The Best Luxury Camping Sites in the Cape

The Best Luxury Camping Sites in the Cape

Dwyka Tented Lodge

Enjoy the great outdoors without having to rough it.

Glamping (glam + camping, naturally) has become more comfortable, exciting and popular than ever before. From cabins and huts to tents and chalets, there’s a diverse selection of accommodation on offer in the luxury-camping arena. And, with winter around the corner, there’s hardly a better time to get cosy at one of these pitch-perfect spots. Have we left one of your favourites out? Then please add it in the comments below.

1. Africamps, Pat Busch Mountain Reserve

Luxury Camping Western Cape: Africamps

Where Robertson
What This campsite is situated in the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, a lush paradise enclosed by mountains, and populated by a variety of flora and fauna (including over 100 bird species). It’s one of several sites hosted by AfriCamps, a glamping service provider that collaborates with family-run farms and reserves to establish luxury camping retreats comprised of locally produced tents and furniture.
Good to know Other AfriCamps locations include AfriCamps Klein Karoo in Oudtshoorn, and AfriCamps Kam’Bati in Swellendam.
Facilities The five luxury tents are more like boutique hotel rooms, with solid wooden floors, fully equipped kitchens and en-suite bathrooms. Each has two bedrooms, and can comfortably sleep five people (both bedrooms have a queen-size bed, and the second also has a single bunk bed). Each tent also has a private veranda overlooking the spectacular fynbos forests and mountain dams of the reserve. Amenities include wi-fi, air-conditioning, a fireplace, braai facilities, fridge, microwave, coffee press, kettle and toaster. Laundry and babysitting services are available.
Activities The Pat Busch Mountain Reserve has walking and hiking trails, and dams for fishing and swimming; and there is a swimming pool and mountain-bike rental available on site. Since the reserve is located on Route 62 (the longest wine route in the world), guests are within easy reach of a number of fine wining and dining destinations.
Cost R495 – R995 for 2 adults sharing (depending on season)
R200 per additional adult (each tent can sleep 5 people)
R100 per child aged 3 to 16
Free for children under 3
Please note Food and beverages are not included. Breakfast baskets can be delivered to the tent at a cost of R110 per person.
Contact 063 170 4222, hello@africamps.com
or book online
Address Klaasvoogds West Gravel road, off the R60, Robertson
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

2. Luxury Treehouse, Vindoux Guest Farm

Glamping Western Cape: Luxury Treehouse at Vindoux
Nina Haddad

Where Tulbagh
What Nestled on the foothill of the Saronsberg Mountains, between the fruit trees and vineyards in Tulbagh, is the impressive and luxurious Vindoux Guest Farm. Offering weary travellers a secluded tree-topped getaway with large comfy beds and delicious farmhouse breakfasts. It’s the perfect hideout for young – and veteran – couples.
Facilities Each treehouse has magnificent game-spotting opportunities (zebra, wildebeest and springbok) and stunning views of the orchards and the Saronsberg Mountains. All have en-suite bathrooms with a spa bath, a double bed, balcony and a coffee/tea making station. And the Honeymoon Suite – which is further away from the others and more secluded – includes an indoor seating area and a partially covered balcony.
Activities When you’re not relaxing in your treehouse, make use of the onsite gym and spa facilities, or take waterwise practices. There’s also a picnic area where light meals from the farm’s deli (including braai packs and picnic baskets) can be enjoyed. Adventurous guests might want to hire a bike and spend the morning among the vines, while wine lovers might want to enjoy a spot of wine tasting at one of the surrounding farms.
Cost Standard suite: R1 550 – R1 900 per couple, includes breakfast (depending on season)
Honeymoon suite: R1 750 – R2 100 per couple, includes breakfast (depending on season)
Contact 023 230 0635, vindouxfarm@gmail.com
Address Vindoux Guest Farm, Twee Jonge Gezellen Road, Tulbagh
TIG Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

3. Dwyka Tented Lodge, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Luxury camping sites: Dwyka Tented Lodge

Where Montagu
What Surrounded by 350-million-year-old rock formations, Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a sacred, hidden place. It was once home to the Khoisan people, and their paintings – some of which date back more than 3 500 years – can be seen at various points around the reserve. It’s about three hours drive from Cape Town but worth the trip for those seeking solitude.
Facilities Each of the nine luxury tents sleeps two adults. All are equipped with an ensuite bathroom, shower and basin, mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, heating and cooling, and even a private deck with a Jacuzzi. The lodge also has a lounge with a fireplace and satellite TV, an open-air dining area, wi-fi, a sauna and a wine cellar.
Activities The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is home to at least seven recorded sites containing San rock art. Guided tours offer a glimpse into these remnants of a now-extinct culture, and there are also game drives and hiking trails for those looking to experience the wide-open Karoo and the diversity of wildlife that inhabits it.
Cost  R5828 per adult sharing (valid for 2017)
R8243 per adult sharing (valid for 2018)
Contact 021 010 0028, reservations@sanbona.com
Address Route 62 between Montagu and Barrydale.
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

4. West Coast Luxury Tents

Luxury Camping Western Cape: West Coast Luxury Tents

Where Elands Bay
What Located midway between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay in the wildly beautiful West Coast on Fork West Farm, this site offer guests three luxury self-catering tents: Fork North, Middle Fork and South Fork.
Set amid a scarcely populated area, behind the sand dunes, in what is rugged, bushy terrain, these luxury tents are your answer to crowdless, chic camping by the seaside, as each tent has private access to an unspoiled West Coast beach.
Facilities Each tent has a private, en-suite bathroom, small kitchenette (with fridge, stove and catering utensils for your added camping convenience) and a private braai area, as well as a double bed – although South Fork also includes a stand-alone thatched unit, set up alongside the main tent, to accommodate four adults (unlike Middle and North Fork, which each sleep two adults).
Activities Fork West Farm itself has the unique bonus of having a private beach as well as a private, 400-metre-long airstrip, which can be used by a light aircraft, by prior arrangement. Although the true romance of the West Coast is undoubtedly always its unspoilt beaches – which offer long walks along the strand and stunning sunsets no matter the season – there is also plenty of bird- and animal-life, as well as amazing, untarnished natural flora to be enjoyed here.
This region is also popular for surfing and diving (Elands Bay also has a newly built boat-launching facility).
Cost R900 (per night, single or two adults sharing)
R220 per child (5 – 12 years)
Contact 082 573 9886, 082 378 9793, theresa.uebel@gmail.com
Address Fork West Farm, between Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay, West Coast, Western Cape
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

5. Wolfkop Camping Villages

Glamping Western Cape: Wolfkop Camping Villages
Citrusdal Accommodation

Where Citrusdal
What “You only bring food and clothes” reads the blurb on the Wolfkop Camping Villages website, summing up its commitment to camping without the hassle. The tents are set up on the bank of a peaceful river, with wooden walkways leading down to the water, and each campsite has a private jetty where campers can board canoes and sail off into the horizon. The campsite is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding mountains and farmland, whether you choose to do so on foot or by boat.
Facilities Each of the camping villages includes a Bedouin freeform marquee and several canvas tents (with mattresses, bedding and towels), as well as a braai area (firewood can be purchased at R25 per bag), chairs and tables. Other facilities include electric lighting, cooler boxes and a power point.
Activities Canoes are available for rent, for those wishing to explore the rivers and dams on the campsite, and fishing trips can be booked at R30 per person. Guests can enjoy horse-riding or hiking at one of the nearby farms, or venture out into the Cederberg Wilderness area, a region rich in natural wonders such as the Stadsaal caves and Wolfsberg Arch.
Pets allowed by prior arrangement.
Good to know Wolfkop Camping Villages also operates a luxury campsite at Hermanus, called KleinVlei. It’s situated next to the lagoon, about 1.4km away from Grotto Beach. Accommodation options include wooden cabins on the banks of the lagoon, as well as canvas tents.
Cost R750 – R850 per tent (1 to 2 adults/children, depending on season)
R125 per extra person
R150 for canoe hire (includes life jacket and paddles)
Contact 083 260 5071, info@middelposcampingvillages.co.za
Address Keerom Road, Citrusdal (off the N7)
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

6. Slanghoek Mountain Resort

Luxury camping sites: Slanghoek Mountain Resort
Kirsten

Where Rawsonville
What For a quiet yet exhilarating getaway, this family-friendly resort ticks all the boxes. There are various accommodation options: log cabins, chalets, a camp site, as well as luxury safari tents, which can sleep a family of four.
Facilities Safari tents 1 to 4 can each sleep 2 people, while tents 5 to 13 can each sleep 4 people. Each tent includes a private ensuite shower and toilet, a small equipped kitchen, and an outdoor seating and braai area. The communal swimming pool is great for cooling down.
Activities There’s an 18-hole Putt-Putt course, horse-riding, fishing in the dam and walking trails to the lookout point and the waterfall.
Cost Two sleeper: R600 – R660 per unit per night (depending on season)
Four sleeper: R800 – R900 per unit per night (depending on season)
Contact 023 344 3138, info@slanghoekresort.co.za
Address Off R101, Rawsonville, Western Cape
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

7. Buffalo Drift Lodge

Luxury camping sites: Buffalo Drift Lodge
Rooms for Africa

Where Tulbagh
What Located on a farm in Tulbagh and Yzerfontein, this site offers a variety of accommodation types and is a popular venue for functions. The luxury tented camps on the Tulbagh side are suitable for romantic getaways, or for a family looking for something different. They sleep a maximum of four people, and have a balcony that overlooks your private stretch of the Berg River.
Facilities The self-catering tents have an equipped kitchenette, as well as a private braai area. Each has its own ensuite bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet, as well as plug points. They also have have easy access to a private stretch of the Berg River.
Activities Saddle up and explore the scenic Tulbagh Valley on horseback, or stock up on birthstones, suncatchers, chimes, crystals and beaded goods (if that’s your thing) at Crystal Cave. Clay-pigeon shooting and Paintball are available on the farm, but should be booked two weeks in advance.
Pets are allowed
Cost R600 for 2 adults sharing
R200 per additional adult (tents can sleep 4 people)
R125 per child under 13
Contact 072 599 5663, info@Buffalodrift.co.za
Address De Heuvel Farm on the R46, Between Tulbagh and Wolseley in the Cape Winelands
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

8. The Storytellers Organic Farm, De Pakhuys

De Pakhuys Luxury Camping

Where Clanwilliam
What Located in Rocklands, and surrounded by rugged but spectacularly beautiful rock formations, this farm has a number of accommodation options available. The large luxury tents – Dassie Den, Porcupine Place and the new Tortoise Terrace – can sleep up to three people and are sheltered from the sun and rain by a discreet roof canopy. The wooden Campsite Cabins are set among the tall trees and fynbos.
Facilities The site is off grid, but there’s hot water, a gas fridge and lights, and each site has its own gas stove and braai facilities. The luxury tents have private bathrooms, while the cabins share an ablution facility. Wired internet is available at the free internet point in the communal guest space.
Activities There are a number of walking trails such as the Kloof Walking Trail, the Waterfall Trail and the longer Heuningvlei trail, after which a dip in the farm lake comes highly recommended. Are you fit? Then you’ll love the bouldering opportunities all over the Rocklands.
Pets are allowed
Cost Dassie Den, from R700 per night for the unit (sleeps 4 people)
Porcupine Place, from R600 per night for the unit (sleeps 4 people)
Tortoise Terrace, from R550 per night for the unit (sleeps 4 people)
Cabins, R250 per unit per night: single
Cabins, R135 per unit per night: sharing
Good to know The Storytellers also offer a pop-up safari tent add-on for large groups.
Contact 082 862 7372 or 027 470 0057, info@thestorytellers.co.za or book online
Address R364, Rocklands, Clanwilliam
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

9. Bush Camp, !Khwa ttu

Luxury camping sites: Bush Camp !Khwa Ttu
bookings.com

Where Yzerfontein
What Just over an hour out of Cape Town, this place gets its name from (and is inspired by) the ancient San culture. There are five modern tents spaced along a meandering path that seamlessly blend in with the surrounding bushes, each of which sleeps two people (with the option of adding an extra bed).
Facilities Bathroom facilities are communal, and include a delightful outdoor shower. The camp is solar-powered and has a central kitchen and a boma with a fireplace.
Activities The San-guided experience includes a game drive, a walk in nature to learn about their tracking skills, a demonstration of the ancient tools they used, a photo exhibition and the screening of an ethnographic film.
Cost R325 per person (includes breakfast)
Contact 022 492 2998, info@khwattu.org
Address Grootwater Farm, R27, Yzerfontein
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

10. Kuganha Tented Camp Safari, Inverdoorn Game Reserve

Luxury camping sites: Kuganha Tented Camp
Alfrista Travels

Where Ceres Karoo
What The Kuganha Tented Camp is a new addition to the Inverdoorn Game Reserve, providing true immersion in the Klein Karoo wilderness despite being just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town. The three luxury safari tents are surrounded by free-roaming wildlife – it’s not uncommon to wake up to the sight of elephants wandering around the campsite and washing their trunks in the nearby pool.
Facilities Each of the two-sleeper tents encircles a shaded lounge with a fireplace and braai area. There is no TV, wi-fi or cellphone service at the camp (bliss), although all are available at the nearby Iziba Safari Lodge, along with a swimming pool, gym, restaurant, dining area and bar.
Activities Inverdoorn safaris take place early in the morning followed by lunch at the lodge, and also at night when certain wildlife species are more active. All of the big five could potentially be spotted on these safari drives, along with a variety of other wildlife including antelopes, springbok, giraffes and hippo. You can also visit the cheetah and rhino sanctuaries, where you’ll gain a new appreciation for the work that goes into protecting these threatened species from poachers and habitat loss.
Please note children under the age of four are not allowed on safaris, and children under the age of 16 are not allowed on cheetah interactions.
Cost Per tent: R4 850 per person (includes meals, drinks and 2 tailor made safaris)
Full camp rental: R25,500
Contact 021 422 0013, info@inverdoorn.com
Address Route 356, Sutherland Road, 6835
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

11. Elgin Hills Luxury Tented Camp

Luxury camping sites: Elgin Hills Luxury Tented Camp
Boniswa Isaacs

Where Elgin
What Situated on the Palmiet River, Elgin Hills is all about comfort and warm hospitality. Each tent is built on a solid base among sturdy indigenous trees and has its own deck and chairs to lounge on.
Facilities Ensuite bathrooms are equipped with a shower and loo. Standard tents sleep two people on queen-size beds; larger tents can fit an extra bed for children if required. The camp is completely self-catering with a lapa providing full kitchen facilities for guests.
Activities The Palmiet River flows through the camp, with a lapa at the top of the hill with amazing views of the meandering river and wooded valley below. There are wonderful walks in the wooded hills and surrounding fruit farms, and The Elgin Apple Museum is one of only two apple museums in the world!
Please note Camp is closed in June and July
No children under 10 allowed
Cost R550 per person sharing (for 1 night)
R450 per person sharing (for 2 nights)
Rates valid until 30 April 2017
Contact 021 204 1045, info@elginhills.co.za or jolandie@elginhills.co.za
Address Elgin Hills Estate, Appletiser Road, Grabouw
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

12. Oewerzicht

Glamping Cape Town: Oewerzicht

Where Greyton
What An idyllic farm setting, complete with lush meadows, a peaceful stream, and flocks of wandering sheep. Camping and glamping accommodation are both available, along with  self-catering cottages and Victorian-style guest houses. Guests have the freedom of the farm, which is expansive, and situated close to the charming village of Greyton.
Facilities There are six Safari Tents, situated on the banks of the Sonderend River. Each tent has a queen-size bed, en-suite bathroom, refrigerator, heater and fan. There’s a communal kitchen with an indoor braai area, and a communal hot tub where guests can relax and soak in the scenery (additional firewood can be purchased onsite).
Activities Guests can enjoy exploring a fully operational farm, where apples, pears and vegetables are harvested most of the year. There’s an abundance of bird life, and many hiking and biking trails to be found on the farm, and in the surrounding reserves.
Pets are allowed, by prior arrangement.
Cost Safari tents: R700 for 2 adults sharing
Rates for the other accommodation options are available online.
Contact 028 254 9831, info@oewerzicht.com
Address about 20km after Caledon, on the N2 from Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

13.  Lancewood Tipi Lodge, Assegai Rest Farm

Luxury Camping sites: Lancewood TiPi Lodge

Where Robertson
What For camping with a Native American twist… There are three main areas: the Paws TiPi site, Magic TiPi Lodge and the recently added Noy Noy TiPi. Paws has two tents: one sleeps two people and the other sleeps five. This site is hired out exclusively to one group. Magic has one five-person teepee, sleeping from 2 to 5 people. Noy Noy is designed for 2 people but can sleep up to 3. This is the ‘romantic TiPi’ that has a shaded terrace, hammock and extra luxuries. In order to tread lightly ‘on the earth’ the TiPi Lodge runs on solar power for lighting and gas / solar for hot water.
Facilities TiPis have double or single beds, sleeper couches and other furniture. Paws & Magic TiPi both have a private outdoor shower and wash basins, complete with hot water from solar- or gas-powered geysers. Noy Noy TiPi has an open air bath & shower with a ‘twist’. A short distance away is a ablution block, and each TiPi site is allocated its own bathrooms with Inside Shower & Toilets – i.e. NO Sharing of Ablutions! Each site has a kitchen area that includes all that is needed for a self-catering stay. There is a private braai area including braai tongs / grids etc.
For the cooler winter nights – each TiPi has a fireplace, making sure you will be kept warm and cosy.

Activities Those after a spot of relaxation can enjoy a refreshing mountain-facing dip in the lodge pool, or a resident massage therapist for relaxing treatments. For something a bit more energetic, there is field archery, hiking, walking and bird-watching. Above all, rest and relaxation!
Pets allowed by prior arrangement.
Cost Magic TiPi and Paws TiPi: R210 per person, for the first 2 nights per TiPi, and R160 per person for person per night thereafter 
Noy Noy Tipi: R700 for 2 people sharing, R250 per additional person
Contact 023 626 6115, info@klaasvoogds.co.za
Address Assegai Farm, Klaasvoogds West, Robertson, Western Cape
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

14. Thali Thali Game Lodge

Luxury Camping Sites: Thali Thali Game Lodge

Where Langebaan
What All the beauty and tranquility of the West Coast is on display at this family-run fynbos reserve, where the deer are so friendly they’ve been known to wander into the lodge and hang out with the guests. Five luxury ensuite tents are available, and the nearby farmhouse has a porch for relaxing on sunny days and a roaring fireplace for the cold West Coast winters.
Facilities You won’t find a TV in the tent, but there’s a fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave, as well as a double bed, sleeper couch. There’s also an outdoor stoep and braai area.
Activities The restaurant is worth the trip itself, offering fresh meat and bread platters along with mesmerising views of the night sky. Game drives and walking tours are available, as well as archery lessons provided by accredited coaches. There’s even a 3D archery course for those looking to experience the thrill of the hunt.
Cost R660 per person sharing (until 31 August 2017)
R750 per person sharing (until 31 August 2018)
50% discount for children aged 5–12
Children under 5 stay for free
Contact 082 372 8637, info@thalithali.co.za
Address Zoutekuilen Farm, Route 27, Langebaan, 7357
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

15.  Caracal Bush Camp, African Game Lodge

Luxury camping sites: African Game Lodge
Madele van Niekerk

Where Montagu
What The ultimate African getaway is just a two-and-a-half-hour drive out of Cape Town. Completely off the grid, the farm uses solar energy for power. The Caracal Bush Camp (situated right next to the dam) offers uninterrupted views of the stunning koppies, and guests might even be lucky enough to spot one or both of the lodge’s cheetahs from the private deck.
Important note The caracal bush camp is currently under construction, and will only reopen in September 2017.
Facilities The camp sleeps 2 adults and 2 children. There is a small kitchen for preparing meals, and a stone bathroom with flush toilet and heated water. The tent has a private deck with wooden furniture.
Activities Nature lovers will love the game-viewing drives, while fitness fanatics might enjoy a spot of hiking and mountain-biking. And for the history buffs, there’s a Bushman Paintings drive. There’s also a dam at the lodge for swimming (no fishing), and guests can join staff as they feed the resident cheetahs in the mornings and evenings.
Cost R520 per person
Good to know Return Transfer to the camp can be booked at R120 per person if you do not have a high clearance vehicle.
Contact 023 614 3176, info@africangamelodge.co.za
Address  Driekuilshoogte Pad, Montagu, Western Cape
TIG Reviewer Sharon Kariwo

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Time of publication: 19 April 2017

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23 Responses to “The Best Luxury Camping Sites in the Cape”

  1. zai

    Please try koester farm glamping in the magaliesburg

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  2. Soozi dinnie

    Pleeeez help with wheel chair friendly spots ,,, we are dying to get out but battling to find places Tx Soozi

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  3. Soozi dinnie

    PLEASE HELP we were camping at beautiful TROUTHAVEN with my kids and husband when a ford ranger rode over me and now I am a new paraplegic paralysed from the high chest down and will never walk again. We LOVE the bush and camping. Are any of these fairly wheelchair friendly ? Seems so little available ? Will so appreciate guidance. We were proper campers ( no glam) but really want to try to get away to a quiet spot. ( sadly can’t afford the overseas rate camps but please advise anyway) Tx kindly. Soozi dinnie. Sushi.dinnie@gmail.com

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi, Soozi. We are very sorry to hear about your tragic accident at Trouthaven.

      According to their websites, Bontebok National Park, !khwa ttu and Silwerstrand Caravan Park all have wheelchair-friendly facilities. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has also confirmed that wheelchair-friendly accommodation is available at their Gondwana Family Lodge.

      We hope this helps.

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  4. Ernest

    Here’s some beautiful camping sites worth visiting, however. I would like to pitch my own tent and have that experience of “tent camping”, not already pitched luxury tents…. then some of these campsites are quite pricy

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    • James

      Hi check out Xama Fish Eagle River Camp on the banks of the Breede river near Swellendam. Private, grassed, clean, shaded, on the river edge, http://www.xama.co.za

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      • Soozi dinnie

        Tx james. Looks great. Pl can you see my post and advise. Appreciate.

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  5. Alison

    Great article

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  6. jacobus

    Awesome.

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  7. Manie Jansen

    Some of these priced are outlandish !
    I swear some top hotels are more reasonable.
    Obviously they are aimed at dollar or pound people. Then they wander why the locals dont support them.

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  8. Eben van Ellewee

    Interesting…
    So this for the kind of person who wants to give the impression that they are camping while they’re not actually doing anything of the sort?

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  9. Cliff

    Some of these camp sites prices are R4000-R6000 per night !!!!!!
    Must be a typo surely ?

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  10. Darlene

    Dwyka Tented Lodge has such a beautiful setting against the rocks. Outstanding service and attention to detail! Game drives and experiences are extremely special!

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  11. Barbara

    Terrrific piece..

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  12. HANNELLE LUBBE

    very interesting

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  13. Hayley Ellis

    It would have been a lovely extra to know whether any of theses sites were pet friendly.

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  14. Zaunab

    Big 5 in Ceres. I would love to see this.

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  15. Faith

    Please keep me informesd, thank you

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  16. Lauren

    Where is the first image? what place?

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  17. Candy

    Elephants in Ceres? Really?

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