This past Human Rights Day weekend, three phenomenal women and I ticked off another item on our bucket list: we took a weekend getaway to Hammanskraal – GLAMPING!!!

What is glamping? It’s basically regular camping, but with glamour, i.e. with nicer things than usual (e.g. hot shower water, electricity, a refrigerator and kettle, etc.). It’s perfect for people who want an adventurous weekend in the outdoors with a bit of comfort too.

Where we stayed

Thorn Tree Bush camp is located within Dinokeng Game Reserve. We booked a cozy 4-bed tent called Black Thorn, or Swarthaak, in Afrikaans.

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What activities we did

Quad biking at Mangwa Valley Game Lodge and Spa

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This was my favourite activity. What’s special about quad biking at this lodge is you can see the animals as you drive – Wildebees, sable, giraffes, kudu, monkeys and zebras!

Poolside chilling

The weekend is also for relaxing – we swam; bonded over snacks; caught up on some book reading…

Sunrise safari

We were up before 6am to see some wildlife at morn. This was such a treat!

Thank goodness the game drive includes coffee and rusks to keep us warm and wide awake! We couldn’t afford to miss one moment of observing nature after dawn!

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The only animals we missed during the drive were the lions (and cubs). Alas! They were hidden in their den during our tour… I guess we’ll catch them next time around.

What we ate?

Thorn Tree Bush Camp is a self-catering establishment, so we bought supplies before the trip to Hammanskraal.

On our first night, we dined at Kingfisher Restaurant, a lakeside gem located at another lodge within Dinokeng game reserve.

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For the rest of the weekend, we cooked using the outdoor kitchen and we also braai’d some meat! Let’s not forget about the fire-toasted marshmallows for dessert… Yum!

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Brunch!

Braai (barbecue) vibes!

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Indeed, team work makes the (food) dream work!!! We were very happy Glampers.

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Main take-home points from this weekend: Firstly, South Africa is absolutely beautiful. Secondly, glamping is super cost-effective. Finally, a weekend getaway in the outdoors surrounded by nature is always a great idea.

So go ahead and indulge in a #shotleft somewhere in beautiful Mzansi soon!

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PS: Thorn Tree bush Camp is a great campsite to visit. Got questions about how we planned and budgeted for our trip? Comment below and I’ll respond with detailed answers 🙂

 

 

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Posted by:sibasselah

9 replies on “Glamping Season!

    1. Thank you. The entire trip cost just under R2000pp, or $142 per person for everything: transport from Johannesburg, food, activities, accommodation and other miscellaneous costs!

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