At Campsy, we help travellers find the perfect campsite for their wants and needs. Each year, more and more people enjoy going camping, and the range of campsites on offer is also diversifying. Over the last ten years, spawned by the ‘glamping’ trend, where campsites offer ‘a fusion of glamour and camping’ for the more sophisticated traveller, we’ve seen an increase in luxury tents being offered as accommodation. For us, this luxury phenomenon shows that sleeping in a tent and enjoying the great outdoors has a universal appeal.
But how luxurious can camping get? We wanted to see if a big-budget yet rustic trend was still in vogue, so we conducted a deep dive into the price and availability of luxury tents around the world. After finding sites in over 30 nations, we used our own data and research to compare the price of a luxury tent to the least expensive alternative in each country. Below, we’ve calculated how many nights stay in a basic campsite can be afforded for the price of one night in a luxury tent.
|Country||Expensive Campsite Name||Most Expensive Tent Price||Affordable Campsite Name||Most Affordable Tent Price||Cost Difference in nights|
|United States||Dunton River Camp||$1538.47||Congaree Camping, South Carolina||$5.13||300.0|
|South Africa||Gorah Elephant Camping||$962.05||Shik Shack Backpackers||$5.83||165.1|
|Thailand||Hintok River Camp||$512.83||Rabiang Doi||$3.50||146.7|
|Tanzania||Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp||$1230.77||Ilboru Visiwani Campsite||$10.49||117.3|
|Australia||Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris||$1871.80||Beehwah Camp Away||$16.32||114.7|
|India||Aman-i-Khas||$948.73||Janardan Resort Churaini||$9.32||101.7|
|UK||Mill Farm Glamping||$441.03||Vallis Veg||$4.66||94.6|
|Sri Lanka||Master Campers||$615.39||Freedom Camp||$6.99||88.0|
|Canada||Clayoquot Wilderness Resort||$1623.59||Mamareh Campground||$19.81||81.9|
|Jordan||Discovery Bedu||$923.08||Al Nawatef Camp||$11.66||79.2|
|Germany||Breezy Safari||$427.38||Camping Im Rehwinkel||$5.83||73.3|
|Cambodia||Four Rivers Floating Lodge||$265.65||Everythang||$5.83||45.6|
|Chile||Eco Camp, Patagonia||$683.08||Camping Mihinoa||$15.15||45.1|
|Mexico||Baja Camp||$512.83||Koa Campgrounf Luna||$11.66||44.0|
|Kenya||Naboisho Camp||$410.26||Elmolo Backpackers||$11.66||35.2|
|Netherlands||Sleeping with Van Gogh||$153.84||Het Kleine Laar||$5.25||29.3|
|Belgium||Domaine des P'tits Leus||$139.87||Camping L'Aire del Foy||$5.83||24.0|
|Slovenia||Charming Slovenia||$248.21||Robinson River Camp||$11.66||21.3|
|Portugal||Tipi Algarve||$201.03||Parq Camp Biscoitos||$11.66||17.2|
|France||Le Clos de Saires||$143.60||Camping La Chaumiere||$8.53||16.8|
|New Zealand||Castaways Resort||$345.64||Hillview Campsite||$22.15||15.6|
|Denmark||Bornholm Yurts||$98.63||Bellahoj Camping||$10.65||9.3|
|Italy||Vedetta Glamping||$168.20||Camping Ciauli||$18.65||9.0|
|Croatia||Obonjan Island Resort||$148.72||Biokovo||$17.48||8.5|
|Ireland||The Old Forge Glamping||$101.53||Strand Camping||$13.99||7.3|
|Austria||Nature Resort Natterer See||$82.06||Thermencamping Oberschuetzen||$11.25||7.3|
|Spain||Glamping Dehesa de las Yeguas||$112.82||Sant Salvador||$17.32||6.5|
|Oman||Canvas Club||$512.83||Sama Al Wasil||$118.89||4.3|
|Montenegro||Buzuku Luxury Tents||$57.44||Full Monte||$23.31||2.5|
We conducted our research in the most popular destinations for luxury camping, using multiple sites and with the Campsy database. Luxury camping sites needed to include at least one tent option. We looked at the cost of one night’s stay for one person in the tent option provided by the luxury camping sites. If the luxury camping sites did not offer a tent option, they were removed from the list. The night researched was 12th August 2017.
Once we had a list of countries where luxury camping in a tent was an option, we researched the cost of staying in a simple one man tent at a basic, no-frills campsite for one night on the same date, 12 August 2017. We looked at extensive lists of campsites to identify directly from the source of each destination the cheapest campsite available.
Once we had the price for one night’s stay in a luxury tent compared to the price for one night in a simple tent at a basic campsite, we could work out how many night’s stay could be enjoyed at a basic campsite compared to the price of one night’s luxury camping, by dividing the luxury camping price by the basic camping price.
The research was carried out in early June 2017. Any countries that did not have a glamorous camping option and a basic camping option available were omitted from the list.