Have you left your holiday bookings to the very last? These national parks have accommodation available for summer 2019/2020.

Even if you haven’t booked your December holiday yet, you can still organise a summer break to remember. There are a number of national parks where last-minute planners can find availability for the summer 2019/2020 holiday period.

Whether you long for silence and solitude or action and adventure, there’s a park to cater to your tastes.

Where to find available accommodation

Augrabies Falls National Park: The mighty Orange River is the lifeblood of this park and the sight of all that water thundering down the 56m drop is something to behold. Explore on foot or by mountain bike, and make time for a guided night drive.

Admiring the waterfall at Augrabies Falls National Park. Photo by Rudolph de Girardier, courtesy SANParks.

Bontebok National Park: A perfect summer escape, with the Breede River inviting regular swims. Camp at the water’s edge or stay in a cute wooden chalet.

Golden Gate Highlands National Park: There’s beauty everywhere you look, from the striking Brandwag Buttress to the undulating grasslands. Saddle up to explore the park and go on a guided walk to Cathedral Cave. It’s a sight you’ll never forget.

Karoo National Park: If rugged landscapes and 4×4 trails are your thing, look no further. Located just off the N1, Karoo National Park can also be explored in a sedan. Did we mention there are lions?

Mapungubwe National Park: This ancient lost kingdom is as rich in history as it is in wildlife. The guided heritage trail to Mapungubwe Hill is not to be missed. Savour sunset at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, where three countries meet.

Walking along Mapungubwe’s Tree Top Boardwalk to a viewpoint over the Limpopo River. Photo by Rudolph de Girardier, courtesy SANParks.

Marakele National Park: Go on safari just three hours from Gauteng. The park’s spectacular scenery rivals the raptor and big game sightings. The guided bush walks come highly recommended.

Mokala National Park: From the rare roan antelope to black springbok, Mokala delivers the out of the ordinary. Camp at a private waterhole, stay in a treehouse or sleep in a birdhide. The restaurant’s game pies are legendary.

Namaqua National Park: The coastal section of the park is dotted with postcard pretty bays where independent travellers can set up camp. Head to Namaqua for unmatched peace and quiet and stunning sea views.

Richtersveld National Park: Pack your 4×4 and head off on an adventure to a region few people get to see for themselves. Whether you opt to chill next to the Orange River or go hiking and mountain biking by day, just make sure you enjoy the night sky after dark.

A nightscape of the Richtersveld, a look at the park at its most enchanting. Photo by Rudolph de Girardier, courtesy SANParks.

How to book for summer

With summer officially in full swing, don’t delay any further. Book online or call SANParks Central Reservations on +27 (0)12 428 9111 to make your booking. Have a great holiday!