On the Northern Safari Circuit you'll find a wide selection of accommodation solutions available to you during your stay. While Lodges, Villas and Hotels are relatively self explanatory, the nature Camping can be slightly more intricate. Below you will find a brief overview explaining the experience that each of its variations entails.
PERMANENT TENTED CAMPS
Also referred to as “Glamping” (Glamorous Camping), permanent tented camps provide a similar experience to lodges and hotels; only difference is that they do so under canvas.
The accommodation tents are powered by electricity 24/7 which is normally harnessed through a combination of solar energy and inverters, as well as generators. This means that all the accommodation tents are likely to have hot and cold running water throughout the day.
The accommodation tents and shared areas may be constructed using materials such as cement and mortar for the bathroom areas and floors. The public areas are usually tastefully decorated, a luxury that is affordable given the static nature of these kinds of accommodation. The laundry services and kitchen are also setup in a very similar fashion to hotels and lodges for the same reason.
The walkways connecting all the different areas of the camp are usually more substantial and decorated, to include features such as lighting and signposts. Again, this is made possible due to the fact that the land belongs to the camp, which never moves throughout the year.
SEMI-PERMANENT CAMPS or 'SEASONAL CAMPS'
Semi-permanent camps are mobile camps that occupy specific campsites for prolonged periods of time, usually for the duration of a season. Because each national park's season differs in length, a semi-permanent camp will usually occupy a camp site for one to six months. Once the season comes to an end, the semi-permanent camp will likely be taken down, packed-up and moved to another location in time for the new season. This is where its mobile nautre comes to light in semi-permanent camps.
The accommodation tents in semi-permanent camps do not differ greatly from those of luxury mobile camps, therefore you can expect similar standards in your lodging experience. The facilities on the other hand can be more substantial in semi-permanent camps than luxury mobiles due to the number of times that they have to be moved in the course of a year, which is considerably less.
Where the experience differs between the two are as follows:
1. The location of the camp site is set by the camp operator and not the client
2. Luxury mobile camps are booked for private and exclusive use only, where as semi-permanent camps are usually shared.
3. The private and exclusive nature of the luxury mobiles allows for a certain level of customization of your stay, such as choosing your own private campsite and designing your own food menus.
LUXURY MOBILE CAMPS
Luxury mobile camps are not to be confused with mobile camps or 'fly camps.'
The accommodation tents are much larger in a luxury mobile camp than those in a fly camp. They also include more facilities, such as en-suite bathrooms equipped with a shower, toilet, dressing area and wash hand basin. The amenities are more substantial, most luxury mobile tents include proper full-sized beds with mattresses, bedding, bedside tables, luggage racks and an arm chair. It's not uncommon to have a furnished, small verandah area where you can enjoy your morning tea, coffee or hot chocolate while you take in the incredible panoramic views. Hot/cold water and electricity are supplied to each accommodation tent, providing lighting and charging facilities for small electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cameras, phones etc.)
The public areas include a 'Day Tent' which functions as both a lounge area, bar and a dinning area depending on the time of the day and your needs. Behind the scenes and set-up in a separate area of the campsite, a fully equipped kitchen with all the modern conveniences such a fridges, freezers and cookers is used to service all of your meals, finger bitings and snacks.
These camps are moved around on trucks that transport them from one campsite to the next, according to the locations chosen by the clients. You could use these mobile camps in more than one destinations if you're passionate about the luxury mobile camping experience. The main advantage of these private camps is the ability to tailor the experience to your specific requirements. From the drinks selection available at the bar, to the food, down to the very location of where it will sit, almost every aspect of your stay is exactly as you would like it to be.
MOBILE CAMPS or 'Fly Camps'
Traditionally, fly camps consist in a number of dome-shaped tents that are very simplistic, both in their design and functionality. Approximately 40 square feet in size, these tents are typically constructed from waterproof materials, such as plastic fabrics and can be put together in less than 20 minutes.
The accommodation tents use battery powered lanterns to provide lighting during the night and are usually equipped with a torch as well. Beds usually take the form of a simple mattress laid bare on the ground with a sleeping bag on top; in some cases, canvas fold-up beds are utilized.
The toilets and showers are either shared among other occupants, if allocated on a public campsites, or shared among other guest, if the campsite is private.
Cooking is usually carried out in a communal facility, where the campers are able to prepare their meals. The flysheets assume the role of a Day Tent for dining purposes, or dining can take place under the stars on a clear night.
Due to their small size and basic facilities and amenities, fly camps can easily be transported by guests in their Safari vehicles, on a roof rack or in the boot. The convenience of fly camping lies in their ability to quickly and easily be assembled, taken down and moved to the next location.
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