- 06 Apr 2017
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5 Glamour Camping Spots to Dream Of
Set on wooden decks blending into riverside trees in a 14 700-hectare private reserve flowing into the Kruger National Park, nine tents offer en suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, overhead fans and al fresco meals overlooking the seasonal Timbavati River. Cool off in a contoured pool or relax under expert hands in the massage sala. Expect cheetah and wild dog along with the Big Five on game drives. Enjoy bush hikes or splash out on a walking safari with an open-air, sleep-out option.
Best car to get you there: The agile and responsive Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC will handle the Mpumalanga mountain passes with top gravel travel credentials.
Thanda means "love" in isiZulu, and you are bound to fall in love with Thanda Tented Camp, which offers Big Five sightings in a 14 000-hectare private game reserve, along with gourmet dinners and attentive staff. With its big bed, lounge, bathroom, outdoor shower, pool and wilderness views, Jabula Tent is the best of the 15 canvas suites. Activities include game drives, bush walks, wildlife photography and spa treatments.
Best car to get you there: Embrace the semi-tropical KwaZulu-Natal in a canvas-roof Mercedes E 500 Cabriolet.
Perched on stilted platforms along an elevated riverbank in a 13 000-hectare private game reserve next to Kruger National Park, Kapama Buffalo Camp's 10 spacious tents cater for every comfort. Think leather and teak finishes, African designer throws, white linen, mini-bar, espresso machine and rim-flow pool with a forest canopy view. Evening meals are served in the boma, with oil lanterns illuminating the wooden walkways. An expert Shangaan tracker and ranger take you on game drives and walks through this African Eden.
Best car to get you there: You need an off-road SUV, but won't have to sacrifice any style with the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupé.
Concealed by striking rock formations, nine tents with private decks and spa baths form a horseshoe in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, one of the few places on earth where white lions can still be found. Reflecting the nomadic lifestyle of the Khoisan hunter-gatherers, neutral tones blend with the semi-desert landscape. There are two therapy rooms, a wine cellar, boma and communal lounge. Activities include game drives, bush walks and rock art viewing.
Best car to get you there:Revel in both on- and off-road terrain with the Mercedes GLC 250d Coupé.
Combine a high-end safari with a beach holiday at the sophisticated Settlers Drift in the Eastern Cape's Kariega wilderness. Nine 110m2 tents offer a bedroom, living area, bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower, fireplace, minibar and private viewing deck. Access is via boat on the Bushman's River, and fishing, canoeing and bush walking are all optional pastimes. The main lodge has a rim-flow pool, wine cellar, library with satellite TV, curio shop, spa, restaurant and boma.
Best car to get you there:Nothing will get you there in a more relaxed frame of mind than the excellent Mercedes E 350d.
Words: Caroline Hurry