Glamping is a portmanteau of the words “Glamorous” and “Camping”, and was invented to describe a traditional nature camping experience combined with hotel-like luxuries, like proper beds, electricity, and possibly even hot showers within your tent.
The term “Glamping” was first used in 2005 in the United Kingdom, but the concept of Glamping reaches back as far as the 16th century, when e.g. the Ottomans transported luxurious tents throughout their military missions, or when the Scottish Duke of Atholl welcomed King Henry V and his mother to his estate in the Highlands.
These days, glamping has turned into a buzzword for travelers, as escaping onto a “campground” with your family, friends or your partner (and even for your honeymoon), while not being forced to sacrifice on any comfort, is an experience many travelers want to indulge in.
The original holiday glamping became popular in Northern and Southern Africa around the 1920’s, when wealthy American and British travelers set out to explore new countries, but weren’t willing to settle for the common local living standards – back then being very basic.