Although a classic African safari experience is on many people’s bucket lists, the cost of a safari holiday can be a deterrent. Luckily, there are many lodges and camps in Africa that offer comfortable accommodation, excellent facilities, and thrilling safari activities at affordable rates. We have put together a collection of the best budget bush camps, safari lodges and safari camps on this incredible continent.
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Nkambeni Tented Safari Camp is a modern, comfortable and affordable safari lodge in South Africa’s legendary Kruger National Park. The camp’s tented suites are built on wooden decks for minimal environmental impact, and each one is air-conditioned with en-suite facilities. There are both indoor and outdoor showers for a unique experience. The park’s incredible wildlife can be viewed on excellent guided game drives and walks.
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is found in the Timbavati Game Reserve in South Africa‘s Greater Kruger region. The camp accommodates 16 guests in comfortable furnished safari tents. The tents are set out under Marula and Leadwood trees and overlook a watering hole. The camp has an informal and relaxed atmosphere, where guests can immerse themselves in the African wilderness.
Quatermain’s Camp is found in South Africa‘s malaria-free Eastern Cape, in the Big 5 Amakhala Game Reserve. The camp consists of just 3 safari tents, fashioned and furnished in a vintage colonial style, with en-suite facilities and private wooden decks. Activities at the camp include game drives, boating, fishing, star gazing and a historical tour.
Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp is a romantic and intimate tented safari camp in the Mabula Game Reserve in South Africa. The camp has just five luxury tents, each with en-suite facilities. Horseback safaris are the main activity offered at the lodge,. They allow a unique way to view the reserve’s wildlife, which includes the Big 5. Guided game drives and walks are also offered.
Found in the Waterberg region of South Africa, Mabula Game Lodge is a luxurious, family-friendly establishment. It is located in Mabula Game Reserve, which is home to the Big 5 and is also malaria-free. The lodge’s comfortable suites are equipped with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, and satellite TVs. The lodge offers a variety of activities, including paintball, archery, horse-riding and quad biking, in addition to game drives and bush walks.
Jumbo Junction Camp is found in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, one of the most pristine wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. The camp provides beautiful views of the region’s stunning deltas, lagoons and islands, and offers canoe safaris and game drives for a unique safari experience. Choose from luxury rooms, bedded safari tents, or more rustic self-camping accommodation.
Elephant Plains Game Lodge is found in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. The Sabi Sands is located in the Greater Kruger region, famous for its spectacular wildlife diversity. The camp offers a range of accommodation options, luxurious facilities and exciting activities to its guests. These include a spa, gym, conference facilities, curio shop, pool, and wind cellar. Game drives, stargazing, and and cultural tours are available at the lodge.
nThambo Tree Camp is found in South Africa‘s Klaserie Private Game Reserve, a Big 5 reserve that is also home to a host of other wildlife species. The camp’s 5 suites are built on wooden stilts and offer breathtaking views of the wilderness. The camp has a swimming pool and a boma, which is perfect for meals and relaxation at the end of a long day of game-viewing. Guided game drives, walks and stargazing are among the activities on offer to guests.
South Africa‘s Kruger National Park is one of the most famous safari destinations in the world. A traditional Kruger safari experience will take guests through the park on a game drive vehicle. However, a walking safari is one of the most authentic ways to experience the Kruger wilderness. The Kruger Wilderness Walking Trails allow guests to get up close and personal with the African wilderness: see, touch, hear, smell and even taste your way through the bush! Choose from seven different guided trails.
Meerkat Sanctuary is found on the privately-owned Kalahari Trails Nature Reserve in South Africa, near the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It offers guests several accommodation options in this wilderness retreat. Family guesthouses and 2/3-sleeper units provide self-catering accommodation, while there are facilities for those wishing to camp out on their own in the wilderness. The region offers incredible activities, including an interactive meerkat experience, walking safaris, hiking, stargazing and self-drive safaris.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge is a modern safari lodge, found in South Africa‘s famous Lowveld region, in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The lodge’s accommodation includes luxury and standard options, and is family friendly. The lodge has a gym, bar and infinity pool, and offers both walking and game drive safari to its guests.
NDzuti Safari Lodge is found in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve in South Africa‘s game-rich Kruger region. The lodge is made up of 4 en-suite air-conditioned rooms, each leading onto the lodge’s garden and pool area. The lodge also has a boma, dining area and interactive kitchen for guests. Guests can enjoy viewing the famous Kruger wildlife on game drives, guided walks and from the lodge’s lookout hide. Stargazing out in the wilderness is another highlight for guests.
Africa on Foot is a small family-run bush camp found in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve in South Africa‘s Greater Kruger region. The camp is made up of comfortable furnished traditional round huts, with facilities that include a swimming pool and a boma. A unique feature of the camp is a treehouse lookout for enjoying the surrounding wilderness. Guided walking and game drive safaris are offered at the camp.
Mutale Falls Camp is an intimate camp found overlooking the magnificent Mutale Falls in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The camp is small and rustic, consisting of just 5 en-suite safari tents situated on wooden decks. There is no electricity and the camp is reached only by 4×4 tracks, meaning that guests get to experience an authentic wilderness experience. Self-drive safaris allow guests to experience viewing the area’s incredible wildlife and birdlife; there are also archaeological sites to visit.
Timbavati Safari Lodge is a classic safari lodge in the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa. The lodge’s accommodation is comprised of hand-painted traditional ‘rondavels’ (round huts). The units all have small verandas, mosquito nets, and en-suite bathrooms. There are plenty of adventurous activities on offer at Timbavati, including elephant-back safaris, guided game drives, hiking, cultural tours, and self drives.
Gomo Gomo Game Lodge is found in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. This classic safari lodge consists of air-conditioned en-suite chalets, and features a pool, a boma, and open dining area that overlooks a waterhole. Guided game drives provide the opportunity to encounter a variety of game species, including the Big 5. Bush walks are also offered.
Mafia Island Lodge is an affordable and family-friendly island lodge, found on the beautiful Mafia Island, off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. The lodge features air-conditioned accommodation with en-suite facilities, each with sea-view verandas. Guests can enjoy a host of adventure activities that include scuba diving, snorkeling and boating, or simply relax on the beach. The region’s marine life is superb, and includes the endangered dugong and rare Comoros flying fox.
Serolo Safari Camp is found in eastern Botswana, in the Tuli Game Reserve. This classic tented safari camp provides a true African wilderness experience. Accommodation is provided in 5 comfortable tents, each featuring en-suite bathroom facilities. The unfenced camp is located on the floodplain of the Limpopo River, in an area home to a variety of species that includes elephant, leopard and African wild cat. Two game activities per day are included in the rate- bush walks, game drives and night drives are available.
Wildside Tented Camp can be found in the Waterberg in South Africa, which is located close to Johannesburg and Pretoria. The camp is found in the Entabeni Safari Conservancy and is made up of 20 tented suites. Each suite has air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and private pools. Facilities include a wine cellar, bar, pool, spa and restaurant. Activities include stargazing, helicopter flights, game drives, and quad biking.