Real Deal Hiking – Algeria Campsite

There are two ways of going hiking and/or camping, the lazy, still at home feel with all amenities on hand and the rogue, au naturel serious about nature exploration way. The Algeria Camp, 200km from Cape Town is an epic beautiful 75000ha of the latter.

There are no specified pathways when hiking, however there are certain routes that have become more popular amongst the regular hikers. The campsite lies on the Rondegat River and is shady and mostly grassland. The crystal clear pools are a wonder in Summer and its difficult not to indulge in their inviting waters.

There are 48 Campsites, for tents and caravans, in total, which all have power points available, however note that there are no toilet facilities and a shovel is useful when burying the excreta and toilet paper. Hygiene is extremely important and all refuse must be carried out of the campsite.

The area is incredibly beautiful, with so many fantastic pathways to hike. A 1:50 000 topographical map is available from the Algeria Camp’s office. Hiking permits can be purchased as follows:

  • Overnight permits – via booking office / Algeria Nature Reserve only.
  • Rockclimbing and Pakhuis Permits – Information Centre at Clanwilliam
  • Day Hiking Permits for Wolfberg Arch – Sandrif, Driehok and Keurbosfontein
  • Stadsvaal Caves permit – Algeria, Driehok, Sandrif, Kromrivier, Nuwerus and Oasis.

So if doing the real camping and hiking thing is what you’re into then Algeria Campsite is definitely the place to book! To make a booking email / 021 483 0190

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