In selling safari in Africa to clients, there is one question I find that often generates an interesting conversation. When inquiring how a traveler feels about staying in a tented camp, the reaction is generally a strong one, albeit in either direction!
Africa boasts a variety of tented camps and lodges that deliver what most people tend to picture as a “rustic” experience, but it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. Luxury five-star tented options abound, particularly in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa.
I recently had the pleasure of spending a night at Kariega’s newest addition to this kind of market, Settler’s Drift , and the experience certainly left me wanting more of this style of accommodation in the future.
Situated in the Eastern Cape, which boasts a malaria-free Big Five Game experience, this five-star luxury tented lodge offers a spectacular South African safari experience. That being said, second to the animals, the accommodation itself IS the experience. The property consists of nine ultra-luxurious suites, each tented with windows and doors that virtually melt away to create an intimate and private experience with the nature surrounding you. Guests get to feel completely safe and secure in their personal space while still experiencing, feeling and hearing the environment around them.
A visit to the tented main lodge continues this “at one with nature” feel and a visit to their tented spa room is a must!
Any preconceived notions about this style of accommodation should truly be revisited and I encourage every traveler to experience a tented safari for a truly unique and authentic stay.