“Excellent game, walking safaris and delicious food in a pair of elegantly simple tented camps”
There are 2 camps at Honeyguide, both with 12 ensuite tents and a large reception building with a bar, a pool and indoor-outdoor dining areas. But they are quite different in style, so you should specify your preference when booking.
Khoka Moya Camp has a reception area made from recycled wood and corrugated iron, recalling the pioneer-dwellings of the early gold prospectors. Outside lies a lovely pool set amidst lush lawns, and 12 large, free-standing tents. Each has canopied double or twin beds (with cotton sheets and down duvets), a large sofa, a writing desk and a fan. Behind a screen is a good-sized 'wet-room' with twin showers, twin basins and a flush-toilet. There's plenty of space - each tent is 10 x 5m; and plenty of privacy - the doors and window flaps roll down at night.
Mantobeni Camp is more of a remote bush camp, set in a grove of tamboti trees. Its free-standing bedroom tents are set on a wooden platform, with roll-up walls and a runaround terrace, making for a very close-to-nature feel. The nearby waterhole means you can often see elephants from your room. Leather sofas, a single standard lamp and a stone-built bathtub create a pioneering, colonial atmosphere. The main building, on the other hand, is a decidedly modernist and boxy affair, with earth-coloured walls and columns built around the teak-decked dining area and the narrow pool.
All electricity is locally generated. There are fans in summer, and extra blankets plus hot water bottles in winter.
The food is a highlight. At both camps it's a communal affair, usually served outdoors at a long table, with log fires and torches to create a really authentic bush feel. Simple homemade dishes, using predominantly local produce, are plentiful and exquisitely presented.
The day starts with tea or coffee and rusks served in bed - and heralded by Honeyguide's famous dawn drumbeat - before the early morning safari drive. On your return a large breakfast follows with a choice of cereals, fruit and a traditional cooked breakfast. Lunch is a light 3-course meal, served around 2pm. Dinner comes quite late - after an afternoon / evening game drive to see the sunset or nocturnal animals. It's another magnificent 3-course affair served around the boma (fenced-in campfire) accompanied by the fascinating and seductive sounds of the African night. There is a well-stocked bar with an excellent wine selection, stored in a temperature-controlled cellar.
Children of all ages are welcome at Khoka Moya and there are special activities for children such as beading, educational walks etc. They can share accommodation with their parents - extra beds are available on request. Children under the age of 12 pay 50% of the adult rate; children under the age of 2 stay free of charge.
Mantobeni is reserved for guests over 12 years old, as it is that bit 'closer to nature'. Children under the age of 16 are not permited on the walking safaris for safety reasons, but there are shorter guided tours around the circumference of the camp for them.