Last update: June 2019
A unique camping experience at Nguni Moon Tepees
If you are looking for a unique Drakensberg camping experience in South Africa then you will love Nguni Moon Tepee Camp. Sleeping in a tepee under the stars is certainly a memorable experience to tick off the bucket list.
The camp is in a conveniently located at the foothills of Southern Drakensberg in Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal. Nestled between the farmlands and grazing cows you will find a beautiful and tranquil tepee camp.
Underberg is the gateway to the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, offering a wide range of activities to entertain every traveller, including horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing or take a day tour up Sani Pass. The town is also home to the famous Splashy Fen Music festival which is celebrated nearby during the Easter holidays.
Why visit Nguni Moon Tepees?
The camp is the ideal location for a romantic camping weekend, to unwind with a group of friends or spend quality time with family.
The best part is you can enjoy the benefits of Drakensberg camping in the mountains without having to worry about packing and unpacking all the camping equipment. This is truly an unforgettable South African glamping experience.
The four self-catering tepee tents have all the essentials you will need during your stay. If you book out all four tents and you will have the entire place to yourself.
Staying in the Eagle Tepee
Walking down the path felt like we were entering a secret tepee camp. The Drakensberg camp at Nguni Moon is based on Jenny and Alex’s Underberg farm and it has its own entrance which is private with secure parking. Throughout the camp, there is a red Indian theme which adds to the whole experience.
We stayed in the Eagle tepee, which is a favourite. One thing we didn’t realize is how spacious the tepee would be inside. The Eagle tepee had a queen bed and a double couch fitted quiet snug with all our stuff. Towels, water and bedding were provided and the tepee had electricity available inside so we could still charge our phones, GoPro and other electronics.
Each tepee is slightly different – the Eagle, Raven and Sparrow Hawk have queen beds and Crow has two single beds. We had a bit of a rainstorm the second night and our tepee was warm and it stayed completely waterproof and dry inside. With the bed and furniture inside the tepee, it was more like we were staying in an upmarket backpackers than a tent. This affordable Drakensberg camp has set a high standard for glamping in South Africa.
Self-catering Underberg accommodation with all the essentials
The commune kitchen area provided everything we needed during our stay, right down to the last detail. There were even some board games to enjoy at night. All you need to bring is your food, drinks, a good torch and some clothes. There is a shared fridge available to keep food and beers cold.
We cooked on a braai (BBQ) the first night and the second night Li made her famous home cooked chicken curry dish on the gas stove. The shared lounge area is comfortable with a calming view of the dam.
The small dam offers the perfect spot to just sit, get lost in your thoughts and enjoy the peace and quiet. There is a path with two bathrooms to the left of the kitchen area. The bathroom had hot showers, spacious and well lit through the night.
South Africa Glamping around the fire pit
In the centre of the camp is a cosy fire pit. This is a great spot to sit on those chilly nights to roast marsh mellows, bond with friends or tell scary campfire stories. Everything you need to make the campfire is provided with enough wood to last well into the night.
Enjoy the dam view
There is a small dam next to the tepees which are perfect for swimming but not suitable for fishing. The dam has a small floating barge to float away with a sundowner or two. We were completely surrounded by nature, it was so quiet that sometimes Li and I found ourselves whispering because our voices sounded so loud. It was not the right time of year to take a swim but it was very tempting since the water is quite clean.
Drakensberg Camping at it’s best!
We found ourselves spending one morning lazing on the camp hammocks just taking in our beautiful surroundings and spoke about how great it will be to return one day with a group of friends. Nguni Full Moon offered a unique experience, great atmosphere and a perfect chilled weekend getaway.
The Sunday morning we got up early and headed to Major Adventures in town to do a tour up Sani Pass into Lesotho which we can highly recommend. The tour had us in awe with the beautiful scenery and interesting cultural experience with the Basotho people.
What are you waiting for? Make a booking:
If you planning a getaway to Underberg and would like to stay at Nguni Moon Tepee’s then you can make an online booking here, alternatively, you can contact Jenny on +27 82 809 7668.
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