Chapungu tented bush camp

thornybush COLLECTION



Chapungu is the Shona name for the Bateleur Eagle, the majestic bird that quarters the skies above this tented camp nestled deep in the bushveld of Thornybush. 

Enjoy the elegance and style of a bygone 5era combined with all the trappings and convenience of modernity.  Tranquil and intimate, the 8 en-suite air conditioned tents are washed with afternoon sunlight and colour, and offer outstanding bushveld views from their private decks, each with an outdoor bath.  Situated a few minutes drive from Thornybush Game Lodge, where extensive Spa Treatments are available to all Chapungu Tented Bush Camp guests.

Boma dinners are an occasion and an opportunity to savour the finest fare.  A superb selection of wine is available in the lodge’s wine cellar. Settle around a log fire to recount the days’ game experiences before retiring to the lounge for a night-cap, or the comfort of your tent.

Enjoy a timeless African experience, where the eagles soar.


Tented accommodation

Each tent rests on a raised wooden deck, providing elevated vistas of rolling plains bathed in the amber glow of the midday sun, where darting birds tweet their greetings from scrubby acacias. A spotlight provides twenty-four hour access to your views and even the en-suite bathroom flows out onto a deck with a large bathtub, allowing you to submerge yourself in luxurious relaxation in the great outdoors. A sample of bath-time amenities is provided for your convenience and there is also a shower for quick rejuvenation.

When you've absorbed your fill of the African sunshine, you can retreat to air-conditioned comfort and continue your vigil through glass paned doors, sustained by refreshment from the mini bar (on req.) and an unlimited supply of bottled water. Additional comforts to remind you that you are still in the present day include a tea and coffee station, complimentary sherry station, umbrella, hair-dryer and room safe. International adapters are available from reception.

Plump king-sized beds will envelop you after the day’s adventures. Sink into slumber, cocooned in luxurious cotton linen, lulled by the stillness of the night and gentle whirring of the overhead fan.

Activities & features:

Dawn and Dusk safaris

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After an early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck. Shortly after, depart in an open Land Rover with experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.

The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight.
Early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of the best wildlife Africa has to offer.

Guided Bush Walks

After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.

Our Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.

No children under 16 years of age. Walks are per lodge managements discretion.

Thornybush Amani Spa

Guests accommodated at Chapungu Tented Bush Camp may make use of the Thornybush Amani Spa. Guests will be transferred to the Spa for their treatment and return to Chapungu thereafter.

Amani African Spas is an authentically South African Spa brand, which has a distinctive 360º approach to health and wellness. This is indeed what places Amani Spas apart from other service providers in the country.

Amani's focus is on complimentary health designed and customized for the individual. Amani African Spas offer some unique therapies and are designed to bring balance to the physical, emotional and mental well-being, as well as preserve and enhance youthfulness.

Hlokomela Community Project

Guests are invited to visit to the HLOKOMELA community project encompassing local initiatives to provide services to the local communities. The Thornybush Collection chooses to support the HLOKOMELA Community Projects and invites guests to visit the project which is approx. 45 mins drive from Thornybush Nature Reserve in an air-conditioned minibus. Terms & Conditions available on request. Additional costs apply.

Hot Air Balloon Excursion

One-hour long flight over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you're lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but on most flights we see plains game like giraffe and wildebeest. Terms & Conditions apply - additional cost.

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Way above our expectations!
— Traveller 2018