Safari Accommodation: Your Ultimate Guide For An Unforgettable Safari

Planning an African safari in Kenya can leave you overwhelmed by accommodation options, often confusingly interchanged. Luxury travelers can choose from safari game lodges, luxury tented camps, and rustic bush camps for accommodation.

Accommodations range from offering familiar comforts reminiscent of home to providing an escape to an entirely different world. They radiate rugged charm, enhanced by wildlife and panoramic views of Africa’s landscapes. While not overtly ostentatious, these accommodations deliver excellence at every turn.

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Safari Accommodation: A VARIETY OF ADVENTURE

Similar to the diverse array of mammals roaming the African plains, each accommodation offers its own unique and memorable features. Despite the majestic surroundings, the quality of accommodation ensures accessibility for even the most discerning visitors. Pampering takes various forms, and where you choose to rest on safari provides a fresh perspective every time. Indeed, accommodation becomes an unexpected delight of the safari experience, particularly when paired with our top African safari trips.

Amidst monumental landscapes, spaciousness is a given in individual rooms and the layout of camps or lodges. Seclusion naturally accompanies this vastness, with lodges carefully positioned at a distance from one another. Moreover, expect each accommodation to boast its own unique style and design, seamlessly blending with the natural environment. As the perfect complement and antidote to a day of adventure, safari accommodations gently beckon, offering solace and comfort in equal measure.

Across different African countries, the dominance of one style over the others varies, with some itineraries blending a mix of these accommodations. However, regardless of your choice, whether exploring the best places Africa has to offer or discovering the top safari destinations within its countries, exceptional service and unique experiences await throughout your stay.

THREE TYPES OF Safari Accommodation IN KENYA

From the more rustic bush camp safari experience to personalised luxury tented camps and commercial safari game lodges – knowing the differences can help you make the best decision for. 
In this guide, we’ll look at three types of safari accommodation for you to choose from as you prepare to embark on your own unique African safari experience.


Experience the epitome of serenity and comfort amidst the wild in one of Kenya’s many luxury tented camps. Nestled in prime locations within Africa’s iconic national parks and reserves, these safari accommodation types blend opulence and connection to nature. Finch Hattons is the perfect example of a luxury tented camp, where the safari experience is every bit as immersive as the personalised service for the more seasoned traveller.

Each of our 17 luxury tented suites is meticulously designed to provide the utmost comfort, featuring lavish furnishings, en-suite bathrooms, and private verandas overlooking the untamed landscape. Privacy is of the utmost importance to us, allowing guests to experience the wild in the seclusion of their personal sanctuary. Our accommodation offering includes both standard and family suites, as well as the exclusive presidential suite, ideal for honeymooners and VIP guests. 

A luxury tented camp will often include five star dining facilities as well as wellness amenities. Finch Hattons has a number of dining venues with gourmet meals prepared by our inhouse Chef Kennedy. Finch Hattons is home to the award-winning Chyulu Spa where guests are encouraged to rejuvenate with one of many luxury treatments. Our yoga deck and instructors from Africa Yoga Project offer the perfect place to restore wellness during your stay with us. 

With personalised service and unparalleled access to the greatest biodiversity in the world, our luxury tented camp promises an unforgettable safari experience, with all the creature comforts you’d come to expect from a world-class safari accommodation.

Why Choose a Luxury Tented Camp for Your Safari Accommodation?

Unrivaled Serenity and Exclusivity

Experience Unrivaled Serenity and Exclusivity at a luxury tented camp, ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These camps offer a secluded retreat where you can reconnect with nature and rejuvenate your soul. With a limited number of tents spaced out for privacy, you’ll feel as though you have the entire savannah to yourself. Relax on your private veranda, watching the sun set over the plains, casting a golden glow.

Intimate Wildlife Encounters

Enjoy Intimate Wildlife Encounters, a major highlight of luxury tented camps. Positioned within or near Africa’s renowned national parks and reserves, these camps provide easy access to prime game viewing areas. Embark on guided game drives to spot the Big Five and other iconic species in their natural habitat. After a thrilling day of wildlife sightings, return to camp to unwind in the comfort of your luxury tent, knowing the magic of the bush is right on your doorstep.

Personalised Bush Experiences

Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar lodges, luxury tented camps offer a more personal bush experience that allows you to truly connect with your surroundings. Camps are more boutique allowing a more custom experience with all the fineries that accompany a five start safari experience, including fine dining, wellness facilities and personalised service from knowledgeable staff. 

Cultural Experiences

In addition to thrilling wildlife encounters, luxury tented camps offer guests the chance to absorb the rich cultural heritage of Africa. From guided bush walks led by knowledgeable guides to visits to local communities and cultural villages, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the traditions, customs, and way of life of the indigenous peoples of Africa. Gain insights into traditional bushcraft, sample delicious local cuisine, and interact with community members, develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the diverse cultures that call Africa home.


Bush Camping immerses guests in the rugged beauty of Africa’s wilderness, offering a more hands-on safari experience. During your adventure, you’ll actively participate in camp duties, guided by an experienced team. What’s more, from pitching your tent to assisting with meal preparation every task contributes to a more communal safari experience.

Group involvement extends to dishwashing duties on a rotation basis, creating camaraderie among fellow adventurers. Accommodation varies from designated camping sites within and outside national parks, each offering unique comforts and facilities. While some sites provide basic sanitation and limited amenities, others boast additional luxuries such as swimming pools and fully-stocked bars. Overnight stays are in 2-man tents equipped with sleeping mats, ensuring a comfortable night’s rest amidst the beauty of the African wild. 


Hands-On Adventure

Bush Camping offers a hands-on safari experience where guests actively participate in camp duties, providing a deeper connection to the wilderness compared to luxury tented camps or lodges.


By staying at designated camping sites inside and outside national parks, adventurers experience the raw beauty of Africa firsthand, losing themselves in the sights, sounds, and sensations of the bush. Being in closer proximity to wildlife adds an extra layer of excitement to the adventure.

Flexibility and Camaraderie

With group involvement in camp tasks and dishwashing duties, Bush Camping strengthens camaraderie among fellow travellers. While at the same time providing the flexibility to tailor the safari experience to individual preferences and interests.


Bush-camping offers a much more affordable safari experience for travellers coming to Africa on a budget.


Safari game lodges epitomise the timeless allure of Africa, and is one of the more common safari accommodation offerings.  Guests can expect a harmonious blend of breathtaking landscapes and unparalleled comfort at a more commercial level. These permanent structures are strategically positioned to maximize the natural beauty surrounding them. For example, they often boasting lofty perches with commanding views of the wilderness.

Distinguished by their permanence, safari lodges indulge guests with various amenities. Such as infinity pools overlooking the savannah, elegant bar areas, and expansive restaurant terraces. In essence, they represent a localised version of a hotel or guesthouse. They often feature private bathrooms, spacious dining areas, and additional luxuries like swimming pools.

WHY CHOOSE A SAFARI GAME LODGE for Your Safari Accommodation?

Western-style Comfort

Lodges offer amenities akin to Western-style hotels, including well-appointed bathrooms equipped with standard features and modern conveniences.

Accommodation Options

With lodge sizes varying, they cater to groups of all sizes. More specifically, they provide a range of room choices to suit diverse preferences.

Room Variety

Visitors often have the flexibility to select from a variety of room options, including deluxe, family and honeymoon suites.

Ubiquitous Presence

Safari game lodges are dispersed throughout Africa, from national parks to private reserves making them a popular safari accommodation choice.

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Whether you’re dreaming of a luxurious retreat in the African bush or a rugged camping expedition under the stars. Kenya has the perfect safari accommodation for you, offering a diverse range of options to suit every traveler’s preferences.

If you’re seeking the personalised pleasure of understated luxury, then Finch Hattons is your safari accommodation of choice. Allow our expert reservation specialists to offer tailor-made itineraries for your African safari adventure. Explore our Pay 3 Stay 4 Family Safari and our Flying Safari Adventure promotions.

Get ready to explore Africa’s hidden gems, encounter its majestic wildlife, and create memories to last a lifetime. Contact us today to start planning your safari getaway. Your African adventure awaits!

Safari Accommodation: Your Ultimate Guide For An Unforgettable Safari

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