Tented safaris can be every bit as glamorous, romantic and luxurious as other wilderness stays. In fact, a luxury tented safari has the added wonder of keeping you sidled up very close to nature. This is why we love to recommend them, and here are a few of the tented safari camps in various parts of South Africa that come up trumps.

SASEKA TENTED CAMP, Thornybush GameReserve, Limpopo

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luxury tented safari camp thornybush game reserve south africa

Saseka Tented Camp is a sublime safari outpost set along a curve of a dry riverbed in Thornybush Private Nature Reserve. Cutting-edge contemporary design is balanced with classical style and a dash of nostalgia. Connection with nature has been prioritized. The main area has a large, tiered deck with a view of the riverbed, and a roof that mimics the dappled light of a tree canopy. Nine exquisite tented suites are private sanctums of style and romance. They have been designed to allow the sounds of nature in and to give guests a truly immersive experience. Each tented suite has its own private pool, outdoor shower and sundeck, and is air-conditioned.  Mail us.

INZALO SAFARI LODGE, Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, Limpopo

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luxury tented safari welgevonden private game reserve waterberg

Inzalo Safari Lodge has a glorious riverside setting in Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in the malaria-free Waterberg. Five large, tented safari suites make comfy havens with panoramic views of the river and the sandstone cliffs beyond. Each has its own viewing deck and plunge pool, en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower. Your safari at Inzalo can include a combination of daily game drives, birding activity, river walks, track and sign identification, bush walks, visits to San paintings, and wilderness picnics. Mail us.

THANDA TENTED CAMP, Hluhluwe Area, KwaZulu-Natal

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luxury tented safari camp hluhluwe area kwazulu natal

In northern KwaZulu-Natal Thanda Tented Camp provides fabulous safari accommodation in 15 deluxe safari tents, set along a path that is lit by lanterns at night. Each tent has its own en-suite canvas bathroom, and sundeck . Common amenities include a large, rim-flow pool, a spa tent, and a Hemingway-style lounge and dining space. Guests can look forward to meaningful safari experiences and close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five. Mail us.

DWYKA TENTED LODGE, Little Karoo, Western Cape

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luxury tented safari little karoo western cape

Dwyka Tented Lodge lies secluded within the beautiful Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo – a prized sanctuary for wildlife and fynbos. At Dwyka nine luxury tents are set in the curve of a dry Karoo ravine, surrounded by rugged wilderness. Each tent has a private deck and heated Jacuzzi, and is sumptuously furnished and equipped. Another special feature is a large, freestanding bath looking out onto the ravine. Mail us.

SHAMWARI SINDILE, Gqeberha Area, Eastern Cape

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luxury tented camp eastern cape south africa

Shamwari Sindile is a luxury tented camp secluded deep in the malaria-free bushveld of the Eastern Cape. The camp mimics a solitary leopard’s sanctuary, blending with the wilderness and providing excellent views over the Bushman’s River and surrounding plains. Nine luxury free-standing tents are elevated for uninhibited views of an untainted environment. Four-poster beds, private decks with heated plunge pools and shaded lounging areas, indoor fireplace and relaxation space make for comfy and very private hideaways. In the central guest area, the dining area and bar also make the most of the views across the reserve.  Mail us.

Mail us about these and other safaris and getaways in South and Southern Africa. Talk to a consultant on +27 21 797 7122.