Chapungu Tented Camp


For more than 20 years, Chapungu Tented Camp has been bringing guests closer to Mother Nature in our classic safari tented camp, where the sounds of the African bush fill the air, day and night. At Chapungu we treat everyone as part of our family, with arriving guest welcomed by the delightful smiles of Kilmon and Sessa.

One of the standout features of Chapungu are the baths each tented suite has on their deck, offering the ideal place to soak away any tension you may have arrived with. Meals are enjoyed together at this rustic lodge, allowing the opportunity to share in the excitement of the day’s game-viewing experiences.

The attractive open-plan lounge area overlooks the lovely rock swimming pool – a perfect place to relax between game drives. Leopards seem to love using this section of Chapungu as their playground, with scatter cushions often found in the bushes…

Chapungu Tented Camp Accommodation Options

There are eight comfortable tented suites on raised platforms, sleeping two guests each. Charming features include bath tubs on the deck and floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the shower so that every game-viewing opportunity is taken advantage of.

Lodge Facilities & Services

Dining Room
Game Drives
Wake Up Calls

The main feature of each of the eight tents are the baths on each balcony – the experience of soaking in one is often cited by our guests as a standout memory of their visit to Africa.

The tents are en-suite with side-by-side sinks and a shower with a full-size window looking out into the African wilderness.

The large beds are a dream to climb into at the end of an exhilarating day, with all tents tastefully furnished in old-world colonial charm.

Bath Tub
Coffee Maker
Gratuity Information
International Adaptor
Laundry Service
Mini Bar
Mosquito Net
Safety Box

Lodge Experiences

Morning Game Drives

A pink dawn, birds stirring and a chance to see the wildlife begin their day – welcome to a morning drive at Thornybush. You’ll need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active, when anything is possible and sightings come quickly. After a couple hours of roaming the reserve you’ll stop at a special spot for a coffee break before heading back for a delicious late breakfast.

Bush Breakfast

Following a morning game drive, our guests can be treated to breakfast in a beautiful bush setting. While the savannah stirs to life, we serve a wide variety of breakfast dishes that our guests enjoy surrounded by the untouched Afican wilderness.

Walking Safaris

A walking safari offers something quite different to a game drive: the thrill of being on foot in a Big 5 reserve and a chance to engage with the smaller things. You learn about tracking, insects and flowers. It’s a chance to have an immersive experience where you get down and touch and smell what’s out there while at the same time you never quite know what you’ll encounter around the next corner, and there’s little that compares to the experience when you do.

Community Interaction

Thornybush runs a non-profit organisation that aims to uplift the surrounding local communities that many of our staff members come from. Exciting initiatives such as community owned agricultural businesses, food security, youth focused conservation awareness, sustainable procurement and infrastructure upgrades are all major focus area’s of ours.

Afternoon Drives

Following a lazy afternoon, most likely spent by the pool or on your deck, we’ll meet for afternoon tea before climbing into the game vehicle for a three-hour drive that leads into the evening. The sundowner stop at one of our favourite viewpoints will take in one of the iconic sights – a sunset casting golden light across an African savanna. As night sets in, new animals stir adding another level of excitement to the end of the drive.

Private Dining

Dinners at Thornybush are roaming affairs – locations can range from lantern-lit bomas to starry riverbeds, but the most memorable meals are often enjoyed in the privacy of your own deck. While the night sounds of the African bush ring through the air and mysterious eyes watch you from afar, you get to enjoy superbly prepared meals accompanied by South Africa’s finest wines.

ADGrawe · Follow
8th Sep 2019

If you want an adventurous, authentic safari experience then this is the place for you! The morning and evening game drives were life-changing! Not only did we see all the animals we hoped too see (plus so many more, but the experience was very educational. The love and respect they have for the environment and the animals is very evident.


Inside the Thornybush Nature Reserve

Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It’s the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination. With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.



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