Safari Glamping at Out of Africa. Take a unique getaway with the family and experience glamping at Out of Africa! These waterproof tents come with the comforts of home, including toilets and showers and a kitchen nearby, allowing families to relax and enjoy nature. Plus, you can’t beat the setting of being next door to one of the largest zoos in Arizona, in just 1.5 hours from Phoenix!
**We are sad to post that Waypoint Outposts has closed as of May 2022.**
We had an amazing family weekend with Waypoint Outposts and their new Safari Village glamping experience near Camp Verde. Their tent setup is located in the Out of Africa park, next to the main parking lot. The animals often roam near the tents (behind fences, don’t worry), and you will likely hear the lions and hyenas at night! This made the stay very much like a real safari experience and so magical.
Come take a tour of the campsite with us!
We stayed in the Gazelle Tent, which had two twin beds, as well as a dresser, heater, extra blankets, and a lantern. A cooler was right outside but we just used our own. We brought thin camping pads and bedding for the kids. Blow-up mattresses are not allowed. There are cots available for children to sleep on, starting at a single cot for free, up to a cot bunk bed for a charge. Bunk cot photo courtesy of Kim Ollerhead.
This setup worked well for our family! The heater kept us warm at night when it dipped down in the 50’s, and the twin beds were amazingly comfortable. Little touches like solar lights, and rugs, made the tent so homey and cozy.
Outside our tent was a small table with two chairs, and a propane fire pit, with four chairs. The fire is shared with neighboring guests, but we had it to ourselves this weekend. It was perfect for roasting marshmallows! The kids used the small table for playing Jenga, and our toddler played with the safari animals on the faux grass by the fire pit. The games and toys are found in the kitchen tent. It very quickly seemed like a second home.
The tents are arranged in a row, with two bathrooms on either end. The bathroom tent has two sections, a shower and table, and a toilet and sink with beautiful flooring.
This setup was definitely was the nicest we’ve ever had while camping. Towels, soap, toilet paper, shampoo + conditioner were all provided. The tent zips up for full privacy.
Next to one of the bathroom tents is the kitchen tent and it is fabulous. For community use is a propane grill, and a propane stove, cooking utensils including plates and cups and pans/pots, a small sink with running water and dish soap, a small shared fridge, and a game bin. There is also a charging station, and portable chargers to use – what a great idea! We cooked both dinner and breakfast here and it worked great!
If you’re cooking for a family we recommend packing some backup paper plates and silverware, maybe a pan or whatever you need to cook meals, just in case everything else is in use.
Also, don’t miss the hammocks. There are four hammocks for guests to use. The kids 100% loved these! They spent most of their time swinging here and playing corn hole. Now we want to add hammocks to our camping collection!
Waypoint Outposts has done an amazing job with its glamping set up, and we highly recommend the experience. If you’re new to camping, or just want to test the waters, this is the perfect opportunity! All you need to bring is food and ice, and any extra bedding for children. The rest is all provided! If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a girl’s weekend, or a unique experience – this would be perfect too. Even for us, who have camped before and loved it, glamping was a relaxing way to get out in nature without all the hassle.
Safari Village with Waypoint Outposts is near Camp Verde. They offer eight glamping tents, with bed options ranging from king beds, double beds, and twin beds. Only the Lion Tent has 2 private hammocks and a fire pit. Double-check the max occupancy of each tent before booking. Children are welcome to camp on the carpeted floor of the tent.
Pricing starts at $139/night and includes access to shared firepits, bathrooms, a stocked kitchen with a shared fridge and grill, hammocks, and lawn games. Check-in is at 4 pm, check-out is at 10 am. Entrance to Out of Africa is not included, but you do get a 20% discount on admission! Must show your glamping receipt to get the discount.
A review of Out of Africa can be found here.
And there are also quite a few things to do in Camp Verde, plus easy day trips to Sedona, Cottonwood and Jerome, and even Flagstaff! And check out this post of 10 Things to do in Camp Verde with Kids!