Not particularly keen on blow-up mattresses and setting up a tent but still want to experience the outdoor environment and atmosphere of camping?
Glamping — a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping” — might just be your answer; it brings all the joy of camping, without the fuss, plus a bit of luxury and appliances on the side.
And the Western Cape, with its diverse landscapes and myriad of experiences on offer from coast to bush, has no shortage when it comes to glamping (and camping) spots. If you’re searching for the ideal destination for your adventure, the province comes packing. Escape into the untamed beauty of nature and indulge nature, adventure and luxury at the same time.
Weekend too short or not up for a long drive? Catch one of British Airways flights in South Africa and head to the welcoming Cape for a rustic glamping experience.
AfriCamps at Ingwe
Where: Plettenberg Bay
Price: +/- R1190 per night
AfriCamps is a quality-driven company that has set up some of the Western Cape’s most pristine and isolated glamping sites. Found only 25 km from Robberg Nature Reserve, AfriCamps at Ingwe has an immersive location that is overflowing with mountainscapes and thick vegetation.
Your accommodation here will include an air-conditioned tent with an indoor fireplace, free WiFi and your own swimming pool. Enjoy the pleasure of having a private patio to share a laugh over your meals and drink sundowners.
You’ll also have access to a kitchen equipped with all the essential appliances you will need. And, you’ll have the chance to lounge back in the inviting outdoor hot tub.
If you feel like getting your blood pumping, this camping spot provides hiking, cycling and fishing opportunities. And with the Garden Route on your doorstep, there is plenty more to do, see and explore.
Old Mill Lodge and Restaurant
Price: +/- R1556 per night
Amp up your camping experience with a stay at this 4-star lodge in the Western Cape and enjoy a comfortable stay in one of their glamorous tents.
Tents at the Old Mill Lodge and Restaurant are set with air-conditioning and balconies. You will also have access to free WiFi, and you will be able to bring your favourite four-legged companion along for the adventure.
Whilst here, you can go hiking, fishing, bird watching, swimming, ziplining, jumping on the trampoline and hiring a boat. You can also discover Oudtshoorn to your heart’s content, from visiting the old ostrich palaces and going wine tasting, to putting on your Indiana Jones hat and exploring Cango Caves, a mere 10 km away.
Boschendal Farm Estate
Price: +/- R3,755 per night
Spoil yourself and experience the serene bliss of the Franschhoek mountains when staying at the boutique camp site of the Boschendal Farm Estate. Founded in 1685, this award-winning wine farm is a real treat for the sense, with wine and food experiences, a rich heritage and hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes.
The fully-furnished, luxury tents are situated between fynbos and ancient olive trees, giving you uninterrupted views of Franschhoek, Drakenstein and Paarl mountain ranges which can be enjoyed from your private deck, where sun loungers call for relaxation.
All meals are made from home-grown produce, allowing you to experience farm life to its fullest. A picnic spread is available for guests who want to take a walk, and you can also enjoy outdoor yoga, farm and vineyard tours while mountain bikes are available as well.
AfriCamps at Klein Karoo
Price: +/- R1131
Another popular glamping spot by AfriCamps is their site in the Klein Karoo (Oudtshoorn), a place well worth a visit for anyone yearning for a combination of solitude and adventure. These boutique tents are set on a working ostrich farm, and there are opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking and bird watching.
These two-bedroom tents are equipped with a spacious, open-plan lounge area, air-conditioning, an indoor fireplace and a kitchen will all necessary appliances. There is also a small yet private patio with a braai area.
Whisk your family away for an affordable luxury experience of comfortably camping in Western Cape, only 10 minutes from Oudtshoorn. And opt for AfriCamps instaworthy breakfast basket option in the morning to get your day going before you set out to explore.
Otium Oasis Glamping and Camping
Price: +/- R750 per night
For a mixture of both camping and comfort, opt for a stay at Otium Oasis. These rustic tents are set with all appliances you may need, an en-suite bathroom with a footed bath tub as well as basic furniture and its own terrace.
The accommodation spot has an indoor swimming pool and a playground for the kiddies to go wild. This is the perfect spot for a low-key glamping escape, and being extremely affordable for the whole family it has everything you could wish for to have an adventure-filled stay.
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
Where: Mossel Bay
Price: +/- R1300
With the Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop on the one side and the Indian Ocean on the other, Botlierskop Private Game Reserve boasts unrivaled, pristine glory. It is elegant glamping at its best with a diversity of wildlife, almost right on your doorstep, which can be experienced on a guided game drive.
Enjoy a delectable breakfast buffet, horseback safaris and bush walks during your stay. And, if you’re wanting to really escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, spoil yourself with a treatment at the onsite spa which is situated on the tranquil riverbank.
Glampers enjoying luxury tent camping have free access to facilities such as the spa, heated pool and gym. For family-fun, you can partake in the junior ranger program, play a game at the tennis court, or go canoeing and fishing.
Or, take advantage of the tented camps central location and head out to the shorelines for some beach time in Mossel Bay or Hartenbos.