As you probably know from when I visited the Great Barrier Reef and Michaelmas Cay, I am passionate about animals, and so I would love to go off on a safari! There is so much to consider when booking a safari, such where do you want to go, what time of year will you see the animals you are hoping to see and, of course, what accommodation you are going to stay in. Here are five ideas for the best types of place to stay while on a safari holiday.
This is a real back-to-basics way of camping and perfect for those who want to see Africa on a budget. For those who want the most rustic, natural experience, this is the perfect choice. You will find yourself right in the very heart of all the action and you might be able to hear, and even see, animals close by your tent! Meals are cooked on a camping stove by the camp crew, and you are still able to shower, but it’ll be under a bucket shower…
If you care about the environment, you might want to check out eco camps as these have been set up to have a minimal impact on the environment, without sacrificing comfort. These are likely to be a bit nicer and more comfortable than the mobile camping options, as they have proper beds to sleep on and even ensuite bathrooms with flushable toilets. Eco camps will ensure you can help save the planet, but also have a pleasant stay too!
Lodges are a step above camping and are more like a small hotel – you’ll find that there are plenty of new lodges springing up too! They are certainly not as private as some of the other options on this list, as they are popular with mass-market tour providers. Those who like peace and quiet may find them a little crowded and impersonal, whereas extroverts may see them as a great way to meet new friends. Expect bars, swimming pools and a dining room akin to a hotel experience.
Luxury is the name of the game in these boutique lodges. You will stay on a large open wilderness in one of only a few luxury lodges, so you feel as though you have it all to yourself. Meals are cooked fresh by a chef and you will be treated to five-star amenities during your stay. If you have the money, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, seeing the animals with a personal guide in a private vehicle, but know that it won’t come cheap!
You won’t be staying as close to the action as you may be if you were camping, but there are plenty of hotels around the area to stay in, which is perfect for anyone who doesn’t fancy roughing it outdoors but can’t quite afford a boutique lodge! If you are planning other activities during your stay, such as visiting local villages or tribes, a hotel will allow you more freedom to do this.
As with most things, there are pros and cons to all of the options, and it’s a case of deciding what is the right option for you! Let me know in the comments where you would want to stay, or if you have already been on a safari, what you would recommend.