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    Safari Tent, Teversal

    We had a weekend in a Safari Tent at the Teversal Campsite in Nottinghamshire so I thought I'd do a quick review.

    The tents are available from 1pm on arrival and you have to leave by 12pm on your departure day. We had the tent for a weekend which consisted of 1pm Friday until 12 noon Monday, so 3 nights.

    The tent itself was in a separate part of the campsite with two others they looked well used but serviceable, inside there was a small settee, table with 4 chairs, microwave, kettle, two burner electric hob, kitchen sized fridge, mugs, glasses, cutlery and cooking pans. A water container was provided which you have to fill at the tap in the next field, a washing up bowl was also provided. We were a little disappointed to find there was no cork screw or bottle opener, the tin opener didn't work either so we raided a tent next door which wasn't being used and was better equipped.

    There are two "bedrooms" separated by canvas for privacy, one with a double bed and one with two single beds, duvets and pillows were provided but we had to bring our own sheets, duvet cover and pillow cases. The bed was a proper style bed you'd find in a house with thick mattress and two pillows each. The duvet was plenty thick enough even though the night time temperature got into single figures.

    The tent has zip and velcro windows with mesh for protection against flies, mossies etc. The tent is supplied with electricity and has a heater for those chilly evenings.

    There is no toilet or shower in the tent (it is camping after all) however the showers on the campsite are absolutely lovely with individual rooms with sink, toilet and shower (included in price), the toilet block is a bit of a walk from the tents but not too far.

    Outside the tent is a wooden decked area which is sheltered by the canvas canopy, there are also four camping chairs provided for outside use but no outside table, it was very pleasant sitting on the decking in the chairs but it would have been nice to have an outside table to put cup/glasses on or even have an alfresco meal. A barbecue is provided but again it was well used and a bit rusty and may not be something some people would be happy using.

    We haven't slept in a tent for a while and we found it light in the mornings and quite noisy especially when the campsite was busy as the sound carries, so it was difficult to get to sleep and we woke early in the morning because of the light.

    We liked:
    • Good sturdy beds with thick mattresses
    • Large fridge
    • Electric lighting and handy heater for cool nights
    • Outside camping chairs
    • Lovely to sit on the decking under shelter also fairly large grassy area with hedge shielding the 3 safari tents from other campers.
    • Luxurious campsite toilet/shower block
    • Excellent restaurant in walking distance

    We didn't like:
    • Poorly equipped for cooking, tin opener didn't work, no bottle opener, jug etc.
    • Outside lights didn't work
    • Tent had seen better days some of the zips were ripped
    • BBQ was old and a bit rusty
    • No outside table
    • The information about the tents was very sparse on the website, we had to phone and ask about what was included.
    Verdict:
    For the cost (£204) for three nights, we probably wouldn't bother again, if we went again we would probably prefer a rented caravan for the extra comfort, it was great to get together with our family though and their tent was just over the hedge in the next field.

    Here's our video. In the video I said it was part of the C&CC club but actually it isn't now.

    Graham
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