Not ev­ery­one ap­pre­ci­ates the fine art of as­sem­bling a tent in the dy­ing light of day. For those who don’t, these seven bud­get-friendly pop-up tents are like a dream come true.

Go! Camp & Drive - - Gear - Text Kyle Kock Pho­tos James Garaghty

Call them in­stant or pop-up: these tents have be­come all the camp­ing rage. They’re pop­u­lar with ca­sual campers on a week­end get­away as well as hard­ened bush vet­er­ans with cal­loused hands. Let’s face it: few of us en­joy putting a puz­zle of poles and pegs to­gether af­ter a long drive get­ting to our des­ti­na­tion. We’ve as­sem­bled some of the more af­ford­able, widely avail­able op­tions on the lo­cal mar­ket. They’re priced from just un­der R600 for some­thing that can com­fort­ably sleep a sin­gle per­son with lug­gage, to a five-sleeper for R2 400 that takes only a few min­utes to set up fully on your own.

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