Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter, such as a tent. Generally participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as “camping” a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities. Camping can be enjoyed through all four seasons.
It has become very popular to provide accommodation in South African nature reserves and private reserves in tented camps. Instead of a house-type structure, tourists sleep in a canvas tent that is pitched on top of a wood or stone platform to keep away creepie crawlies. The intention is to provide a more authentic “In the Bush” experience, and the structures are less intrusive and destructive.
That’s where the line blurs between this and “camping” in the normal sense – often these tented camps are very luxurious and outfitted with airconditioning and other features that are normally only found in luxury lodges, ensuring visitors do not have to give up everyday convenience to enjoy nature.
Coming soon – a directory of Tented Camp locations in Southern Africa