We’ve decided that there are two kinds of people – the sons of the soil; those whose idea of roughing it is sitting around a fire and kickin’ it in the dirt, you know, bonding with nature. And there are those how would not for them understand why anyone would give up the comfort a hot shower and a bed to spend a night (or two) under the starts.
For those who are hard core outdoor enthusiasts, the idea of glamorous camping might be well, as oxymoron. But if you think about it, “glamping” allows you to experience nature without giving up basic comforts and amenities. With the right attitude, it could be a win-win for all.
We feature six sites that provide a mix of nature and all the luxuries any resort has to offer.
Areena Riverside Resort
Where: Chintsa, South Africa
Areena Riverside Resort provides tranquil camp grounds for individual vacationers as well as families. It is situated on the banks of the Kwelera tidal river and less than 15 miles from East London. The site’s stunning Caravan Park hosts about a hundred and ten tents or caravans half of which lie along the river. When not on the camp grounds, guests have the option of hitting up the spa or engaging in activities from abseiling to bow hunting. This 4 star resort was voted a Top Resort by the readers of Caravan and Outdoor magazine since 2004.
Where: HazyView, South Africa
Tranquil Nest is a campsite providing affordable luxury within Mpumalanga. It is probably best known for its proximity to the internationally renowned Kruger National Park. At Tranquil Nest, Tourists can experience nature in the form of indigenous trees and animals. Accommodations include chalets, caravan sites, and for the perfect romantic getaway, honeymoon suites.
Camping L’Océan Bleu Grand
Where: Grand Casablanca, Morocco
Camping L’Océan Bleu is a family run campground located just off the Atlantic Ocean. Naturally, ocean beaches are some of its main attractions. Its strategic location in the holiday resort of Mohammedia makes it prime real estate for resort-style relaxation. Additionally, vacationers will benefit greatly from the close proximity to Casablanca and Rabat, where city delicacies can be enjoyed.
Marina Villa North Coast Egypt
Where: Villa Marina, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
This campsite in the El- Alamein area features one of the most sought after Mediterranean beach stretches. There are a large number of lakes in the vicinity and visitors will find that many fantastic restaurants and hotels are nearby, including the Porto Marina Resort and Spa – should outdoor camping plans go awry.
Sierra Paradise Resort
Where: Port Loko, Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone has been in the news lately for a few reasons. Nevertheless, it offers the perfect vacation spot for those who enjoy the outdoors. Sierra Paradise Resort provides excellent camping facilities. Visitors can install their tents right under palm trees along the ocean front beach. Camping tariff is 15 euros/day and includes breakfast. Camp activities include 4×4 tours, hiking, and museum visits. If camping does not work out for you, there are also unique African style rooms for rent.
Zikomo Safari Camp
Where: Luangwa Valley, Eastern Zambia
True to the traditional African safari campgrounds, Zikomo Safari Camp provides a view of incredible wildlife. When you are not appreciating the wildlife, there is a bar, a dining area, a swimming pool, and a workout facility. Better yet, the camp is located on the grounds of the Luangwa National Park, along the banks of the Luangwa River. There are only nine chalets available, and only during the dry season. You might need to make babysitting plans with mom or the nanny though — no children under the age of eight are allowed.
Feature image: Zikomo Safari Camp