When on safari, you have several types of accommodation choices, from high end, five star luxury lodges to simple campsites and a lot in between. Following are the descriptions for the top three most common choices.
SAFARI AND GAME LODGES
Safari and game lodges are larger properties, brick and mortar, permanent structures with electricity, running water, hot showers and rooms with private bathrooms. While not as big as a hotel, they do offer similar Western type amenities and facilities, including restaurants, bars, public spaces and quite often swimming pools. Some may even have spa facilities.
They are most often located in prime areas, for example on hills with great views, and range between 3 to 5 star luxury. They can have as few as 10 on up to 100 rooms. Lodges located in national parks or private conservatories are mostly high-end.
Permanent and semi-permanent tented camps are large, walk-in canvas tents set on permanent frames. Tented camps are far from roughing it, though. They are equipped like a hotel room with nice furniture, king sized beds, private bathrooms, electricity and hot showers (hair dryers though most likely not included). Some camps may have a restaurant (though most will have a centralized dining and meeting area) and swimming pool.
Camps off the grid may be powered by solar.
These camps are smaller, more intimate and authentic than the larger lodges, usually limited to 20 guests. Without permanent walls, guests are treated to the unfiltered sounds of the nearby wildlife.
Tented camps are intimate and secluded – no feeling of crowds here.
Mobile camps provide the ultimate immersion to landscape and wildlife. They are usually exclusive, catering to one group of guests at a time. A small group of friends, a family, or maybe a honeymoon couple.
Mobile camps are small intimate camps that move around to follow the herds of migratory animals. They move by season, every few days or every week and range from basic (bed, tent and hot bucket shower) to more high-end luxury inclusive.
These camps are are found in areas with few visitors, and are often used on multi-day walking or horseback safaris.
Rich in game viewing, these camps have no barriers, so animals roam freely. But be assured that safety is a top priority.
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