What a Grand Safari entails

by | Feb 7, 2017 | At the Fireside with Peter Hayward

Grand safari greetings to you

At Hayward’s, we typically host groups of around 80- 200 guests. But we’ve also done smaller groups of 20 or so. Accommodation is available in two styles of expedition tents – both with en suite showers and toilets and similar furnishing.

We have 30 x Presidential Expedition Tents (32m2) with double bed or two single combinations and a further 70 singles or 140 sharing, in our Classic Safari Hemingway-Style Expedition Tents (21m2). From time to time, we combine both styles of accommodation and sleep up to 200 guests in total – Africa’s grandest grand safari camp!

Then add to that our central dining area (all under canvass) which includes:

  • A 60 to 200 seater Gin tent, to handle 5-8 course dinners.
  • Cloakrooms, kitchens and lounging areas included.
  • A full Safari Club tent ideal for board games, cigars, library and lounging.
  • A full 20m x 10m Indaba tent ideal for bush conferences in grand safari style.
  • A fully kitted out Communication Centre.
  • A safari spa – ideal for stress release.

As a matter of interest – a full camp of 200 guests requires a crew camp of 90 as well – so it becomes quite a task locating such a Grand Safari camp to ensure it is as safe as possible, staff are well taken care of and can deliver an exemplary eco friendly 5-star service.

For economical viability, a Hayward’s Grand Safari Camp needs to be utilized on a 2-3 night basis at least. Some of our safari camps have had over 1 500 guests passing through them on a back to back basis in some truly incredible locations.

With 5-8 course dinners, full breakfasts and roving picnic lunches we have to be well prepared and take tons of fresh food, laundry supplies and hardware available.

Once a huge safari event like this is over we do a military-style extraction, and together with Nature Conservation a full environmental impact assessment is done – the result? No one can find the campsite that had accommodated over 2 000 people – an amazing testament to our environmental conscience!

It’s taken me awhile to create and perfect the Grand Safari experience – a safari that stands alone as truly authentic, absolutely private and fully functional.

Tell us what your best safari camping experience has been.

I look forward to being of extraordinary safari service to you.

Yours in exploration,


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