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What kind of accommodations will I find in Africa?

Africa is known for providing luxury in unexpected places and there are a range of accommodations options for everyone. Luxury African lodges and hotels offer the best amenities and services in some of the best locations. Game lodges in Africa cater to travelers with a lower budget than those staying at African luxury lodges, but still offer comfortable accommodations and good game viewing. African camping options include luxury mobile camps, permanent tented camps and basic mobile camps to fit a variety of travel styles and budgets while on safari. Africa Adventure Consultants uses only the best accommodations available. We know this because we have stayed in or visited almost all of the options we recommend to our travelers. Below are the different accommodation types you will find:

Luxury Lodges/Hotels

Five-star service with an African flair. Africa’s luxury game lodges and hotels rival any around the world in terms of quality and service, while typically providing stunning views and/or exclusive locations. These luxury accommodations cater to discerning guests who want the very best and are willing to pay for it. Normally, guest experiences exceed expectations in terms of food, room comfort, service and location.

Game Lodges

Game lodges are typically found in beautiful settings and provide great food and service. African game lodges offer standard accommodation from where you can access great game viewing areas and absorb the peace and tranquility of your surroundings. Some are built in typical hotel style, while others feature a series of bandas or chalets. All typically offer comfortable beds, en-suite toilets and showers with hot and cold running water, dining areas, lounges and gift shops. Many have pools or other facilities. Meals are typically buffet style. These properties typically accommodate 100 or more guests and are geared toward visitors with low or moderate budgets.

Permanent Tented Camps

Staying in a permanent tented camp allows you to sleep under canvas with all the luxuries of home. Many tented properties in Africa are permanent structures and include raised wooden floors, en suite bathrooms, fine linens and room butlers. These tents traditionally offer luxurious beds, beautiful interior decorations and oftentimes comfortable deck furniture on spacious front sitting areas overlooking a river or the vast African savannah. Some camps rival any 5-star hotel room in other parts of the world. Typically, these camps are small and exclusive, accommodating just 10-30 guests. Many are located in private reserves, providing even more privacy and exclusivity.

Luxury Mobile Camps

Luxury mobile camps let you sleep under canvas with wonderful service and food, but without lots of neighbors. Harkening back to the original roots of safari, mobile tented camping is a luxurious way to experience the bush. These camps are more lightweight, so camp can be moved a few times a year for optimal wildlife viewing, yet this style of camping maintains all the comforts travelers have come to expect. Luxury mobile tented camping provides individual tents along with a dining tent that serves as the common area where meals are taken. Luxury mobile tented camps have showers and toilets attached to the tents and offer full beds and furniture.

Basic Mobile Camps

The ultimate in adventure, basic mobile camps are made up of small, domed tents with the basics provided by your camp staff. Adventure camps are lightweight and offer 9×9 domed tents with cots, bedding, and separate toilet and shower tents. All set-up, cooking, clean-up, and maintenance is done by professional camp staff. This type of camping is for the most adventurous travelers!

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