What makes you a happy camper? In our February mini survey, we asked you about your camping preferences.

We wanted to know where you most enjoy pitching your tent, why you go camping, how you get there and which gear you most want to get. Have a look at the results and let us know if you agree!

People who love camping say there’s nothing quite like it. In our camping survey we wanted to find out more about what makes your camping trips memorable. Here are some highlights from the survey.

Your favourite camping destinations

1st place: Kruger National Park

Two-thirds of you said the Kruger National Park is tops when it comes to camping. What is there not to love about our flagship national park? The roads and campsites are well maintained, animal sightings are plentiful and the scenery is gorgeous.

You say: “Kruger never disappoints. From the fantastic game viewing to late night animal noises, the park had everything.”


Picture by Kate Collins

2nd place: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The runner-up is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (13%). This remote park offers a sense of peace that can prove elusive at some of the bigger camps.

You say: “From dusk to dawn and in between, each second is loaded with amazing surprizes! When big mammals are eluding you (which is almost impossible as there are plenty) or when the heat becomes too much, settle down in the shade of a camel thorn tree and look at the small creatures around you. Soon you will lose yourself in the awesomeness of the creator.”


Picture by Kate Collins

3rd place: Addo Elephant National Park

Next up on your list of favourite camping spots is Addo Elephant National Park (5%). You rate Addo for its game sightings and camping facilities.


Spekboom Tented Camp A night spent in this camp in the game viewing area of Addo Elephant National Park is one you’ll never forget. Think wild animals drinking at the waterhole, starry skies and the peace and seclusion of a small camp with just five tents. The mazes of spekboom trees offer guests true privacy, while the chance of seeing spotted hyenas, lions and black-backed jackals makes for an exciting stay. Here the day’s first cup of coffee gets new meaning thanks to the scents and sounds of the African bush, not to mention what this national park is famous for – its glorious grey giants. Picture by Rory Alexander

Spekboom Tented Camp by Rory Alexander

You say: “During our first visit to Addo, an elephant herd gave us a beautiful demonstration on how to take a mud bath in the rain. It was amazing to watch the interaction with the little ones. We also saw a rooikat (caracal) there for the first time.”

Quite a few of you admitted that the best campsite is the closest one. Sometimes you just need to get into the veld!

The stats

The below infographics shed light on your reasons for camping, preferred way to get around and the gear you dream about. Where do you fit in?

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Travel preference survey - Mar 2015