For the ultimate in luxury and privacy, stay in a 5-star tented bush camp in the heart of a Big Five South African game reserve. Here you will be able to interact with the wild in ways you perhaps couldn't have imagined.

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A mobile tented safari is generally set up before your arrival at the remote bush location you're spending the night at.

If there is one accommodation experience in South Africa bound to delight you, it has to be a stay in a tented safari camp in one of South Africa’s Big Five game reserves.

Imagine spending the night under the African sky surrounded by the sounds of wild animals but knowing you are completely secure in your upmarket tented suite. There’s not much to beat this.

The options in tented safaris in South Africa are wide ranging, from budget tented camps that provide exhilarating bush experiences, to the five-star luxury tented camps found in South Africa’s top private game reserves like Shamwari and Timbavati.

The latter have all the luxurious amenities you’d expect from a five-star hotel or lodge. Your 'tent' comes complete with en suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, mosquito nets and game viewing decks.

For those seeking to get even closer to nature, mobile tented safaris – where comfortable mobile tented camps are set up deep in bush – provide intimate interactions with the wild. Here you really get to sleep among wild animals while fully protected by game rangers.

Cast a gaze over some of the popular tented camps in South Africa...

There's the luxurious Hamilton’s Tented Camp in the Kruger National Park, which features six canvas tents and early 20th-century décor.

Bateleur Eco Safaris is an eco-friendly tented bush camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve with 10 East African safari tents.

Bayethe Lodge at Shamwari Game Reserve offers nine luxury tents, some with fireplaces, plunge pools and hammocks.

Then there's &Beyond’s award-winning Ngala Tented Camp in the Ngala Private Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park, which offers six spacious, air-conditioned en suite safari tents.

Kapama Karula in the Kapama Game Reserve offers seven luxury tents on the banks of the Klaserie River.

You’ll also find tented camps at the Bakgatla and Madikwe resorts in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, at Thakadu River Camp in the Madikwe Game Reserve, and at Glen Afric Country Lodge near Johannesburg.

For budget travellers, there's Tamboti Tented Camp in the Kruger National Park and the Spekboom Tented Camp in Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.

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