A new tented camp in Addo Elephant National Park opened in December last year and is running at an 80 percent occupancy since then.
The Spekboom Tented Camp consists of five fixed tents on decks with two beds each inside the Spekboom Hide in the park's main game area.
Each tent, surrounded by pristine thicket bush, has two beds, two camp chairs, a braai unit, a table and a solar-powered light. There are communal showers and toilets as well as a wash-basin a short walk away from the tents.
Visitors staying in the tents can either bring their own or hire a box of cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and bedding. There is no electricity available at the tents.
"We have added a communal gas fridge and gas stove top facility to make food preparation easier," says Megan Bradfield, spokesperson for the park. Day visitors will still be able to access the Spekboom Hide on their game drive as usual. The Tented Camp has a separate entrance gate and is fenced off from the day visitors hide area.
The Spekboom Tented Camp units are available at R500 per night per tent (valid until 31 October 2011). Equipment and bedding is available for a R200 refundable deposit.