Platbos Forest lies outside Gansbaai, which is only about 2 hours drive from Cape Town, and it’s just the best little camping spot. The forest itself is the southernmost indigenous forest in Africa and some of these trees are truly ancient. It used to be much bigger, but unfortunately a few folks attempted an agricultural development in the area in the past. The forest is still big enough to get lost in and the trails that run through it envelopes you in a wonderland of green.
The campsite itself lies in a clearing and the tents are already set up, with proper beds inside them. The shower is beautiful, with one side completely open to the forest and hot water generated with a fire. The kitchen is fully equipped to self cater, with a two-plate gas stove and everything, but it’s the nicest to braai on the open fire while sitting on the stump chairs, enjoying a cold one. The camp sleeps nine comfortably and, for a small amount, you can bring more tents along and pitch them in the clearing. As you’ll see, there’s more than enough space. And what’s more, it’s very affordable.
There is something truly magical about camping underneath a leafy canopy, just you and your friends or family, completely hidden from the outside world.
Price: R700 for the first six guests and R75 extra per guest thereafter.