Autumn in South Africa offers a mixed bag of weather – clear days, cooler nights, fireside evenings, warm drinks, natural displays of orange hues and occasional daytime showers.
As a family we love adventuring in all seasons, but camping isn’t quite possible when the weather is so changeable and you have 3 kids to keep entertained!
So this autumn we headed off to go glamping at AfriCamps at Ingwe Plettenberg Bay and this little spot was the perfect chance to embrace the Autumnal season as it is surrounded by forests.
Glamping Through The Seasons
AfriCamps offers glamping at 8 different sites around South Africa. Their tents can be booked throughout the year and they are the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas.
Besides offering a base from which to explore, the camps themselves offer the best spot to just unwind and relax. They really do offer a simple, comfortable place to reboot!
And don’t let the slightly cooler weather put you off, AfriCamps are perfectly equipped to offer you the very best break no matter which season as their luxury tents offer the perfect combination of comfort and connection with the great outdoors.
Accommodation at Africamps at Ingwe Plettenberg Bay
Five people can sleep comfortably in each tent with the sleeping arrangements as follows- one double bed and a bunk bed with a double bed base at the bottom in two side by side rooms. The beds are made up with high quality linen, plenty of comfortable pillows, thick fluffy throws are provided and are equipped with electric blankets.
The bathroom is neat and adequate with a shower, toilet and hand basin provided. AfriCamps at Ingwe also provided towels which meant one less thing to pack!
A small, fully equipped kitchenette and open plan lounge/ dining area with a lovely wooden dining room table makes this accommodation very user friendly.
The tents have air conditioning, as well as a wood-burning fireplace, making them ideal for glamping in any season.
We enjoyed the indoor fireplace for the cooler nights and the outdoor fire pit kept us happy around a braai.
Food and Catering at Africamps at Ingwe Plettenberg Bay
With adequate braai facilities we opted to braai one night and also made up our own pesto pasta on another slightly cooler night. We enjoyed this in front of our indoor fire and along with a lovely glass of red wine we were very happy campers!
The camp also offers the option to order breakfast and braai packs which makes for a great options if you would rather skip the schlep of heading to a shop. We also were able to enjoy some Nescafe coffee and tasty rusks on our arrival which was a lovely homely touch!
The milk tart that we purchased from Nature’s Way Farm stall was a delightful treat along with tea which we enjoyed on our deck!
Plettenberg Bay also offers a host of restaurants and coffee shops which also provide another easy way to see to meals.
Glamping offers travelers the perfect way to enjoy nature and relax. AfriCamps at Ingwe is situated in the beautiful lush area of The Crags.
Surrounded by natural forest and fynbos one can literally feel oneself unwind as you take in the breathtaking scenery and smells of the woody surrounds.
Each tent is situated on a wooden base complete with a wooden deck and from this elevated vantage point one can enjoy the beautiful scenery of lush vegetation as one looks out over the rolling hills.
Birds abound and your private deck is the perfect viewing point to spot new feathery friends or even one of the camps fallow deer who inquisitively came closer to our tent to welcome us!
From your cosy base there are a vast amount of half day or full day activities on offer.
Autumn Activities at AfriCamps at Ingwe
Take along a board game or two to enjoy at the table alongside the fireplace. We had brought along our 4-in-one game set and thoroughly enjoyed revising our skills in playing Backgammon and Nine Men Morris!
The cooler autumn weather makes for wonderful hiking weather so depending on your fitness level explore some of the hikes in the region or do the Couch Potato ring walk which takes you on a loop around the farm. You walk through indigenous forested areas and at 3km it is the perfect walk for even younger children or those not acclimatized to hiking. It stays true to its name and offers a gentle experience. The total time is approximately 1 hour but that depends on how often kids want to stop!
Search for mushrooms and autumn treasures. Under strict instructions not to touch or pick any mushrooms, our children still enjoyed spotting these throughout the walk. From rusty orange to ruby red the colours and shapes were fascinating! We also enjoyed finding bright red berries, pine cones, bits of bark with lichen and a variety of autumn coloured leaves. Nature treasures abounded!
Enjoy a soak in a wood fired hot tubs. 3 of the 6 tents at Africamps at Ingwe have this facility so if you are keen to soak in the surrounds from the warm tub, under the stars then make sure you book a tent which has one.
Spot the deer from your deck. Our kids loved spotting these special animals between the trees!
Spend some time finding insects and arachnids. We found numerous glittery spider webs covered in dew in the morning. A few ant holes and ant trails were also fascinating finds for the kids.
Take a wonder down the farm road. Early in the morning before breakfast we did a little wander up onto the farm road behind the tents and just enjoyed lapping up the scenery of the indigenous forest, soaking up the early morning farm sounds and admiring the dew covered grass lit up by the morning sunshine.
Take advantage of the night sky on a clear evening and star gaze for the reclining chairs wrapped up in a warm blanket. We actually called our kids out their cozy beds to let them enjoy the astounding display of the Milky Way. Literally, from horizon to horizon was covered in stars, we took in the scene in silence and then enjoyed spotting a few well known constellations and planets. A quick look at the Sky maps app helped us answer one or two of their more challenging questions!
Bring along a book to enjoy. We found it so easy to relax at this spot. A good book, a cup of coffee and a comfortable spot was the perfect combination for a lazy afternoon.
Make your own s’mores over the fire pit. This is always such a fun family activity! Serve them with some warm hot chocolate and you are certainly winning at the parenting game!
All in all our autumn stay at AfriCamps at Ingwe was a delightful time of new discoveries, warm fireside moments with the perfect smattering of memorable adventures to boot!
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Later in the year we will also be offering you a chance to enter to win a weekend away with AfriCamps. You won’t want to miss that!
Contact AfriCamps at Ingwe
Tel: +27 (0) 63 170 4222
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.africamps.com (for online bookings)