Accommodation Options While on Safari

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Few travellers know what to expect on a holiday to a foreign country, never mind the Dark Continent itself. However, South Africa is well-equipped to welcome safari-goers and many tourists find themselves pleasantly surprised on arrival.


Accommodation while on safari in South Africa is very varied, ranging from campsites to ultra-luxurious private lodges, but more important than the accommodation itself is the actual game-viewing experience. While a luxury penthouse is a delight when holidaying on the shores of Cape Town, there is a lot to be said for surrendering a few luxuries and shedding a few walls in order to gain a true feel for the wilderness and the chance to spot more wild animals.

Surprisingly, while on safari in South Africa, tented accommodation is often just as luxurious as brick and mortar accommodation, with permanent furnished tents set up in prime spots. This is the case when you choose to stay with the Thornybush Collection, which offers a variety of options when it comes to somewhere to lay your bush hat.

Eleven of the lodges in this outstanding collection are located in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, and one, Simbambili, is located in the well-known Sabi Sand. Both of these wilderness areas offer superb game viewing options, guided walks and exceptional game drives.

This assortment of camps offers several varieties of accommodation, namely:

  • suites
  • inter-leading suites
  • family suites
  • luxury suites and
  • tented accommodation.
  • Tented camps

All of the accommodation, with the exception of Nkelenga, is fully inclusive. Nkelenga is a self-catering tented camp with 3 private comfortably equipped tents and one main house with kitchen facilities for preparing meals. All the accommodation overlooks the river.

There is only one other tented camp, namely Chapungu, which features 8 safari tents and a communal recreation area with pool and dining room. These tents each have a private outdoor bush bath and deck overlooking bushveld surroundings.

Suites of luxury

Fixed, fully-inclusive accommodation makes up the balance of the offerings in the Thornybush Collection. These suites are exquisitely furnished with private patios, some with outdoor baths or showers and even private plunge pools. Meals are enjoyed either in a communal dining area or outside around a blazing fire in the evenings. Mini fridges, mosquito nets and air-conditioning are the norm in these accommodations. The largest camps in the Collection, Thornybush Game Lodge and Thornybush Waterside Lodge, can accommodate just 40 people.

All of these camps have dedicated game guards, game rangers and game-drive vehicles for the ultimate in personalised service.

Be sure to ask about the available options and be honest about your needs and expectations when you book your safari accommodation with the Thornybush Collection.

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Saturday, 16 December 2017