Now this is a stay with a difference. Whilst many establishments might promise a similar experience to Quatermain’s Camp, seldom is it that a venue, particularly game reserves where five star luxury has practically lost its allure it’s so commonplace, really delivers beyond expectation. But by all accounts, Quatermain’s Camp in the Amakhala Game Reserve, just 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth yet in a part of the country that is truly remote, does just that.
Riaan and Julie have wowed their visitors with a campsite that manages to combine the simplicity of a bygone era – 1920s authentic expedition style – with a true ‘big 5’ bush experience in a natural, unpretentious way that still manages to dish up the delicacies and creature comforts whilst remaining enveloped by, and in awe of, the natural world.
“Thank you both for a wonderful stay. It is marvellous to see people with a dream making it a reality. The camp design is fantastic and the tents are great fun. We feel very lucky to have been able to have seen so much in such a short time – especially the “romantic” lions and the brown hyena.” – Cindy de Villiers, Wellington
A stay at Quartermain’s Camp manages to capture, probably due to the unchecked energy and passion of its owners who are both experienced rangers, a sense of wonder of the wildlife that surrounds you. Not only are you virtually assured of seeing elephant, white and black rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion, hyena, cheetah, zebra and giraffe, but you will also be delighted with smaller – though no less important – creatures, birds and plants.
“Although we spent just one night at the camp, it was one of our best adventures. We had a fab stay, got to know our very kind rangers, and learned a lot about the game reserves, and the animals that live in them. We would definitely come back and recommend you to others.”- Josephin Henkner, Halle
Twice daily game drives, big 5 walks where one’s insignificance in the face of the African bush is really experienced, guided bush walks in the ‘soft game’ area around the camp, and birding safaris with Riaan, who is also a specialist bird guide, all combine to bring you closer to nature. And in reaching out to nature, one can only reach into one’s self as well.
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“WOW! WOW! Thank you so, so much for a wonderful stay! We saw everything! Great knowledgeable guides and fantastic food, sundowners…I could go on and on. We’ll be back, of that I’m sure. Just an amazing African experience that I shall recommend to all my friends.” – Ashleigh Harrold, Melbourne