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Chapungu Tented Camp

Chapungu Tented Camp

Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp is set in a most beautiful part of South Africa, the bushveld. In the previous century, wildlife roamed the bushveld freely, and “big 5” were hunted almost to extinction. However, even back then there were some far-sighted pioneers who understood that taking for the pot was acceptable but conservation was necessary to preserve wildlife for all future generations.

Chapungu is a small camp with eight comfortable tents connected by paths to the main camp. The resident tents have colonial-period furnishings as well as ceiling fans, air conditioners, double beds, and en-suite bathrooms. A wonderful rock pool beckons after a hot day in the bush. But for even more relaxation, guests are welcomed (for a fee) at the nearby luxury Thornybush Game Lodge and its world-class Amani Spa.

Walking safaris are an extremely intimate way to enjoy nature. But game drives in 4x4 Land Rovers allow you to cover much more terrain. Whichever method you choose, the region has much to see. In addition to the “big 5,” the area is home to over 140 mammal species, 110 reptiles, 500 bird species, and nearly 350 distinct trees species. Ranging through the bush with experienced guides is the most coveted activity at Chapungu.

Days begin before dawn with an early morning game drive. Back to base before the sun gets too hot, guests then enjoy a delicious full breakfast. After a leisurely meal, you can take a walk, hike, or swim. There is more than enough time as lunch is at about 3:00 pm. A late afternoon or evening game drive then beckons. A gourmet three-course dinner in the lodge or around the fire will have you sharing stories with the other guests and making new friends.

There are a number of day excursions that guests enjoy, including Abel Erasmus Pass, Graskop, God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and Three Rondawels. Hot air balloon rides over the countryside and bush are a particular treat. Or you may wish to visit the Cheetah Breeding Project.

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