For those who love luxury as much as they do nature. Luxury tented camps across Southern Africa gives all an opportunity to see the wild whilst never being too far from extravagance.
Who said camping has to be so painful? For sure, you are imagining bears roaming around the tents at night, wiping your bum with leaves and eating cockroaches for supper. On the contrary, we have come across so many luxury campsites in South Africa where the tents were literally bigger than a studio apartment and they had their own kitchens and bathrooms.
South Africa must be one of the countries to first use the word glamping. If you want to be in nature, but don’t want the thorns of the rose, glamping is the best option there is. Here are our top recommendations.
1. DOOLHOF WINE ESTATE, WESTERN CAPE
Located in Wellington only 1.5 hours from Cape Town, Doolhof is one of the closest glamping sites to the Mother City. Doolhof Wine Estate has been a well-established wine farm for a long time, but the recent addition of luxury tents made it much more appealing. Just imagine sipping your Chardonnay in a spacious hut facing the magnificent Groenberg Mountains while you are in a hot tub. That’s right, every hut has a wood-fired hot tub installed at the front. There are many activities for you including several hiking trails in the nearby Limietberg Nature Reserve.
Phone: +27 21 864 2805
Address: 7655, Bovlei Rd, Wellington, South Africa
2. OEWERZICHT FARM COTTAGES, WESTERN CAPE
Who wouldn’t want a tent with a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom? With its picturesque valley and proximity to Cape Town, Greyton has been a popular getaway location for Capetownians. The Oewerzicht Farm is an operational farm that grows literally every type of crop you can imagine. Besides the self-catering cottages, the place offers what they call safari tents with beds and private bathrooms. The place has so many pluses: being pet-friendly, horse riding, guided wine cellar tours, volunteering, bird watching and braai facilities. In other words, this place is South Africa in a nutshell.
Phone: +27 28 254-9831
Address: Greyton, Overberg, 7233, South Africa
3. HAMILTON’S TENTED SAFARI CAMP, MPUMALANGA
Kruger National Park has undoubtedly been very lucky in terms of leisure accommodation, but Hamilton’s Tented Safari Camp has the tranquillity of another level. The view of the Ngwenyeni Dam is a sole reason for staying here, but the luxurious tends to add so much more to that. A romantic slipper bath, outdoor showers, private verandas, air conditioning and mosquito nets…they all make us wonder why these are still called tents.
Phone: +27 11 516 4367
Address: Kruger National Park Hamiltons Tented Rd Kruger Park, 1350, South Africa
4. KINGFISHER LAKESIDE RETREAT, KWAZULU-NATAL
KZN’s coastline has to be the most untouched in South Africa. Situated in the tiny coastal village of Trafalgar, Kingfisher Lakeside Retreat is surrounded by a Blue Flag beach with an incredibly diverse marine life, the mysterious Black Lake and the Mpenjati Nature Reserve. The tents are even bigger than the previous ones, each accommodating four people with 1 queen size bed and 2 single beds. Furthermore, the tents also offer semi-outdoor showers, coffee machines, braai facilities and food service at an extra cost. Being surrounded by so much water body, there is no limit to the activities you can enjoy.
Address: 70 Benbow Ave, Trafalgar, Southbroom, 4275, South Africa
Phone: +27 74 170 4242
5. SAMARA GAME RESERVE, EASTERN CAPE
Could you picture something more romantic than spending the night under the African stars? Samara’s raised tented accommodation gives you as a guest a panoramic view of the reserve. The star bed is a romantic wilderness experience unlike any other. The platform contains a king sized bed, a mosquito net covering and plenty of blankets. Follow the call of the wild.
Address: Petersburg Road Off the R63 to Pearston, Graaff-Reinet, 6280, South Africa
Phone: +27 31 262 0324
6. MOTSOMI LODGE & TENT CAMP
If you are not psyched by the idea of camping amongst dozens of cheetahs and leopards, you can go with a less anxiety-inducing option. Motsomi Lodge offers a true safari experience in safari-free African bushveld near Botswana border. The campsite is much like a holiday resort featuring safari with a solar heated swimming pool, poolside braai areas, a bar, a lounge, a pool table, a video game area and more. All tents are built in East African style with wooden decks, each equipped with a queen-size bed, private bathroom, coffee stations and a jacuzzi. If you can have time to spare from all the party and laziness, the safari park can be viewed on foot or on game drives (4×4).
Address: Kameelhoek, P.O. Box 3, Dwaalboom, 0319, South Africa
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7. THE SPRINGBOK LODGE, KWAZULU-NATAL
This stunning game reserve, home to the Big 5, offers guests a unique glamping experience. Stay in one of their 21 luxury tented camps. All tents are air-conditioned, come with electric blankets, and a complimentary sherry bottle. Spend the day observing lions, elephant and zebra. At night, retreat to your tent, with an open plan bathroom and outdoor shower.
Address: D45, Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa
Phone: +27 36 637 9604
We hope this list of luxury tented camps in South Africa has whetted your desire to brave the bush. To end, glamping is the perfect way to experience the wild without getting dirty. Honestly, we couldn’t pick a favourite. They’re all worth experiencing. Which one of these stunning outdoor accommodation would you stay at first?