10 Glamping Getaways across SA
Is pitching a tent not your idea of having a good time? Would you rather arrive at a destination where you can simply relax on the patio and admire the view? And do you want most of the creature comforts from home? Then glamping sounds like your ideal vacation! These structured tents are perfect for your next romantic getaway or break from the city. TravelGround rounded up some of our favourite glamping destinations and you’ll be surprised to see what they all offer — from game drives and outdoor showers, to relaxing spas!
This family-owned retreat in the Waterberg biosphere offers luxurious accommodation for a unique wilderness experience. Each luxury safari tent boasts a four-poster bed, free-standing bath and outdoor stone shower where guests can truly enjoy the breathtaking scenery. The remote treehouse overlooks a waterhole and is ideal for couples looking for a private and romantic retreat. The daily game drives, relaxing spa treatments, lounges, bush walks and swimming pools will make it difficult to leave this Bushveld paradise!
This family-friendly lodge is situated in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. The luxury tented rooms on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River each has a private viewing deck where guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush, an outdoor shower, eco-friendly amenities and airconditioning. Timbavati houses more than 40 mammal species, including the Big Five and a large variety of birds. Experience a Big-Five game drive in the morning and late afternoon on 12 000 hectares of rich wilderness! The game drives, all standard meals and drinks are included.
Bundox Safari Lodge is located on a small conservancy near Hoedspruit and is within arm’s reach of the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon. But you would want to spend most of your time at this private reserve with a unique bush spa, safari activities, relaxation areas and a swimming pool! The tents are nestled among trees and bushes where guests can completely immerse themselves in nature. Some of the tents feature en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers and others make use of the ablution facilities.
Escape to the countryside with these fully-equipped tents next to the river at Oewerzicht Farm Cottages close to Greyton. It’s situated on a fruit farm and is a birdwatcher’s paradise! Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, verandah with a view and braai area. Guests can make use of the communal kitchen, dining and lounge area and the highlight of this accommodation ─ the communal wood-fired hot tub.
Muluwa Lodge lets you experience the best of the Lowveld on a peaceful wildlife estate. The convenient amenities of the luxury safari tents will ensure a comfortable stay and guests can marvel at the most beautiful Bushveld sunsets from the private wooden decks. Muluwa Lodge offers a great dining experience with a restaurant on the premises — breakfast and dinner are included and picnics and light lunches can be arranged.
This privately-owned tented camp is set on a 200-hectare wildlife conservancy bordering the Phinda Game Reserve. The fantastic viewing deck offers sweeping views over the Msinene River Valley and surrounding bushveld. Birdwatchers can spend hours meandering the riverine forests or simply sit back on the tent’s deck and stare through their binoculars. Each permatent is fully equipped for a relaxing night’s stay. It has its own en-suite bathroom and guests are welcome to make use of the central lodge area where they can put their feet up.
Glamping in a secluded forest awaits at Cherry Glamping in the exquisite Elgin Valley. It’s an unforgettable experience with comfortable accommodation in canvas-bell tents and communal facilities where guests can prepare meals and enjoy the magnificent surroundings. The Elgin Valley is packed with adventure activities, wine-tasting opportunities and gorgeous scenery. This location will also provide easy access to all that the valley has to offer.
Spend the night in a game camp just outside Potchefstroom at TenteToe. These safari-style tents don’t have electricity and traditional donkey boilers provide hot water. The tents are set in the veld with natural vegetation providing privacy — except for the animals wandering close to the tents. Enjoy the starlit skies from the open-air boma area with a firepit and braais or make use of the game drive included in your stay!
A true African bush experience awaits at Ngama Tented Safari Lodge in Hoedspruit. This family-friendly lodge neighbours Thornybush Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park where you’ll definitely spot the Big Five! The tented suites offer tranquil escapes for guests who want to get away from it all while experiencing the best of Africa. Indulge in the luxurious facilities, like the sundeck around the pool, boma and the guest lounge. Or just sit back and admire the birdlife around the waterhole!
B’sorah Luxury Tented Camp is the perfect getaway from Johannesburg and Pretoria, close to the Hartbeespoort Dam. This eco-friendly retreat is on a 1600-hectare farm of dense bush, grasslands and riverine vegetation next to streams. You’ll feel like you’ve completely escaped the concrete jungle in this natural environment. The luxury tents are equipped with outdoor kitchen facilities for a secluded escape. The handpicked locations of the tents will also add to the peaceful experience and guests can sit quietly on the deck and admire the Magalies bushveld.
There you have it! No need to stand in the sun for hours pitching a tent and causing a tiff, you can simply book and show up at one of these glamorous establishments and enjoy a well-deserved holiday!