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  • Traditional luxury safari accommodation in crisp white 1900's style tents
  • Stay inside the Amakhala Big 5 reserve, and have access to Shamwari
  • Intimate bush experience with only three tents

Quatermain's 1920's Safari Camp

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

70km from Port Elizabeth


-33.4832, 26.1257


Experience the romance of a 1920's safari! A product of Riaan and Julie Brand's decades of safari experience, this classic 1920's style expedition camp is modelled on the heyday of exploration, that golden era when adventure lay around every corner. To recreate the authentic 1920's theme, the camp has no electricity, and is lit by the romantic flickering glow of lanterns.

Comfortable crisp white, colonial style tents will ensure you enjoy a genuine connection with the bush. As you unwind on your own private deck, you may be lucky enough to see an elusive bushbuck or hear the cry of the African fish eagle, and while lying under the canvas at night you can frequently expect to hear jackals calling, the beautiful voice of the fiery-necked nightjar, maybe a screeching barn owl, or if you are fortunate, the roar of lions.

Every effort has been made to stay true to the expedition style, with antique military-style furnishings in the tents, and concessions only being made in the rustic en-suite bathrooms with modern conveniences such as a hot and cold water shower, flushing toilet and toiletries. Guests can enjoy scrumptious cooked breakfasts and dinners in the central thatched boma area, where the 'Grandmother' of the camp, chief cook Nositile Nyawe, prepares local delicacies in front of you on an open fire. Dinner is served under a blanket of stars.

Twice-daily 3 to 4 hour game drives depart directly from camp, guided by experienced, passionate rangers, and are conducted on both Amakhala and Shamwari Reserves, allowing the opportunity to see all members of the Big 5, along with dozens more mammal and bird species. Shamwari highlights include large lion prides, excellent leopard spotting opportunities and hippopotamus sightings. Guided bush walks on longer stays offer close encounters of the thrilling kind.

Quatermain's endeavours to ensure that you are enveloped by the natural world and return home refreshed and with a new sense of wonder and understanding of South Africa's wildlife.

Rates & Summary

3 Colonial Style Safari Tents

2 Twin tents
1 Double tent
En-suite shower with modern amenities
Covered deck area with table and chairs


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Traditional African cooking with 3 meals a day included


Quatermain's welcomes children over the age of 12yrs.

Why Stay Here?

In the Big 5 paradise of the Amakhala Game Reserve, this intimate 6 bed camp offers you the opportunity to experience 'Africa under canvas', with three crisp white 1900's style safari tents. The mission is to offer guests an exceptional safari, transporting them back to the charming simplicity of a bygone era, with the emphasis on personal attention and wildlife viewing. Quatermain's offers the very best that an African safari can: authentic tented accommodation, candlelit dinners, warm fireside company and exciting game drives.


  • Traditional luxury safari accommodation in crisp white 1900's style tents
  • Stay inside the Amakhala Big 5 reserve, and have access to Shamwari
  • Intimate bush experience with only three tents


Accommodating only 6 guests, the camp is extremely private.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, bird book, insect repellent, torch, binoculars for bird watching and game spotting.

Road Conditions

After passing through the Reserve gate, the 1km good gravel approach road, suitable for all vehicles, leads to Carnarvon Dale lodge where you will be collected. 

Activities & Attractions

  • Big 5 game drives 
  • Guided bush walks
  • Amakhala and Shamwari Reserves
  • 1920's safari experience


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • Designated smoking areas

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board


  • Own water supply, showering and washing only
  • Gas geysers
  • No electricity

Business & Connectivity

  • Limited cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape


With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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