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Safari Tents in the SUMMER pros and cons

Unread postby Stickman360 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:59 am

Greetings to all my fellow wildlife enthusiasts

I am lucky enough to be making my way to the KNP in january in 2014 and fortunately i have be able to secure a reservation at lower sabie in a safari tent. I have been looking forward to staying in a safari tent for a very long time and what better place to it than at lower sabie.

As i am not experienced in this style of accommodation i was hoping to get some feedback as to what some of your experiences have been like. From my own experience in the park and other people that have stayed in the safari tents before i have an idea as to what to expect, how ever I would like to draft up a list of pros and cons purely for the sake of it as its something to do in order to pass the time until my trip.

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Staying in a safari tent at lower sabie
Awsome facilities
Sense of feeling closer to nature
The sounds of the bush are a bit louder
In the quieter part of the camp

Summer can bring extremely hot temperatures
no Aircon in summer


Summer can also bring rain so the heat might not even be a factor during our stay.

Appreciate any and all inputs :D :thumbs_up:

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Re: Safari Tents in the SUMMER pros and cons

Unread postby Hugh » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:18 am

Stickman... Lower sabie safari tents are like trying to find hens teeth in the karro. They are very popular
There are plenty of Pros they have everything a normal chalet has and more . Hope you can get a river view one though the others are also good
They all have ceiling fans which work very well so you wont be hot at all .
Best part is that you feel you are on Safari . and really in the bush . The animal noises and grunts and growls sound just next to the tent The bush smells . and of course the area is not as busy as the main part of the camp
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Re: Safari Tents in the SUMMER pros and cons

Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:24 am

Kruger Safari Tent living in summer when it rains is good especially after it has been very hot. Loads of atmosphere :D 8)
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Re: Safari Tents in the SUMMER pros and cons

Unread postby gwgrant » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:00 am

Hi Stickman,

You're in the KNP so any accommodation will do :D

You're in the KNP so there aren't any...

On a serious note, the tents are awesome and the views of the river are fantastic.
It can be a little hot but that comes with going in Summer.
For me, the experience outweighs anything else.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:

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Re: Safari Tents in the SUMMER pros and cons

Unread postby SeanP » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:02 am

Hey Stickman. We have booked 3 tents at LS for January 2014 and cannot wait.

Pros: River View Tent is spectacular.
Bush View Tent is wonderful.
Ceiling fan actually makes it quite chilly at night.
During the day it is hot... but hey you only return to camp after 6pm and by the time the sun goes down there is nothing more perfect than sitting out on the deck having a drink and a braai!
As already stated by Grantmissy the rain imbues some atmosphere into the experience.
Hugh is spot on about the animal and bush smells and sounds-spectacular.
Well equipped and spaced further apart than the bungalows so better privacy.
Ensuite facilities.

Cons: Not getting a tent!

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Re: Safari Tents in the SUMMER pros and cons

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:05 pm

We stay in safari tents whenever we can, but not at LS.

If you are too hot in the tents then you are wasting the wrong part of the day. The fans do a good job.

I would rather be there and hot than at work in aircon.......
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Re: Safari Tents in the SUMMER pros and cons

Unread postby t-bal » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:50 pm

I agree with all the pros :D We always stay in safari tents at LS, next July again :dance: , we love the place.
The only con for us is that the braais are build up against the veranda. This is really nice idea, but if the wind is in the wrong direction it smokes the tent out.
But how said above, the ,morning traffic and the noises at night are fabulous. :D
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Lights in Safari Tents?

Unread postby canontraveller » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:39 am

Hi guys,

Until my wife asked the question I just assumed that there will be lights in the safari tents at Skukuza as they have a fan and a fridge. However I can't find any confirmation on the website of forums.

Are there electrical lights in the safari tents or should I make my own provisions?


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Re: Lights in Safari Tents?

Unread postby RobertT » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:58 am

There are lights. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Safari tents : info

Unread postby rksjagger » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:31 pm

Hi all,

We are traveling from Ireland and staying in the tented accommodation, Croc Bridge, Tamboti and LS. My question is, staying in these tents, are we provided with plates, cutlery, pots, glasses etc or do we need our own stuff?

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Re: Safari tents : info

Unread postby PetraJ » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:53 pm

Hi rksjagger.
For Croc Bridge you will definitely need your own cutlery. Depending on the type of tent you are staying in at Tamboti (the luxury tents) have their own cutlery, but if it is a normal 2 bed or 4 bed tent you will also need your own. The tents at Lower Sabie are all luxury tents, there will be cutlery provided. So if you start your stay in Croc Bridge, buy it from the start, and then you can use the cutlery to make breakfasts etc at the picnic spots as well. :thumbs_up: Enjoy your stay!!

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Re: Safari tents : info

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:57 pm

Lower Sabie will have all the utensils but not Croc Bridge and depending on which category of accom. you have booked in Tamboti.
If you look Here you will see only the LST3/Z are fully equipped.
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Re: Safari tents : info

Unread postby Hippotragus » Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:02 pm

Hi rksjagger.

I agree with PetraJ. At Crocodile Bridge you will need cutlery etc. At Tamboti it will depend on the type of tent you have booked - some have communal ablutions and communal kitchen and some have their own shower/WC and kitchenette.

However, even for the tents with cutlery, I would take sharp knives - for preparing food and for eating steak etc. The knives provided are not great!! A flask and mugs are also a good idea for the early morning drives.

I hope you have a fantastic trip.

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Re: Safari tents : info

Unread postby rksjagger » Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:24 pm

Hi Guys,

Thank you for your responses and advice, will be bringing my utensils with me in my golf bag so!!

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