Lets begin right away with most definitive definition; Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” camping. Glamping has become particularly popular with 21st century tourists seeking the luxuries of hotel accommodation alongside the escapism and adventure recreation of camping. (Wikipedia)
Glamorous camping, luxury camping, opulent camping, and many more descriptions describe the past time which has evolved somewhat from the days of sleeping in an old canvas tent in a sleeping bag on the ground. Or has it? It could be said, glamping is as old as the Model T Ford, if not older. Colonial hunting safaris cut swathes through the African bush many years ago in search of big game trophies, stopping periodically for tea of course. And finally settling down each night in a ‘glam-camp’, naturally all made possible by a troop of able bodied porters.
We describe glamping as; camping when you feel you have not sacrificed the amenities and comforts typically enjoyed in most hotels or resorts.
In our view it is possibly the pop-up hotel at the Glastonbury Festival each year, which best epitomizes glamorous camping in all its nomadic finery. the pop-up hotel accommodates guests in cotton canvas shrouded bell tents, each delightfully furnished. In recent times, some deviation from canvas as the mainstay of camping has been indulged, and we find a wide range of establishments being classified as glamping destinations.
South Africa provides a bloated list of options for glampers in almost all star categories in the form of national and provincial parks, and a multitude of privately owned wilderness areas. The rapidly growing phenomenon of adventure travel, throughout the world, has resulted in a surge of travellers looking for a luxury tented experience in pristine natural environments, most of which will not permit permanent or even semi permanent hospitality infrastructure. Mobile Tented Camps provides a wide range of glamorous camping options for groups of all sizes. Modern camp designs, employing lighter materials, have made it possible to access sensitive areas with lighter, more nimble vehicles, bringing luxury mobile tented camps into this areas. This has contributed significantly to ensuring sustainability of many conservation areas.
Glamping is not limited to leisure travellers, and is now widely used by companies, as they endeavor to expose guests, delegates, staff, and the like, to something a little different from tried and tested.