This is our listing of preferred budget accommodation in South Africa.
Situated in close proximity to the R24 airport freeway, the hotel is easily accessible to all the main feeder motorways. A shuttle bus service is available for the short 10 minute trip to and from Johannesburg International Airport for a nominal fee. The Isando Junction is across the road, which has a variety of restaurants at which to dine. A mini gym, pool and meeting room are also available at the hotel.
At the foot of the Garamoga Hills lies the Bakgatla Resort, which consists of unique Colonial Style Chalets. Each Chalet consists of a lounge, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and an ever-popular up-stairs loft bedroom. Bakgatla offers relaxation and much more for the outdoor enthusiast, such as self, or conducted game drives, bird watching and exciting excursions in and around the Pilanesberg National Park. Accomodation in Chalets or try the Executive Safari Tents.
Manyane Resort is nestled at the gateway to the Pilanesberg National Park, set in un spoilt natural surroundings. The thatched African styled chalets are luxurious, with one or two bedrooms including a lounge, and in certain Chalets an upstairs loft bedroom. Manyane offers tranquility and relaxation. Activities include mini golf, Children’s playground, walk in Aviary, self-guided or conducted game drives and a self-guided walking trails area. Accomodation in Chalets.
Camp Shonga is a small intimate bush retreat built in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains, offering views over the African bushveld. Location: - Camp Shonga is situated in a 15,000ha private concession in the south-eastern section of the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The Camp can accommodate 10 guests in 5 individual tents, all luxuriously equipped with en-suite bathrooms and ball and claw baths, outside shower, ceiling fans, mini-bar, fireplace and private game-viewing deck with recliner chairs and umbrella.
The central facility consists of a charming lounge area including a library and both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Spacious wooden deck from which to sip drinks as the game wanders past. A splash pool makes for relief between safari activities.
Located in ‘Big 5’ terrain, the ethos behind Camp Shonga is for the guides to share their vast knowledge of varying eco-systems with their guests, so ensuring an all-round safari experience.
Camp Shonga welcomes children of all ages and child-care is available upon request. In the interests of personal safety children under 6 years are unfortunately not allowed on game drives and only those over the age of 12 years are permitted on game walks.
The Camp has radio contact with Shishangeni Lodge, but no telephone or facsimile facilities.
Notten's Bush Camp is a 5 star lodge situated in Sabi Sands. It boasts fabulous rooms set in this world famous private reserve. Meals are of an international standard and is primarily buffet-style, often having an African theme.
Ol Tukai Lodge is a high-class tourist resort situated in the heart of the Amboseli National Park, which is one of East Africa’s most fascinating wildlife and nature parks. The lodge has eighty guest bedrooms and was opened in April 1996.
The property has received overwhelming response from the international and local tourism market. The buildings are spaciously laid out and the property has well maintained flat lawns, gardens and wide open spaces. It is an ideal spot for star gazers in the African tropical nights.
The property overlooks Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Amboseli plain to the south and the eastern boundary is home to several families of elephant known to be amongst the best spots in the world to watch elephant. The design concept was inspired by the beautiful topography to take full advantage of the flat planes on one side and the lush Acacia tree forest on the other.
The buildings are designed to give an open generous atmosphere with a blend of traditional African flavour yet having all the modern conveniences. The buildings have covered terraces built in gum pole and timber structures, with changing views and interests throughout the whole scheme.
Phumulani is a 4 star lodge situated at the Numbi Gate of the Kruger Park. The lodge consists of 17 en-suite, luxury, and thatched air-conditioned bungalows with private verandas. Rooms are spacious and cozy. The main lodge building and pool deck have great views of the valley below and comprise a reception area, a bar and a fabulous restaurant. Meals are of an international standard and is primarily buffet-style, often having an African theme.
Rhino Valley Lodge overlooks Tsavo West National Park in southern Kenya, offering a variety of accommodation types. The lodge is flanked by the rugged Ngulia Hills and features an active watering hole that attracts wildlife to the camp. On Exclusive Budget Safaris we stay in twin share rooms with en suite bathrooms, but Rhino Valley Lodge also has a campsite for camping safaris.
Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer.
The most relaxed and casual of all Sun City’s hotels, The Sun City Cabanas offer an informal yet comfortable accommodation option with direct access onto the rolling lawns above waterworld, providing its lush lake-side setting. This extensive lake is a watersport playground for visitors of all ages.
The Cabanas are ideal for relaxed family holidays with fully supervised entertainment for the kids at Kamp Kwena –an adventure playground, mini-golf, children’s animal farm, bumper boats and lots more.
There are several accommodation choices within the Mlilwane.
The Mlilwane Rest Camp is found in the southern corner of the reserve, in the midst of a well-matured rehabilitated area. Tall indigenous trees, all grown from seed, now tower over the camp overlooking an artificially created wetland system, which is home to hippopotamus, crocodile and a variety of water birds including infrequent visiting fish eagles.
The camp is unfenced, yet relatively safe as only smaller species of wildlife occur in the Sanctuary. The camp is tranquil and relaxing with a continual stream of animals such as impala, warthog and nyala – ostrich too, walking between the facilities quietly tolerant of human presence. There is a semi-circle of 8 rustic Rest Camp huts around the central Rest camp area, all consisting of a single room with an en-suite bathroom. The first six are wooden and thatch huts and the last two are Swazi Style grass beehives.
The two villages have the look and feel of traditional Swazi homesteads with grass dome-shaped huts arranged in semi-circles, central log fires and seating areas, all semi-enclosed by traditional Swazi kraal fencing. The huts are simple and sparsely furnished containing beds, a small table, bedside light and fan. Some are en suite with their own bathrooms attached. More than 40 people can be accommodated in the village without bathrooms and an additional 30 in the en-suite beehive village.
Situated in the Mlilwane Rest Camp, overlooking the Mhlambanyatsi River, is the Shonalanga cottage. Self catering and suitable for a large family group with it's own private braai area and not too far from the swimming pool.
Nyonyane Camp is a quiet, private self-catering camp on Mlilwane's eastern boundary with Lobamba, overlooking the Mdzimba and Logogo mountains. Travelling through the Sanctuary, it is approximately 6 Km from the Rest Camp. The tranquil camp comprises of 4 log cabins and camp patrons can enjoy visits from nyala, warthog, zebras and vervet monkeys and evenings around a communal campfire.
Nestled deep in the forests of Aberdare National Park , this world-renowned rustic treehouse is dedicated to game viewing. Originally built in 1932, Treetops is famous as the place where the then-Princess Elizabeth learned of her father's death and ascended to the British Throne in 1952.
Treetops lies in the path of an ancient elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Mountains and Mt Kenya National park, and is strategically sited right in front of a watering hole and salt lick. Guests can drink in the sight of elephants, buffalo, rhinos and more from the safety of four viewing decks and a rooftop platform.
Die-hard animal lovers needn't worry about missed sightings, even into the early hours of the morning. An optional buzzer in the rooms alerts the guests when a spectacle is unfolding at the waterhole.
Game drives and a lecture about Treetops are also available to the guests. This lodge-on-stilts is as space-efficient on the inside as it is unassuming on the outside. Trees grow right through the building. There are 48 cozy rooms and two suites, a lounge overlooking the waterhole and two bars. There is also a restaurant where dinner is served on charming old world refectory tables with bench seating.
It is 17 km away from Outspan Hotel , where guests begin and end their journey to Treetops. Guests are advised to bring warm clothing as nights can get chilly at this lodge, which is 6,450m above sea level.
Treetops is located very close to the wild animals. For this reason, children under the age of 5 are not allowed at either of these lodges, both for their safety and to maintain the quiet of the environment.
Ubizane Safari Lodge is situated near the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, in KwaZulu Natal.
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