The truth is that camping is not for everyone. Some folks just don’t like sharing their tents with insects, sleeping on loose mattresses, and dealing with backaches after spending a night in a sleeping bag. However, many of them like the idea of camping and would still like to sit around a campfire and enjoy nature. So, what should they do? The answer is simple: have a glamping experience!
It is one of the best ways to immerse in nature without having to sacrifice too many modern amenities and conveniences. A glamping tent can be everything from a canvas tent on a platform to a camper or a tree house with a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, and a bathroom. The good news is that South Africa is no stranger to glamping and there are many unique glamping spots in the Western Cape and around Cape Town. Let’s take a look at some of the best glamping destinations in the area.
1 Cherry Glamping
Located in Elgin, Cherry Glamping invites guests to spend a weekend in luxury bell tents amid tall pine trees. Expect to find a fully-equipped kitchen on-site, as well as a large communal lounge with a dining table and a fireplace. There is also a lapa with braai facilities. What I like about this campsite is that it lights up at night and creates a romantic vibe. Cherry Glamping also hosts festivals, weddings, and other events. You can also enjoy some of the on-site activities such as hiking trails, mountain biking, and bird-watching.
2 Glen Eden Farm
Glen Eden Farm is located along Route 62 in Montagu and offers an ideal getaway experience for travelers who are searching for a unique glamping experience in the Western Cape. Stay inside a hand-made gypsy wagon with a queen size extra length bed and enjoy on-site facilities such as a private pod with a bathroom shower and a small kitchen. You will also find a fire pit, as well as a nice braai area. To keep you entertained, Montagu offers plenty of activities and attractions including dozens of hiking trails, Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve, Montagu Hot Spring, and the lovely Montagu Village Market.
3 Teniqua Treetops
Head out to the indigenous forest along the Garden Route in Knysna where you will find the lovely Teniqua Treetops. This place boasts dozens of tree houses which are equipped with all the modern amenities like nicely-decorated bedrooms, enclosed hand-crafted kitchens, bathrooms, and spectacular views of the surrounding areas. There are many things to do in and around Knysna. You can swim in the nearby natural pools, explore the forest, admire more than 100 varieties of birds, and get a suntan at the fabulous Sedgefield Beach.
4 Africamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve
Africamps at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve is one of the dozens of sites hosted by AfriCamps, which is basically a glamping service provider that works with many reserves and family-run farms to create ultra-luxury camping destinations. Enclosed by mountains, this glamping site in Pat Busch Mountain Reserve in Robertson boasts 5 luxury tents with wooden floors, an en-suite bathroom, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Each unit is fitted with a single bunk bed and 2 queen size beds and there is a private veranda that offers amazing views of the forest and the mountains. Guests will have access to a number of amenities like braai facilities, a fireplace, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and coffee/tea making facilities. Many activities can be found here like mountain-biking, dams for swimming and fishing, and a couple of hiking trails.
5 The Old Mac Daddy
Owned by Daddy Brands (those guys that run the River Club and the Old Biscuit Mill), the Old Mac Daddy in Elgin offers two campsites with glamping accommodations: Daddy’s Hideaway and Daddy’s Den. If you are looking for a family-friendly glamping experience, Old Mac Daddy is located right beside a lovely lake with a nice white-sand beach. When the weather is nice, you can relax in one of the hammocks and order a refreshing cocktail from Daddy’s Beach and Bar. There is also a swimming pool nearby. As for the actual accommodation, there are two tended bedrooms equipped with a mini bar, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, and a bathroom. Breakfast is included in the price and there is free Wi-Fi available throughout the property. Some of the nearby activities include Lebanon Mountain Biking Trail, various wine-tasting tours, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, tractor rides, and archery.
If you want to experience Cape Town from a whole new perspective, you should probably consider glamping on your next vacation. If you also need help in planning the perfect holiday? We’ve offer a wide variety of world-class accommodation and tours along with plenty of assistance in planning things to do in Cape Town and surrounds throughout your stay. Contact us today with any booking related queries you may have, or to learn more about finding free things to do in Cape Town and surrounds.