The Klaserie Drift Safari Camps are set on 3000 hectares of prime land in the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, offering a true, exclusive retreat into nature. The camps are ideally located for visitors to enjoy all the wildlife Africa has to offer, in a private and secluded setting, featuring the big five, incredibly diverse landscapes and comfortable accommodation with all modern amenities.
The late George Huysamer, a man with a vision and devotion to conservation, bought a piece of land in the Klaserie in 1987and initiated the first safari camp, aptly named Camp George. For decades George, who had served as Chairman of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve for many years,enabledtourists, wildlife enthusiasts, families and businessmen or womenfrom across the globe toshare the natural beauty and pristine environment of our South African heritage. His passion for sharing what the African bush has to offer is carried on by the Huysamer family.
There are two well-appointed private camps, offering exclusivity, relaxation and solitude; each with its own swimming pool and unique ambience.
- Angela’s Safari Camp features a deck overlooking the Klaserie River.In true African style, works of art from local artists adorn each room so that guests can experience the authentic feel of Africa.
- Amani Safari Camp boasts a lantern lit “welcome-bridge” akin to Hollywood’s red carpet. Its bar and entertainment area lie only meters away from a high-traffic watering hole, adjacent to the Klaserie dry river bed. Each room is named after a unique African bird, and features artwork depicting its name-sake.
In an effort to give back to the communities in the area, the Klaserie Drift Safari Camps support the local, non-profit Eco Children initiative, which strives to support the education of the children of the employees of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and surrounding communities.
The Klaserie Drift Safari Camps also offer Eco Training, a programme which includes basic education for the employees themselves. From first aid, to fire-fighting and conservation, the employees are empowered to apply their skills at the Safari Camps.
An Authentic Bush Experience
The extensive Klaserie Private Nature Reserveis situated just one hour from Hoedspruit. The Camps offer guests room to relax with family, friends or colleagues, while enjoying the natural beauty of the African bush. Whether relishing a professionally guided game drive, sitting around a fire at the boma on the riverbank, or unwinding in a pool overlooking a waterhole alive with wildlife, one will experience Africa at the Klaserie.
The Camps have been built in a classic African homestead style, without compromising on comfort and convenience, and were designed as private homesteads in order to create a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the bushveld. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the unspoilt wilderness from comfortable lodgings that offer nothing but untouched organic opulence.
Each Camp, specifically designed to ensure the utmost exclusivity and comfort, is protected by a low-lying electric fence, is fully serviced daily, and can accommodate eight to 10 people sharing. Angela’s Camp is booked out as one unit, providing a home away from home and all the amenities required for self-catering. Amani Camp can be booked out for groups, or rooms can be booked separately, and is fully catered.
Amazing Game Sightings
The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve borders the Kruger National Park. With no boundary fences between the two and surrounding reserves, game viewers and wildlife photographers are offered the opportunity to spot the elusive big five, countless antelope, various magnificent mammals, and a large variety of beautiful bird species. The tranquillity fostered by the limited number of guests per Camp ensures that the wildlife is at peace in this raw and untouched setting.
The guides are knowledgeable, share valuable information about the animals spotted on the game drives, and ensure that the environment is protected at all times; nature conservation is of the utmost priority. With over decades’ experience in guiding across Africa our guides offers bespoke, tailor made and private specialist safaris.
Although game drives are scheduled at guests’ leisure, to safeguard the Reserve’s delicate eco-systems and for guests’ safety, self-drive game viewing is not permitted. This unique and exclusive approach means that there are only two game viewing vehicles in the park at any time, giving real insight into untouched tranquillity of natural beauty. From coffee stops on the banks of the Klaserie River and sunsets on the koppie, the Klaserie Safari Camps present a myriad of exhilarating wildlife experiences and encounters with nature.
The Klaserie Drift Safari Camps are home to a wide variety of predators, including lion, leopard, smaller cats, spotted hyenas, jackals and wild dogs. As such, the thrill of witnessing a kill looms around every corner. Buffalo, rhino, hippo, giraffe, elephant, a variety of buck, an array of birdlife, baboons, monkeys and mongooses can be spotted daily – to name but a few.
In this quiet setting, wildlife feel safe, and throughout the relevant breeding seasons many young can be seen making their home within the Klaserie’s borders. In 2016, for example, leopard cubs were spotted in the park, a pride of lions had its cubs within Klaserie, and in 2017 a pack of wild dogs made their den close to Angela’s Camp, complete with many pups.