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AfriCamps Luxury Glamping Camps in the Western Cape
Experience nature in style with boutique camping experts
AfriCamps Boutique Camping is all about glamping (that is, glamourous + camping) at some of the most beautiful authentic working farms and estates. The company's founders Cape Town-based Dutch business partners, Manou Bleumink and Jeroen van Rootselaar, believe that the best travel experiences are often those that allow visitors to get up close and personal with the landscape, its people and food.
AfriCamps – along with carefully selected hosts – seek to create a unique outdoor affair authentic to the glamping site’s region. Read more about AfriCamps and how the company works.
CUSTOM-DESIGNED BOUTIQUE CAMPING TENTS
Each tent is fully equipped with a spacious kitchen and lounge area, two comfortable bedrooms and one private bathroom. Everything, from the furniture to the actual glamping tent, is locally made with a key focus on sustainability and educating community members to become skilled – in sewing, woodwork, welding, painting, electrical skills and more – through the creation of the custom-designed tents. This notion continues to landowners and the entire glamping experience as visitors are encouraged to explore and become involved in local farm living as well as learn more about typical South African landscapes and the magnificent fauna and flora renowned to the region.
Ultimately, AfriCamps Boutique Camping combines the flexibility of a self-drive holiday; the remoteness of a camping trip and the convenience of a beautiful fully furnished self-catering unit all under one canvas-roof.
AfriCamps currently operates five glamping camps in the Western Cape; Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay and Stanford Hills in Stanford are the most recent. AfriCamps Klein Karoo in Oudtshoorn, AfriCamps at Kam’ Bati in Swellendam and AfriCamps at Pat Busch Nature Reserve in Robertson are the first three. This means glampers can pick their ultimate holiday destination or choose to travel from one luxury glamping site to another.
AFRICAMPS LUXURY GLAMPING CAMPS
AfriCamps at Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay
It’s at the centre of the Garden Route, in The Crags. You get both lush forest and fynbos and the sea, as its embraced by the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. The elevated tents have views of the rolling green hills and valleys and the Tsitsikamma Mountain range. There’s a swimming pool and sports field at the site (available, unless they are booked out for a function). You can take a guided hike or go it alone and even do a night hike. There are team building and outdoor adventure activities for people coming in groups. It’s a great spot for a school, too, for those wanting to teach kids about conversation. If you're there privately, head out into the holiday town of Plettenberg Bay, visit the wine estates around or perch on your private deck and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Ingwe forest.
Facilities Fireplace, air-conditioning, electric blankets
Activities Canoe up the Bitou and Keurbooms River to a visit the wine estates close by. Take the kids to the animal sanctuaries: Monkeyland, the primate sanctuary; Birds of Eden, home to over 3,500 birds; Jukani Wildlife, and Hog Hollow Horse Trails.
TIP: Camp manager Debbie Femor is an environmental educator. Join her on one of her forest hikes.
Ingwe | The Crags | Plettenberg Bay | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | [email protected]
AfriCamps at Stanford Hills Estate in Stanford
This camp will be favoured by foodies: it’s set on a boutique wine farm and Stanford is a slow food destination with some interesting chefs. The Stanford Hills Estate restaurant The Tasting Room, with views of the valley, has a menu that changes daily and the food is made using vegetables from the farm and local produce. The site is on the foothill of the Klein River Mountain range overlooking a dam and the Stanford Valley. This foodie delight is only a 15-minute drive from Hermanus and can be reached from Cape Town in two hours
Facilities: Fireplace, air-conditioning, electric blankets, a children’s play area and babysitting services on request
Activities: Swim in the dam, try fishing, go horse riding or hiking. Try quad and mountain biking. You can also go whale watching on a small airplane that leaves from the farm’s private landing strip. If you’re more into leisure, there’s wine tasting on the farm of the estate’s award-winning range of wines. The owner-managers once owned a restaurant.
TIP: Babysitting services are available on request. This is also a great spot to stock up on special wines: The estate has six wine labels exported to 11 countries.
Stanford Hills Estate | Weltevreden Farm | Stanford | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | [email protected]
AfriCamps Klein Karoo in Oudtshoorn
Located on a beautifully remote spot overlooking a large dam on one of the country’s largest working ostrich farms with the Swartberg Mountains in the distance, AfriCamps Klein Karoo is actually a mere 10-minute drive from Oudtshoorn (and approximately five hours from Cape Town). Here, you’ll find five luxury boutique camping tents, skillfully positioned around a large water dam, each equipped to accommodate five people. It’s a peaceful place that provides the rare opportunity to see large-scale ostrich farming in action. The land is also home to herds of free-roaming indigenous animals, including waterbuck, springbok, nyala, kudu, impala, eland and blue wildebeest, which gather to drink at sunset in perfect view of the decks of each tent. Located slightly northwest of the Garden Route, about an hour from George, AfriCamps Klein Karoo is the ideal mid-way stop between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and the perfect base from which to explore Oudtshoorn and its attractions, including the Cango Caves.
Facilities include Wi-fi, air conditioning and a wood burning fireplace.
Activities include ostrich farm tours, sunset drives through the magnificent Klein Karoo landscape and visits to the local crèche. Please contact the farm directly for more information and quotes. Booking is essential for all activities.
TIP: At an additional cost, guests can request a self-service breakfast or picnic lunch basket and dinner braai pack. Prior booking is essential.
Buffelsdrift Farm | Cango Caves Road | Oudtshoorn | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | [email protected]
AfriCamps at Kam’ Bati in Swellendam
Situated on an Overberg working farm approximately 20-kms from Swellendam, AfriCamps at Kam’ Bati offers guests five luxury glamping tents that look out over a lush patch of forest along the riverbed. Ideal for an adventurous family vacation, this glamping site offers ample activities – think canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, swimming and even putt-putt – that are perfect for the whole clan to enjoy. Should guests wish to explore beyond the glamping site premises, the picturesque town of Swellendam is just around the corner providing visitors with many to-dos such as a visit to the open-air Drostdy Museum or the Dutch reformed church. What’s more, located on the outskirts of Swellendam is the Bontebok National Park and the Marloth Nature Reserve; magnificent nature parks that provide various possibilities for hiking, horse riding and bird watching. Situated approximately two-hours from Cape Town, AfriCamps at Kam’Bati makes for the ideal family weekend destination as well as is a great stopover to, or from, the Garden Route.
Facilities include air conditioning and a wood burning fireplace.
Activities include a swimming pool with water slides, a mini putt-putt golf course, jungle gym area as well as room for fishing, canoeing and tube riding on the Breede River.
TIP: At an additional cost, guests can request a self-service breakfast basket or dinner braai pack. Prior booking is essential.
NOTE: There is a daily shop on-site selling basic amenities.
Kam’ Bati | River Resort | Swellendam | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | [email protected]
AfriCamps at Pat Busch Nature Reserve in Robertson
Set in the spectacular Pat Busch Mountain Reserve – 2000 hectares of incredible natural fynbos, streams, mountain dams and various wildlife – in Robertson (approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Cape Town), this AfriCamps glamping site is a nature lovers utopia and is ideal for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and become one with the countryside again (all from the comforts of an AfriCamp tent, of course). Tucked away from the main farm house in between Cape fynbos, the five luxury five-man tents – although somewhat close to one another – provide ample privacy and are aptly positioned to overlook the gorgeous Langeberg mountain range allowing for guests to feel as if they’re the only ones on-site. The Mountain Reserve itself provides visitors with endless possibilities including several walking trails, waterdams ideal for swimming, fishing and canoeing, good bird watching opportunities as well as a glistering nine-metre swimming pool. Situated 15-kms outside the Robertson Wine Valley, which forms part of the Route 62 (the longest wine route in the world and renowned for its many vino festivities), visitors can also spend a day (or two) in the Winelands sipping and swirling award-winning reds and whites at the various celebrated wine estates in the region. What’s more, AfriCamps at Pat Busch also provides guests with the unique – and very special – opportunity for a glamping-style wedding.
Facilities include Wi-fi, babysitting services, laundry services, air conditioning and a wood burning fireplace.
Activities include a swimming pool, mountain bike rental, fishing and two hiking trails (three to five hours long).
TIP: At an additional cost, guests can request a self-service breakfast basket or dinner braai pack. Prior booking is essential. Catering options are also available for groups.
Bergendal Farm | Bergendal Road | Klaasvoogds West | Robertson | +27 (0) 63 170 4222 | [email protected]
SPACIOUS AND OPEN-PLAN TENTS
Handcrafted proudly in South Africa, each 55sqm glamping tent features two bedrooms (one with an extra length queen size bed and the other with an extra length queen size bed and extra length single bunk bed), a private bathroom and a spacious open-plan lounge, dining room and kitchen area fully equipped with all the necessities including a cosy fireplace, airconditioner and electric blankets. Encompassing all the frills of a permanent structure – proper furniture, a fully-functioning kitchen and solid wooden floors – the boutique camping tents provide guests with the ideal housing option for those who wish to feel one with nature without actually getting down and dirty. What’s more, each tent also features a secluded outdoor deck area including a private braai and easy wooden loungers ideal for lazing around and enjoying the beautiful scenery and peaceful natural surroundings.
NOTE: Check in is from 2pm onwards on the day of arrival whereas check out is before 10am on the day of departure. Alternative prior arrangements can be made and guests are requested to kindly inform the AfriCamps office of their estimated arrival time.
The Bill: Starting from R545pp (low season) to R1045pp (peak season) shared, you can enjoy accommodation for up to five people (R200 per an additional adult). Children under two years are free whereas children between the ages of three and 16 years are an additional R100 each.
Low Season: 1 May to 30 September | High Season: 1 October to 15 December and 11 January to 30 April as well as public holidays | Peak Season: 16 December to 10 January
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