A luxury tented safari in South Africa is a wilderness-near experience, placing no more than necessary between you and wilderness. Yet, at the same time, a luxury safari tent provides the kinds of conveniences that make a safari a pleasurable indulgence. Fashionable decor, gorgeous en-suite bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, mosquito drapes, bar and beverage facilities, private verandahs and trendy outdoor showers can all be a part of luxury tented safari accommodation in South Africa. Staying in the bush under canvas is a real treat: the sounds of animals are immediate and the sense of enchantment vivid. Exclusive Getaways brings you a wonderful selection of tented safari accommodation throughout South Africa.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, MPUMALANGA
Hamilton’s Tented Camp offers a riverside safari adventure in grand ‘Out-of-Africa’ tradition, within a 10 000 hectare private concession in the Kruger National Park. Six glamorous tents have teak floorboards, mosquito nets, slipper baths and outdoor showers, and are linked to the central lodge by walkways under ancient trees.
HOEDSPRUIT AREA, LIMPOPO
Set deep in Limpopo’s Karongwe Game Reserve, Chisomo Safari Camp has a supreme position overlooking the Makhutsi River. 22 Tents are canopied by ancient trees along the river bank, where you have every chance of seeing the Big Five from your own deck.
Garonga Safari Camp is a fashionably exclusive tented camp set in the greater Makalali Conservancy, west of the Kruger National Park. Six en-suite tents have decks commanding spectacular bushveld views.
Buffalo Camp offers an intimate tented safari in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, Limpopo. Ten luxury en-suite tents are set on stilts along the banks of a seasonal river, canopied by ancient trees and linked to the central lodge by wooden walkways high above the riverbed.
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge provides Big Five safaris and luxury tented accommodation in the Timbavati Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. From its prime hilltop location, views of the wilderness are expansive. Each guest suite has been designed for privacy, and comprises two tents, one enclosing the bedroom and the other accommodating a separate bathroom.
WATERBERG AREA, LIMPOPO
Thandeka Lodge & Spa is situated in the thriving wilderness of the Waterberg, a two-hour drive from Johannesburg. The main lodge is colonial in style, with touches of modern luxury. Twenty stylish tents are tucked away in the bushveld, each fully en-suite and with its own viewing deck.
BARBERTON AREA, MPUMALANGA
Nkomazi Game Reserve lies in the malaria-free Barberton Greenstone Belt, three hours away from Johannesburg. The setting is one of grasslands, river valleys, and mountains containing rock and life forms some 3 500 million years old. Enjoy a unique tented safari on 15 000 hectares.
White Elephant Safari Lodge is a gracious Colonial-style lodge that stands beside glistening Lake Jozini at the foot of the ancient Lebombo Mountains in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal. Eight luxurious safari tents are set in a wilderness brimming with game and birdlife. Each tent has its own bathroom, outdoor shower, bush-view verandah and personal bar.
The Springbok Lodge has beautifully appointed tented suites in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve supporting prolific wildlife.
Gorah Elephant Camp is a romantic 5 star safari outpost within the Addo Elephant National Park in Eastern Cape, delivering an exclusive wildlife experience in a spectacular wilderness famed for close-range viewing of elephants. The Gorah experience is a lavish celebration of the classic safari of bygone times, with gorgeous tented suites providing private cocoons of comfort on a vast Addo landscape.
Settlers Drift is a 5-star luxury tented lodge secluded in a remote part of the Kariega Game Reserve, a region that is free of malaria and supports the Big Five and a kaleidoscope of other wildlife. Guests are accommodated in nine large and luxurious tented suites, each with beautiful bedroom, full bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, living area and private viewing deck overlooking the Bushman’s River.
Lalibela Game Reserve is located in the Grahamstown area of the Eastern Cape, spanning 9000 hectares where all of the Big Five roam free. Lalibela Game Reserve has three distinct lodges. Tree Tops Safari Lodge at Lalibela offers partially tented accommodation set on platforms at tree canopy level.
Shamwari Game Reserve offers a premier Big Five safari and conservation-oriented nature experience in a vast, malaria-free landscape of the Eastern Cape. Situated between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Shamwari is the largest of the Eastern Cape’s private game reserves and an undisputed conservation leader. Among its initiatives are a wildlife breeding centre, rhino awareness centre, animal hospital and anti-poaching unit. There are six distinct lodges in Shamwari Game Reserve. Bayethe Lodge offers luxury tented accommodation.
The first of the Western Cape’s authentic, free-roaming Big Five reserves, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a prized Little Karoo sanctuary for wildlife and fynbos. White lions are one of several rare species at home there, whilst the reserve is also a habitat for many water birds. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has four separate camps. Luxury tented safari accommodation is provided at Dwyka Tented Lodge.
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