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Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP)
The beautiful, rustic but luxurious camp is built from timber felled and milled in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).

Following the principal of “Touching the earth lightly”, only previously damaged sites were selected, and the design ensures minimum environmental impact.

Smitswinkel Camp provides hot water, open fires, and a fully equipped kitchen for self catering clients.

The camp links up as accommodation on route on the Hoerikwaggo Trail - a 5 day and 4 night hike from Cape Town to Cape Point or vice versa. However, if you wish to simply experience spending a night at this tented camp, book the accommodation and use it as a base from where you can enjoy all the Cape Point outdoor activities.

The camp is situated about 300m outside from the entrance gate to the Cape Point along Plateau Road close to Smithswinkel Bay. The name Smitswinkel (‘the blacksmith’s shop’) was given to this pretty little bay because of two rocks that jut out of the sea which resemble an anvil and a bellows. The bay is reached by a steep footpath.

Be Aware: there are baboons in the vicinity and when given the opportunity they will enter the tent and destroy property and personal belongings.

View also the other Tented Accommodation in TMNP.


R670.00 per unit

  • Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP)
  • Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP)
  • Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP)
  • Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP)
  • Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP)
  • Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP)
  • Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP)

Facilities & Services:

  • Self-Braai / Barbecue


The camp is set in the shadows of a weathered Flowering Gum plantation.

Each of the 6 safari tents has 2 single beds. No bedding is provided. The bathroom (shower and toilet) is en-suite.

The kitchen / dining room is fully equipped and also has a Dover stove for winter evenings. (Firewood can be purchased). An outside braai area is provided.

The huts are solar powered, so please conserve power. A light meter has been installed and lights will only switch on when it is sufficiently dark.

Smitswinkel Tented Camp:
- 6 x 2 bed Tents with Hot showers
- Communal Boma (kitchen) & Braai area
- Min of 2 and max12 persons per group
- Provide own bedding and towels
- Units are equipped with Beds & Mattresses
- Wheelchair accessible

Important Notice
1. Accommodation rates do not include Conservation Fees which are payable at the entrance gates.
2. Please ensure that you are familiar with the Rules & Regulations of National Parks before making a booking.

Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP) Activities:

* Enjoy walking in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park ( TMNP). There are 6 walks of 2 to 6 hours.

Cape Point to Smitswinkel:
The hike starts at Cape Point Lighthouse within the Cape of Good Hope section of the TMNP. Walk along the False Bay Coast to the old Smitswinkel Bay Forest station and this walk is approximately 15km long. Enjoy the vast tracts of fragrant fynbos where buck and other mammals roam such as the Chacma baboons, reptiles and birds.

Smitswinkel to Buffelsfontein Visitors Centre:
This is about 8km hike (from 4 to 5 hours) starting at Smitswinkel along the False Bay Coast to the Cannon and Lime Kiln and onwards to the Buffelsfontein Visitors Centre.

Cape of Good Hope:
From the car park to the old lighthouse

Circle route from the car park via the Arch, Sirkelsvlei and shipwrecks past Olifantsbos Cottage.

Platboom/ Gifkommetjie/Phyllisia
Walk along the Atlantic coast section of TMNP.

* Self drives through the Cape of Good Hope reserve. Look out for Eland, Red Hartebeest, Bontebok and Zebra.

* Visit Cape Point which offers visitors a excellent viewing opportunities from the two lighthouses that adorn the point. The lighthouse is accessible by foot or you can catch the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top.

* Visit Two Oceans Restaurant and the Tigers Eye Curio Shop.

* Also angling, picnicking, beaching and cycling opportunities against the spectacular backdrop of the mountains and coastline of the most south western point in Africa.

Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP) Map:

Smitswinkel Tented Camp (TMNP) Guest Reviews

Average Guest Rating: 
  5.0 out of 5 based on 4 reviews.

The facilities were of a high standard and the staff were very pleasant. We felt safe and the tents had everything we needed. Even the mattresses were comfortable. I highly recommend Smitswinkel and will return with friends or family.
 Reviewed by Bruce Anderson on 4 April 2016

Super! Same opening/closing hours as those of the nature reserve would be an extra plus .
 Reviewed by Dewitte Frank on 21 January 2016

Even though it was deep winter, the staff went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable and fully catered for the cold. The location is breathtaking and the ambiance peaceful. Will definitely make another visit, winter or summer!
 Reviewed by Nicola Smith over a year ago

Had a fantastic adventure! Loved the eco aspect of the camp, and everything was lovely. Lulama was a great host too.
 Reviewed by Mandy Robinson over a year ago

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