We hope this information may be of use to fellow travellers that may be travelling through Africa. Below is a list of campsites that we used and any other useful information that we feel may be relevant. We decided to only start this information in North Africa as travelling through Europe is pretty easy. All co ordinates are in Degrees Minutes & seconds unless otherwise stated.
CHEFCHAOUEN Camping Azilane – situated right at the top of a very steep hill overlooking the Medina. Hard standing for camper vans, some rooms and some grass spots for tents. Water, waste, toilets & showers. Security. Co ordinates N35.17565 W 005.26681 (metric co ordinates) ——————————————————————
MOULAY-IDRISS Camping Bellevue Zerhoune- situated in-between Moulay-Idriss and Meknes. Near to roman ruins of Volubilis. Nice campsite, showers, toilets, water & waste. Able to buy bread every morning. You can catch local bus to Moulay-Idriss and then walk to Volubilis ( about 30 mins). Local bus also goes into Meknes and takes about 40 mins. Co ordinates N 34 00’55” W 005 33’43” ————————————————————————————–
DAR-BOUAZZA Just south of Casablanca. Derelict campsite in need of lots of repair. Never saw facilities. Beach close by but full of rubbish and masonry . Would not recommend. N 33 28’768″ W 007 54’184″ ————————————————————————————–
EL-JADIDA Camping International. Spacious campsite, with showers, water, waste. Typical Moroccan kept site (cut down trees just left on ground). Central location for beach. Little shop onsite for bread etc and a bar and restaurant. N 33 14’24” W 008 29’19” ————————————————————————————–
OUALIDIA Camping Municipal- large hard standing car park. No facilities, but close to beach and cafe. N 32 43’58” W 009 02’34” ————————————————————————————–
ESSAOUIRA Esprit Nature-18km out of Essaouira on Marrakech road. Beautiful site and is how campsites should look and be run. Very clean shower block & toilets, swimming pool, water and waste. Shady areas with lots of plants & trees and grass for tents. Good walking nearby. Down an easily accessible piste ( approx 4 km) N 31 33’14” W 009 37’25’ ——————————————————————-
Camping Sidi Magdoul Very basic hard standing right on edge of town, 5 min walk to restaurants and beach, water & waste, little shop & security. Please note you get locked out at 11pm ! N 31 29’50” W 009 45’80” You are able to park in car park behind the beach just along the road from this site for a small charge. Blowing sand may be a problem here. ——————————————————
OUARZAZATE Camping La Palmeraie- South side of the river, over the bridge and take a little turning on the left down some small residential roads/tracks. Very pleasant small site, with Berber tents for rent. Showers, water, waste, restaurant . Access to this site was very tight for our over land truck (width & height), however normal camper vans would not have a problem. N 30 50’25” W 006 53’90” Just south of Ouarzazate on the road to Agdz there is another campsite on the right, high above the road, which has good facilities, clean showers, electric hook up & water for each parking area. There are also very nice rooms available. Restaurant with good food and very friendly staff. Unfortunately we did not record the co ordinates here and lost the owners business card. There is a fortified wall around the site.
ZAGORA Camping Sindibad- fairly large site in town, lots of shade, bit of grass. Showers, water, waste, security & wifi. Quite narrow access but we got in, with no trouble. Swimming pool collapsed . N 30 19’38” W 005 50’08
TAGOUNITE Camping Les Palmeraires-behind small town. Some shade, showers,toilets & rooms to rent.Small friendly site. N29 58’19” W 005 34’47”
ERFOUD Camping Tifina- Large clean site, with good spacious showers and toilet blocks. Washing machine,Wifi, Swimming pool. Nice site to sit out and relax. Quite a way out of town on Rissani Road (approx 8km) . N31 22’90” W 004 16’30”
SKOURA Camping Skoura Ammidil- large site with hard standing only, no shade apart from a constructed vehicle shade. New Swimming pool ( extra cost to use), showers, toilets, restaurant, wifi and very friendly staff. Gites also available. Close to historic Kasbah which is within walking distance & worth a visit. N 31 02’58” W 006 34’36”
TAROUDANT Access via a very small residential track, with palm trees overhanging. We managed this route in our truck ( about 4km). Nice green site with flowers and trees. Clean showers & toilets, water and waste & security.Can cycle or drive into Medina.Watch out for one way traffic system in Medina. N30 28’38” W 008 50’36”
AGADIR Camping Atlantic- 15km north of Agadir. Very large site with static caravans. Large areas to park. Clean showers and toilets. Swimming pool very nice. Site backs onto beach with a restaurant. Camels,horses,quad bikes, jet skis etc. N 30 35’24” W 009 45’08”
Carrefour supermarket in Agadir N 30 25″33″ W 009 35″33″
TIZNIT Camping Riad Assllaf-Camping around back of Riad, used for Moroccan weddings. Large site, with very limited facilities, 2 toilets and 2 cold showers,not very clean. Loads of birds i.e. peacocks,ducks,geese. Very noisy especially at night. Very friendly staff who are glad to show you around the Riad. N 29 41’47” W 009 42’40”
LAAYOUNE Bedouin camp-Access off road on very well sign posted piste ( 4km). Just south of Tarfaya. Fantastic views. Bedouin tents available, cold showers, but you can pay extra for a hot shower. Shower water is salty. Restaurant. Sandy pitches. N 27 27’71” W 013 03’11”
BOUJDOUR Camping Sahara Line-Situated at end of town next to beach. Large site. Some rooms available. Showers not working at time of visit. Toilets, water & waste. N 26 07’57” W 014 29’40”
DAKHLA Free camping on beach just after peninsula, just on left after police check point. Past sign to Hotel Spirit. No facilities. Very Windy. N 23 54’079″ W015 47’255″
BIR GANDOUZ Hotel Barbas- Hotel happy for campers to park up outside over night if facilities used. Food good. Security guard over night and good wifi. There are toilets and showers, but not used. Some lorry drivers use this as a stop over before the border. 80 kms from Mauri border. N 22 03’269″ W 016 44’846″ Mobile phone for Morocco – used Maroc Telecom sim card. Very good coverage with 3G in more urban areas. Very cheap.
Camping Baie Le Levrier- Tucked away in a corner of a petrol station, not easily seen. Very small courtyard with very tight access. Very basic facilities. Did not like us using water !
N 20 54’944″ W 017 03’009″
Please note Camping Abba did not seem open when we visited, although most road blocks assume you are going there !
N 20 54’51” W 017 03’179″(camping Abba)
NOUAKCHOTT Auberge Menata – No sign post but just off General De Gaulle Ave. Blue gate. Small courtyard for camping or camper vans. Rooms are available. Main showers not working at time of visit so did not use. Restaurant facilities. Good location for centre of city. Friendly staff, some English understood.Water available. N18 05’590″ W 015 58’639″
MALI EMBASSY (about a 30 min walk from Auberge Menata). N 18 06’480″ W015 58’718″ Mobile Phone – used Mauritel sim card. Again very cheap and good coverage on main roads and 3G in urban areas.
CAMP ZEBRABAR-Located about 15km south of city on beach. Fantastic relaxed large camping area, with lots of trees in a National Park, Langue De Barbarie. They also have a variety of other accommodation available of various sizes and prices. A strip of land separating Senegal river from the ocean. Pirogue trips available. Use of kayak’s, swimming, relaxed terrace. Great food from restaurant and bar. Clean showers and toilet facilities.Very friendly owners ( Martin & Ursula) and staff. We stayed for almost 2 weeks as its so nice.
N 15 51′ 897″ W 016 30’726″ ( Access via a few km’s of well defined piste, used by non 4×4 vehicles)
Mobile Phone- used Orange Senegal sim card, again very cheap.
LAC ROSE Le Calao du Lac ( about 40km north of Dakar)-quite large camping area available for campers or overlanders, as well as bungalows ,which look very nice. Showers x 2 ( cold water) and toilets x 4 available for campers. Very nice site, with a lot of effort and thought into design ,flowers and trees. Very nice swimming pool and shaded areas for relaxing. Restaurant & bar, which was very good and huge portions. The beef brochettes were fabulous. N 14 49’786 W 017 13’921
SINE-SALOUM DELTA PALMARIN Djidjack- Large site with access to beach. Bungalows & Mauritanian tents available and an area for campers.Small swimming pool. Camping area has an ablution block with toilets and cold showers, all very well maintained and clean. Lots of trees and flowers.Very large restaurant/bar area with library and areas to relax in. Food good & staff very friendly.Bakery next door for fresh bread if self catering. N14 01’422 W016 46’143
(accessed by good piste, soon to be upgraded to tarmac)
TAMBACOUNDA-Hotel Oriental Oasis-Bungalows around a swimming pool. Was allowed to park up in their car park over night for an extortionate 12,000 CFA ( but really tired) so paid and used the pool side toilet & shower. They had small restaurant but did not use it. N13 46’454 W013 41’555.
KAYES PROVINCE ( road to Kita)
Wild camp ( near to ferry to Bafoloube) N13 55’460 W01045’279. Hard standing area off road next to radio mast. See Mali – Mud sweat & tears. Advise do not stop here a storm.
Wild camp (Piste to Kita – R11). Disused quarry for road maintenance. N13 31’828 W009 58’229
Plage Hotel ( formally Hotel Djoliba). Space for overland vehicle in large car park. Was not allowed to camp, although we think the previous ownership allowed this as it was on their menu. Room with air con and shower, clean but basic. Nice swimming pool overlooking the river with a bar and restaurant, which is used by a lot of locals. Located south of old bridge, not far by taxi to Burkina Faso Embassy.
Cassa Africa – No signage for this so a little bit tricky to find, but owner saw us and opened the gates. Very small courtyard with a few mango trees.There were apparently some rooms to the side, but we did not see these. A small restaurant (not used) , cold beer,friendly owner.Did not use shower or toilet. Problem with large vehicles but small 4×4 would be ok. Beware falling mangoes !
N11 10′ 148 W004 18′ 708
Hotel golden Tulip (formally Sofitel)- ample parking, but was not allowed to camp so booked a room. Very nice with air conditioning. Very nice swimming pool & restaurant. Located just over barrage no 3 and a 20 min taxi drive to Ghana Embassy.
N12 23′ 530 W001 30′ 099
GHANA EMBASSY co ordinates – N12 22′ 438 W001 30′ 381 ( very short opening hours 8am – lunch time)
MOLE NATIONAL PARK
Camped next to Motel overlooking the escarpment above a water hole,with a great view of the elephants. They seem to use this area now for camping and you can’t beat the view. There was a water tap that could be used and we were offered to use the dormitory shower & toilet.They have a bar and restaurant and a small swimming pool (extra cost to campers). Watch out for the Baboons that can be a nuisance generally in the afternoons.
Game walks and guided tours in 4×4 can be arranged with the park rangers. Not allowed to use your own vehicle or go alone.
N009 15’579 W001 51’347
Cofkans Hotel- fairly new large hotel , large carpark with security. WAs not allowed to camp so took a room. A bit over priced for standard.Had swimming pool (not used) and restaurant serving chinese/Ghanaian dishes.Seemed mainly set up for chinese business.
CAPE 3 POINTS
EZILE BAY – To access you turn off tarmac for 20 km of pretty rough piste, but fine with a 4×4.
Basic bungalows and area for camping. Fantastic location right on the beach. Able to use toilet in the restaurant and outside cold shower. You can walk to cape 3 points light house, but does take longer than they suggest. 1.5 hours each way, with time at lighthouse. You will need to pay at the” tourist info hut” and again to George if you want to climb the lighthouse ( very steep ladders).
N004 45′ 387 W002 02′ 323
NEAR ELMINA & WEST OF CAPE COAST
KO-SA BEACH RESORT- Fantastic site right on the beach. Was able to park in car park and stay in vehicle and camp. Able to use shared toilets and cold showers, which were very clean. They also have traditional cottages situated in lovely gardens, but would advise booking as they seem to get quite busy. Very good restaurant serving continental and Ghanaian food ( best food so far in Ghana). Really friendly staff and owners and a very relaxed atmosphere . You can easily get taxi to Elmina Fort and Kakum national Park.
N005 03’690 W001 26’431
BIG MILLIES BACK YARD- very lively well known backpackers haunt next to the beach. Able to park in car park which is directly in front of bar area ( so quite noisy) .Other small camping area available by cottages. Small restaurant onsite. Live music end of week and reggae on Saturdays. Able to use bucket cold shower and bucket flush toilets. Mr Brights surf shop onsite .
Southern Africa, and East Africa
We have decided not to detail all our camping spots in Namibia And beyond, as with the use of the Tracks4Africa software, the ioverlander app, maps and books, the finding of suitable spots, both wild camping and campsites it is relatively easy in Southern Africa (compared to West Africa). If anyone wants any more info in these places please contact us.
All the campsites that we stayed in beyond the Caprivi Strip are all reviewed on the ioverlander app, it’s a great bit of kit and free, but please post your reviews when using it as its only as good as its latest update.