Glamping on a budget of R350 per night

Luxury Safari tents at Trados Bush Lodge

If you are not familiar with the term Glamping you are missing out on this kind of travel experience that those on a budget are opting for. Glamping is an infusion of camping and glamour, where lodges that offer these accommodation alternatives place a high level of service on the comfort of their guests. The amenities found at glamping destinations far exceed anything recreational campers experience.

The best part - when you go glamping you don't have to pitch a tent or unroll a sleeping bag, you just have to arrive and unpack your bags. It offers you a travel experience that is off the beaten track while being immersed in authentic local culture and wildlife and help you reconnect with the environment.

I am always on the look out for some amazing places to visit that aren't so hefty on the pocket. Trados Bush Lodge - 3km outside of Naboomspruit (now called Mookgophong), is just one of the many amazing "glamping" places I have recently visited. At an affordable rate of R350 per night and only a 2 hour drive away from Johannesburg, this is the perfect place for those looking to have a short weekend break.

Perfectly positioned in the African Bush, these tents provide privacy and peace and quite from other guests staying in the bush camp. The tents are spacious with king-sized beds, and ensuite bathrooms. I like to sleep diagonal at night, so it was amazing to be sprawled out with space to spare for my two nights stay. The safari tents are made of a multi-layered insulated canvas keeping them cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

The camp has a communal kitchen for those that like self catering options. For those looking to completely unwind - it has a lounge, reading room and lapa.

Coffee and tea is available free of charge throughout the day.

Self drive or walk through the camp if you are in the mood for scouting wildlife, or sit back on your porch and wait for them to come to you. If you are lucky like I was you could have an opportunity of interacting with Didi, a duiker that was hand reared by the owners. She kept me entertained for hours, and reminded me of "Sid" from the Ice Age movie.

Trado's Bush Lodge derives its name from the Bushman that traveled all the way from the Kalahari and settled in the Limpopo Province.

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