If there’s one thing that defines the DNA of Bundox Explorer Camp it’s the ethos of taking the bells and whistles of the modern, luxury safari experience and paring it down to a simpler, more authentic homage to the days when exploring the African wilderness was a pioneering adventure and not about opulent accommodation…
Bundox Explorer Camp
A classic, authentic Big Five safari awaits
Back to basics
In creating Bundox Explorer Camp on a private concession of the Olifants West section of the Greater Kruger National Park, we addressed the questions of what makes a great safari great and what you really need when staying in the bush.
The answers speak for themselves… You need somewhere comfortable to sleep and tend to the daily functions of existence, good food, a place to relax and unwind, a method of cooling off in the summer heat, awesome views and excellent game viewing in a wilderness environment, and, finally, an amazing team of people to make you feel at home.
A safari is all about experiences… Waking before sunrise as the dawn chorus begins and the distant call of a lone hyena breaks the grasp of night; the steam rising from your first cup of coffee in the early morning chill as daylight breaks on the eastern horizon; the smell of dew in the air as you head out on your morning game drive.
It’s watching elephants bathing in the searing heat of the afternoon; raising a glass to the sunset and the end of another African day; sitting around a roaring fire exchanging stories as darkness takes hold; sharing a wonderful meal with newfound friends; a refreshing bucket shower before climbing between fresh cotton sheets and falling asleep to the sound of lions roaring close to camp…
These are the indelible memories you take home with you when you leave and that make you want to return, again and again. That’s a great safari. That’s Bundox Explorer Camp.
Simplicity under canvas
There are no hard and fast rules that define luxury when it comes to safari experiences. For us luxury comes in the form of uncomplicated, effortless surroundings that make you feel part of wild Africa rather than separated from it. Bundox Explorer Camp is a lesson in simplicity and its four double tents take their inspiration from a bygone era when less was definitely more.
Each has twin beds with sprung bases and comfortable divan-style mattresses, dressed in cool cotton sheets and lightweight duvets. Additional blankets are kept in a wooden kist for the cooler months and crisp winter nights. The camp is off-grid with a solar system that provides power in each tent, enabling you to recharge your devices and camera batteries as needed. A fan provides the perfect cooling breeze whenever you need it.
The en-suite bathrooms include a flushing toilet, single vanity unit with a basin and a shower with running cold water. Hot water is available on demand and is run through a bucket shower system that’s both effective and wonderfully sustainable.
Mosquito flaps allow the tents to remain secure but airy, providing good ventilation in the warmer months. There is insect repellant and bug spray in each room, as well as packing and hanging space for clothing. Outside there is a small deck with comfortable chairs and views of the camp.
The result is the perfect combination of comfort, practical, clean design and functionality that’s also easy on the eye. What more could you wish for?
Touching the wilderness at every turn
Staying at Bundox Explorer Camp is as much an adventure as exploring the wonderful wilderness of the Olifants West region of the Greater Kruger National Park. Blending perfectly into its location on the top of a hill overlooking the breathtaking South African Lowveld and distant Northern Drakensberg Escarpment, the accent is on immersing you in an African adventure and releasing you from the stress of everyday life.
With a small team of enthusiastic staff dedicated to helping create exceptional safari experiences, every effort is made to produce safari perfection, from the wonderful home-cooked meals prepared in the open kitchen and dining room to the help-yourself honesty bar in the lounge area of the raised viewing deck.
It’s small, intimate and absolutely fabulous, and upholds the adage that great things come in small packages!
- Relax on the raised, multi-level pool deck with views over the bush
- Cool off in our traditional African farm-style plunge pool
- Watch a variety of animals come to drink at the waterhole
- Indulge in some birding from the deck or the verandah of your tent
- Curl up with a good book or a refreshing drink in our lounge area
- Depart on morning and afternoon/evening game drives each day
- Enjoy a coffee stop next to the Olifants River
- Experience the thrill of sundowners out in the African wilderness
- Spend quiet time in our viewing hide overlooking a nearby dam