Our Rating
7.8
Overall

Klaserie Drift Amani Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Klaserie

from R3000 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Klaserie Drift Amani Camp

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Klaserie

from R3000 pp/night sharing

*Rates shown apply to South African residents only - discounted rates for overseas residents available on request.

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Our Verdict

Klaserie Drift Amani Camp consists of a much-loved bush home which has been extensively refurbished and upgraded into a most attractive and intimate little lodge of just 4 rooms in a game-rich area of the Klaserie

Our Ratings

7.8
Overall
8.0
Luxury & style
7.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
7.5
Romance

Our Ratings

7.8
Overall
8.0
Luxury & style
7.5
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
7.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • Relax on the pool deck overlooking the riverbed and waterhole on the far bank with a cold drink in hand as you watch the procession of animals coming in to drink!
  • Unlike many of the more developed private reserves in the greater Kruger region, the safari experience at the Klaserie Drift camps is generally far less crowded and unrushed as you encounter far fewer other game drive vehicles
  • Can be booked on an exclusive use basis - and with its 4 bedrooms it's the perfect size for a get together of family or friends
  • An unusual feature is the open plan kitchen in the main house, allowing you to watch the superb chef busy working his magic – the food at Amani gets consistent rave reviews from guests!
  • The 4 bedrooms have been beautifully renovated and offer a great blend of traditional safari style with more modern and contemporary décor touches
  • The Klaserie is still less well-known than many of the other private reserves open to the Kruger Park and the value for money on offer tends to be excellent as a result even though game viewing is of a high standard


What's Not

  • The 4 bedrooms are all located within the body of the main house, so if you prefer a stand-alone room then you should rather look at sister lodge Angela’s Camp
  • Whilst fewer other game drive vehicles around makes for a wonderfully relaxed drive experience, it does also mean that there are fewer eyes out there spotting game and you may have to work a bit harder – having said that, the rangers here know the land and animals like the back of their hand and great Big Five sightings are likely!

Klaserie Drift Amani Camp

Klaserie Drift Amani Campwith traversing over Klaserie Drift’s own 3 000 hectares plus the option to venture further onto neighbouring land, what stands out at Klaserie Drift is both the quality of the game viewing on offer, as well as how uncrowded and unrushed the whole experience is

Lodge Profile

Klaserie Drift Amani Camp consists of a much-loved bush home which has been extensively refurbished and upgraded into a most attractive and intimate little lodge of just 4 rooms in a game-rich area of the Klaserie

Quick Overview

Location
Klaserie
Drive Time
6 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - low risk area
Setting
Overlooking a waterhole
Rooms
4 Suites
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
Massages and treatments by prior arrangement
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
Yes
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
Children of all ages welcomed

The private reserves lying on the western border of the Kruger Park are renowned as offering the best game viewing in the country. Of all of them, perhaps one of the least well-known is the Klaserie. In contrast with its better-known immediate neighbour, the Timbavati for example, the Klaserie has enjoyed a much lower public profile up to now (even though it is effectively the same reserve, with the Timbavati lying on the right-hand side of the main access road into the reserve, whilst the Klaserie lies to the left)

The main reason for this lack of a high profile is pretty simple: compared to other prestigious reserves like the Sabi Sand and Timbavati with their profusion of famous luxury lodges, the Klaserie has until very recently being dominated by non-commercial lodges used almost exclusively by their owners as a private retreat for immediate family and friends. Now though, the Klaserie is rapidly starting to open up and many of the old private lodges are re-opening as commercial lodges now bookable by the public.

The 2 Klaserie Drift lodges are 2 recent examples of this – long established and well-loved old family camps that have recently been extensively refurbished and have now re-opened their doors for public business. Traversing over 10 000 hectares of prime big game territory (including 3 000 hectares for their exclusive use) and having been in private operation since the 1990’s, the game viewing experience is well established and of a superb quality even if the lodges are “new” – the staff here know this land and the animals on it like the back of their hands and are hence able to deliver an absolutely top-notch game viewing experience!

Klaserie Drift Amani Camp consists of an old bush home which has been extensively refurbished and upgraded into a most attractive and intimate little lodge of just 4 rooms. The 4 bedrooms are all in the main body of the house – 2 on each side of the open-plan public areas (they also each have doors leading out into the lodge gardens overlooking the adjacent bush which can be used as private entrances)

The rooms themselves have been beautifully renovated, keeping a traditional feel but melding this with modern finishes and décor touches. From the comfort of your king-sized 4-poster bed you can enjoy lovely views out of the expansive windows of the attractive gardens. High quality linen and leather-covered headboards and trunks add to the feeling of classy luxury whilst air-conditioning ensures that you’ll be comfortable even during the heat of high summer.

Step out your bedroom and you’re in the attractive open-plan double volume lounge area with its thatched roof – again the bones of the building are quite traditional, but the décor includes many contemporary touches and artworks and it all makes for a welcoming space where you’ll be happy to flop down on a comfy sofa with a good book.

One unusual feature compared to most conventional lodges (that comes courtesy of its bush house origins) is the open-plan kitchen, so you can literally wander by and watch the extremely talented chef work his magic preparing your next feast! One of the aspects that receives consistent rave reviews at Amani Camp is the quality of the meals, with guests often likening the meals to those at top restaurants of even Michelin star level!

Heading outside there’s plenty of space to find your own comfy spot to just chill and relax. The expansive pool deck and adjacent boma is particularly attractive – it’s a great place to while away the time between game drives in one of the pool loungers or in the outdoor lounging area, with a cold drink in hand whilst looking out over the dry river bed and the active waterhole on the far bank with its steady procession of animals coming down to slake their thirst. You virtually don’t need to go out on game drive given the amount of game you’re likely to see in and around the camp!

That would definitely be a mistake though, as the twice daily game drives are likely to satisfy the fussiest of true bush connoisseurs! With traversing over Klaserie Drift’s own 3 000 hectares plus the option to venture further onto neighbouring land, what stands out at Klaserie Drift is both the quality of the game viewing on offer, as well as how uncrowded and unrushed the whole experience is. Unlike other private reserves which have many more lodges and hence many more vehicles, coming across another game vehicle here is the exception rather than the rule. This leads to a much more exclusive and unspoiled feeling with the enthusiastic rangers giving guests the opportunity to enjoy unrushed sightings of the Big Five and other animals that call this uncrowded neck of the Klaserie home!

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Child Policy

  • All children are welcome at the Klaserie Drift Safari Camps.
  • Children under the age of 4 will stay free of charge.
  • Children between 4 and 12 years will be charged 50% of the adult per person sharing rate – maximum of one child sharing with adults.
  • Children 12 years and older are regarded as adults and will be charged the adult per person sharing rate.