No need to flap! The Western and Eastern Cape has some superbly luxurious tented safari camps, where the wildlife encounter is as rewarding as the lodgings are indulgent. We have a hand-picked selection of beautiful wilderness reserves – all malaria-free – that are home to Africa’s big and small wildlife, and offer exceptional lodgings in exclusive tented, or partially tented, safari camps. We’ve also thrown in a more rustic option where the focus is on a hands-on conservation experience. 


Remote and luxurious, Settlers Drift is a five-star tented safari lodge in the Eastern Cape’s Kariega Game Reserve. It’s a perfect choice for safari-goers wanting the feel of tented accommodation, but with the reassurance of a little more structure! The units are beautiful timber structures with tented roofs, and each has a private deck with wide views of the reserves. Pure paradise is what awaits. Mail us.

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The luxury suites at Settlers Drift are partially tented, their roofs creating the feel of a tented stay.
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Settlers Drift suites are situated in a remote part of Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape


Bayethe Tented Lodge is a luxurious and secluded safari haven in the Shamwari Game Reserve. There are twelve tents in all, with private plunge pools and all the comforts one could wish for.  Central facilities include a bush relaxation retreat, lounge, outdoor deck and swimming pool, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, wi-fi and a gift boutique. Mail us.

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Superior Tent at Bayethe Tented Safari Lodge in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape


There is no place quite like Addo Elephant National Park for elephant viewing in South Africa. Large herds of elephants move freely about the park, and close-up sightings are daily events at Gorah Elephant Camp – a private concession in the park and one delivering an exclusive experience in the grand tradition of safaris in bygone days. Aside from a priceless safari, there is much else in the area for guests at Gorah to explore. Mail us.

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Luxury tented suite at Gorah Elephant Camp in Addo Elephant National Park


Dwyka Tented Lodge is an exquisitely intimate safari outpost in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, a pristine piece of wilderness in the Western Cape, little more than two hours from Cape Town. Nine very stylishly decorated tents are positioned in the curve of a dry ravine. Views of the rocky landscape are rugged and majestic. The tents have exquisite big-windowed bathrooms an array of comforts. The cherry on the top is that each has a jacuzzi out on a private deck. Mail us.

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Dwyka Tented Lodge is set in a dry ravine in an ancient wilderness
luxury tented safari accommodation in the cape
Accommodation at Dwyka Tented Lodge is luxurious and private


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A more rustic tented safari option – and one combined with an eco-safari experience – is at Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route. This is a 6-day/5-night conservation experience that includes participation in wilderness and wildlife management. There are just five tents, which makes it a special experience. Mail us.

Mail us for information and bookings, or call 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 21 797-7122 (international).