Take your pick – South Africa has some beautiful glamping destinations. Image via Adobe Stock

Get your glamp on: The best boutique tented camps in South Africa

South Africa has a range of boutique tented accommodation for you and your family to enjoy this upcoming holiday season.


Take your pick – South Africa has some beautiful glamping destinations. Image via Adobe Stock

Hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and swimming, elephant and meerkat safaris, wine-tasting and fine dining, working on a dairy farm, or simply soaking in a hot tub – these are just some of amazing experiences you can enjoy at one of these stylish boutique tented camps located around South Africa.

Boutique tented camps offer comfortable self-catering “glamping-style” accommodation in the form of luxury tents that sleep up to five people in comfortable extra length beds complete with electric blankets.

Tents have fully equipped en-suite bathrooms, and units have both air-conditioning and fireplaces.

South Africa’s best boutique camps

Tamboti Camp, Kruger National Park

Nestled within the Kruger National Park, Tamboti Rest Camp features comfortable stilted tents along a riverbed and offers a fantastic array of wildlife and bird-watching opportunities.

The camp also has a birding hide for spotting some of the hundreds of bird species in the park and watch for hyenas scavenging at night.

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Whales and Wine in Stanford

Located on a wine farm in the stunning town of Stanford on the east coast, AfriCamps at Stanford is the perfect escape for food and wine-lovers. Five boutique tents with private decks on the farm overlook a dam and the Stanford Hills and offer unfettered views for whale-watching in season.

The farm has a wine tasting room and a casual restaurant serving farm-style fare. There is a large play area for kids and dogs are welcome.

Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp, Thornybush Game Reserve

Overlooking the vast African bushveld in the Thornybush Game Reserve, Chapungu Camp is a luxury camp with glamping tents boasting all the creature comforts of a deluxe hotel.

The tented camp is a short walk from the Thornybush Game Lodge where guests can enjoy fine dining options and pampering spa treatments, and dawn and dusk safaris in open game vehicles and optional bushveld walks are included.

ThornyBush Game Reserve, 1380, Phone: 015 793 1711

Swimming, Swinging, and Fairies in Swellendam

AfriCamps at Kam’Bati in Swellendam is a fantastic family-friendly camp with a wealth of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

A waterpark has three swimming pools, waterslides, a swing rope over the river, and a putt-putt course, and kids can harvest veggies from the farm’s garden for dinner.

Swellendam’s real Fairy Sanctuary is a special house and the beautiful gardens that are a shelter for elves where the little ones will find thousands of elves hidden in the most mystical places. Comfortable tents have hot tubs for relaxing after a full day of fun in the sun.

Meerkat Magic in the Klein Karoo

Located in Oudtshoorn in the heart of the Klein Karoo, AfriCamps Klein Karoo is a uniquely beautiful and serene spot that is a must if you want to get away from it all. Twelve tents overlook a lovely dam surrounded by aloe and spekboom and private decks are ideal for stargazing at night — some of the best in the world.

Begin your day with a delightful Meerkat Safari and watch dozens of bleary-eyed meerkats emerge from their burrows to meet the morning – it’s an unforgettable sight.

Being in Oudtshoorn – the ostrich capital of South Africa – you can take an ostrich farm tour to see the hatchery and dozens of these intriguing creatures.

Honey-Bee Suite, Platbos Forest

This is a fantastic glamping option for those keen on nature and sustainable living. Situated in the ancient, indigenous Platbos Forest in the Baviaanspoort Hills, the Honey-Bee Suite is an eco-friendly and private accommodation option and the ultimate way to get off the grid while still enjoying the simple luxuries associated with a relaxing holiday.

Guests can enjoy hiking, wine-tasting, whale-watching, and more, in the surrounding area.

Get Lost in the Forest at Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay

Just an hour from some of the world-class attractions along the Garden Route like the Tsitsikamma Forest, Storms River, and the Bloukrans bungee jump, AfriCamps at Ingwe, Plettenberg Bay is a tranquil retreat surrounded by lush forests and magical mountain views.

Six tents have amazing outdoor decks with unrivalled vistas and three tents have private hot tubs. You can spend hours hiking through the forest on a network of cool, shady trails.