Visitors to South Australia will soon be able to enjoy an African savannah-style experience with the construction of a $1.4 million luxury safari tent camp in the Flinders Ranges starting this month.
The camp will be part of Wilpena Pound Resort and feature 15 safari tents with en-suites and king-size beds, a dining area, bar and fire pit on an isolated and tranquil section of the Wilpena Campground.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the safari camp will deliver a new style of accommodation and experience to the Flinders Ranges and address a shortage of four star plus accommodation in the state.
“The combination of outdoor experiences and luxury, safari style accommodation means it has the potential to attract interstate and international visitors,” Mr. Bignell said.
“Being unlike any other accommodation in the region, the safari tents will also give South Australians a new reason to visit the Flinders.”
The South Australian Government has contributed $200,000 to the project along with the Federal Government’s commitment of $250,000.
Wilpena Pound Resort is a joint venture between Indigenous Business Australia and the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association which represents the traditional custodians of the area. It is operated by Anthology, a company specialising in nature-based tourism.
Anthology CEO Grant Hunt said the safari tents were expected to attract interstate and international visitors and ‘glampers’ – holidaymakers seeking active, nature-based getaways with style.
“The safari camp will allow guests to experience outback camping with a few of life’s luxuries included,” Mr Hunt said.
“It will offer a glamping experience in an exclusive area away from the main campground and resort, but still among the river red gums, native pines and wildlife.”
Flinders Ranges & Outback SA Tourism chair Julie Smith said the safari tents would bring a renewed interest to the area.
“By offering visitors luxury, themed accommodation in the outback, the camp will give visitors all over the world another reason to come to the beautiful Flinders Ranges,” she said. Wilpena Pound Resort’s safari tents are expected to open in September this year.