Different categories of tented camp are as follows:
Within these categories, the style of accommodation varies…
African Luxury – permanent
Either made from brick/wood, under thatch or tented.
Always spacious and beautifully appointed; large en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, bath, indoor and outdoor shower, flush lavatories; spacious veranda, usually with a private plunge pool; often air conditioned and spa/gym room available for use; gourmet food, butlers, everything you could wish for…
Luxury-style tents are enormous and more on the scale of a cottage made of canvas. Great attention is given to every design detail. Here genuine luxury is provided and the staff-to-client ratio and standards of service are impressive.
African Wilderness – usually permanent, sometimes seasonal
Includes the East African bush homes and ranches. Camps and lodges are both tented and brick or wood/reeds under thatch. Rooms are extremely comfortable; bathrooms are en suite with hot and cold running water and flush lavatory, often a dressing room and always a veranda.
These camps are often, but not always, owner-managed, which ensures personal attention to detail and a sociable experience.
African Escape – tented, seasonal, semi-permanent, mobile
These authentic-style camps are referred to as: –
– mobile because they are erected and raised as bookings dictate or to follow seasonal game movements, such as in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.
– semi-permanent because they are raised at the beginning of the season and stay up until the season’s end.
The tents are large, have spacious en suite bathrooms incorporating hot and cold water, a ‘short-drop’ safari or flush toilet and traditional ‘safari shower’.
Tents are fully gauzed to protect against insects. They are beautifully appointed and decorated. Each contains comfortable beds, dressing tables, safari wardrobe and luggage racks.
There is a large veranda with a table and safari chairs.
The communal living area is generally well stocked with reference books and reading matter and ‘a help yourself’ bar area.
These camps are often booked for exclusive use and are usually owner-managed, providing a very private, personal and sociable experience.
African Down-to-Earth – seasonal and tented
Small ‘dome’ or ‘bell’ tents are used, usually large enough for standing room. Sleeping is typically on a camping mattress in a sleeping bag. Communal bathroom facilities with long drop toilet and bush shower are available.
Please note: Due to the logistics of moving these camps (camels, porters, etc.), they are not necessarily less expensive, but do provide an unassuming, down-to-earth, authentic bush experience.