Glamping is not a new concept in South Africa, world wide it has taken the travel industry by storm, if you follow the travel trends in the USA and Europe and the linked investments you will note the importance it has in the new way of travel.
I am often asked what I think glamping is and I then start of with the accepted definition - glamping, /ˈɡlampɪŋ/ - noun; a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.
When I offer this definition as an answer, I am then shown pictures and articles about pods, luxury off the grid huts, treehouses and many other what I consider, alternative build styles. This in my opinion take the spirit of glamping away from what it was intended to be, a luxury alternative to the traditional style of camping where you pitch a tent, use a sleeping bag and prepare food on an open fire.
Glamping for me is to arrive at a mobile or permanent tented camp, yes TENTED camp with comfortable beds and bedding, décor that fit the location of the camp and facilities added to make your stay more comfortable - this can include electric blankets, meals prepared by onsite staff, comfortable chairs and loads more.
Arriving at a concrete building with amazing views and large windows is definitely not glamping. Checking into a treehouse is not glamping. A beautifully designed and equipped pod, this is not glamping.
When you next decide on your glamping trip, remind yourself why it is called glamping - camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping - stay in a canvas tent with all the modern comforts, experience the wind moving the canvas, the light of the camp fire reflecting through the canvas walls, the sound of movement around the camp site.
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