Not everyone enjoys making camp. And then there’s the bother of packing everything up again… If you’re that kind of person, here are five “glamping” options for a camping holiday without the hassle.
Stay at one of these tented camps – no fuss, more fun.
Shakila Tented Camp, near Modimolle
The reception office at Shakila Private Game Reserve is generally a bit shabby, but don’t let appearances put you off. The glory days of the tented camp might have faded, but things are clean, neat and cosy. It’s as if your tent has been decorated by your granny: mismatched rugs, crochet doilies on the bedside tables, ball-andclaw chairs… Each tent has all the basics you might need, plus a few unexpected luxuries like an outdoor shower with hot water, and a hot tub with a bushveld view! (For the less adventurous, there’s also a standard bathroom.) The accommodation is a mix of stone and canvas, with a wooden deck high against an outcrop. The tents are secluded and each sleeps six to eight people. It’s a great destination for a weekend getaway with friends – sit around the fire pit in the lapa until the early hours, solving the world’s problems… While you’re there, the owner of the reserve, Theunis Kruger, is bound to drop by. He has lived in the area for 31 years and is sure to tell you a good yarn, like this one: Apparently the Voortrekkers confused Kranskop nearby for the pyramids in Egypt. That’s why they named the nearby river Groot-Nylrivier… Niggles? There are stands for sale in the reserve, so you might hear the sounds of building. Rates: Six-sleeper tent from R760 per night for two people, plus R240 per extra adult and R130 per extra child. ( There’s also a one-off booking fee of R50.) Where? About 18 km south-west of Modimolle via the R101. Contact: 014 161 0724; shakila.co.za