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Quatermain's 1920s Safari Camp

An expedition-style rustic bush camp true to adventurous safaris of old

Quatermain's 1920s Safari Camp

Quatermain’s 1920s Safari Camp is a delightfully authentic recreation of the adventurous safaris made famous by the fictitious and intrepid explorer, Allan Quatermain, more than a century ago. The camp itself has just three tents, so it’s an intimate setting, and a good choice if you’re looking for a true bush experience far from present day intrusions. Situated within the malaria-free Amakhala Game Reserve, Quatermain’s is a wonderful base from which to explore the surrounding wilderness on foot just like the olden-day explorers would have done, with the welcome modern option of guided game drives.

At the lodge

The hotel

The camp’s focal point is an enchanting traditional boma created using centuries-old solid sneezewood timbers strewn with antelope horns in faithful replica of the bygone safari era, and sheltered by the sweeping branches of an enormous acacia tree. Part of the boma is thatched, with a cosy drinks area and dining space for times when the weather calls for cover. Delicious African-style bush cuisine is prepared on an open fire, with evenings lit by storm lanterns and candlelight.

The rooms

Each of the three safari tents is kitted out in minimalist colonial style, with the only concession to modern luxury being the en-suite bathroom with running water - hot showers are a distinct plus in this otherwise basic yet very comfortable rustic bush camp. Private wooden decks open out onto the surrounding wilderness. In the evenings, the soft romantic glow of storm lanterns adds to the overall feel of the tranquillity of classic vintage Africa under canvas.

On safari

Experiences

Twice daily game drives are offered, both on Amakhala Game Reserve, and the neighbouring Shamwari Reserve. This ecologically diverse region supports a thriving population of the larger species, including the Big Five and cheetah, together with several lesser known mammals such as the nocturnal aardvark and brown hyena. Birdwatching is equally rewarding. Guided bush walks take you back to the days of expedition-style foot safaris, where the fascinating art of following animal tracks and signs can be experienced.

When to go

Eastern Cape by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Dry

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

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