AfriCamps is about to get a whole lot wilder with unique glamping options in three wild locations! We are very excited to announce that we are opening a new location, AfriCamps at Hoedspruit this November, 40 minutes outside Kruger National Park! With the opening of AfriCamps at Hoedspruit in November, the opening of AfriCamps at White Elephant in Pongola Game Reserve in December, and the already popular AfriCamps at Mackers in Hazyview, you will soon be able to take a wild glamping safari and experience the best of South Africa’s wildlife in three beautiful provinces.
Stop #1: AfriCamps at Hoedspruit, Limpopo province
Bookings are now open! Hoedspruit is becoming increasingly popular among visitors to Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route as it is conveniently located between Kruger and the Blyde River Canyon. 11 tents will be opening on a remarkable property currently known as the Klaserie Caravan Park, a well-known spot among fishermen in the area with a large dam equipped for catch-and-release fishing of Carp, Bass, Bream, and Barbel. All 11 tents will look out onto this dam, which will make for peaceful views from your outdoor wood-fired hot tub or braai. Bring your canoe for a relaxing paddle, and spot Nyala roaming freely on the property, or unwind with a drink by the pool.
Essential to the Hoedspruit experience is a self-drive or guided game drive in Kruger National Park, only 40km away. Camp owner, Louwtjie Roux guides tours departing from the camp. AfriCamps at Hoedspruit is also in close vicinity to well-known private game reserves like Timbavati and the area is known for many conservation and wildlife rehabilitation projects.
Stop #2: AfriCamps at Mackers in Hazyview, Mpumalanga
From Hoedspruit, depart for the next stop, AfriCamps at Mackers. This camp opened in July 2018 and has fast become a favourite among local and international guests. Tours to Kruger, The Panorama Route, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre & Blyde River Boat Cruise and Seronera Crocodile Farm depart from the camp and can be arranged by your hosts, Ryan and Michelle.
Travel tip: When touring from AfriCamps at Hoedspruit, take the scenic route through Kruger National Park and exit via the Phabeni gate. A further 25 minutes and you’ll reach AfriCamps at Mackers in Hazyview.
We strongly suggest setting some time out to spend at the camp where you can book a spa treatment from the comfort of your tent, explore the Sabie River on your doorstep, spot 250+ bird species and relax at the gorgeous infinity pool.
Find out more and book your stay here.
Stop #3: AfriCamps at White Elephant Safari in Pongola Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
Another camp on your glamping safari bucket list should most definitely be AfriCamps at White Elephant Safari in Pongola Game Reserve opening 16 December 2019. From the moment you enter the gates, you’ll experience the tranquil atmosphere of the oldest private game reserve in Africa. The reserve is home to buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, 12 different antelope species, and over 350 bird species, which can be spotted during White Elephant Safari’s range of game viewing activities.
AfriCamps at White Elephant Safari will be one of a kind by offering water safaris on Lake Jozini and the Pongola River. On the water-based elephant experience, your guide and researcher will take you to the shores of Lake Jozini where various elephant families come for their daily drink of water. On the boat cruise, you will be able to spot various bird species, hippo pods, and crocodile.
WATCH: Just another day on Lake Jozini. The Elephant Research Project experience is a must-do during your stay!
The safari experience at AfriCamps at White Elephant Safari is slightly different from our other camps as all tours are guided by highly knowledgable and qualified guides and no self-drive game viewing is allowed. This is due to the conservation projects on the Game Reserve and the safety of all guests.
Other activities include guided bush walks, the black rhino range expansion project, where guest will track black rhino on foot, game drives, and fishing/boat hire. For the locals, feel free to bring your own boat for a relaxing day of fishing on the lake.
Back at the camp, unwind among Nyala grazing by the pool or soak up your surroundings from your own private outdoor wood-fired hot tub.
Find out more and book your stay here.
New to AfriCamps?
AfriCamps offers luxurious self-catering tented accommodation on the most beautiful farms, reserves or estates in the country. Each tent has two bedrooms with extra length, queen size beds, and an extra single bunk bed in one of the rooms – perfect for a family of 5! The open plan living room, dining room, and fully equipped kitchen are perfect for your self-catering stay and extra comforts like the indoor fireplace and air conditioning will make you feel right at home. Each tent has a private bathroom with fantastic hot shower, washbasin and flushing toilet. The magic truly happens on the spacious decks looking out over unique South African landscapes. Light the braai and outdoor wood-fired hot tub (at selected locations) and get closer to nature for the ultimate glamping experience! This is the perfect way to experience your South African safari!