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Best Africa Luxury Lodges

Africa's hotels range from no-frills establishments to sky's-the-limit dens of luxury. Under the 'hotel' category you could also be bedding down at a guesthouse, B&B, rest house, pensao (in Mozambique) or campement (in West Africa). The latter is a simple rural hotel, often with a campsite attached. A cheap local hotel in East Africa is called a gesti or lodgings, while hoteli is Swahili for basic eating place.

Lodges and tented camps are the prestige end of the safari market and it’s important to note that ‘camp’ doesn’t necessarily denote a campsite (although it may). A camp sometimes refers to a well-appointed, upmarket option run by a private company. Accommodation is usually in tents or chalets made from natural materials. In upmarket lodges and camps the rates will typically include accommodation plus full board, activities (wildlife drives, boat trips etc) and perhaps even house wine and beer. It may also include laundry and transfers by air or 4WD (although these are usually extra).

Lodges and tented camps are particularly prevalent in Southern and East Africa, although there are some high-end outposts elsewhere.

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