Love the idea of camping but not so fond of roughing it? Bontle Rest Camp in Marakele National Park now offers 10 new safari tents, with all the creature comforts you require.

It's a tent, but not as you know it. Bontle's safari tents have comfortable beds and even an en-suite bathroom! Pictures by Romi Boom

It’s a tent, but not as you know it. Bontle’s safari tents have comfortable beds and even an en-suite bathroom! Pictures by Romi Boom

Situated in the Waterberg mountain range in Limpopo, Marakele National Park is the perfect weekend getaway, only four hours north of Johannesburg’s concrete jungle. Bontle Rest Camp’s safari tents opened for visitors in July this year and offer a unique experience to nature lovers who like to sleep under canvas.

Four of the safari tents can sleep four people with one double and two single beds, and the other six tents can accommodate two people with two single beds. Both options feature an en-suite bathroom with a shower, and the kitchenette is equipped with utensils, a fridge, microwave and two-plate stove. And what is a safari tent without that all important braai area? Not to worry, here you can braai to your heart’s content while listening to the night-time sounds of the park.

All the tents have fans for those hot summer nights and don’t worry about anti-malaria medication – the park is a malaria-free area.

Each safari tent has a private braai area.

Each safari tent has a private braai area.

Rates

Both the four and two-sleeper safari tents range from R1 030 to R1 220 base rate for two people depending on the season. Cost per additional adult is R220 and R110 per additional child. Make a reservation or contact the park on +27 (0)14 777 6928/29/30/31 for more information. Remember that Wild Card members do not pay daily conservation fees.

How to get there

Marakele National Park is near Thabazimbi, approximately 250km north of Johannesburg. Travellers can either take the N1 to Bela-Bela and follow the R516 via Mabula and Leeupoort to Thabazimbi, or drive to Brits and follow the R511 via Beestekraal to Thabazimbi.

More about Marakele

  • Here you will find one of the world’s largest Cape vulture breeding colonies (more than 800 breeding pairs). For close encounters with this endangered species head to the Sentech Towers in the park.
  • Roads in the park are currently being rehabilitated and the project should be completed by 31 March 2016.
  • Activities in the park include a 4×4 eco trail, birding, game drives and picnicking at Ikhutseng picnic site.