These lodges manage to conjure up all the nostalgia of the pre-jet-set age when going on an African safari was an expensive and exclusive activity reserved for a selected few. Beyond the charm the tented accommodation provides, these days many lodges have become focussed on minimising their ecological footprint, and as such using local materials and local communities to help build accommodation of a semi-permanent nature has become a popular choice. In this post, we look at some of the most enticing tented accommodation available throughout Southern Africa.
Prynnsberg Estate is a unique property in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It boasts a traditional English Countryside Manor House and is an ancient Bushman site of significance. What we love most about this venue is the site’s Bushman Deck and Bohemian Lounge. This ancient site is protected by a sandstone overhang which remains blackened by the home fires of the bushman that occupied this spot for centuries. Guests can choose to stay in the manor, or one of 14 well appointed tent suites.
The Machaba Camp by Machaba Safaris oozes retro charm with style reminiscent of the classic 1950’s safari camps of East Africa. Situated in The Khwai Concession adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, the fruit from the local Machaba trees attract a vast array of animals throughout the year. This independently owned and run camp is aimed at providing a unique and classic safari experience and is one of the more affordable luxury options in the Khwai Concession.
Time and Tide offers one of the most unforgettable settings on the banks of the Chongwe river in Zambia. They have a range of riverside accommodation ranging from basic tented accommodation to the more luxurious tented suites. Private and exclusive, Chongwe River Suites offer sublime luxury and service against a beautifully wild setting. Nestled under ancient Winterthorn trees at the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers. Rooms have butler service, plunge pools overlooking the river and private dining options.
Duba Plains (featured as the main image for this blog) is one of the camps offered by Great Plains Conservation, the only operator on a 77,000-acre private reserve, providing the ultimate opportunity for exclusive wildlife sightings. All the rooms are raised on recycled railway sleeper decking and offer guests fantastic views of the surrounding floodplain and the steady stream of wildlife parading past. Each tent has a lounge area, as well as the opportunity for private dining in your tent. Each tent offers a private deck plus beautifully appointed en-suite facilities with both indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious baths.
Temba Camp Okuti is not only one of a few lodges within the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, but also one of the most unusual with its African village inspired architecture. Guests are accommodated in tents under rounded bee-hive type thatched structures that are linked to the central area with wooden walkways. Each tent at Camp Okuti is spacious and luxurious with an en-suite bathroom and private viewing deck. Camp Okuti is one of a few establishments in the Okavango Delta that are child-friendly.
Located in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, Tanda Tula consists of two exclusive tented camps: Tanda Tula Safari Camp and Tanda Tula Field Camp. The Timbavati reserve hosts phenomenal concentrations of Africa’s game including the famous ‘Big Five’ in one of the most beautiful parts of the continent. Much of this game make their way through both camps, offering guests an up close and personal wildlife experience. The star suites at Tanda Tula are also well worth checking out.
Three Rivers Camp by Kafunta Safaris in Zambia has one of the most spectacular settings you can imagine. Set at the confluence of the Luangwa, Kapamba and Lusangazi Rivers, these stylish tents lie under shady sausage trees which face either the Luangwa River or the game-rich lagoon. Sitting in the cosy chairs near the dining area, you will have tremendous views of the Luangwa River and the Kapamba River, with their white beaches where hippos love basking in the sun. Or choose to rest on the plush daybeds on top of your private viewing deck and observe giraffes and waterbucks strolling down to the lagoon.
High in the treetops, accessible only by elevated wooden walkways, the luxury tents of Buffalo Camp in the Kapama Private Game Reserve are the closest you’ll get to living alongside wildlife in nature. Situated in the Limpopo province of South Africa, Buffalo is a quiet and intimate lodge where you can unwind in the shade of the trees and absorb the surrounding peace.
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