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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 Rooms / Units: 4 The campsites are basic and guests need to bring their own tents. Ablution facilities are available. Breakfast is avai... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Self-catering, River views
    from $11 For 2 guests
    • Rooms 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, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds
        from $33 For 2 guests
        • Adults

          Reviews for Ymansdam Camping & Self-catering Cottage

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          Marilyn Oosthuizen
          11 October 2019

          Wonderful experience The accommodation was neat and tidyThe animals around was awesome The little goat even sucked our fingers

          Theresa Lines
          26 August 2018

          The location is stunning, but we arrived at 1730 the person ( query the owner) who accepted the balance of our money pointed to a gate we should go through. We followed a track to a site. The toilet had no water, the donkey wasn't working. There was a 20litre container of water in the boma/site, tap was dry. We had travelled from East London and were bitterly disappointed, it certainly wasn't what one would expect for that price. We decided to leave the following morning in disgust and write off the monies paid for a second day. This trip with my 80year-old mother and 84 year-old father, to...
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          Deon Joubert
          11 July 2018

          We arrived at 7pm, were greeted at the gate and told that sorry, the "donkey" providing hot water was out of order but that they have put a container with water in the camp area. It is winter, month of July! They offered that we may use their shower in their house the next morning. Not acceptable. Also the bush toilet was out of order. Please do not advertise what you can not provide. Will definitely not go there again. Better to sleep beside the road.

          Craig du Preez
          28 September 2017

          I think this is a brilliant place. I wish I could have stayed my 2 nights but I was running behind. I will most definitely be back with my 2 and a half year old son when he turns 4. Worth the trip

          ian Massey, South Africa
          27 August 2016

          PRO'S1. Perfect spot to do basic camping in quiet karoo surroundings. 2. No cellphone coverage! CON's1. Water drips on you when sitting on the loo.2. The campsite was swept and cleaned, but there were floaters in the loo.3. Complicated 'donkey' and tap arrangement for anyone to operate who is not technically (plumbing) minded. Some instruction on-site would be good.4. SMS'd ahead to inquire about a braai grid and was told there was one on site. There wasn't, and had to ride back to farmhouse to fetch one.5. Although we used an entire bundle of wood to heat the donkey, the water was barely luke...
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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