Types of Accommodations
Regardless of the type of accommodation, there are many levels of luxury and price.
Safari Lodges are also called ’small hotels in the bush’. They are constructed of stone and cedar wood. All room have private facilities, plenty of hot water, netting over the beds, overhead fans, sitting area and screened windows. The lodges are surrounded by lovely gardens. Many have pools and gift shops selling local arts and crafts. In the evenings cocktails are served around an open fire. In many lodges meals are served in open-air dining rooms. They usually accommodate a larger number of people and can be commonly found in Kenya and Tanzania.
Permanent Tented Camps
These tents are built as permanent structures, on elevated platforms, with decks that provide views of nearby water holes, which bring wildlife closer to the tents. They have spacious interiors, many with four-poster beds and private facilities, terry cloth robes, sockets for shavers and battery charging. They can be quite luxurious, and furnished with mahogany furniture (closets and writing desks). They too have pools and usually open-air dining rooms and lounges. These types of accommodations are common throughout all safari destinations in Africa.
Seasonal Bush Camps
Seasonal bush camps are simple, intimate, small but adequate, with private facilities and lots of hot water. These camps are used only during the dry season and are assembled and taken down when the season is over. The tents come with private facilities, which although outdoors and under the open sky, are completely private. Meals are served under canvas in an open-air dining room, and each evening drinks are served around a camp fire. These can be found in parts of Kenya, some in Botswana, but mostly in Zambia.
These accommodations include personal butlers, crystal and finest china, private plunge pools, spa facilities, wine cellars and a library. South Africa’s private game reserves are known for such accommodations, although there are many simpler options in South Africa, specifically in Kruger National Park proper. Similar luxurious accommodations can be found in Tanzania, on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
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