One of Africa’s prime tourist destinations, the infrastructure of East Africa is well tried and tested; and the range of accommodation is comprehensive indeed. The spirit of Africa is also exemplified by its tradition of hospitality. Few people in the world are as welcoming as the Kenyans, Ugandans and Tanzanians. The accommodation offered falls into four broad categories:
Uniquely different and scenically located, the safari lodges are located within the national parks and reserves. Presented in classic African style, they offer charming rooms, outdoor swimming pool areas, atmospheric dining, ‘sundowners’ (within the lodge or in the surrounding scenery), game drives, guided walks and cultural visits.
Special camps and lodges
Ideally located and presented in the time-honoured ‘Out of Africa’ style, these special luxury tented camps (sometimes also called lodges) have little to do with ‘camping’ and everything to do with atmosphere. Usually comprising a central dining and bar area, they are typically surrounded by widely spaced permanent ‘tents’ (with thatched roofs, in-built ensuite bathrooms, luxury furniture and generator-electricity), and often feature a campfire area and/or game-viewing platform or water-hole.
A limited number of lodges are offered (many of them located on private community ranches), which have been designed and built by the local community using ecologically friendly materials, traditional art and décor, and sustainable energy. Many specialize in unique diversions such as camel treks, visits to cultural villages or authentic dance performances; and all proceeds are shared with the local community and/or devoted towards the preservation of the wildlife and environment.
Private ‘Fly’ Camps
Some of our adventure travel choices feature private tented camps, which are pitched in specific locations within the national parks and reserves. Tailor-made to our client’s specifications, they feature luxury tents, ‘safari’ kitchens, beautifully-presented central ‘mess tents’, and central campfire and ‘sun downer’ areas. Bathroom facilities vary from camp to camp (see the specific information offered on your itinerary).
City/town hotels and Beach resorts
East Africa’s city hotels as well as beach resorts offer extremely high standards of service and are comparable to the best hotels anywhere in the world. All offer ensuite rooms, most with verandas, air-conditioning or fans and mosquito nets; global communications, business centres, swimming pools and extensive grounds. Many offer nightly African cultural entertainment, especially on the coast.
Mind, body and spirit spas
The better East African hotels and resorts offer either fitness centres or spa facilities. Typically these will include; a gymnasium, an aerobics studio (offering a wide range of classes from body sculpting to Tai Chi), a juice bar, steam and sauna, sun-deck and pool. Clubs will also typically offer; tennis (usually flood-lit), squash, table-tennis, volleyball.