CAMPING IN COMFORT: Girlie weekend away at TiPi Bush Camp

BY NADINE LOMBARD - AUGUST 5, 2014

A spur-of-the-moment getaway to TiPi Bush Camp near Addo proved to be ‘just what the doctor ordered’ after a long, hectic week. A mere 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth, the camp is far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close enough to avoid the kids’ are-we-there-yet’s!

Our adventure started off on a high note. Barely through Addo’s Afrique gates, heading toward the TiPi’s, we had our first encounter with the estate’s Giraffe family – two males, a female and a baby that was born on Christmas day last year, browsing through the tranquil African bush.

Locating the camp afterwards was very easy. I was pleasantly surprised at how neat and well-furnished the tipis were.

Each tipi is kitted out with a double bed, a couch that can be converted into either a double bed or two single beds, cupboards galore, a gas stove with a kettle and a small fridge. For an authentic African bush camping experience, camp-style crockery is provided for and everything in the tipi is either powered by solar or gas including paraffin-lamps to provide light at night.

Every tipi also has its own bathroom, which is actually a converted Wendy-house that you will find down the pathway. I must say, I was very impressed by how neat the bathrooms were – and just for the record – the showers have hot water from the solar geyser and the loo’s do flush.

The view from the balcony over the valley was absolutely spectacular, with plenty of game to see. The fact that you may walk around the estate un-escorted and do your game-viewing on foot is also a very unique offering that definitely added to our excitement.

Our highlight was the sundown-walk in which we spotted the giraffe family again and plenty of Nyala’s on the way. The estate boasts a variety of non-predatory animals including Ostrich, Kudu, Eland, Bushbuck, as well as the rare Black Impala. During the next day’s early morning walk, we really managed to get close to some Nyala, with a buck approaching us at a stage!

The fact that I had a comfortable stay even when it was only myself and my two daughters – proves that the TiPi Bush Camp truly lives up to its slogan ‘camping in comfort’.

TiPi Bush Camp is the perfect destination for families, nature lovers and is highly recommended for anyone wanting a quick and true getaway from the stresses of the city!

To book your TiPi, call Rob on 082 821 9944 or Belinda on 083 951 0008 or visit their website www.tipibushcamp.com.