Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp is an intimate and exclusive lodge located in Thornybush Private Game Reserve on the edge of the Kruger National Park. The colonial-feel camp hosts a maximum of 16 guests so you can be assured of both a relaxed atmosphere and individual attention as you explore this famous Big 5 destination.

Get the most out of your time at Thornybush by having your safari experience tailored to suit your specific needs and interests. Daily activities include morning, afternoon and early evening game drives as well as guided bush walks and bird watching - you can even go for thrilling hot air balloon safaris and helicopter flips outside the reserve.


  • Set in the Thornybush Private Reserve
  • Small and intimate safari lodge
  • Dine together with fellow travellers
  • Experience a thrilling safari on morning and afternoon game drives
  • Extensive spa treatments are available
  • Fantastic value

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The small thatched lodge has wide verandas that are perfect for relaxing and taking in the surrounding scenery while after a day in the African sun, there's nothing better than cooling off in the lodge's crystal-clear rock pool.

You can also browse through the interesting items offered at the curio shop for souvenirs to take back home.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool


Breakfast at Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp comprises a buffet spread of fresh fruit and cereals with full English Breakfasts made to order.

Afternoon tea is all about indulging in tasty baked treats and recharging your post-siesta energy levels before setting out on another game viewing adventure.

In the evening, select a bottle from Chapungu's stock of fine wines to complement your 5-course dinner, served either around the fire in the comfortable boma or in the dining room.

Retire to the lounge for a nightcap before you turn in for the night.

Luxury Tent

Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp has eight luxury tents set among magnificent shady trees and offering the ultimate in privacy and elegance. Each beautifully appointed and roomy tent features an en suite bathroom with shower, an outdoor bathtub, air-conditioning and a balcony.


    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Mosquito net


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 29 Mar 2016 - 31 Jul 2016 $235 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug 2016 $255 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 $235 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $255 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016 $235 Full Board Plus
  • 21 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $255 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 06 Jan 2017 $300 Full Board Plus
  • 07 Jan 2017 - 13 Apr 2017 $290 Full Board Plus
  • 14 Apr 2017 - 18 Apr 2017 $300 Full Board Plus
  • 19 Apr 2017 - 26 Apr 2017 $290 Full Board Plus
  • 27 Apr 2017 - 02 May 2017 $300 Full Board Plus
  • 03 May 2017 - 31 Jul 2017 $290 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 $300 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $290 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $300 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017 $290 Full Board Plus
  • 20 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $300 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Lovely lodge and safari!

    Verner Sand Kirk, January 2016
  • The atmosphere was great at Chapungu, and the food was great too!

    Hege Dehli, January 2016
  • South Africa far exceeded our dreams! From the organization, accommodations, food, and the people - everything was perfect.

    Tara Vaught, December 2015
  • We were extremely impressed with Chapungu's lodge! Camping with a luxury feel.

    Jordan Heichel, May 2015
  • Chapungu blew us away. The staff were incredible. The food was abundant and amazing. The lodging was intimate and comfortable. Having the pleasure of riding around in the land cruisers to watch the wildlife in their native setting was the icing on the cake. This is another place that we would love to return to.

    Benjamin Spengel, April 2015
  • Chapunga Lodge at Thornybush was, by far, the highlight of the trip. The staff was absolutely amazing they did everything necessary to make sure that our stay there was everything that we were looking for. We got to experience a family of elephants walking through our camp at about 22h30 while we were at the bar having drinks. We saw all of the Big 5 and walked away with some amazing pictures. The camp is definitely not for those who are afraid of bugs. We are definitely happy that we were able to stay in Chapunga. While their bar and outdoor eating area had a superior view, the intimacy of only 16 guests really made Chapunga special.

    Rachel Nicks, March 2014
  • Much better at Chapungu. Very high standard. Everything was right. Very friendly staff, very knowledgeable trackers again with good sense of humour (must be South Afrikan thing). Seep looked after us and made us laugh on safari rides. He deserves a medal. Yes we saw big 5 and that on first day. It was great, lodge was great, tent was good, food was very good, bar had everything and above all everyone very friendly and helpful. I am very impressed.

    Marek Tarnowski, January 2014
  • We LOVED the safari and the lodge you picked for us. The food and people and game drives were amazing and we had a great experience.

    Lenny Halstuch, December 2013
  • Chapungu: also great place. We were a bit skeptical about the “tented” part of the accommodation, but it did not have a negative impact, although I mentioned two improvement points: they could place a transparent awning on the perimeter of the balcony, one of those that roll down, so that when they come to turn down the beds, close the blinds, they could also roll down the awning to reduce the cold wind that inevitably gets in the room and makes it quite cold at night, even with the hot air-co on. In other words, should one need to use the toilet and have to get out of the heated bed, one will feel cold. The other point is the lighting: I think they should have a bit of a stronger head light so that one can read, for instance. On the other hand, all the other aspects were great: Kristie, the manager is an adorable lady and one can see that she has the strongest leadership skills to motivate the whole staff on making the guests comfortable and welcome. Everyone, without exception has been great to us. On top of all, our ranger Sipps and the tracker Oscar made a great team. I have noticed how they really went the extra mile to make sure we would see all the game (luck and their skills allowed us to see 4 of the Big 5 in the very first safari), and on top of that we saw: lions mating, lionesses with cubs, a lion eating a catch that it snatched from a Cheetah that we also saw. We saw a leopard with a cub and a catch; giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinos, croc, buffalos, night owl, porcupine… summarizing, we saw many things.

    Robert Somogyi, August 2013
  • Chapungu - great facility. Loved it. I would highly recommend it. Staff was very attentive and they provided a great experience. Tents were great too. Can't say enough good things about it. The meal experience and food were both outstanding. Our Ranger was Micah and Tracker was Aubrey - they were great and both very skilled at tracking the animals and finding good game. Drives were always exciting and productive with recurring sightings of the Big 5 as well as many others.

    Philip Mongan, July 2013

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Lisa Liprini

Lisa Liprini

Africa Safari Expert

"The perfect combination of safari and luxury, Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp offers a unique safari experience that combines amazing food and exceptional game viewing."



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Chapunga was great! Our safari experience was unreal - the games drives, our ranger, the food, service, etc.

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