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OFF THE GRID: LUXURY GLAMPING AT SPRINGBOK LODGE

You may have noticed by now that we are big lovers of glamping – especially glamping in Africa. After experiencing the best sunrises at Ndaka Safari Lodge and the best breakfast at Cheetah Ridge Lodge, it’s time to share with you our best safari experience at Springbok Lodge, South Africa.

Overview

If you are looking for the perfect safari experience I think we have found it. With stunning tented suites, top-notch service, the tastiest food and incredible wildlife – Springbok Lodge ensures an unforgettable experience.

Nestled in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal on an expansive game reserve, Springbok Lodge is the perfect place to unwind in a picture perfect setting. Being a 4.5 hour drive from Johannesburg and 3.5 hours from the coastal city of Durban, it was the ideal spot for us to stop on our East Coast African road trip.

Checking into Springbok Lodge: A Luxury Glamping Experience

These tents are an experience in themselves, being perched up on stilts to allow optimal viewing of the wildlife beyond. If you can make it past the giant kings sized bed and into the back you are welcomed with a rustic outdoor shower made of stones and rocks. Even though you are glamping the designers made sure you still feel like you are out in the wild, which we thought was a nice touch. 

This is why you have decided to go glamping, if the tents are a let down the whole experience can be dampened. You don’t have to worry here, our only mention is that the there is no separation between bathroom and bedroom – just make sure you are travelling with someone you are comfortable with… in all aspects.

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An Incredible Game Drive

If we were told prior to arriving at Springbok Lodge that we would not only see a herd of elephants, but also be charged by a highly endangered black rhino I wouldn’t of believed you! Both of these events amazingly happened to us, alongside spending an evening drive tracking a wild hyena. The game drives we experienced here were hands down the best drives of our entire time in South Africa!

They have the big 5 on the reserve so expect to see lions and buffalo on top of the above mentioned animals, you may even be lucky enough to find a leopard kill (yep,we did). Unfortunately out of all the big 5 we still never saw a leopard itself. This is nothing to fault on the lodge, we went on 9 game drives in Africa and didn’t see one, they’re just too good at hide and seek.

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Final Thoughts…

This being our third experience at the Nambiti Game Reserve we cannot fault the tents, service and especially the wildlife you will encounter. Since returning home we have been recommending every traveller planning a trip to beautiful South Africa to have their game reserve experience here.

If you want to view our experience click play on our YouTuber African Road Trip playlist here.

You can book a Luxury Safari Tent for AUD$283 per night twin share. 

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Flying The Nest was welcomed as a guest of Springbok Lodge and Nambiti Private Game Reserve, however all opinions are our own.

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  • Going on a safari is very high on my list of things to do in my lifetime! You’re experience sounds absolutely amazing!

    Best,
    Sarah

  • Robin Rue

    That sounds awesome for outdoorsy, adventurous folks. My idea of camping is staying in a 5 star hotel, though 😉

  • Jeanette

    I just came back from South Africa I wish I would have known about this place it would have been a wonderful place to check out!

  • Ourfamilyworld

    This sounds fun. I’ve never been to South Africa and we’ve never tried glamping. I will definitely keep this in mind if I will have the chance to visit.

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    OMG!! That is amazing! my son would go nuts with all those zebras! He loves them!! This is such a cool experience tha tI hope to try one day!

  • Wow, what an absolutely beautiful area. I would love to go glamping here and explore.

  • This sounds like an amazing experience. I would love to go glamping. I grew up camping and miss it.

  • Lee Allport

    Glamping! I just can’t even. It’s not for me at all but somehow I’m fixed on it. Your trip was one for the books (or the blogs). I mean you were staying in a tent elevated off the ground so you could be one with nature. So cool!

  • That looks like such a fun experience! I grew up camping, but as I get older glamping is more my style.

  • Bonnie Gowen

    Wow, how awesome. You always have such great trips to share and great photos.

  • Karlyn Flores

    What a beautiful place and I could smell the fresh air there, really relaxing

  • Lynn Dee

    I’ve been wanting to try glamping. Hopefully one of these days. And that place though. What a view!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I would love this. I have not been a fan of camping but this would be amazing.

  • cvantassel

    This looks like such an amazing opportunity and experience. Just talking of visiting a safari sounds so exotic. This is camping at its finest!

  • I’m not a fan of camping but I can definitely get down with glamping!!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Ok now this is my kinda camping! I keep telling hubby that clamping has to happen!!!

  • This is my kid of camping!! I visited a safari in South Africa but opted to stay in a resort area. The cool thing about it is there were individual cabins and each one faced onto the open safari!

  • What a cool experience! I would love camping like this! How fun!

  • Tatanisha Pitts-Worhey

    Oh wow! Glamping at its finest! Africa has stunning sunrises, sunsets & scenery. This must have been an amazing experience!

  • rika

    wow.. sounds like a wonderful experience. I would love to spend a night!

  • Maggie Branch

    This is definitely my kind of camping experience! I think glamping sounds really awesome!

  • My entire family would LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I love this kind of camping, and the tents look amazing!

  • You guys are always visiting such fun places. That picture of you on that rock is absolutely amazing!

  • ckrusch

    Love it! Galloping is the only way to go camping for me!

  • Those look so cozy and were in such an awesome location! I loved watching your Snapchat stories from your time in South Africa!