We have three types of holiday Africa. Click below for more information.
We provide spacious, easily-erectible 2 person dome tents with sewn-in ground sheets and fly sheet. In Africa we stay at a combination of campsites and bush/desert camps. Campsites range from well-established camps with an array of facilities that sometimes includes a bar, mini-mart or even a pool to more basic camps with few facilities and cold showers. Dependent upon our day-to-day itinerary, at times we will bush camp. That is to say, when we can’t travel any further or there is no permanent campsite in the vicinity, we will locate a suitable place and pitch camp. Bush camping on occasion allows us to return to the great outdoors and really be at one with nature. Bush camping rates highly amongst our expedition travellers.
For overland safaris (not bolt-ons) we classify day 1 as an arrival day. For these trips we also include your airport arrival transfer and the first nights accommodation at our pre-expedition hostel or campsite (included as part of the local payment you make on day one). We find most of our travellers arrive on long-haul flights, so this move provides you with a hassle free arrival into Africa. It also affords the chance for everyone to assemble in plenty of time and importantly, get a good night’s bed rest.
If you would to extend your stay and require additional accommodation before your safari starts, we can arrange pre tour accommodation for you. Whilst on the go can reserve additional accommodation for you, the additional cost must be paid locally. Please also note that if you choose to upgrade your accommodation on day 1 (subject to availability), this additional cost is also payable locally.
Per arrival point, pre-expedition accommodation is offered to our passengers at the establishments listed below:
Acacia Camp Nairobi, Magadi Road (off Langata), Nairobi, Kenya
For all tours departing from Nairobi, day 1 accommodation is provided at the Acacia Camp Nairobi in dormitory rooms with shared facilities. Breakfast not included at Acacia Camp. Upgrades to single and twin en suite rooms are available upon request and subject to availability.
Acacia Camp has a bar and a restaurant and is located next to the Nairobi National Park near Karen. The camp is the base for our vehicles and crew and this is where our pre departure meeting will be held on day 1.
Dorm: US$8-$15 per person per night (shared facilities)
Single: US$25 (private bathroom)
Twin: US$18 (private bathroom)
Single and twin rates above are per room.
Departure Airport Transfer: US$25.00 per person
For all tours departing from Nairobi from 01 Jan 2014 onwards, day 1 accommodation is provided at the Kenya Comfort Hotel in dormitory rooms with shared facilities. Breakfast is not included. Upgrades to single and twin en suite rooms are available upon request and subject to availability.
The Comfort Hotel is located in Nairobi city centre, at the junction of Muindi Mbingu / Monrovia Street, opposite Jeevanjee Gardens.
Dorm: US$25 per person per night (shared facilities)
Single: US$50 (private bathroom)
Twin: US$75 (private bathroom)
Single and twin rates above are per room.
Departure Airport Transfer: US$25.00 per person
Victoria Falls Rest Camp, Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
For tours departing from Victoria Falls, day 1 accommodation is provided at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp, conveniently located in the centre of town, with all amenities within walking distance. You will be accommodated in set dome tents with twin beds and shared facilities (if you are a solo traveller, you will likely by sharing with another traveller of the same sex). Breakfast is not included at Victoria Falls Rest Camp.
Chalet or set dome tent (shared facilities):
Single: US$25 Twin: US$35 Set Tent: US$20
Chalet or set tent (private bathroom):
Single: US$95 Twin: US$95 Set Tent: US$90
All rates above are per room/tent.
Shared Dorm: US$15 per person
Departure Airport Transfer: US$20.00 per person to Victoria Falls Airport
Ashanti Lodge - 11 Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, SA.
For tours departing from Cape Town, day 1 accommodation is provided at the Comfort Inn. Dormitory accommodation is provided on day 1. Breakfast not included. If wishing to upgrade to a single or twin room, you can do so on arrival subject to availability, at a nominal cost. Facilities at Ashanti Lodge include a swimming pool, sundecks, a bar which serves light meals and a travel centre.
Dorm: ZAR 170 per person per night.
Single: ZAR 350 per person per night (shared facilities)
Double/Twin: ZAR 250 per person per night (shared facilities)
**En-Suite rooms in quieter area of Backpackers on request at higher rates.
Departure Airport Transfer – from ZAR270.00 per person
Please note - Due to the high volume of travellers to Cape Town and Ashanti Lodge's good reputation, it is essential to pre-book all of your pre and post tour accommodation directly with them as space may be limited and walk in clients may not be accommodated.
on the go are unable to make reservations at Ashanti Lodge on your behalf. Please email them directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. Rates are subject to change seasonally - for the latest prices please visit their website - www.ashanti.co.za/rates.
Mufasa Backpackers, 21 Fourth Road, Cloverdene, Benoni, Johannesburg, SA.
For tours departing from Johannesburg day 1 accommodation is provided at Mufasa Backpackers in dormitory rooms. If wishing to upgrade to a single or twin room, you can do so on arrival subject to availability. Facilities at the backpackers include a TV room, bar, swimming pool, travel desk and self catering kitchen. All rooms are shared facilities and include a continental breakfast of cereal, coffee and tea.
Dorm: ZAR 130.00 per person per night
Single: ZAR 300.00 per person per night
Double/Twin: ZAR 150.00 per person per night
Departure Airport Transfer: ZAR220.00 per 1 person, ZAR110 per person with 2 sharing
Kipepeo Beach Camp, Plt 4, Mjimwema, Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
For tours departing from Dar es Salaam, accommodation on day 1 is provided in Bandas (beach huts, with shared facilities) at Kipepeo Beach Camp. Breakfast not included. Facilities at the campsite include a restaurant and bar. If wishing to upgrade to a beach chalet you can do so upon request and subject to availability.
Bandas (beach huts with mosquito nets and communal bathrooms):
Single: US$20 per person per night
Twn/Dbl: US$14 per person per night
Triple: US$13 per person per night
Bandas - room only breakfast not included.
Beach chalets (chalet with mosquito nets and ensuite bathroom):
Single: US$65 per person per night
Twn/Dbl: US$43 per person per night
Triple: US$40 per person per night
Beach chalets - breakfast included.
Departure Airport Transfer: from US$35-50 per person per transfer depending on route and ferry availability.
Red Chili Hideaway, Plot 82 Sunderland Avenue, Kampala, Uganda.
For tours departing from Kampala, day 1 accommodation is provided at the Red Chili Hideaway in dormitory rooms with shared facilities. Breakfast not included.You can upgrade to a single or double/twin room upon request, subject to availability. The Red Chili Hideaway has a bar and restaurant.
Dorm: US$ 8 per person per night (shared facilities)
Single in Twin: US$ 20 per person per night (shared facilities)
Double/Twin: US$ 15 per person per night (shared facilities)
Departure Airport Transfer: US$ 40 - US$ 50 (from 6pm - 6am)
The level of accommodation used on our lodge safaris is typical mid-range African lodges, chalets and permanent tented camps. It is rare in Africa for lodges and camps to be given a star rating (eg 2,3,4 or 5 star) and therefore the standard can often be hard to categorise. Typically the accommodation used is the equivalent of 3 - 4 star standard although at times it is necessary to utilise simple lodges/camps to allow us to be in the best areas. Our emphasis is always on comfort, cleanliness and well managed lodgings, whilst ensuring we make the most of our surroundings. In certain destinations, to add to the true wilderness experience, simple accommodation in a spectacular location is preferable to accommodation with more amenities in a less desirable location.
Pre and post tour accommodation can be arranged upon request. In cases when tours depart very early on day 1 and return in the afternoon on the final day, we highly recommend that you book extra accommodation to ensure that you are well rested before the tour starts and to account for inevitable delays which may occur on return. Be sure to take this into account when booking flights. Please contact us for pre/post accommodation prices.
Luring travellers to its shores for centuries, Africa is certainly not new to tourism. Africa will surprise and delight even the frequent traveller or second time visitor, with the almost overwhelming choice of accommodation available. Be it a luxury tented camp with full facilities, a fabulous five star resort, an opulent lodge, a small boutique-style hotel or a modern all-amenities hotel, Africa offers a vast choice of accommodation styles and standards.
On your tailor-made holiday, enjoy the best of both worlds with a bespoke mix of hotels - perhaps a lodge one night, a luxury tented camp the next night, a deluxe hotel with all those lavish amenities just waiting to be sampled and then a night or two in a small boutique-style hotel. We can advise upon choices available at all locations to be featured on your touring itinerary and can offer further information on any choice of accommodation.