Naipenda Safaris Tented Camp
All camps are prepared prior to your arrival. An auxiliary vehicle will transport all camping gear and camp personnel.
A camp consists of:
The walk-in sleeping tents consist of:
- Sleeping tents
- Cooking tent
- Group dining tent with bar.
The camp crew consists of:
- Metal frame beds (twin, double or king can be requested at time of booking)
- Attached shower and toilet facilities
- Covered veranda area with camp chairs and table in front of each tent
- Camp manager
- Chef with helper
- Camp attendants (dependent on number of clients)
all are there to service the clients every need while in camp
Upon first arrival at the camp, the chef will give guests a tour of his kitchen tent to make them comfortable with food preparation. Many people rate camp food far superior to that found in the lodges, and we are constantly working to find new recipes to make the experience even better. When in camp, the guides will join guests for meals, as they are the hosts.
A TYPICAL DAY
A private mobile-tented camp consists of sleeping tents, a cooking tent and a group dining tent with full service bar. The large, sumptuous camp meals are served family style in the dining tent. People often rate "camp food" as the best meals they've had during their safari.
Sleeping accommodation is in the walk-in tents which consist of a metal frame bed with a thick, comfortable foam mattress and soft sheets and blankets (depending on temperatures). There's also an attached shower and toilet facility in each tent which zips-off from the main bedroom. A covered veranda area spreads across the front of each tent, and contains camp chairs and table.
Each morning coffee, tea and biscuits are delivered tent-side with your wake up call, as campers are usually up for breakfast at daybreak and out on a morning game drive about an hour later. Morning drives will last from three to five hours depending on wildlife movement and sightings you'll want to stay and observe. The guides will have a clean safari vehicle waiting at the designated time each morning.
Depending on the park, you may or may not come back to camp for lunch, and in those cases, a fulfilling box lunch is carried with you from camp.
An afternoon game drive usually begins around 3 to 3:30pm and lasts about three hours. Unfortunately, park regulations dictate you must be back in camp by dusk. On arrival in camp, hot showers will be ready after which drinks of choice and bites are served around the glowing campfire.
Dinner will be served about an hour after your return to camp, and your guide (and host) will join you, as he does for all meals. Lively conversation ensues over your four or five course meal, discussing the events of the day and planning for the next.
The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy around the last embers of the campfire, star gazing, reading or working on your daily travel journal inside the privacy of your tent. As you've had a full day, a rejuvenating, comfortable sleep will come quite quickly and be highlighted by the murmurous sounds of wildlife in the distance, and the lovely songs of nature.
Meals are served family style in the dining tent. Table or buffet style service per your preferences.
- Coffee and tea at morning call
- Fruit juices
- Fresh fruit and cereals
- Breads, butter and marmalades, jams and honey
- Eggs, sausages and bacon
- Assorted selection of salads
- Cold cuts (smoked fish, beef, salami, ham)
- Selection of cheeses
- Coffee and tea
If you wish a longer or shorter relaxation hour, please inform your guide so he can radio the camp with instructions. After dinner you may sit around the campfire, watch the stars of the Southern Cross, or retire to your tent.
- Vegetable vinaigrette
- Cream of pumpkin soup
- Brisket of beef, potatoes au-gratin, seasonal vegetables
- Green salad
- Chocolate mousse
- Coffee and tea
If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know prior to arrival.
Each tent sleeps two comfortably and contains:
Included in the "Standard Camping" programs:
- Private shower and toilet
- 2 washbasins
- 2 single African-style beds with mattress (Double or king on request)
- Luggage stands with hangers for clothes
- Fresh bed linens
- 2 blankets and African style bed covers
- 2 sets of towels
- 2 Safari chairs
- 2 African style carpets
- Kerosene lamp, an electric lamp and flashlight
- Mirror, waste and laundry basket
An upgrade to a "Deluxe Camping" program includes:
- All meals and accommodation as described above
- National Park entry and private campsite fees
- Transport in 4x4 safari outfitted vehicles with expert driver/guides
- Exclusive services of camp crew when in camp
- Private bath contains a canvas basin on a tripod, long drop toilet and shower facilities
- Bottled water and soft drinks (2 per day) on game drives; bottled water, soft drinks (with meals), beer (1 per day) and house wine (with dinner) while in camp. Clients may run a tab for additional alcoholic drinks and will be billed for those, at our cost, at the end of their stay.
- Laundry services every other day while in camp
All of the above plus
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Please note - mobile camps should not be confused with permanent or semi-permanent tented camps. Permanent are quite different in that they are basically lodges with canvas walls. Tents are placed on permanent raised wood platforms, with balconies in front. There is a main building where meals are served and in some cases, they have a swimming pool, and gift shop.
- Private bath containing a porcelain pedestal sink, flush toilet and showers
- Higher-grade furnishings in bath, bedding and dining tent
- No limit on beverages and full compliment bar (special request beverages if available and notified in advance)
- Daily laundry services