Three money bags

COMFORTABLE: THREE & FOUR STAR    JUMP TO LODGES

Spending a bit more than in the cheapest lodges and restcamps opens up the possibilities of the private reserves offering  a ‘back-to-basics’ spirit of rustic simplicity. Most lodges in this category are in the more ‘peripheral’, harder to access, parts of the Greater Kruger.

daily sharing pp
South African Rand, ZAR
USD Dollar, USD
Euro, EUR
Pound Sterling, GBP
from
R 2,000
$ 138
€ 122
£ 106
to
R 3,500
$ 241
€ 214
£ 186

Reserves such as Klaserie, Balule and Timbavati feature here. Some of the lowest price Sabi Sand lodges are here too, offering remarkable value for the best known safari destination on the planet.

Umkumbe boma

Chacma Bush Camp chalet

BASIC PRIVATE LODGES

These lodges offer a more exclusive safari experience than the government facilities which can sleep hundreds. Guests here are related to the number of game drive vehicles that the lodge operates. Eight to ten beds (one game viewing vehicle) is the smallest sized lodge. Some camps accommodate as few as this, and offer a rustic sort of bush experience.

Mohlabetsi exterior

LARGE LODGES

The other type of lodge in this range allows for several vehicles operating at once, whilst maintaining a ‘back-to-basics’ ethos in comfort and service. They apply the benefits of private ownership without laying on too much luxury. You are there primarily for the game, after all. These lodges typically accommodate between 20 and 40 people.

INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES, FOOD

Here you will find various inclusions in your daily rate, normally twice daily game drives in an open-sided safari vehicle, food and accommodation, but not drinks. There are other extras for your account. Do note that some of the lodges in this category achieve it by offering their facilities on a self-catering basis, although the services of a cook may be included.

OFF-ROADING

Being private land owners or concessionaires, these lodges are able to traverse off-road to follow up on that hunt in progress or sighting. Operating hours are not constrained by the gate opening and closing times. There will be ten people on each vehicle most of the time.

Buffalo herd from a waterhole hide at Africa on Foot

WALKING

Walking is a core part of the proposition so you get out and explore the bush in a totally different way.

Bateleur Main Camp tent interior

BASIC ACCOMMODATION

Simple, rustic accommodation is provided. The emphasis is on somewhere to sleep once you have exhausted yourself out in the bush. Rooms may be fabricated from canvas and contain camp beds. A concrete platform with a thatched roof at the back offers ablutions which, in some cases, will be only a shower and not a bath. There is probably no air-conditioning or heating for the winter months.

Basic ool at nThambo

SIMPLE FACILITIES

Central communal facilities offer basic comforts, sometimes including a modest swimming pool which may double as a waterhole. There is probably an honesty bar.

Avoca boma

BUFFET FOOD

There will certainly be a boma or lapa for communal breakfasts or dinners, which are most likely to be prepared on the fire and served buffet style.