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About Ymansdam Camping & Self-catering Cottage

Ymansdam is situated near the Tankwa Karoo National Park at the foot of the Roggeveld Mountain, about an hour's drive from Calvinia.

Guests can choose between four campsites that also have ablution facilities. Please note that tents are not provided and guests have to bring their own. At night guests can relax around the camp fire and look up at the starry skies while enjoying the unbelievable fresh air so akin to the Karoo.

Ymansdam also has a fully equipped self-catering Cottage that is ideal for two or three people. The Cottage has an en-suite bathroom, open-plan kitchen and lounge as well as a veranda with a fireplace and a splash pool.

Visit Ymansdam and taste, experience and smell the lovely Karoo.

Please note that various facilities and services are available on the premises. These include purchasing wood, braai areas under trees, meals by arrangement, outside ablution facilities and a warm shower. We also have a farm dam and hiking trails, walking, biking, 4 x 4 trails, bicycle touring and birdwatching are some of the activities to partake is as well as donkey cart rides are available by appointment. We also have farm animals that can be viewed by the children.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Availability and pricing

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  • Campsites Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering The campsites are basic and guests need to bring their own tents. Ablution facilities with an outdoor hot shower are... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Outdoor shower see more Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Outdoor shower, Safe, River views, Dam views
    from $14 For 2 guests
    • Adults
      • Cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering The self catering farm cottage sleeps two people with an extra bed in the lounge. The bedroom is furnished with a double... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering see more Double beds, En-suite, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Single beds, Safe, Dam views
        from $42 For 2 guests
        • Adults

          Reviews for Ymansdam Camping & Self-catering Cottage

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          Nick Bedeker
          08 April 2021

          We really enjoyed our stay. All amenities at the campsite were working. The hosts were very friendly. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, the space and the stars.

          Marcel de Beer
          11 January 2021

          A great Remote Campsite in the heart of Nature.

          Richard Li
          19 September 2020

          It was a wonderful experience to camp in the middle of wilderness. We arrived there and found out there was only one camping site in the farm, surrounded by a wall made-up by dried bushes. Mountains, bushes, trees and a windermill can only be seen, and you only hear wind and cry of insets. In the evening, the sky was studded with twinkling stars.If the toilet and shower could be improved, this camping site would be one of the best.

          Maryna Botha
          15 September 2020

          We stayed in the cottage (nor the campsite), were warmly received and assisted as necessary. The surrounds are beautiful and it was a most peaceful and enjoyable stay!

          Simon Wright
          29 August 2020

          We’re sure this site is great, but due to Covid we had to stay in the UK - looking forward to a trip in 2021! We decided to let them keep the small camping fee - we’re sure the missing tourists are hurting the economy

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          Ymansdam Camping & Self-catering Cottage is 72.1km from the centre of Calvinia , the nearest airport 258.5km (Cape Town International Airport).
          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling