Camdeboo National Park, which surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, opened its Nqweba Campsite on 1 March 2012.
“The Campsite and Tented Camp provides visitors with a rustic overnight nature experience within the Park’s Game Viewing Area,” said Park Manager, Peter Burdett.
The Park’s Lakeview Tented Camp is set to open on 1 April and will offer four furnished safari-type tents situated within an area originally used as a lapa for group functions.
The campsite, which is located on the floodplains of the Nqweba Dam, offers fifteen sites for caravans or tents with a maximum of six people allowed on each site.
Each site has a power supply and braai unit, while the centrally located communal kitchen conveniently provides a deep freeze, microwave and stove plates for campers and caravanners. The campsite’s communal ablutions provide shower and toilet facilities and are universally accessible.
While the sites do have some shade from Acacia trees, SANParks has an ongoing web-based donation campaign aimed at purchasing established karee (Rhus lancea) trees to ensure that the shade cover on the graveled sites improves in the future.
Camdeboo National Park’s major tourism draw card is the scenic Valley of Desolation, a national monument, while its Game Viewing Area is home to buffalo and antelope such as eland, gemsbok, red hartebeest, springbok and blesbok.