There are a multitude of safari lodges and camps that cater for a specific niche of traveller. Camps that focus on walking safaris are geared towards the fit and adventurous, while those with starbeds hold great appeal for loved up couples. This all has a place, but there’s a new kind of travel on the rise: multi-generational travel experiences. When extended families travel together with kids, parents, and grandparents in tow, you need a one-size-fits-all kind of camp. Enter Chacma Bush Camp, a small and intimate camp catering for a broad spectrum of needs that’s flexible with its safari offerings. Bring the whole family and book out Chacma—the actual camp layout, amenities, and safari experience is suited for a variety of age groups.
There are just three thatched stone chalets at camp: Steenbok, Grysbok, and Klipspringer. When configured to their maximum capacity, rooms can accommodate a total of 10 people. Because of the low capacity, Chacma’s safari experience is always personalised. Guides and managers become part of your shared experience, and you’re guaranteed to walk away with lasting friendships. Young families can stay in Klipspringer, which can sleep up to six people.
Steenberg chalet would be perfect for an older couple as it sleeps two people, but a third person can be added. Steenberg is also the most easily accessible of all the rooms, and overlooks the waterhole. Couples have been known to spend much of their downtime on the patio observing the wilderness splendour at the waterhole.
The Grysbok chalet is perfect for older families as it has two separate rooms, sleeping two people in each. This stone chalet is the perfect place for those friends and families who need a bit of privacy. This chalet has two separate bedrooms with a large indoor shower and en suite bathroom. For adults, there is a main bedroom with double bed. Children (and adults who don’t mind) can stay in the second bedroom which has bunk beds. This also has a seating area and patio, and path that flows down to the pool area.
The largest chalet is the Klipspringer chalet. The expansive outdoor shower is a firm favourite among guests who enjoy indulging in invigorating outdoor experiences. The chalet can sleep up to four adults, or two adults and four children. Your bed set up comprises a King size bed/converter, large sleep couch and two stretcher beds. This chalet is closest to the entrance of Chacma, and has a view of the swimming pool and boma area.
The shared areas are one level, and flank a bustling waterhole that’s roughly one metre from the patio and pool area. The boma is adjacent to the pool and patio, and flows out towards the outdoor dining section. Dinners are served outside at one long safari dining table, and then it’s off to the boma area to sit around the campfire to chat about life on safari while relaxing under the night sky.
You can expect two game drives a day, one in the morning and one late afternoon. Game drives depart when predators are at their most active. Chacma’s reserve is brimming with wildlife activity. Kingfishers frequently dive bomb the waters of the waterhole in front of camp, while prolific elephant herds lumber through the reserve. Among the dense populations of plains game, you’ll stumble across the local Lamai Pride of lions as well as a few shy leopards. The terrain at Chacme is a major drawcard, making it one of the most interesting lodges in terms of the surrounding landscape.
Chacma Bush Camp is the perfect place to hire out for groups travelling and can be configured to suit just about any group if booked in its entirety.