Chief's Luxury Mobile Tented Camps
Dim the lights, roll up your window flaps, and allow a symphony of night sounds to be carried through your tent as you reflect on a day filled with exhilarating experiences.
The backdrop to Chiefs Luxury Tented Camp is for you to decide, from crashing waves along the Indian Ocean to safaris in remote bush locations. And from the desert dunes of Namibia to the indigo waters of Mozambique.
The camp is able to accommodate groups from as little as 10 discerning safari guests up to several hundred incentive or conference groups in a variety of tent styles.
Within the modest space confines of the tent, the beds can either be parted in a typical sharing configuration or simply moved together to accommodate couples.
Chiefs will astound you in its elegant simplicity.
Sublime meals in the remotest of locations may seem impossible, but at Chiefs we have navigated treacherous mountain passes, and travelled vast distances to bring our guests the freshest ingredients used by our chefs to create culinary delights.
From a casual barbeque under a star studded sky around a raging fire to a more elegant setting under canvass, each occasion will delight you with an array of pan African dishes.
Chiefs Tented Camp is a fully inclusive mobile "safari" styled canvas Tented Camp which can accommodate up to 450 Guests.
Authentic images of Africa provide the backdrop to what is arguably one of the finest Group and Incentive experiences in Southern Africa. Nights under canvas, a warm log fire and the sounds of the African bush create memorable evenings which are complemented by sumptuous buffet style meals. A dedicated chef and catering team are on hand to delight our guests with some of Africa's finest fare.
Twenty years of experience throughout Southern Africa provides the foundation for Chiefs Tented Camp allowing guests to now access some truly spectacular destinations throughout the region. Imagine this: the sun sets on the horizon, fires are blazing and you recline in the comfort of your own private Tented Camp. Where would you want to be? In the Namib Desert, the Okavango swamps, on an island in the mighty Zambezi, in the expansive plains of the Masai Mara or Serengeti? The sky is the limit in a camp of a thousand stars.
Large 3m x 3m dome tents allow our guests to rest in comfort and luxury while hot water showers from 35 litre canvas buckets with brass taps exhilarate and refresh you. The communal area consists of the Dining and Bar tents which are situated in the hub of the Tented Camp; however it's the fire place which attracts the most attention, both day and night.
Chiefs Tented Camp is renowned for its tasty and wholesome food, its soft duvets and hot water bottles and its campfire ambience. It is famous for its unique approach to keeping things simple and practical. But the most defining characteristic of Chiefs Tented Camp, is the experience itself. Whether you are situated in the Namib Desert, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, in the wilderness area of the Pilanesburg or Kruger Parks, along the West Coast or in the World Heritage wetland site of St. Lucia, one thing is guaranteed: you will more than likely never experience this again!
Come: Discover. Dream. Explore
Enduring yet another trip to Vaal Kop, I set off on Thursday, and the thought of another 12 hours with Allan left me... well yawning... but I am delighted to report back to you that my trip was not the normal mind numbing experience, instead, and through no intervention from Allan, I had a really good time, thanks in most part to Ina, Donro, Andries and Princess.
The trip was intended to capture the essence of another accommodation category to add to the standard dome tents as you know them and the newer deluxe tents. Some time ago Allan introduced a 'knock down' version of Chiefs essentially for the budget conscience group, he named this Warriors, and amongst other things, eliminated the pvt shower and loo, opting for the shared facility, and also simplifying menus and possibly also dropping a meal. The tent however stayed the same. Until now that is.
I am delighted that having spent a couple of nights in the past month or so in the new smaller 'Maluti tents' I can say that this is an experience that I find very difficult to beat. And whilst it is not my intention to 'reduce' our interest to Warriors losing sight of the Chiefs mainstay product using the dome tents, personally speaking.. give me the malutis any day.
They are slightly smaller than the dome tents, but have the same shape, they do not have the little patio cover that the domes have, but most significantly they don't have a roof, well for the most part they don't, although each one does have a flysheet/cover which easily slips over the entire tent in the event of rain. I have had occasion to step out of a warm bed and quickly throw the cover over during a brief spell of rain, and this was achieved inside of two minutes and I was back in bed.
But the experience starts the minute you lie on the bed, with lights off and suddenly you think that someone has moved your bed outside the tent. The night skies appear to be fixed to the roof of the tent and the open sides diffuse just enough of the gentle breeze to ensure a fantastic flow of air through the night, carrying with it, an endless orchestra of night sounds.
As you all know, I come from an illustrious and distinguished career of guiding at the very pinnacle of the profession, and more importantly guided and lived in Africa's highest density big game area along the Sabie River, in the Sabi Sand, during which I time I enjoyed many a sleep out on decks and in tents. Now that I have established my credentials, I can honestly say that a night in of the these tents will take a great deal of beating.
Now that we have that out of the way, Warriors presents another opportunity to tackle a slightly different market perhaps. The tents are clustered in groups of 3, and each cluster will share one shower and loo combo (similar to the pvt version used in Chiefs), although not essential in order to complete the Warriors experience are slightly down scaled meals and also the fact that we could work on a Brunch / high tea / dinner / rather than three meals.
It is now possible to do 80 pax for example for ONE night at around R1500 - R1750 per person nett and excl vat.
As you know by the tailor-made nature of Chiefs generally, any combo is possible in respect of meals etc, Warriors is no different and the client can elect any combination of tents and or meals and extras to create a hybrid of their own. The warriors concept is infinitely quicker to set up and the most basic version includes stretchers (with foam mattresses) and sleeping bags and naturally the pictures attached are of an option which includes normal Chiefs beds.
THIS IS FANTASTIC...
Tents & Villages
Chiefs Tented Camp is discreetly sculpted into smaller villages using the surrounding topography as well as maximising the use of trees, bushes and shrubs, giving every village of approximately 6 tents its own character and appeal. Every village is self contained with its own toilets, showers, morning coffee station and evening fireplace should guests wish to break away from the main communal fire, dining and bar area. The villages are all fully serviced.
Villages have their own identity with the Chiefs tribal influence very much in evidence with village named after famous African chiefs like Lobengula, Mzilikazi, Shaka, Murahwa, Mutapa and Monomotapa.
The 3m x 3m square canvas tent has large gauze windows which allow a large viewing window, maximum air movement and they are mosquito proof. The tents have a large, user-friendly zipped door that, along with the three spacious windows can be sealed with an additional canvas flap in the event of rain or strong wind.
Every tent is set up on top of a large groundsheet. The tents are waterproof and are covered with an attachable canvas roof which stretches across the doorway to act as a porch across the entrance. Outside the entrance to every tent are two canvas director chairs, a canvas wash basin stand which is filled every morning at dawn with hot water, two paraffin storm lanterns on stands and a foot mat.
Tents are furnished with two beds, comfortable mattresses, duvets, fitted sheets, pillows, towels, hot water bottles, a rechargeable electric lantern, carpet, waste paper basket and a large wooden trunk that serves as an additional storage unit and bedside table.
The entire camp, pathways, ablution and communal areas are lit at night with paraffin storm lanterns that create a warm ambience while retaining the simplicity of an African night in the bush.
Ablutions & Safety
The ablution facilities are hygienic and private. The executive mobile toilet units have a modern, hygienic and sparkling clean appearance. Sanitised, flushable cubicles complete with large mirror, night light, liquid soap, toilet roll and paper towel dispensers are the mobile sanitation solution of choice for Chiefs Tented Camp.
Large, private, spacious and fully decked wooden floors make showering one of the most exhilarating experiences whether it be early morning or late at night under the stars.
Each private cubicle is constructed of gum pole, steel frame and canvas and is fed by a hot water system into canvas shower buckets complete with brass taps.
Hand basins, additional towels, clothes hooks, mirrors, decorative batiks, wooden trunks, lanterns and canvas chairs complete the furnishings with "green eco-friendly" bio-degradable soaps and shampoos are used.
A retractable canvas roof is attached to the overhead gum pole structure which is only used in rainy conditions thereby allowing for maximum enjoyment under the skies and stars whilst retaining absolute individual privacy.
Each unit is fully serviced after every use and guests will find the experience very pleasing indeed. It is often regarded as the ultimate shower experience!
Probably the most unusual experience however is the careful positioning of the Ball and Claw baths which can be used as unique extras for VIP tents or for open booking amongst the guests. Bathing in the open bush promises to be an unforgettable experience! Surrounding the camp is a 1.5m high, 8500 volt electric fence which provides a good deterrent for wild animals. Furthermore, armed game rangers reside in the camp for the duration of the stay.
Dinning & Bar
A camp with no pretences is best exemplified by the communal area of which the large fire area is central to Chiefs Tented Camp and also the highlight of every evening.
Meals are interactive affairs either under the stars around the fire or inside large canvas framed tents which are set in a U shape around the fire area. Traditional South African meals over the fire or in cast iron pots are in keeping with the simplicity of the camp however more elaborate plated meals and décor can be catered for by the chef and his team who are as comfortable with "bush catering" as with presenting an elaborate meal. Their attention to detail makes each meal an experience to remember. Menus are created for each camp in conjunction with our client thereby tailoring each meal time according to the time of year, location and individual tastes.
Traditional hot English breakfasts are served in contrast to an array of Impala, Warthog and an assortment of succulent meat dishes in the evening, unless the camp is located along the coastline in which case a selection of fresh line fish, crab, lobster and prawns are served. (Detailed Menus can be provided.)
What would an African Tented Camp be without the customary traditional welcome drinks, colonial Gin and Tonics and home brewed mampoer?
The Bar, which is located in one of the large framed canvas tents, is stocked with ice and a pre-determined requirement list as detailed by our client. Beer, Spirits, mixes and cold drinks are all available on request along with a recommended selection of more traditional alternatives which add to the flavour of the camp.
Locations & Activities
True to the tradition of African Chiefs a journey with Chiefs Tented camp allows you to explore some of the last remaining wilderness areas of the Southern African region encompassing South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique.
Whether you are located in a dry river bed surrounded by massive granite cliffs, on an island in the middle of a river, nestled under massive evergreen trees, in the heart of some of the continents finest wildlife areas, overlooking the mighty Indian or Atlantic Oceans, your experience will be a truly memorable one indeed. A viewpoint which has been expressed unequivocally by every group without exception that has ventured his far off the beaten track.
Whether your requirements be Eco Conference driven, Incentive, Product launch or Client entertainment it is true to say that entertainment opportunities are unlimited.
Chief's New Tents
Chiefs Tented Camp is launching its new tents which will become a new brand and will also provide a fully inclusive mobile "safari" styled canvas tented camp which can accommodate up to 100 Guests. Authentic images of Africa provide the backdrop to what is arguably one of the finest Group and Incentive experiences in Southern Africa. Nights under canvas, a warm log fire and the sounds of the African bush create memorable evenings which are complemented by sumptuous buffet style meals
Chiefs Tented Camp received a Crystal Award by the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) for the Most Outstanding Incentive Event Over $80,000 USD for their "Chief's Tented Camp" program for Bytes Technology Group Managed Services.