GLAMPING: ‘GLAMOROUS CAMPING’ BY MR MAVERICKE

Glamping is a contractive combination of the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’.  As might be expected, it refers to a style of camping that includes access to luxury amenities and resort-style services.  In a nutshell, it would embrace a range of luxury concierge glamping services.  It is particularly popular with 21st-century tourists seeking the comfort of hotel accommodation alongside the escapism and adventure recreation of the ‘Great Outdoors’.

 

 

Glamping is an integrated package of concierge services together with the sourcing of suitably accommodating locations and concomitant accommodation and the provision of amenities and equipment necessary to relax in comfort in a wilderness setting.

Glamping has popularised to such an extent that it is now a formerly packaged service – as franchises, for instance – with custom-adapted locations to accommodate the demand. In 2016 the British Automobile Association (AA) established a formal ratings standard for glamping sites.  It is a popular option at outdoor festivals also.  The 22nd Queenscliff Music Festival in Australia, taking place later in November, is offering a family glamping package as a prize in a promotional competition for the event.

One might be forgiven for thinking it faddish, soon to die a loss-of-interest death, but that seems not to be the case.  In Greenland, glamping options occur, for instance, in the remote reaches of the Nuuk fjord and you can go glamping at sea on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands.  In New Zealand, Rockwood Station’s new glamping site deftly balances comfort and adventure in a divine setting.  It provides spa baths to counteract the cold of the snowy high country weather.

The ‘Mess Hall’ at Sala’s Camp, Kenya

While the word is new, entering popular language in 2005 and the dictionary in 2016, glamping in one form or another has been around since the Royalty of the 1500’s and has an African connection in the early 20th Century.  British and American visitors to Africa who indulged in ‘safari’ excursions were not accustomed to sacrificing the comforts to which they were accustomed.

Dunes de Dovela, Mozambique. Photo by DunesDeDovela

In Africa, glamping is often associated with wildlife resources, offering opportunities to experience the continent’s magnificent animals in their natural setting while residing, oneself, in a full-service natural setting.  In addition, glamping lends itself, particularly, to indigenous cultural excursions or ecotourism.  Examples of African glamping locations are Siwandu in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania and Sanctuary Swala offers style and comfort it offers in the heart of the Serengeti, speaking of which, you can witness the action of the Serengeti migration at Sala’s Camp in Kenya.  You can go glamping by the riverside at Kakuli Camp in Zambia or visit Camp Okuti in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. In Mozambique you can go on a beach safari in Inharrime at Dunes de Dovela or immerse yourself in the luxury of Kanga Camp in Zimbabwe, Tamboti Camp in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, where Tanda Tula Safari Camp in Timbavati is also an option.  The Etosha Village in the Etosha National Park in Namibia is a more desert-like option.

Botswana: The fireplace of Jao Wilderness Camp and luxury lodge in the Okavango Delta.

We at Mr Mavericke Concierge trust we have piqued your curiosity and whet your appetite for a glamping excursion in the new future on this magnificent continent of ours, Africa.

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