Cardamom Tented Camp, Botum Sakor National Park Cambodia, Phnom Penh and The South
Nestled in Botum Sakor National Park, the largest in Cambodia, the Cardamom Tented Camp aims to minimise the human footprint on the surrounding environment and follows sustainable tourism. Cruise along the river about 45 minutes into the jungle where you’ll reach the camp and its safari-style glamping tents set in a serene, peaceful environment with just the sounds of nature around you. Run by the Wildlife Alliance, a percentage of the camp’s revenues goes to the alliance itself to further its conservation efforts, and then other profits are invested into the local community. Their tagline ‘Your stay keeps the forest standing’ really rings true.
The camp aims to both educate travellers and protect the precious surrounding environment and its wildlife. The main activity you will take part in is an early morning excursion, beginning with kayaking down the river, hopefully spotting some wildlife waking up along the way. You’ll stop by the rangers’ station where you will listen to the rangers explain the work they do to protect the national park from poachers and loggers. They will then, along with your guide, take you on a hike through the thick jungle back to camp, pointing out insects, plants and trees (maybe even a snake or spider!) along the way. Spend your afternoon relaxing on your verandah with a book, kayaking or trekking some more or even swimming in the river. You really can just switch off here - especially because there is no wifi available! As for food, it is all included and a set menu is served for each meal. You will be treated to several local dishes for both lunch and dinner as well as some delicious desserts!
With 9 safari-style tents spread out across the property, you’ll have a sense of privacy in a quiet atmosphere. There are twin or double rooms available and while no tents connect, there are two with a shared balcony, which are ideal for families. Unzip the doorway and you’ll find inside the space is very comfortable and luxurious. There is no air conditioning, though it is not needed with the breeze blowing through the tent and a fan on hand as well.
In our opinion, Cardamom is a great place to immerse yourself in nature in a more luxurious way, while being educated on the issues and conservation that surrounds the National Park. There isn’t a whole lot to do here though, so we feel two nights is the perfect amount of time to enjoy both the activities and some relaxation.
Eco/Adventure - This category covers gorgeous lodges in the jungle, comfortable safari camps and dreamy, but simple, beach cabanas. These places defy conventional categorisation: what is communing with nature to one person may be terrifying bugs to another! Many of these places are very comfortable and the service generally of a very high level - but please read the website review carefully and/or talk to us and be sure to have understood what you are letting yourselves in for!