Garden Route tented camps bring to mind generous mosquito nets, heavy canvas flaps opening out onto the savannah, and colonial-style Big 5 viewing with sundowners in the bush.
Not to be confused with camping holidays where caravans, ground cloths, and tent stakes predominate.
The combination of tented camps and the Garden Route goes one step further, managing to merge the best of wild game viewing with the beauty and lushness of the best coastal route in the country
Here they are – Garden Route tented camps that you will love…
Safari-style tents with private decks, wood panelled bathrooms, jacuzzis and communal kitchen and dining area overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains and the lake at Mandalay Farm.
Highlight: This Garden Route tented camp is close enough to the Wilderness beach and within easy reach of a Big 5 reserve.
This beautiful reserve in the Tsitsikamma has a number of options that include a tented lodge on the edge of the forest, and a luxury tented lodge on the edge of a dam.
Highlight: Beautiful mountain views.
We had to include this in our Garden Route tented camp options, even though it’s not really a tented camp.
Fly Me to The Moon forest cabin in Plett includes a canvas tent-like bed with a drop away sash window that is pure magic.
Set on a vlei surrounded by the Garden Route National Park, these en suite tents are a wonderful commune with nature.
The camp has access to beaches, forest, canoeing, mountains, cycling, birding and walks.
En suite bathrooms, elevated decks that overlook a grassy riverbed, wooden walkways connecting you to a central lounge, dining and kitchen area, strategically placed hammocks, and a plunge pool.
There’s even cheetah tracking and game drives.
AfriCamps at Ingwe offers accommodation in six luxury boutique camping tents situated in The Crags; between the vibey holiday town of Plettenberg Bay (10 minutes drive away) and the quaint village of Natures Valley.
Each of the six large tents sleeps five guests in two bedrooms. The air conditioned tents have their own separate lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, dining table and a veranda with loungers where you can relax and enjoy the view.
The Luxury Safari Couples Tented Lodges are romantic hideaways, backed by the forest and overlooking beautiful valleys of Fynbos, offer a high degree of privacy. Each Couples Tented Lodge has an open plan living area with a Queen-size bed (including electric blankets), small fridge, table and chairs, full compliment of crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils as well as pots and pans.
The bathroom is en suite and has a shower, basin and toilet. On the deck you will find a set of camping chairs and a gas Weber braai.
Have you been to any of these Garden Route tented camps? We’d love to hear about what you thought …