Tented Safari Lodges in South Africa

Tented Safari Lodges in South Africa

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.

© Savanna Private Game Reserve

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.

Thakadu River CampFortunately, 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!

 
 
 

Wildside Safari Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 21 ratings

The rustic, unfenced Wildside Safari Camp consists of 20 en-suite tented chalets, including 4 family tents as well. Dining in the restaurant is an informal affair, where other guests soon become friends.

 

 

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings

Shindzela hosts a maximum of 12 guests in canvas tents.  All tents have a thatch roof and porch, designed to cool the tents in summer.

 

 

Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp

Safari Lodge

Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp pampers guests in 5 well appointed luxury canvas tents where romantic oil lamps add to the 'Out of Africa' ambience. All tents are fully furnished with a private deck and en-suite bathrooms, however there is no electricity.

 

 

Thula Thula Tented Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

Exclusivity is assured with only 8 luxury tents, all with private viewing decks, mosquito nets, fans and a luxurious en-suite bathroom with Victorian bath and outside shower. The 2 family tents offer space, luxury and comfort for parents and children and the generous en-suite bathroom also has Victorian bath and open inside shower.

 

 

Thakadu River Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 6 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.

 

 

Garonga Safari Camp

Safari Lodge

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.

 

 

Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

Safari Lodge

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.

 

 

Jaci's Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge

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.

 

 

Hillsnek Safaris

Safari Lodge

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.

 

 

Kapama Buffalo Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 6 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.

 

 

Kapama Karula

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 10 ratings

There are 5 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.

 

 

Thanda Tented Camp

Safari Lodge

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.

 

 

Bayethe Lodge
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Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 33 ratings

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.

 
Shamwari Game Reserve: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2
Valid:   1 May 2015  -  31 July 2015.
 

 

Amakhala Bush Lodge

Safari Lodge

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.

 

 

Rhino Plains Camp

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

Plains Camp has 4 luxury African explorer-style tents overlooking the spectacular Timbitene plain and waterhole. The camp is built in authentic pioneer tradition and is raised on wooden decks.

 

 

Simbavati River Lodge

Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 4 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 3
Valid:   1 January 2015  -  30 June 2015.
 

 

Hamilton's Tented Camp

Safari Lodge

The accommodation comprises of 6 luxury double tents. Each has a romantic slipper bath and outdoor shower overlooking the Ngwenyeni Dam, as well as a private veranda, open tented lounge, and a secluded swimming pool.

 

 

Gorah Elephant Camp
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Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 6 ratings

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.

 

 

Tree Tops Lodge
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Safari Lodge

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 10 ratings

The luxury safari tents at Tree Tops are perched high on thatched platforms at 'tree top' level, and joined by raised walkways. They offer spectacular views over the thickly-wooded valley.

 

 

Marataba Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge

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 3
Valid:   1 June 2014  -  17 December 2015.
 

 
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