In a follow-up from our 2012 post Forget Camping, Let’s Go Camping, we have decided to update you all with a few fresh new picks.
Glamping has become very fashionable in the last couple of years since we last reported, with more and more families opting to have adventurous outdoor excursions rather than staying at busy main stream hotels. Here is a list of four glamping holidays available this year, and what makes each one so special.
1.Ultimate Travelling Camp
India. This nomadic ‘super luxury camp’ can be set up in the mountains, deserts, rainforest and countryside. At present there are two different experiences that you can choose from. One of these in in Thiskey, the other in Nagaland.
Why choose this camp?
With the luxury camp as your base you are persuaded to explore not only the land around you but also the culture, visiting many different destinations with your guides, fully immersing yourself in your location as you take part in the activities and festivities of local tribes.
These luxurious tents are all individually designed and come equipped with en-suite bathrooms. They are extremely spacious and luxurious, with lengthy dining tables, four-poster beds and lounge areas. The super luxury camps also come with your own butler to tend to your every need!
Nagaland activities include witnessing the sixteen different tribes perform at the Hornbill Festival, explore Kigwema Village, enjoy the Miss Nagaland contest, shop in the bazaar, visit the village of Jakhama, and explore the treasures of Kohima- the capital of Nagaland.
The Thiskey excursion has more activities to offer. Bird watching, tour of Leh Palace, visit the Ladakh Arts and Media Organization, drink traditional tea on the terrace of Munshi house, have a guided tour of Thiskey Monastery, join the cycle tour around Thiskey valley, participate in a Séance with the Oracle, see Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastery, take a raft trip down the Indus River, visit the museum of royal costumes and watch a game of Polo.
All camps can be tailored to your specific interests and wishes for any occasion!
As many of the Thiskey activities are add-ons or optional excursions there is no indication of price online for this camp. However, there is a price guideline for the Nagaland camp. Based on two people sharing, two nights would set you back $2,300 pp, three nights for $3,680 pp, four nights for $5,070 pp and five nights would cost you $6,185 pp. Although these prices look steep, they do include all of the activities, all meals, transfers, butler, tour guides and chef!
2.Little Chem Chem
Tanzania. This camp, known as the ‘sunrise camp’ sits on the edge of an acacia forest, surrounded by the Tarangire River, Baobab trees, overlooking a freshwater lake and with the Babati mountain range sitting on the horizon.
Why choose this camp?
This camp, known as the ‘sunshine camp’ will give you a truly personal experience. With a maximum of ten guests you will share almost 40,000 acres. An abundance of wildlife is all around you- birds flock to the water, lions roam around the camp, elephants trek to and from the lake, cheetahs hunt and leopards can often be seen in the woods.
Little Chem Chem has five tents. Three of these have king sized beds, the other two are twin beds. The tents are beautifully decorated, with their large bedrooms, a rocking chair, desk, dressing room and en-suite will fully functioning shower and toilet. The tents also contain a private fire pit.
There are many different activities to choose from at Little Chem Chem. These include flamingo watching on the lake, a family safari trip, walk through the bush with a Maasai warrior, track animals using their trails, visit the Tarangire National Park, take a scenic hot air balloon ride, visit one of the local schools and listen to their African songs or participate in a game of soccer, take a helicopter ride, indulge in a holistic spa treatment or even have an intimate private wedding ceremony!
Peak season is $810 per adult or $405 per child, per night. Off peak is $680 per adult, $340 per child. Rates include all meals and wine, laundry, wifi, game drive, transfers to Kuro Airstrip and most activities. They exclude hot air balloon ride, conservation fees, spa fees and champagne.
China. This camp is situated twenty minutes outside of Labrang. Labrang is a famous Tibetan monastic town. The site is situated next to a winding river, and is covered in flora and fauna, with the colorful flowers creating a vibrant carpet.
Why choose this camp?
With the camp you will have the opportunity to experience real Tibetan culture. The site is a winter grazing area for local nomads, and is in fact run and staffed by nomads. The wildlife you will encounter includes hares, marmots, foxes, gazelles and countless birds. Here you can enjoy the wildlife and ecosystem comfortably, and without endangering it.
This camp is made of seven log cabins and three yak hair tents. There are then reception areas, dining areas, bonfire areas and a sauna. All cabins and tents are decorated with local furnishings and antiques, and all have a furnace to keep you warm at night. The log cabins are equipped with dry toilets, and the tents have outdoor dry eco toilets.
The experiences here change season to season, as the nomads want you to engage in the local culture. Expected activities can include spa days, long walks, star gazing, guided visits to the monastery, having lunch at a monk’s house, visiting a local nomadic family, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, outdoor camping and visiting the textile workshop.
There is no information about cost online- contact them directly for more details.
Bali, Indonesia. The resort sits in the mountains of Jatiluwih, surrounded by greenery and the dense mountains. From here you have a beautiful view of the mountains, waterfalls and rice fields.
Why choose this camp?
If you are looking for a relaxing outdoor retreat then Sang Giri is the ultimate in relaxation. With great facilities and a choice of laid back or adventurous activities there is something for everyone here. These varied pursuits, combined with the option of dining in traditional Balinese style or opting for a Western style BBQ make this camp a great family vacation, suited to even the most fussy of children. Bali is a dream location for any traveler.
There are eight deluxe tents, each with an en suite bathroom and large private terrace. The queen sized beds all are topped with orthopedic mattresses, soft pillows and as many blankets as you need. The tents have running water which comes from the spring, and are equipped with a Western style toilet and a rain shower. You will have 24 hour electricity, and torches are provided. Furthermore, you can adorn yourself with the indoor sandals and sarongs provided.
Sang Giri has an on site restaurant, specializing in Balinese and European Cuisine. There are two jogging trails- one paved, one cross country, an organic garden, a dry and wet sauna, yoga platform, bicycle rental, warm water whirlpools, car rental, mountain biking, rice field trekking, rain forest trekking, morning and sunset treks, spiritual temple visits and a cooking tour.
No indication of costs online, contact directly to work out the price of your trip.