Hugged by crunchy thickets, overlooking a drainage line and protected by a canopy of trees rests the much-talked about Bush Bar. The location is hidden, and only our khaki-clad crew from nThambo Tree Camp and Africa on Foot know how to find this magical bar that has seen plenty of gin tastings, clinking of glasses and hearty laughter since its inception. The Bush Bar experience is not a given while you’re on safari, but is rather an added value experience. If you’re part of the pot luck club that has been lucky enough to experience the Bush Bar, then we’re pretty sure you had a mighty fine time swirling your drinks and indulging in campfire chatter.
Guests are greeted with a handcrafted Bush Bar sign with a deeply etched font carved carefully into the wood. The structure of the bar counter has been built from fallen mopane and marula trees, which adds to the authenticity of the Bush Bar. Our rangers and trackers worked hard at clearing debris and ensuring an open area for seating was created. A wrought-iron fire pit is where the crackling campfire eagerly awaits its onlookers. If you prefer to be a bar fly, grab one of the bar chairs and chat to one of the camp managers or rangers guarding the bar!
There’s nothing better than watching that amber sun quietly sink in to the horizon while the darkness of night forces its way into play. While you’re listening to those ice-blocks in your craft gin and tonic jostling one another in that narrow glass of yours, don’t forget to listen out for the whooping of the hyena and the guttural contact calls of our many lions.
There’s no denying that the Bush Bar is the place to see – and be seen. If you were one of the lucky few from the recent group to have enjoyed this particular Bush Bar experience, then please share these photos and try spot yourself in the crowd! The Klaserie Bush Bar is the beat of the bushveld, and our wildlife the choir.