Accommodation: Safari Lodges, Tented Camps, Hotels


Africa offers a diverse range of vacation experiences with matching standards of accommodation. We are tailor-made safari specialists, which means we create an itinerary around your individual tastes, preferences and interests.
We know Africa’s best hotels, safari camps and villas because we have personally tried and tested them. You can count on independent, expert advice when you book a safari through us.

Types of Accommodation on an African Safari

Before and after the safari, you’d sometimes spend a night in a hotel or resort located in or near cities or airports. The comfort level and amenities depend on safari you book, but we allow you to switch to a budget option or upgrade to a more luxurious one.

Lodges are permanent structures typically located in or near national parks and reserves or in remote areas. Safari lodges range in comfort level from basic (the equivalent of budget hotels) to mid-range (3-star hotels), luxury and ultra-luxury (4-5-star hotels).
If it’s your first time on a safari or you are not comfortable sleeping in a tent, a lodge makes an excellent choice.

Camping sites come in many shapes and forms and the same goes for the experience. Adventure camping requires the guest to assist with camp duties. The guides assist but an essential part of this type of safari is to participate. You will have to put up your tent, pack the vehicle, and help prepare the meals.
The campsites can be located inside or outside the national parks but essentially it will entail you, the tent, and the wilderness. The comfort level depends on the campsite but note Explore Tanzania Hikes & Safaris you’ll sleep in sleeping beds. Generally speaking, the campsites located in public parks may only offer basic amenities (bucket shower and pit bathroom), while the private option may even offer a pool.
Full-serviced camping is the typical modern-day equivalent of the “traditional safari”. There are both en-suite and non en-suite options.
You will not have to help with anything, there will be proper flush toilets, but you will sleep in sleeping beds. The vehicles used are 4x4 safari vehicles and you’ll even have a chef to prepare the meals. The spacious tent may have or not en-suite bathroom (depending on the option chosen).
Tented camps are considered one of the best options for a safari and are usually small camps (5-20 tents). You’ll find a real bed, en-suite bathroom, and wi-fi service (where available). They come with private decks and amazing views of the surrounding area. There is always cold and hot running water, as well as electricity. The dining service is comparable to fine restaurants.
Generally, they come both in mid-range and luxury options. Depending on the country you are visiting, the tented camps may or may not be fenced. However, they are typically patrolled 24h a day by armed rangers Explore Tanzania Hikes & Safaris keep you safe.

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