet. If you don’t feel like traditional camping fare (a lekker braai), treat yourself to a meal at Mosu Restaurant – their venison pie is legendary. Since Motswedi is situated some distance away, meals after 18:00 are only offered as part of a dinner and game drive combo for minimum four people; alternatively, book for lunch.

Good to know: There is no electricity available at the campsite, so it would be a good idea to pack portable charging devices for mobile phones and laptops. The camping grounds have a solar-powered electric fence to keep buffalo out.

Cost: R459 base rate for two guests, R152 for an extra adult, R76 for an extra child

Contact: SANParks Central Reservation Offices at +27 (0)12 428 9111 or book online.

Motswedi Campsite in Mokala National Park. Picture by Johan Barnard.

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

Lofty trees, birdsong and tranquillity await when you pitch your tent at Grootvadersbosch. While all 12 campsites offer views of the indigenous forest, two of them (stands 11 and 12) boast their own ablution facilities. Each stand has its own braai facilities but there is a thatched communal braai-area if you feel like getting to know your fellow campers. At Grootvadersbosch it’s all about the forest, with a variety of day hikes and two elevated hides that give you a bird’s eye view of the canopy. Look for forest dwellers like Narina trogon and Forest Buzzard, and admire venerable red alder, yellowwood, stinkwood and ironwood trees. Adjoining Boosmansbos Wilderness area is also worth a visit.

Good to know: Bring your own firewood to be safe. Firewood is not always on sale at the campsite and the supply from neighbouring farms is sporadic.

Cost: The stands with their own ablutions cost R260 for one or two people during off-peak season, R55 per additional person (maximum four). During peak season R370 per night for one to four people.

Contact: CapeNature Call Centre at +27 (0)21 483 0190 or book online.

Grootvadersbosch campsite in the magnificent foothills of the Langeberg Mountains.

Also read: Overnight hiking in Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Langkloof Campsite, Tankwa Karoo National Park

Situated within the scenic upper reaches of Langkloof Gorge, this campsite is priceless if you are looking to camp without the crowds. Langkloof consists of just two stands, each with their own bathroom featuring a gas geyser, kitchenette, braai facilities and carport. Tankwa Karoo National Park is known for its rich bird life, peculiar plants, vast plains, starry nights, and utter peace and quiet. Off-road enthusiasts can get their vehicles dirty on a number of 4×4 tracks.

Good to know: There is no cellular reception within the park, but there is Wi-Fi at Roodewerf reception. You need a high clearance (2×4 or 4×4) vehicle to get to Langkloof. During the rainy season the route to the campsite becomes 4×4 only.

Cost: R354 base rate for two guests, R152 for an extra adult, R76 for an extra child

Contact: SANParks Central Reservation Offices at +27 (0)12 428 9111 or book online.

Langkloof Campsite is situated within the scenic upper reaches of Langkloof Gorge

Also read: Where to camp without the crowds