Tented Safari Lodges in South Africa
South African Safari Lodges Offering Tented Accommodation
For most people the idea of spending the night under canvas surrounded by the sounds of the African bush brings to mind the romance of a bygone age of adventure.
Fortunately, there are many tented safari lodges in South Africa's private game reserves where it is possible to recapture this magic.
Many of these lodges offer a level of luxury that would normally only be found in the very best 5* hotels, with many ‘tents’ boasting air-conditioning, luxury bathrooms, and even private plunge pools!
For guests travelling on a more modest budget, there are other lodges which offer less extravagant tented accommodation, however the large tents all still have proper double or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms…it’s still a long way from most people's idea of roughing it!
Chisomo Safari Camp features 22 safari tents, set in the African bushveld, under majestic apple leaf, jackalberry and tamboti trees. All tents, with en-suite bathrooms, are facing the beautiful Makhutswe River and wildlife can be viewed from the decks as it emerges from the reeds for grazing.
Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings
Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River and consists of 12 tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the river. The tents are spacious and are superbly decorated and appointed.
The accommodation at Garonga Safari Camp reflects the surroundings of the bush - textured earthy colours and clean lines have been incorporated with fine linen to ensure pure comfort The 6 spacious tented luxury double suites, with canvas roofs, are situated on a dry riverbed - each with a wooden deck that commands spectacular views. The en-suite bathroom has an indoor as well as an outdoor shower for those wanting to get closer to nature.
Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
The 8 rooms are all built using a unique combination of thatched roofs, stone and canvas walls, which creates a 'tented' feel and captures all the elements of a truly luxurious African bush safari. Each room has an open plan bathroom with a hand-made rock bath with an outdoor shower, and fans to keep a gentle breeze flowing.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in 8 air-conditioned en-suite tents. Each safari tent is authentically furnished in colonial splendour, enhancing the ambience and comforts typical of a bygone era.
Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
HillsNek Safaris consists of just 3 individual luxury canvas safari tents set on expansive wrap around wooden decks with panoramic views. All 3 tents are linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways.
Amakhala 2 Night PackageValid: 1 May 2016 - 30 September 2016.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 8 ratings
Ten luxury canvas tents, each sleeping 2 guests, are set on stilts in the upper reaches of tall trees, overlooking a seasonal river. Each tent has air-conditioning and private bathroom facilities, interconnected to other tents by wooden walkways high above a sandy river bed.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Situated on the slope of a hill, and with spectacular views of the reserve, each of the 6 luxury tents at Thanda Tented Camp has a viewing deck, and a spacious bathroom with a shower. Guests dine on an exquisite variation of Western and traditional Zulu cuisine, and can choose to have their meals in the dining tent or around the boma fire.
Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 12 ratings
The lodge has just 5 suites, overlooking a watering point. Each suite has a thatched roof, with tented canvas sides, and an atmospheric fireplace.
Amakhala Bush Lodge: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2Valid: 1 May 2016 - 31 August 2016.
Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings
Accommodation consists of 8 luxury en-suite safari tents and 3 thatched family chalets. The tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck.
Simbavati River Lodge: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3Valid: 1 August 2015 - 31 October 2016.
Your accommodation is in spacious and luxurious tented suites, which are reminiscent of the golden era of safaris in the early 1900s, yet with all the comfort and excellence associated with Africa's finest game lodges. Sumptuous breakfasts and superb lunches are both served in the elegant dining room, or on the veranda overlooking the waterhole.
Gorah Elephant Camp: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3Valid: 1 April 2016 - 30 April 2016.
Pronounced 'By-ye-ti', the Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury, tented accommodation. Each of the 12 twin-bedded air-conditioned suites are camouflaged under trees allowing ample privacy, and have an en-suite bathroom, under-floor heating, outdoor shower, and viewing deck.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
The 15 canvas-and-stone tented suites are exquisitely furnished and decorated with a contemporary twist. Each suite has its own private deck overlooking the sweeping plains and meandering river below.
Marataba Safari Lodge: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3Valid: 4 January 2016 - 17 December 2016.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings
Savanna has 4 luxury tented suites and 3 spacious executive tented suites. Rustic reed blinds, coir carpets, a draped canvas ceiling and built in lounge area all combine to create the most luxurious tents in Africa.
Savanna Private Game Reserve - Repeat Guest OfferValid: 1 June 2015 - 31 December 2016.
Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 10 ratings
There are 12 Superior suites at Kapama Karula, each enjoying their own exquisitely decorated and generous private space. The big glass sliding doors that wraps around the suites, offers the opportunity to have unrestricted views over the Klaserie river and all it's inhabitants.