Lodges tend to be of permanent construction with rooms built of stone or wood. Most will have en-suite bathrooms with running hot and cold water.
Some lodges have interconnecting rooms or family cottages and other facilities are likely to include dining and bar areas, swimming pools, library, etc.
Tented Safari Camps
Safari tents are large, comfortable and big enough to walk around in. They will be fully equipped with proper beds and furniture. The majority have adjoining bathrooms and flush loos. Some of the more remote camps will use long drop loos and safari style bucket showers. Tented safari camps will have central dining and bar areas and some have swimming pools.
Private Vacation Houses
There are a number of private houses spread throughout East Africa primarily in Kenya. These are beautifully appointed with en-suite bedrooms, and comfortable lounge and dining areas. Many have private pools and large garden areas and play areas for Kids. These usually have dedicated guides and vehicles for guests staying in private houses.
Mobile Tented Camps
A mobile tented safari will be a camping style trip where tents are set up for you in remote, beautiful settings and in areas to maximize game viewing. Actual accommodation varies from simple dome tents to luxurious, classic style safari tents. In the majority of cases, there won’t be running water and facilities will comprise bucket showers and long or short drop loos. Meals will be taken outside with supper under the stars.
These are remote versions of the tented safari camp and will often be taken down at the end of a season so may also be called semi-permanent camps. Some will be canvas tents and others constructed of timber. Most will have en-suite bathrooms but many will have long drop loos and bucket showers rather than running water. Most bush camps will have a simple bar and dining area for guests to congregate in at the end of the day.