De Rust Caravan Park near Pretoria is 1 hour’s drive from Johannesburg.
Nature lovers will relish the quiet of this park, which limits its capacity to 25 well-spaced sites. Visitors camp beneath the indigenous trees on the banks of the Pienaars River and can stretch their legs on a seven-kilometre hike while spotting wild flowers, tortoises, small game and birds – the bird list of 280 species includes the rare African finfoot. This is the place to go if you prefer not to share your neighbour’s noise. A strict set of rules apply: no music, no day visitors and no caravan-club rallies are allowed. It might upset some people, but it makes this small caravan park a soothing retreat for everyone else.
Each site has its own braai area, water and power source.
No children under 16.
Need to know:
Campers in tents are welcome; small dogs are permitted by prior arrangement. The park is within the new Dinokeng Game Reserve, but self-drives to see wildlife aren’t permitted at this stage. Go horse riding and hot-air ballooning nearby.
$: It costs R85 a person a day, except over Easter and Christmas when it’s R100 a person a day.
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