Glamping: camping with benefits (er…total luxury)
Remember camping? How it used to be? Driving into the middle of nowhere or finding a campsite with a disinterested attendant who was nowhere to be found when your tent collapsed? Pegs, hammers, sand, cramped conditions and blocked ablutions (if any). For some, camping in the rough remains an enjoyable experience, for others hell on earth.
But things are changing. Camping with glam accessories and convenience is becoming the vogue. Lumping tents around is a thing of the past – and the crossover of luxury hotel with designer tent and superb supporting facilities is fast-tracking to the number one getaway plan – everywhere.
From working farms, to guest lodges, to nature reserves, to wine estates, to game ranches – the new trend is the provision of camping facilities that look as though they were made for a Hollywood star. You are invited to stay awhile – in a tent. But not just any tent. These tents have double beds, small kitchens, en-suite bathrooms/showers, upmarket braai facilities, wooden decks with phenomenal views, etc.
All of these extraordinary innovations seek to ensure that the fun of camping is not lost – especially not here in the astoundingly beautiful surroundings of the Western Cape. We’ve got it all – and often the best way to see it is in relative solitude where you can experience that exceptional peace that being ‘lost’ in the wilderness can give you.
The advantages of the ‘old’ way of camping still remain: experiencing the great outdoors, sitting in awe under a canopy of stars, enjoying wildlife on your doorstep, hearing the wind through the trees, listening to the surf break only yards from your bed. Except when you’re glamping, you have the added comfort of a soft bed, no creepy-crawlies in a constricted sleeping bag, hot running water, clean towels, and steady protection from the cool night air or inclement weather. And yet nature is right there – just one barefoot step away from you. Glamping offers serenity and complete relaxation while camping – truly the best of all worlds!
In the Western Cape this trend has caught on to such a degree that there is almost limitless choice, catering for every need and preference, and yet still giving that sense of quiet seclusion in nature that is both fulfilling and unique – and exactly what you’re searching for when you go ‘camping’. Here are a few options:
Cherry Glamping, Groenrug Estate
Set in the scenic Elgin Valley and only one hour’s drive from Cape Town, Cherry Glamping offers a luxury camping experience in a secluded forest. You can relax in prime comfort and privacy, or plan events such as weddings, festivals, team-building functions, family gatherings, etc. And when night falls and you creep into your splendidly comfortable bed, the only sound you will hear is the sigh of the wind through the trees. “It’s like floating away on a vast peaceful ocean.”
Elgin Hills Luxury Tented Camp
Situated a short drive from Grabouw and Elgin, this luxury tented camp is set among trees bordering the Palmiet River. Expect stunning views, luxury beds with ensuite facilities. If you want some of the comforts of home, the main area has a TV lounge and kitchen amenities. In a perfect wrap of privacy and comfort, and with nature at your door for easy sampling, this tented camp offers the top-end in wellbeing and stillness, definitely far from the maddening crowd.
Africamps, Klein Karoo
Africamps host several well-appointed glamping destinations in South Africa. One of their choice venues lies in the Klein Karoo on an Ostrich farm where you can experience nature, comfort and history combined with the panoramic stillness of the great outdoors. Apart from just soaking up the natural beauty, you can go game spotting or visit the local Cango Caves. Each tent is equipped like a five-star hotel room, plus ensuite bathroom and kitchen facilities. Other amenities include a sophisticated firepit/braai option, along with Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and laundry services.
Glen Eden Farm, Montagu
Embrace the gypsy in you! How about spending a weekend or more in a hand-made gypsy wagon? Apart from the luxury of a queen-size, extra-length bed, you’ll enjoy your own private bathroom, kitchen, and fire pit. Certainly a unique experience. Not only will you have the ultra in comfort, but the attractions of Montagu await you: hot springs; the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve; hiking trails galore. For those who want a glamping experience a little different from the rest, then Glen Eden Farm along Route 62 is the place to be.
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