Glamping Glamour: Affordable Vs Upmarket Glamping

From Hiking up Heidelberg to Camping in the Kruger, we have the “wild outdoors” in our blood. But sometimes it’s okay to swap sleeping in the bundus for glamping with the stars… well, sort of. Here’s our showdown between affordable and luxury glamping spots around Joburg. 


Tented Adventures

The Glamping experience that Tented Adventures offer consists of snug accommodation in sturdy canvas-constructed tents. The best thing about this experience is that you don’t need to sacrifice comfort for the roughness of the outdoors. Fortunately for fanatics, Tented Adventures are currently at two destinations: Pilansberg and the mighty Kruger National Park. These “camps” are made up of eight safari tents, each equipped with comfortable beds, luxurious linen, camp chairs, electricity, carpeted flooring and large windows with mosquito nets. Tents are made up of two single beds and are equipped with a fan to cool you down in summer and electric blankets to warm you up in winter.


Jackalberry Ridge 

Situated on the southern border of the Kruger National Park (yeah, it’s a drive and a half but worth it), Jackalberry Ridge is just the place if you’re looking for the ultimate glamping experience with an extra helping of glam. Take your pick from 20 tented camps, all complete with wooden floors, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, viewing decks and spacious king-sized beds in the main bedrooms. Talk about camping bliss! You can either stay in a one bedroom (four sleeper) or a two bedroom (six or eight sleeper) depending on how big your clan is. As for the entertainment, head to the Kambaku Golf Course, enjoy a pamper session at the Slide Spa or be daring and experience a few eco adventures nearby.


La Provence D’Afrique

Meet La Provence D’Afrique – Magaliesberg’s very own French Connection and hidden gem that is a wonderful venue for a group of people wanting to have a break away from the city. La Provence D’Afrique took an old vintage ‘chef truck’ and created a pub to supply guests with the necessary beverages such as ports, sherries, hot chocolates and Irish coffees. At the bottom end of the street near the big fireplace they’ve placed three big leather couches within walking distance of the glamping sites, for extra chill. Amenities include hot showers, double beds dressed to the nines and room service. Self-catering is available on request.


B’sorah Luxury Tented Camps

Privacy is the name of the game when it comes to B’sorah in Magaliesberg. Each tent’s location is handpicked, leaving you with your own view and surrounding bush, while experiencing complete privacy. The surroundings provide a romantic and peaceful atmosphere as time stands still in this quiet part of the world. Visitors can expect queen-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms with stone-clad showers, solar-powered electrical points and lighting and a deck with kitchenette and a private braai area. Above and beyond the accommodation there is plenty to do in the area such as game drives, nature reserve visits and the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre.



Bush Willow Tented Camp

The awesome thing about Joburg is that no matter which direction you drive, you’ll find untamed wilderness within an hour… We can’t talk about camping without mentioning a trip to Muldersdrift. Just 40 minutes from town you’ll discover the Bush Willow Tented Camp where you can choose to stay in one of 10 fully furnished walk-in tents that house four to six people. Explore all that Muldersdrift has to offer, like The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (which is about 20 minutes from Bush Willow) or the new Lion Park (which is down the road from the camp).


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Malonjeni Guest Farm

Not even an hour’s drive from Jozi lies Meyerton, home to the Malonjeni Guest Farm. Stay in one of the two camp sites that boast a swimming pool, tuck shop and a sports bar (so you won’t miss out on any of the PSL or Curry Cup action). Malonjeni Guest Farm is also the grazing ground to several wild animals, like wildebeest, zebra, and antelope. Take a game drive within the farm (or a game walk for the more adventurous – just be careful of the wildlife, though).


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Rametsi Eco Lodge Game Farm

Two and a quarter hours’ drive from the City Of Gold you will find the tranquil Rametsi Eco Lodge Game Farm, right on a picturesque dam. The camp sites all have electricity points, so you won’t feel too far removed from the city. Take your pick of entertainment from 4×4 trails, hiking paths and even canoeing, or enjoy chilling dam-side with a good book or boardgames.


Honourable Mention

The Kreef Hotel

Rated as a 0.5 star hotel, the Kreef Hotel rears its beatitude for only one long and dusty weekend a year. In some circles it is known as the godfather of glamping in South Africa and has been home and safe-haven to many Oppikoppi festival goers for years. Hot showers, big bacon breakfasts and clean toilets – this is the reason why the Kreef has become a legend. We salute you, Kreef Hotel. Do yourself a favour and book your next Oppikoppi experience here.


By Shawn Greyling

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