There are many and varied types of accommodations on offer on safari and these add hugely to the safari experience, whilst the variety makes every place and every stay unique. We generally recommend staying from 2 to 4 nights at each camp before moving onto the next, with the number of nights dependent on the overall length of the itinerary and the time of the year. A typical safari of 12 days may have a mixture of private mobile camps and permanent camps possibly interspersed with a night or two at a lodge, with levels of luxury and ;price to suit most budgets. We have many, many clients who have never slept in a tent before they come on safari, but who love it -this is all the best bits of camping with none of the downsides!
Luxury Mobile Camps:
The genuine, old-style safari camps of Hemingway days. The camps are exclusive to your party, set up by your camp crew in the best game viewing area for that time of year.
The camps have dining tents, with large walk-in canvas sleeping tents, beds made up with pillows, sheets and blankets, and with fully enclosed en-suite shower and toilet facilities behind each tent. Trained cooks produce excellent meals, and your tent attendants prepare hot showers and a roaring camp-fire at the end of the day. Mobile camps provide possibly the most unique and exclusive way of seeing this magnificent continent.
Varying in size from 10 to 80 rooms, these generally provide the usual facilities of a tourist-class hotel, often in terrific locations.
Our main criteria in choosing a particular lodge, is the uniqueness of its position and getting the best access to game areas, rather than outright luxury. Comfort and experiencing the best of what Africa really has to offer should, we believe, take precedence over opulent luxury.
These camps are set up year round, allowing for generator-driven electricity and en suite bathrooms with running water and flush toilets. The tents are often on a raised platform, sometimes with a stone built dining area and possibly with a swimming pool.
Permanent camps allow you the authentic experience of sleeping under canvas in Africa, with the benefits of electric lights and running water. These camps may cater for from 6 to 70 guests.
Some of the smaller, eco-friendly camps, may use lamps and chemical toilets instead of generators and flush toilets.
‘Fly Camps’ and walking camps:
These camps are much more lightweight and are generally used on specialist walking safaris as part of a larger safari itinerary. They use much smaller tents with camps cots and shared toilet and shower facilities, so are for the more outdoorsy, adventurous client.
protected under the Travel Trust Association scheme, membership number Q4764.