When we were looking for information about Sweetwaters Tented Camp before we left for our safari, we didn’t find much information online. The information that I was able to find gave me the impression that the camp was nice, but would not be our top accommodations that we would have on our safari.
The location of the camp was very close to wildlife, being separated from the park by only an electric fence and some water. With a watering hole near the dining area, we were able to see many animals very close.
Tent 8 at Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Coming from Elephant Bedroom Camp, our expectations for tented accommodations were extremely high. While the tents at Sweetwaters Tented Camp were nice, they were much smaller and not as luxurious as those that we had previously stayed in. Additionally, the camp overall was much larger which made it feel a lot less personal than a smaller camp.
Our room had a full size bed, but for some reason my parents were put into a room with 2 twin beds. While I am sure that they would have been moved had they asked for a different tent, they figured for 1 night it was not a big deal.
One of the strangest things for us is that there were no locks for the tents. While I generally trust people, it was a little strange to leave everything that we had with us in an unlocked tent when we went to eat or out on a game drive. Fortunately, we have locks for our bags which allowed us to secure our valuables making both of us feel more comfortable.
The bathroom was fine but we had some toilet troubles. Andy discovered this when his sock got wet after using the toilet. We let the front desk know of the toilet leak, but they replaced the water supply line instead of the cracked wax ring which was causing the leaking as well as a smell in the room. For the night, we put up with it, knowing that moving all of our stuff to a different room after we had unpacked would be more annoying than dealing with the toilet before check out.
The rest of the bathroom was good and clean. Our shower had plenty of hot water and decent water pressure.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp – Amenities
When you think of Africa, you don’t think of cold weather but it does get quite cold in certain parts, especially at night. Since the tents do not have heaters, the camp puts hot water bottles in the beds during turndown service when everyone is at dinner.
While dad and Andy were not sold on the hot water bottles in the bed, mom and I really liked them. In fact, mom liked them so much that she has added this to her Christmas list for next year.
The camp had a pool which looked nice, but with our limited time there, we did not get the chance to use it.
The camp had a full bar, including fancier mixed drinks than Elephant Bedroom Camp. The prices for alcohol were a little bit higher than other camps we stayed at, but Andy and I really enjoyed their wine list. It was a reminder of phase I of our trip when we ordered some Chilean Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy with our dinner.
All of the meals at the camp were buffet style. While I didn’t think that I would like it as much as a plated meal, it worked out very well. There was a huge selection of food to choose from and everything was good. In fact, everyone’s biggest problem was eating too much.
Like I mentioned before, there was a small watering hole and a fence that separated the reserve from the camp. This meant that animals could be seen at all times of the day just a stones throw away from our tents. We saw zebras, a large buffalo, and quite a few different birds.
Our time at Sweetwaters Tented Camp was short as we only stayed 1 night. The room was nice and the staff was great, but coming from Elephant Bedroom Camp, everything paled in comparison.
I’m not sure of the other accommodations available in the Sweetwaters area. If I were to do it again, I would see if there was a smaller camp was available. We learned during our safari that everyone seemed to prefer the smaller, more intimate camps.