Safari tips: Understanding accommodation types

When it comes to going on a safari in Africa, you will soon discover that the selection of accommodation options is vast. From straw huts and mobile camps, to ultra-luxury hotels and lodges, your choice of where you’ll unload your bags will be influenced mainly by your needs and budget.

Safari accommodation types:


These are situated in or near main cities or airports, and are often used for overnight stays before heading on towards your lodge/camp, or as a base for day excursions.

For example, we use a Nairobi city hotel at the beginning of our popular Maasai Mara safaris: Secret season safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya


Lodges are usually situated in or near game reserves or remote wild areas. You will find all levels of comfort on offer here depending on your needs and budget, from no-frills to 5-star deluxe.

Get in touch with one of our safari consultants for recommended game lodge safari options.


These small camps are often situated in very remote areas and often set up in places that are inaccessible during the rainy season, resulting in the camp being partially or even totally broken down and rebuilt each year.

For example, here is a safari in a remote seasonal bush camp: Classic South Luangwa photo safari, Zambia 


These are erected for a limited period, after which they are broken down. They are generally erected in game reserves for specific wildlife encounters (such as the migrations in the Maasai Mara in Kenya) or as part of an overland or walking expedition.

For example, here are two of our most popular mobile safari:  Moremi magic in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana, and Walking with Giants in Tsavo, Kenya

First Published by African Geographic


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