The Great Outdoors Guide


The Great Outdoors Guide, Southern Africa’s best-selling caravanning, camping and resort destination magazine. Over 1400 resorts are included, spread throughout South Africa’s nine provinces and six neighbouring countries - Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho. Resort listings (of which 104 are featured as premier destinations) are identified by map, GPS points, contact numbers and by website. In addition to details of nearby attractions, a unique set of icons provides a quick reference guide to the facilities and activities on offer. Also included in the Great Outdoors Guide is a catalogue of must-have camping gear, and a selection of top camping recipes guaranteed to tantalise the tastebuds. The introduction offers general advice on the essentials of camping, caravanning and 4x4ing through our beautiful continent, outlining what you need to know before you tow, or which off-road track to go. Plus, we include a handful of great travel stories sourced from SA’s most popular travel magazines, SA4x4 and Caravan & Outdoor Life. Plan your holiday with us. This guide will help you venture throughout southern Africa with confidence.

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variety is the very spice of life!

That gives it all its flavour. What gets you itching to get hitching? Is it the destination or the journey? Personally, it’s the destination I hanker for. I really enjoy getting to my resort early, setting up camp, and watching the new arrivals filter in. It’s a treat to see the variety of different camping units lined up at my resort. They say the test of any marriage or relationship is meeting the in-laws, but after my years of travelling, I have come to the realisation that it can be just as testing setting up camp with an older model caravan, motorhome or trailer. I presume the goal of any other camping family, like mine, is to set up a campsite in the most efficient way and as quickly as possible because the longer…

don’t keep your opinions to yourself

Are you an avid camper or caravanner? If so, we want you to send us your thoughts on resorts, caravans, trailers, motorhomes, and equipment. Not only might your letter be published in our next Great Outdoors Guide, but you might also be paid for it! All readers who write to us to share their opinions, reviews or feedback stand a chance of winning up to R10 000 in cash. You don’t need to be an expert writer or journalist – we have plenty of those. What we want is your honest opinion on any of the products and services which you think warrant special mention in our next edition of this guide. Just take a look at the reviews in this year’s magazine, which were all submitted by people just like…

south africa’s caravan of the year™ 2019

WOW! What an exciting year it has been for caravanning in southern Africa. This year, I would like to doff my hat, with the greatest respect, to all the caravans that came in the top 10 of our Caravan of the Year™ competition. Thank you for moulding this industry into what it is today. It certainly is a fun, enjoyable, and most of all exciting ride. All of which comes with a sweat-free set-up time of 5-10 minutes or less. Outdoor fun for the whole family. Unequivocally, it was the Conqueror lovers of southern Africa that made the most noise about their beloved Commander models. And as you read on, you’ll soon see why they’re a hard act to follow, and tough as leather too. Travel anywhere you want – and more!…

conqueror commander

Viktor I have had my Commander for just over a year. Although it’s an older model, everything works and after 3 000km I have not had any issues. The Conqueror team are always helpful, pleasant, and always make themselves available to handle queries. Living in an estate where space is at a premium, this is a compact little caravan that has all the bells and whistles and is easy to store. Nicola van der Westhuizen The Commander is our home away from home. It has all the comfort and space you need. What a pleasure it is to set up and it only takes minutes. Before you know it, you have a cold one in your hand and the weekend’s fun and relaxation can start! The kitchen is such a pleasure, with utensils…

mobi lodge

Peter Alexander Barclay Complete all-in-one package that’s easy to tow and super quick to set up. I enjoy the fact that only quality components have been installed, from AGM deep-cycle batteries, solar charger inverters and controllers, microwave ovens, water pump, battery charger, and aircon. The 4mm thick chassis on a hot-dipped galvanised frame re-assures me that I can go 4×4 off-roading without the fear of breakdowns while touring neighbouring countries with the Toyota group. These reassuring factors make my choice of a Mobi Lodge caravan the reason that my investment grows in value, while I still get to enjoy my home away from home. Frans Human My reasons for saying the Mobi Lodge is the best can be summarised as follows: • It is truly a 5-star en suite room and at night you…

conqueror companion

Annelie van der Westhuizen Strength! Nothing can be compared to the Companion. Secondly, I absolutely love the kitchen, which has more space than you can imagine. I don’t even need the boxes at the back. And, I always thought the Jurgens Palma had a lot of space. No way, my Companion is number one. Hanneline The open kitchen with a door at the back means no passing through the kitchen. There is so much space inside the caravan and it is so easy to pack up and leave on an adventure. It is great for kids to move in and out, with steps at the door that flip up and down. It has the perfect closet for kids on only one side of the caravan, which means it stays neat and is easy…