This is a place for connoisseurs of African wildlife. It was recommended to us by someone with a game ranger background. Julie and Riaan have literally built up this part of the Amakhala reserve with their own hands. They decided to offer a different experience from most of the surrounding reserves by going for the traditional tented accommodation popular in the early 20th century. The result is an experience where the visitor feels more like one of the family on a visit to relatives than a paying guest. The closeness to nature felt while staying in a tent with a clever mix of modern facilities like hot water on tap, a shower and flush toilet combined with the lack of electricity and siting of the tents a little way apart from the main complex is a delight. On offer is a mix of game drives and a guided walk through a safe part of the reserve. The walk is not to be missed. It reinforces the experience of the ecosystem as a whole. You do not just look passively at the animals as you sit on the truck but learn how they integrate into the environment as a whole. There are many who come to Africa to do a game drive to "tick off" the "big 5" (which you can do at Amakhala) and go home after a stay in some luxury accommodation. Those who do this are missing so much of the wildlife. If you merely want to look at lions, rhino and elephants, you can see them in a zoo, but you will miss the antelope, other mammals, reptiles, insects and birds as well as the plant life in context which forms the backdrop to their lifestyle. It is so much more rewarding to see these animals "in the wild" and Quatermain's Camp is a perfect place to do this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quatermain's Camp is an intimate 6 bed tented safari camp situated on the beautiful Amakhala "Big 5" Game Reserve. We offer two four hour game activities per day, with knowledgeable and qualified rangers, fantastic South African bush cuisine and a friendly and personal experience. Come and let Julie and Riaan show you the delights of the African bush. ... more less
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