The Top 8 December Outdoor Getaways in South Africa

As the scorching South African sun gears up for its annual dance, painting the landscape in the vibrant hues of “Dezemba,” there’s no better time to head out into the exhilarating outdoors. With the December holiday season tantalisingly close, the allure of our breathtakingly diverse landscapes is impossible to resist. From the rugged bushveld terrains to the serene, untouched river sanctuaries, the wild beckons, and the call of adventure echoes louder than ever. But here’s the deal – you can’t head off on these thrilling escapades without the right gear. That’s where Camp Master steps in, ensuring your journey is not only memorable but also brimming with comfort and style.

Why December is the Perfect Time for an Outdoor Adventure in South Africa:

As the year draws to a close, South Africa basks in the glory of its balmy summer climate. The skies are a brilliant blue, the air is filled with a sense of freedom, and the natural wonders of the land are at their most spectacular. The “gees” is also immaculate. It’s the time to swap the confines, commutes and cubicles of routine for the boundless expanse of nature’s playground. With the festive season in full swing, and school holidays setting the stage for a nationwide exodus, December becomes the golden ticket for the ultimate outdoor adventure in South Africa.

Top Outdoor Getaways:


Nestled within the enchanting Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is a quintessential African escape. Picture this: wafting through luxury suites in world-class accommodation amidst the untamed beauty of the bushveld, the sounds of the wilderness serenading you as you unwind. Whether you’re keen on guided game drives or bush walks, this is the sanctuary that encapsulates the essence of an authentic African safari experience. Seriously, there’s a reason this kind of holiday is what the international community thinks about when you mention SA.


Prepare to be enchanted by the mesmerizing landscapes and diverse wildlife at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge. Located in the Pilanesberg National Park, this lodge offers an extraordinary blend of luxury and natural wonder. With the right planning, you could spend your December waking up to the rustle of leaves and the distant roar of a lion. Here, adventure seamlessly intertwines with relaxation, making it a haven for the soul and an adventure seeker’s paradise.


For those craving an eco-friendly retreat that resonates with the heartbeat of the Earth, Bulungula Eco Lodge is the place to be. Tucked away in the heart of the Wild Coast, this rustic haven offers an authentic and sustainable living experience. You get to celebrate our beautiful country by giving back to her. Immerse yourself in the local Xhosa culture, explore the untamed beaches, and rejuvenate your spirit in harmony with nature. Sustainability is on trend, after all.


Surf, sun, and unrivalled coastal vibes await at Island Vibe J-Bay. Gnarly. This backpacker’s paradise, situated in the picturesque Jeffreys Bay, captures the essence of the South African beach lifestyle. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a beach enthusiast seeking some Vitamin Sea, this spot promises an endless summer, good vibes, and unforgettable memories. Meet us at the beach bonfire.


Nestled in the picturesque Northern Drakensberg, the Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge is a gateway to a world of awe-inspiring beauty and adventure. With the mighty Drakensberg Amphitheatre as your backdrop, this lodge offers a perfect base for exploring the surrounding hiking trails, waterfalls, and breathtaking vistas. Get ready for an adrenaline rush and a soul-stirring communion with nature. This spot attracts tourists from all over the world, so be prepared to meet some interesting characters.


Ebb and Flow Rest Camp, situated in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, is an idyllic destination for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Embrace the tranquil beauty of the Touw River, explore the lush forests, and indulge in a myriad of outdoor activities. This camp promises a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, making it an ideal retreat for nature lovers. We hear there’s incredible birding there, too, for all the twitchers in the Camp Master family.


Nestled in the Royal Natal National Park at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg, Mahai Camp Site is a nature lover’s utopia. Picture yourself surrounded by towering peaks, gushing rivers, and an array of hiking trails that lead to unparalleled panoramic views. If you’re seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle, this spot offers the perfect sanctuary for rejuvenation and exploration. There’s no view quite like a crisp ‘berg morning.


Dive into the rugged beauty of Augrabies Falls – literally – where the Orange River dramatically cascades through an awe-inspiring gorge. Situated in the Augrabies Falls National Park, this natural wonder is a testament to the raw power and majestic allure of South Africa’s landscapes. Hiking trails, scenic viewpoints, and a rich tapestry of flora and fauna await those eager to immerse themselves in the raw beauty of the great outdoors. Who doesn’t love a good waterfall?

Get out there into Dezemba, Camp Masters!

With South Africa’s diverse natural wonders laid out like a sumptuous feast, December is the ideal time to dig in. However, no adventure is complete without the right gear to accompany you on your escapades. Camp Master, with our range of durable, high-quality, and affordable outdoor equipment, ensures that you are fully equipped to embrace every moment of your journey. You can grab your outdoor essentials from our wide range, available at a Game, Makro or Builders’ Warehouse near you. So, pack your bags, grab your gear, and get ready to make December an unforgettable chapter in your outdoor escapade book. Let Camp Master be your companion as you immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of South Africa’s outdoor treasures. Adventure awaits – are you ready?

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