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  • Traditional canvas tents in the heart of a Big 5 reserve
  • Intimately tucked into the bush for a wilderness experience
  • All-inclusive venue, complete with walks, activities and river cruises

Woodbury Tented Camp

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

63km from Kenton On Sea

 

-33.5082, 26.1528

About

Camp life at Woodbury Tented Camp is centred around the stone, thatch, and canvas main dining and lounge area, complete with its expansive deck overlooking the Woodbury plain and waterhole. From here a wide variety of game species such as zebra, giraffe, buffalo, eland, rhino, and elephant can be observed. This area, along with a campfire, provides a magical outdoor setting for delicious traditional African meals.

The seven large and comfortable tents give the feeling of true camping, combined with all the luxuries needed for a hassle-free stay. Each tent has electricity and hot water, with an en-suite basin, shower, and separate toilet. The tents are perched on raised bases and have private decks, allowing for a feeling of seclusion and real intimacy with the bush. 

Guests can soak up the sun while lazing on a recliner next to the pool, sip a cocktail or enjoy tea and delicious, freshly baked cakes before venturing out into the reserve on an exciting excursion under the guidance of passionate rangers.

These expeditions include twice-daily game drives in search of the Big 5 and other animals, along with game walks. The land on the Amakhala Reserve was originally used to ranch sheep and cattle, but has been largely restored to its natural state. 

For a tranquil alternative, guests can scan the bush while enjoying a river cruise or canoe trip on the Bushman’s River, and be surrounded by a large array of birdlife.

The rates for Woodbury Tented Camp are based on a complete safari experience, and include all meals, drinks from a selected assortment and two game drives per day.  

Rates & Summary


7 Tents

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite shower
Private deck with seating area

Pricing

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Catering

Full Board

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome. 
Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on game drives.

Why Stay Here?

Woodbury Tented Camp, in the Amakhala Game Reserve, is one of the hidden jewels of the Eastern Cape. Tucked into an embracing hillside thicket and overlooking the ancient floodplain of the Bushman’s River, the camp offers rustic and secluded luxury, and an authentic African wildlife safari experience. Surrounded by tranquil bushveld, the camp provides an all-inclusive stay complete with guided walks, game drives, and river cruises.

Summary

  • Traditional canvas tents in the heart of a Big 5 reserve
  • Intimately tucked into the bush for a wilderness experience
  • All-inclusive venue, complete with walks, activities and river cruises

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching and game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is in good condition and is suitable for all vehicles. You are advised to travel slowly after entering the reserve.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Bird watching
  • Bush picnics
  • Boat cruise
  • Canoeing

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool

Business & Connectivity

  • No Wi-Fi
  • No cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • On street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape

About

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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