We stopped messing around and decided we needed a “proper” tent. There are a number of reasons for this, the most pressing being the fact that a rare thunderstorm in the Klein Karoo flattened and destroyed the poles of ‘The Taj’, our not-so-loved Camp Master Wedge Dome 5+ tent.
The funny thing is that we weren’t that devastated. As mentioned before, ‘The Taj’ (named as such because of its spacious interior) was actually very stuffy unless you slept without the ‘rain roof’ or fly sheet on, which doesn’t help in average weather. When you camp as much as we do and love clean air, that simply isn’t good enough.
Instead, we have now have a canvas tent with invincible metal poles. And a spacious and airy interior. With a little stoep awning. It is life long. It is solid.
Despite its impractical size when ‘folded’, its immense weight (I cannot carry it myself) and the fact that I cannot erect it myself because I am not tall enough to reach the upper hooks, we are nevertheless very proud owners of this investment tent. It is a Tent Co Senior Safari Bow Tent, which we have named ‘Nkandla’ because of its sheer stature!