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    Default Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Just wondering, we had this discussion this past weekend, have you sort of set a limit for yourself in your head of what you are willing to pay for camping?
    I guess location plays a big roll and then there is December which is a animal all on its own, but let's say your typical weekend camping not too far from home.

    I'm quite used to seeing pricing of between R150 and R200 per person and see that as pretty much the standard these days, but here and there I come across a R220 even R250 or more PP PN which I feel is getting a bit stiff especially for a weekend camp plus it's not as if it's in some exotic location down by the coast for example.

    Let's please not turn this in to another "why still camp if it costs the same as chalet accommodation," we camp because we want to camp.
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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy529 View Post
    Just wondering, we had this discussion this past weekend, have you sort of set a limit for yourself in your head of what you are willing to pay for camping?
    I guess location plays a big roll and then there is December which is a animal all on its own, but let's say your typical weekend camping not too far from home.

    I'm quite used to seeing pricing of between R150 and R200 per person and see that as pretty much the standard these days, but here and there I come across a R220 even R250 or more PP PN which I feel is getting a bit stiff especially for a weekend camp plus it's not as if it's in some exotic location down by the coast for example.

    Let's please not turn this in to another "why still camp if it costs the same as chalet accommodation," we camp because we want to camp.

    Our limit is R200pppn. It is just the two of us so our max number per night is R400. And yes we camp because we want to camp. If we can't camp we don't go. As simple as that for us.
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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy529 View Post
    Just wondering, we had this discussion this past weekend, have you sort of set a limit for yourself in your head of what you are willing to pay for camping?
    I guess location plays a big roll and then there is December which is a animal all on its own, but let's say your typical weekend camping not too far from home.

    I'm quite used to seeing pricing of between R150 and R200 per person and see that as pretty much the standard these days, but here and there I come across a R220 even R250 or more PP PN which I feel is getting a bit stiff especially for a weekend camp plus it's not as if it's in some exotic location down by the coast for example.

    Let's please not turn this in to another "why still camp if it costs the same as chalet accommodation," we camp because we want to camp.

    Relatedly the Pppn methodology irks me. Itís a site, bookable or not. The operator should charge for the site, with a max number of people, and maybe add a pppn charge over and above 2 or 4.

    to us, it really depends on the exclusivity of the site. We donít want to pay more than say R 400 pn total for the four of us (2 teenagers) unless itís quite special.

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    As soon as camping prices start approaching the price of a chalet or flat, I draw the line. Yes, I like camping, but a solid building is just more convenient. This is probably the main reason I don't go camping at the beach. Campsites regularly cost way more than fixed accommodation.

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    R750 per stand per night (for a family of 5 or 6) is still ok for me.
    Obviously I need all the goods like a tap, braai and dustbin on my site.

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Some camp sites charge per site to a mx number of people - there have been instances when we have not been able to get the max number of people together and end up paying a high per person rate (cost of site divided by number of actual ppl there). BUT then it is worth while as one has an exclusive site often away from any other people.

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    My experience is that prices will be driven by the facilityís activities, demand and condition.
    So consider that these may have higher pricing to cover those costs...
    I think campsites that cater predominantly for fishing, tend to be priced reasonably and that is also true for their other facilities (modest at best).

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    R500 to R750 per stand per night, depending on the campsite and shared or private ablutions.
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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    As soon as camping prices start approaching the price of a chalet or flat, I draw the line. Yes, I like camping, but a solid building is just more convenient. This is probably the main reason I don't go camping at the beach. Campsites regularly cost way more than fixed accommodation.
    We looked into a 2 week camping trip on the north coast in December 2019 as it was when we could get off of work. It was also early December. We ended up spending two weeks in Thailand, including our return tickets for the same cost overall. Taking into consideration travel costs from Limpopo.
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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy529 View Post
    Just wondering, we had this discussion this past weekend, have you sort of set a limit for yourself in your head of what you are willing to pay for camping?
    I guess location plays a big roll and then there is December which is a animal all on its own, but let's say your typical weekend camping not too far from home.

    I'm quite used to seeing pricing of between R150 and R200 per person and see that as pretty much the standard these days, but here and there I come across a R220 even R250 or more PP PN which I feel is getting a bit stiff especially for a weekend camp plus it's not as if it's in some exotic location down by the coast for example.

    Let's please not turn this in to another "why still camp if it costs the same as chalet accommodation," we camp because we want to camp.
    You don't distinguish between the typical "low", "high" and "peak" seasons.

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    These prices are per stand for TWO people.

    Peak - R1180
    High - R670
    Mid - R585
    Low - R370

    Add the following if you have kids depending on season:

    3-11 - R50 to R65
    12-15 - R65 to R130
    16 - upwards - Adult rate



    For me this is exorbitant.
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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Kholo's camp R1300-00 for 2 persons per night!

    We use to visit this site a lot, used to be about R350 to R450-00 for 2ppn and its 70km from home.

    The toilet window remains broke, the outside shower's drain remains blocked and the little gas stove is so disgustingly dirty that my wife refuses to use it, but we loved the isolation and river.

    But R1300-00 is just not worth it

    I don't mind spending some money on a great campsite but there are limits!

    I gladly pay R600-00 pn for peace and quite in the bush.


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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    I camp to experience solitude and to be surrounded by a Wilderness with very few other visitors.

    This is why I am in favour of and will save to be able to afford (for example) the base fee of $126 (max 6 pax) per night at an Exclusive campsite in Gonarezhou.

    No facilities except for a long-drop.

    Or travel a long way to places not favoured by many.

    My group of 8 that paddled the flooded Banhine pans this May had a 700 000 ha National Park to ourselves.

    Priceless.

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by heyyahhey View Post
    Relatedly the Pppn methodology irks me. Itís a site, bookable or not. The operator should charge for the site, with a max number of people, and maybe add a pppn charge over and above 2 or 4.

    to us, it really depends on the exclusivity of the site. We donít want to pay more than say R 400 pn total for the four of us (2 teenagers) unless itís quite special.


    Quite a while back I heard that places will no longer be allowed to charge a flat rate per site and that they must put a PPpn price to it, don't know how true this is and never really tried to find out more. In my experience the majority of places charge PPpn.
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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    Kholo's camp R1300-00 for 2 persons per night!

    We use to visit this site a lot, used to be about R350 to R450-00 for 2ppn and its 70km from home.

    The toilet window remains broke, the outside shower's drain remains blocked and the little gas stove is so disgustingly dirty that my wife refuses to use it, but we loved the isolation and river.

    But R1300-00 is just not worth it

    I don't mind spending some money on a great campsite but there are limits!

    I gladly pay R600-00 pn for peace and quite in the bush.


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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    We currently charge R300 per night up to 6 people and still find people bitching about it!

    Me think it is time to increase our price!

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

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    For me this is exorbitant.
    I agree. Yet they are very often very full, so it's a case of Welcome to Capitalism, I suppose...

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    No limit for me. You pay not for the campsite but the exclusivity you get with it and the location, i.e. the amount of land you get to traverse with it or facilities you get to make use of without having to share with hundreds of others, otherwise it's of no interest to me.

    E.g. I'm ok to pay R 2 000 a night for absolutely no facilities at all, but exclusivity to a vast area of big 5 game for a night.
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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    In lieu of this, to me it does depend on what facilities one will get for their money and where you get to camp but there is a limit/justifying number.

    I will say that I camp due to the affordability factor, so there is a definite line.

    Last thing I will say/ask is the on the pricing. PP PN or per stand? I see a lot are very much in favor of per stand, which makes sense when you are a family, but if I take myself, it is only me and my spouse, no kids so how does that strict arrangement benefit me?

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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    No limit for me. You pay not for the campsite but the exclusivity you get with it and the location, i.e. the amount of land you get to traverse with it or facilities you get to make use of without having to share with hundreds of others, otherwise it's of no interest to me.

    E.g. I'm ok to pay R 2 000 a night for absolutely no facilities at all, but exclusivity to a vast area of big 5 game for a night.


    I know someone with around 20000 ha of supreme bush in Mozambique, if there you are the only one there. I'll send you a quote.
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    Default Re: Campsite pricing, where do you draw the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Juddvdb View Post
    In lieu of this, to me it does depend on what facilities one will get for their money and where you get to camp but there is a limit/justifying number.

    I will say that I camp due to the affordability factor, so there is a definite line.

    Last thing I will say/ask is the on the pricing. PP PN or per stand? I see a lot are very much in favor of per stand, which makes sense when you are a family, but if I take myself, it is only me and my spouse, no kids so how does that strict arrangement benefit me?

    I think the per stand vs per person will pretty much come out 50-50, great for families but as you say what about couples, especially retired couples who often camp alone and not with other friends or family.
    R600 per stand is very reasonable for a family of 4, but R600 will be on the very high end for a retired couple.
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