TAKE FIVE

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.

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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

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