The Boutique Amani Safari Camp was acquired in 1990 and has been cultivated to house guests in ultimate, under stated bushveld style. The raw bush that surrounds the Camp gives it an authentic, isolated atmosphere, allowing visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of city life entirely.
In 2012, the Camp was washed away in a flood, and has been rebuilt to offer a true home away from home. Today, a dry riverbed separates the Camp from a frequently used watering hole, which lies adjacent to the extensive entertainment area and commonly attracts jackals, hyenas, warthogs and elephants.
Across the green lawn and under the large trees, the charming, beautifully furnished large house provides ample accommodation for eight guests.The fully catered Amani Safari Camp can be booked out as a single unit, or guests can book per room, as required. It offers a true, exclusive retreat into nature.
The experience is heightened by Head Chef, Simon de Kock who was born and raised in Hoedspruit, Simon has Africa in his blood and passionately prepares healthy, interesting meals that are inspired by years of international travel, experience in five star restaurants and lodges, and Michelin training. Offering private dinners, boma banquets, and meals at a table laid in the heart of the bush, every meal served is an occasion.
Daily meals include game drive snacks, a post-game drive brunch, high tea and dinner. All ingredients are locally sourced, fresh produce and all breads, rusks and biscuits are made at Amani daily.
* All meals and local drinks included
The Amani Safari Camp is located on 3 000 hectares within the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. The Camp is easily accessible, and is a one-hour drive from Hoedspruit. When driving from Johannesburg, travel time is approximately five and a half hours. Air travel is an option, as SA Express offers daily flights to Hoedspruit from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, incorporated in 1972, was initially established as the private initiative of a group of founding members. In 1994 the fences came down between the Klaserie, the Kruger National Park and associated Reserves. The Reserve comprises 60 000 hectares of diverse topography, forms part of the great Kruger National Park conservation area, and attracts a vast variety of wildlife, birdlife and predators.
Amani Safari Camp provides accommodation for eight guests, in a private and tranquil setting. The layout of this Camp is unique, comprising one house with a central living area and four en-suite bedrooms. The beds can be made up as one king bed per room, or two single beds. Each bedroom has its own private entrance and large windows provide access to remarkable views of the Nature Reserve.
The central living area features two open plan lounges on the ground floor, as well as a library and a TV room on the open-air second level. A large deck provides the perfect setting for the ultimate dining experience, or a moment to soak in the African sun.
The entertainment area consists of a sizeable deck, a large infinity pool, an open-air bar and a dining area. A boma provides ambience, and a lovely outdoor braai area. The thatched house is double volume and boasts a grand entrance, spacious open plan kitchen, two open plan lounges, a TV lounge with DSTV, a library, and a dining area on the deck. WiFi is available, ensuring that guests remain connected with the outside world.
Each room is named after an African bird, beautifully decorated and fitted with a ceiling fan and an air-conditioner. The Camp is serviced daily.
Wi-Fi is available, to ensure connection with the outside world.
With a constant focus on sustainability, the Camp is proudly eco-friendly, being completely solar powered.
Two guided game drives are offered daily, scheduled at the guests’ leisure. Guides provide insight into the workings of the bushveld, the traits of the animals seen on the drive and the diverse terrain and plant life, varying from flat planes to rocky outcrops and hilly landscapes. 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.
By prior arrangement, game drives can include a visit to the high-traffic dam, or Koppie Lookout, which offers a spectacular vantage point for witnessing the stunning hues of an African sunset – an experience never to be forgotten.
Leopard (Panthera pardus)
The Leopard is more numerous than the African rhino in the Big 5 group, but they are just as difficult to spot. Leopards use trees as observation platforms and for protection, so you have to remember to look up to see this solitary, beautiful cat.
Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)
The Leopard tortoise is a large and attractively marked tortoise. In this species males may attain a greater size than females, large examples may be 60cm long and weigh over 35kg.
Buffalo-weaver (Bubalornis niger)
The Buffalo-weaver female and juvenile birds are quite distinctive being brown above and spotted or streaked below. The Buffalo-Weaver builds massive thorny nests in acacia or baobab trees. They are noisy and gregarious birds.