Safari Tent


About The Space

Romantic forest safari tent for two next to the Smoky Mountains National Park

Shakonohey, (pronounced Sha-Kon-O-Hey) refers to the Cherokee term meaning Land of Blue Smoke. Guests will be at a prime location to explore The Great Smoky Mountains via the Deep Creek National Park area. This property is perfect for couples seeking a quiet retreat in the woods with all the amenities of a home. As Dolly Parton sings in her song sharing the same name, “makes no difference where you roam, the land of blue smoke is your home.” Come away to this sacred place in the land of blue smoke for a tranquil mountain escape.

Living Room

If you’ve never been in a safari tent before, prepare to be charmed by Shakonohey! Everything needed for a restful stay is contained within this peaceful woodland retreat. Guests arrive to walk down the steps and onto a large wrap-around deck to enter the front doors. Upon entering you are greeted by a relaxed, well-appointed living area all under one big top tent! The seating area contains a plush loveseat and chair, a rustic dining table for two, and a wall-mounted TV. Plenty of natural light streams through the three large front doors and several windows throughout the tent. There is no limit on the modern amenities as Wi-fi, Direct TV, heat, and AC are all accounted for.

Kitchen & Dining 

Rounding out the central area of the tent is the full kitchen complete with granite countertops, gas range/oven, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge/freezer. All the kitchenware one needs to prepare a meal is provided. Guests can sit down for dinner at the live edge table for two.

Bed & Bath

On one side of the tent is the inviting bedroom area with a log-style king-size bed made up with a gorgeous quilt and luxury linens. Guests can sink deep into bed and gaze out to the woods through the wrap-around windows while the sounds of nature are all around. The abundant windows provide light and a breeze if desired, but thick curtains can also be drawn for soothing darkness and tranquility. The bedroom is complete with bedside tables with lamps, a ceiling fan, and a desk.

On the other side of the living area is the romantic bathroom suite where guests can enjoy a serene soak in the tub while taking in the sprawling mountain views. The spacious bathroom area also offers a walk-in tile shower with a bench and rain shower, and a sink vanity with a mirror.

Outdoor Sitting and Patio Areas

If you seek a place to relax comfortably while being in a romantic and undisturbed setting, Shakonohey is the perfect couples getaway. The massive wrap-around deck platform surrounds the entire tent and is perched up on a hill, providing sweeping elevated forest views with privacy. The tent has been carefully placed into the forest hillside setting so you’ll feel tucked in the trees in this soothing environment. Pour yourself a glass of wine and take in the panoramic wooded views from the elevated deck. The front doors have an extended overhang under which you’ll find a lounge area with cushioned swivel chairs and a table surrounded by string lights for an inviting nighttime glow. Guests have use of a propane BBQ grill to prepare and enjoy meals alfresco. After a day of exploring the trails in the national park, unwind with a soak in the hot tub under the night sky, or make a campfire in the nearby firepit.


Amenities & Details

Bryson City is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, known for its wildflowers, streams, Elk herd, and the Appalachian Trail.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers scenic train rides through the park and along the Tuckasegee River which is popular for white-water rafting and fly fishing.

Within a few minutes, you can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including zip lines, tubing, horseback riding, hiking, waterfalls, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, gem mining, golfing, Fontana Lake, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Harrah’s Casino, local merchant shopping, restaurants and much more.

We built this home to have something for everyone in our family! We hope you will love and enjoy it as much as we do. We manage it ourselves and have worked very hard to make sure you enjoy your stay.

We have well water and an emergency generator for use during power outages.




Dining Area



Payment Schedule – 50% due at the time of booking and 50% due 30 days prior to arrival.

Damage Deposit – A pre-authorization of $1000 is due 2 days before arrival and released 7 days after departure.

Cancellation Policy –Guest receives 100% if cancellation occurs more than 30 days before arrival;  No refunds within 30 days of arrival.

Notes –

Please note: No smoking or vaping. No pets. No parties or events. One step up to enter the yurt.

What’s Nearby?
Our property is just a minute or two from the Deep Creek entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park and just about five minutes from downtown if scenic Bryson City, NC. We are located on the southern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is a sports and outdoor enthusiasts’ dream come true. Some of the best trout fishing on the eastern seaboard is located here. You’ll also find tubing available at the entrance to Deep Creek, and whitewater rafting can be had at several locations including the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) about 30 minutes away.

Downtown Bryson City has many restaurants that offer a variety of choices, from burgers and beer, to Italian, Mexican, microbreweries, and more!

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is one of only a few narrow-gauge steam railroads that have passenger service. In the winter months, the Polar Express is very popular with both kids and kids at heart.

Another attraction in Bryson City is the Road to Nowhere. This six-mile drive into the park ends with a 1000-foot tunnel through a mountain and then goes nowhere and make for a really fun afternoon excursion.

Nearly every motorcyclist and sports car enthusiast across the country knows about the Tail of the Dragon, which boasts an eye-popping 318 curves in 11 miles. This “drive it if you dare” road is about an hour away.

Beautiful Fontana Lake and the Nantahala Outdoor Center are in the vicinity and both worth an afternoon or full day if you have the time and inclination.

A moving outdoor drama of the Cherokee people, “Unto These Hills” is performed during the summer months. Cherokee, NC is about 20 minutes away, which is home to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

You can also cross over the mountains in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Hwy 441 through Newfound Gap that has beautiful, picturesque views and then heads into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN for a taste of the “big city”. This will lead you to Dollywood, which is a major theme park celebrating the Smoky Mountains.

1. No pets of any kind.

2. The property is surveilled. Any tampering with/moving/redirecting/covering/disconnecting WiFi or devices or outdoor cameras or doorbells will result in immediate cancellation of your reservation and you will be required to leave and vacate the premises immediately. Please understand that we do not sit and watch the cameras, but this is our home and investment, and we have these measures in place to protect our home and us. We want to ensure rules are being followed. There are no cameras in any private areas that guests have use of inside the home. There are a few closets in the home that are locked and not available for guests use as they are storage areas. Do not attempt to break in or unlock these doors as the inside area of these locked storage areas have surveillance. Please note by booking this property you waive your option to disable surveillance. 

3. No smoking inside, please use the ash tray out back if smoking.  Cigarette butts in the yard will incur extra cleaning fees that will be withheld from your deposit.

4. Guests staying longer than 1 week can request housekeeping services at an additional cost to provide clean linens and towels and clean living areas. Please contact the host for information on additional cost if housekeeping services are wanted.

5. Parties are not allowed as this home is in a quiet neighborhood.

6. For insurance and safety purposes, all guests must be listed and accounted for on your reservation/itinerary. No more than 8 guests may stay at any time. 

7. It is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance when booking our home. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise, weather, illness, emergencies etc, which could cause you to need to cancel your trip or end it prematurely. If you choose not to obtain travel insurance, please know that we will abide by our cancellation policy and no refunds will be provided should you decline to protect your travel. If you book this unit, that action constitutes agreement with this policy. Under no circumstances will guest receive a reduction in rent, be relocated at owner’s expense or be refunded for any equipment or amenity failure. Property manager/owner, upon being notified by guest of any malfunction will make every reasonable effort to have such appliances/amenities repaired. Replacement or repair during occupancy cannot be guaranteed. Issues must be reported to owner within 24 hours of arrival. 

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