About Quatermain's Camp
Set in a secluded valley, 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, flanked by sub-tropical thicket covered ridges, Quatermain’s camp embodies the original spirit of safari.
This classic 1920’s style expedition camp is modelled on the heyday of exploration, that golden era when adventure lay around every corner. Our intimate 6 bed camp offers you the opportunity to experience “Africa under canvas”, with three crisp white 1900’s style safari tents fitted out with military campaign style furnishings; the choice of pioneers, hunters and explorers of that time.
Relax in the centralised boma area where local delicacies are prepared in front of you on an open fire, and dinner is served under a blanket of stars. Every effort has been made to stay true to the expedition style, with concessions only being allowed for rustic en suite bathrooms with modern conveniences. Guests at our expedition camp can enjoy the excitement of “Big 5” safaris on 2 of Eastern Cape’s premier game reserves in a malaria free area.
Our comfortable colonial style tents will ensure you enjoy a genuine bush experience. Relax on your own private deck, and if you are lucky you may see an elusive bushbuck or hear the cry of the African fish eagle. Each tent is equipped with military campaign style furniture similar to that used by the early explorers.
At night as you lie under canvas one of the highlights of your stay is sure to be drifting off to sleep to the sounds of nature; you can frequently expect to hear jackals calling, the beautiful voice of the fiery-necked nightjar, maybe a screeching barn owl, or if you are fortunate, the roar of lions.
At Quatermains Camp we will do our very best to make sure that you are enveloped by the natural world and that you will return home refreshed and with a new sense of wonder and understanding of the wildlife around us.
To experience the real nature of the African bush and enjoy some of the many wildlife encounters this area has to offer we run twice daily game drives. Your hosts Riaan and Julie Brand are both experienced rangers and will do their upmost to ensure that you have a safari that you will never forget. As we operate in "Big 5" areas you have a chance of seeing elephant, white and black rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion as well as a variety of other game including hyena, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, many species of antelope and much more. As well as the larger, more obvious creatures your hosts will delight in showing you the smaller but no less important members of this ecosystem as well as the birds and plants.
Even during inclement weather the game drives are not to be missed and your drive is made quite comfortable by the provision of waterproofs and blankets. A mid drive stop to have a welcome coffee on the morning drive or a cool sundowner in the afternoon all adds to the experience of a lifetime.
BIG 5 WALKS
If you wish to get closer to the nature surrounding you at Quatermain's camp, why not take part in a Big 5 Walk? Your host Riaan Brand is a qualified trails guide and will take you onto one of the adjacent game reserves where you can really gain perspective of what it is to be in the African bush and how insignificant you begin to feel when watching game without the confines of a vehicle. A Big 5 Walk could really be the highlight of your stay.
Guided bush walks can be conducted upon request. This can be a wonderful way to really learn about the environment of the camp; from watching birds, to looking at plants, to discovering the geology of the area and if you are lucky you may well see some of the larger wildlife that lives in the vicinity, such as many species of antelope.
The camp is situated in a "soft game" area and as such has no dangerous animals present. This may be the perfect activity for those who don't feel quite ready for a guided "Big 5" walk or who just want to relax closer to the camp.
The area surrounding the camp contains suberb and diverse birdlife encompassing fynbos, thicket, and grassland biomes. We also have the Bushman's River which ensures we see a wealth of water birds. Your host Riaan Brand is a specialist bird guide and can introduce you to the many beautiful species that surround us at Quatermain's Camp. You'll never look at birds in the same way again.