At Cape Point Route we love autumn (and penguins) and it’s a favourite time of year to go camping. “Too cold?”, you ask – don’t worry – it’s not that cold or that wet, go with a little bit of preparation and the right gear to the right place… and you’ll extend your summer, beat the crowds and have star-filled nights to carry you into winter. Read on for the top 10 reasons to go Autumn Camping in the Cape AND the top 3 tented camps.
Extend your summer
Booking a campsite near the end of summer, makes it so much easier to commit and the best part is that it will extend your summer, when all your friends are stuck at home.
Cape Town has glorious autumn weather – there’s not often much wind, rain could be intermittent but the traditional Cape Town cold fronts seldom settle in during the autumn months so the days tend to be warm or crisp and the evenings chilly without Jack Frost arriving on your doorstep. The days average 18C so perfect temperatures for hiking and activities, whilst bundling up at night is super cozy.
Autumn colours start coming out – the lush greens evolve into reds, yellows, golds and browns – “fall foliage”. The clear, wind-free days provide fresh air for fabulous photos, there are incredible sunsets (and sunrises)
When the days get shorter and the nights get chillier, fewer people venture outdoors, so these are those magical days when you hike the beauty of Table Mountain and have it all to yourselves. Camps are less likely to be full and there is less chance of sharing the cooking facilities.
Putting on your beanie and creating a warm haven inside your tent. Creeping up to the roaring fire and rotating body parts towards the heat. Drinking steaming hot coffee or hot chocolate never tasted so good. With the right clothes and gear, cooler temperatures make autumn camping more comfortable and more cozy than in mid-summer.
With no wind restrictions – fires are allowed! Yay – there is nothing quite like sitting around a warm and toasty campfire with friends and family and toasting marshmallows. A fire is so inviting and brings the promise of fireside stories
Whilst Cape Town is not notorious for bugs, the cooler days mean there are fewer mosquitoes or nagging insects so life is just better outdoors.
Hearty, healthy comfort food is completely on the menu! Comfort staples are necessary in the great outdoors! And although there are fully equipped kitchens, there is nothing like cooking over an open fire – and the added bonus, if you make a mess there is not a lot to clean up!
The night sky
In autumn, more stars become visible earlier in the evening and you’ll have a greater chance at seeing them shining brightly in the sky and the air is crisper and clearer than in summer. Look out for Orion, the Southern Cross and other common constellations. You may even spot a falling star-don’t forget to make a wish!
Each Eco-Friendly camp can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests in 2 sleeper (One 4-sleeper tent at Orangekloof). All camps offer hot water, comfortable beds, open fires, fully equipped self-catering communal kitchens/dining areas and communal bathrooms (Smitswinkel has en-suite bathrooms). All camps are easily accessible by car and have dedicated parking areas or by hiking trail as the tented camps were designed and built as base camps for the Hoerikwaggo Trail.
Reasons we love these tented camps – especially in autumn
- You don’t have to pitch a tent – they are permanent structures
- They have real beds and real linen
- You can drive there
- The communal outdoor ablutions are gorgeous
- Hot tip – Smitswinkel tented camp has en-suite bathrooms.
Top 3 Tented Camps in Cape Town
Experience this unique accommodation at Orange Kloof Tented Camp in Hout Bay, nestled among an ancient Afromontane forest. Fall asleep under a canopy of stars, listening to the Disa River and an owl hooting, waking to a bird chorus – it doesn’t get better than this. Orange Kloof tented camp in Hout Bay has always been a special piece of paradise. R395 per person sharing. Enquire now
Nestled within indigenous Milkwoods, no more than 100m from the sea, this marine-themed tented camp is the perfect location to watch the sun sink in the Atlantic Ocean. Situated at the edge of the quaint village of Kommetjie, the camp offers a nature-based experience with the convenience of shops and restaurants close by. R395 per person sharing. Enquire Now
This is another “touching the earth lightly” camp built by SANparks. Located close to the entrance gate to the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park – it is set in the shadows of a weathered Flowering Gum plantation. All tents are en-suite with a kitchenette. The communal boma has additional facilities. R465 per person sharing. Enquire Now
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