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Camping vs glamping

Glamping is a relatively new phenomenon, in contrast to the millennia-long history of camping. Glamping, short for “glamorous camping,” is just camping with a few modern cons. It is basically luxury camping. Glamping often incorporates greater comfort and luxury than the standard camping experience, which may only consist of a tent and sleeping bag.

Although camping has evolved, the basic tenets remain the same, and the activity enjoys widespread popularity among campers of all ages. Glamping is the up-and-coming trend in camping in which one sleeps in the great outdoors but in greater comfort than one would find in a traditional tent.
You can “glamp” in just about anything, from wigwams and tents to converted helicopters and shipping containers, and in most cases, you’ll have access to nice amenities that aren’t available when you go traditional camping.

However, just as traditional camping isn’t for everyone, neither is “glamping,”.

What is Camping?

Evidence of humans camping out in the wild dates all the way back to prehistoric times. Camping as we know it today arose from the practise of ancient cultures using tents and other temporary shelters when travelling or hunting.
In the 19th century, wealthy Europeans began taking long camping trips to appreciate nature’s splendour. This quickly went global, becoming a mainstream pastime for people of various socioeconomic backgrounds.

Camping is an outdoor activity where participants spend at least one night in the great outdoors, sometimes in primitive conditions. It is a means to temporarily escape from everyday life and reconnect with nature. While camping may be done year-round, the warm and dry conditions of summer make it the best time to do it.

Camping essentials include meals cooked on the fire, clothing suitable for a variety of temperatures and situations, and a sturdy shelter that can survive the elements, including rain, and extreme heat. You’ll also need a sleeping bag, inflatable mattresses, first aid kit, torch, fishing pole, hiking boots, bug spray, sunscreen, a chair, a stove, eating utensils, water and trash bags, to mention but a few camping items.

In addition, camping helps with things like relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, alleviating sadness and anxiety, improving digestion, and bolstering the immune system.

What is Glamping?

To go glamping means to camp in style. It’s like camping, but with fancier facilities. The term “glamping,” a combination of “glamorous” and “camping,” is used to describe an outing that is equal parts luxurious and rustic. Glamping allows you to experience the outdoors without sacrificing any comforts.
It is camping with all the contemporary conveniences included, such as power, indoor plumbing, gourmet meals, comfortable beds, cooking facilities, and entertainment options. Spas, individual showers, and walk-in closets are also possibilities. By using this approach, camping becomes a truly one-of-a-kind and opulent adventure.

Glamping comes in a wide variety of styles, including safari tents, pods, lodges, and cabins. Travellers and outdoor enthusiasts can use them year-round. Treehouses and caravans offer an alternative, option.

Glamping can be enjoyed by everyone, whether alone or with others. In addition, it can be tailored to fit your financial constraints.

What then is the difference between the two?

Glamping is a type of luxury camping with amenities and facilities like comfortable beds, electricity, and indoor plumbing. Camping, on the other hand, is an outdoor activity that involves overnight stays using basic shelter such as a tent or without shelter.

1. Cost
Glamping is much more expensive than camping.

2. Luxury and Comfort
Glamping offers more luxury and comfort than camping. Where camping includes bringing your own tent and setting it up in a remote location to experience nature, glamping includes a framed shelter already set up in a natural environment with many amenities.

3. Protection and Safety
Glamping involves more facilities, which ensures more protection and safety than camping.

4. Weather
Where camping is not suitable in rough weather, glamping is ideal for all weather conditions since it involves comfortable shelters.

5. Amenities and Facilities
With camping you have basic shelter and primitive sleeping and cooking facilities, while glamping involves facilities like electricity, private bathrooms, running water, gourmet food, full-sized beds, internet, and cooking facilities.

6. Where you will sleep
Tent camping involves a sleeping bag on the ground or stretcher under the stars, whereas glamping includes a comfortable queen size bed with clean sheets under a see-through dome looking up at the stars.

7. Restroom
Camping has many benefits of getting back to nature but the restroom is not one of them. You will use the ablution block with all the other campers and sometimes run out of hot water.
Glamping, on the other hand, have fully functional individual bathrooms, with nice hot showers or baths and spa treatment.

8. Meals
Camping entails collecting firewood and having a braai over an open fire. Glamping makes cooking much easier and most sites will have a grill or oven to use, as well as a refrigerator which gives you a wider variety of foods you can store. Or the establishment includes meals.

9. Coffee
Everyone needs their coffee in the morning and while you are camping you have to brew some over the campfire. While glamping you get to enjoy a complimentary bag of coffee in a pot at your cabin or tent.

10. Controlling the heat
There are not many ways to control the outside heat when you are camping. You can open or close the tent flap, use a lighter or thicker sleeping bag, or wear lighter or thicker clothing. With glamping you don’t have that problem, since you will have an air conditioning and heating units in most accommodations.

11. How you will get your water
When camping you will bring your own water or find the nearest stream, and even then you may need to filter it or boil it to be safe. Most glamping accommodations come with a water source with filtered water available.

12. Neighbours
You never know what kind of furry and feathered creatures you will meet while camping and you will most probably also never know who you will meet while glamping. Whatever the case, many people make friends for life during their glamping or camping experiences.


Glamping, in contrast to traditional camping, provides a higher standard of comfort and convenience. Traditional camping is more affordable and low-key, while “glamping” is more of a high-end experience. Thus, the primary distinction between glamping and traditional camping lies in the conveniences that guests have access to.

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