There is something about sleeping in a tented camp that makes you feel closer to nature. Many safari lodges offer canvas or tented accommodation, offering you an authentic ‘Out of Africa’ experience. Luxury lodges include all the same expected amenities and creature comforts with en-suite facilities, but for those looking for a little more adventure, experience a more rustic camp including the basics but with shared facilities. Live out the adventure of a lifetime as close to nature as you can get in the relaxing solitude of the African landscape with mobile tented safaris.
Chapungu in the Thornybush Game Reseve has eight spacious tents are spread out beneath tall trees, along a dry river bed. The tents are raised on short stilts, and have an expansive wooden deck that includes a romantic outdoor spa bath complete with bush views. Tents complement the surroundings with a spacious bedroom and indoor shower overlooking the riverine forest where birds and reptiles frequent. As there is no room for an extra bed in the tents, it’s not ideal for families sharing with younger children. The generous, natural design swimming pool forms the focal point of the main lodge and offers a spacious relaxation area. There are two comfortable lounge areas and a well-stocked bar staffed throughout the afternoon and evening. Meals are jovial, served around a communal table and the rangers join guests when possible.
Live out the adventure of a lifetime as close to nature as you can get in the relaxing solitude of the African landscape. Comfortable mobile safari tents with ensuite bathrooms (with flush w.c. and steaming hot bucket shower) at secluded campsites in the game-rich Chobe National Park offer up close and personal encounters with Botswana’s wildlife. Carefully positioned as close as possible to the resident game, enjoy the simplicity of our mobile tents at private campsites in one of the top wildlife areas in the world, and home to some of the largest elephant herds on the African continent. Evidence of vast herds of wildlife wandering the African bush exists on the well-used animal trails that meander between the tents.
A luxury safari lodge in the Western Serengeti, Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp offers an unmatched wildlife experience. Lying right in the path of the Great Migration and its dramatic river crossings, it is also home to exceptional resident game year round. Located in the remote Western Corridor of the Serengeti, Grumeti provides a private Serengeti experience with exclusive game viewing in some of the most secluded parts of Africa’s most famous game reserve. Its rustic yet sophisticated safari tents are tucked into the shade of an evergreen forest on the banks of a tributary of the famous Grumeti River. Game drives from the camp can expect to encounter large lion prides and clans of hyena up to a hundred strong, as well as the great herds of Tanzania’s annual Great Migration.
Hamiltons Tented Camp continues the safari tradition of a bygone era, incorporating comfort and luxury in the serenity of the African bush. This exclusive private lodge in the world-renowned Kruger National Park has just 6 private luxury tents. James Stevenson-Hamilton, the lodges namesake, left a legacy in his commitment to establishing the Kruger National Park in the same way a stay at Hamiltons Tented Camp, will remain etched in your memory for years to come. Reminiscent of an ‘Out of Africa’ experience and resplendent with early 19th century nostalgia including old steamer trunks, pith helmets, antique bathroom basins and hurricane lanterns, Hamiltons is a tribute to the pioneers whose vision resulted in the conservation of one of Africa’s prime wilderness areas.
The Komati Tented Camp situated in the Nkomazi Game Reserve in a unique malaria free part of the Lowveld. This ultra-luxurious tented camp is situated on the thickly vegetated banks of the Komati River in the Barberton Mountains. All the suites are spacious, superbly furnished and adequately positioned for privacy. Guests can enjoy a dip in each unit’s private plunge pool or have an outdoor bubble bath overlooking the river. The service is of a high standard, the food is excellent and there is a pleasant variety of dining venues. In addition the ‘River Retreat’ is a lovely Spa next to the river where guests can enjoy a variety of treatments whilst harmoniously listening to the rapids churning below.
Kana Kara Camp is a semi-permanent tented camp located in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. It consists of 8 Meru-style tents, each with an en-suite bathroom as well as a traditional-style outdoor bucket shower for a unique experience. Each tent is tastefully furnished and provides lovely views of the Delta. Guests at the camp can explore the region on game drives, or on canoe safaris in traditional “mekoro” canoes, which are fashioned out of hollow tree trunks. Nature walks and fishing are other activities on offer to guests. Kana Kara has the added benefit of being located in a completely private area, which means that no guests from other lodges use the same area for activities.
Camdeboo National Park’s accommodation is situated on the floodplains of the Nqweba Dam and accessed via the Lakeview Gate on the N9 towards Middleburg. This area is part of the Park’s game viewing area which is home to buffalo, antelope such as gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest and springbok, smaller mammals such as black-backed jackal and many bird species. Lakeview Tented camp offer four rustic furnished tents provide a relaxed nature experience. Each tent sleeps two people and has a braai unit, fridge, table and two chairs. Bedding and towels are provided. There is a communal kitchen equipped with stove plates, cooking and eating utensils and microwave. Tents are booked as individual units but there is also a communal braai area for group use. Communal showers and toilets are provided.
Deep within the northern Serengeti’s prime wildlife area, Mara Under Canvas offers perfect luxury from which to witness the Great Migration and to explore the more remote corners of Tanzania’s oldest and most famous National Park. Peaking between June and November, guests can observe an annual wildlife spectacle quite unlike any other, as over a million wildebeest, zebra and other ungulates move into the northern Serengeti in search of fresh grazing and water. This lavish camp has 10 spacious safari tents each with a double bed and en suite bathroom. A team of friendly and attentive staff ensures that guests enjoy absolute comfort while experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush.
Nkambeni Tented Camp is located in the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa. The camp offers a wide range of outstanding facilities to make your stay in the Kruger Park an enjoyable experience. The tented suites are built on wooden stilts- this design guarantees minimum impact on the natural habitat. No concrete and no foundations means no damage! The suites are air-conditioned, with indoor and outdoor showers as well as tea and coffee facilities. The camp itself has a swimming pool, boma for barbecues, lounge area to relax in, as well as African curio shop. The camp enjoys traversing rights for all kinds of activities within the park. Enjoy game drives and guided walks out into the park and experience the world-famous Kruger wildlife, including the Big 5. Visit Nkambeni where luxury and affordability are combined to create an unforgettable stay.
Wildside Tented Camp consists of 20 thatched and tented chalets (including 4 family rooms) and captures the essence of the unspoiled wilderness Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg. The camp combines comfort with a rustic bush setting, creating a suitably wild African atmosphere. Guided game drives and bush walks bring guests into close contact with a great variety of game species, including the “Big Five”, while scenic helicopter flights provide a unique bird’s eye view of the reserve and surrounding mountainous terrain. The excellent game viewing experience is complemented by other activities such as bird watching, stargazing, a health spa and a variety of dining options, such as moonlit boma dinners, picnic lunches, bush sundowners and spectacular al fresco dinners in the bush – an unforgettable experience.