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Kameeldoring Camping was the brainchild of Doppies Nel. This is how it evolved:

On 23 december 1893 Piet Nel bought the farm Rooipad on an auction from the government, then still under Brittish rule. In 1910 the Union government bought the Augrabies Falls and about 6000 acres from him for 9000 pounds. As far as we know the only well-known waterfall ever sold. Piet Nel was Doppies' great grandfather.In 1963 while teaching at Volkskool Bothaville Drienie Nel, a daughter of Kolie, one of 10 children of Piet Nel met Francois Nel a maize farmer near Commando Drift in the Free State.

Francois was the youngest child of Daniël Nel a VGK missionary from the former Rhodesia.

The waters of the Oranje River intrigued Francois after years of drought and depending on rain for planting and move to Augrabies and bought the farm Petit next to the waterfalls.

Doppies a product of 2x Nel always dreamt of making more use of the land by starting a private game ranch and develop ecotourism.

As his children with the help of our beloved mother we are proud to present luxury chalets on the game ranch, game drives, a lapa for functions as well as the camp sites and tents for glamping.

The Story of Kameeldoring Camping


Kameeldoring Camping is situated a mere 1 km from the Augrabies Falls National Park which houses the famous Augrabies Waterfalls (Place of Great Noise) and is 120km from Upington International Airport. Today we have a variety of units and experiences to offer, with a truly Camel Thorn Camping experience on the banks of the Orange River. The self-catering tented chalets are for those campers that enjoy a more luxurious camping (Glamping) experience.  We aim to provide the best services and experience for you next to the Orange River. Our fishing spot is peaceful and beautiful with a good chance of catching fish.

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Game Farm

This typical Bushmanland farm, only 2000 hectares, has a landscape that is known to be arid. It is inland from Namaqualand and probably the most inhospitable area in South Africa. Its wildlife, however, both fauna and flora, though sparse, are full of interest.  natural vegetation native to the Northern Cape that includes camel thorns, quiver trees, aloes and much more. 

A dry river runs in the middle of the largest camp where a comfortable Lapa is built with braai facilities, flushing toilet, and solar power. Ideal for braaiing something and quenching your thirst. With 2 water holes where the buffalo and the birds are bathing together, you can enjoy the unity of 12 different wildlife species; Springbok, Tsessebe, Giraffe, Buffalo, Zebras, Sable, Roans, Waterbuck, Kudu’s, Letswe, Fallow Deer, Impala.

On the game farm we have self-catering Luxury Tented Chalets that offer a relaxing atmosphere in the beautiful, peaceful, nature overlooking a waterhole. We also offer Game Drives with the most amazing sunset views.

Our Team.

Our friendly team are proud of our quality service that we provide. We always look forward to meet our guests and be helpful wherever we are needed. 

Do not hesitate to ask for assistance.


Salomie Gwandu

Cleaning Lady

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Francois & Heletje

Owner & Wife

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