African Budget Safaris Accommodation

This is our listing of preferred budget accommodation in South Africa.

Airport City Lodge

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.

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Bakgatla or Manyane Resort

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.

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Beachcomber Bay

Superbly positioned on a hilltop with 180° uninterrupted sea views and private access to golden beaches. This elegant home is decorated in an African theme combining style and comfort. Enjoy warm hospitality, personal service and sumptuous breakfasts. The sea views from the house and patios are quite magnificent. Three Blue Flag beaches (Margate, Ramsgate and Marina Beach) are in close proximity. A host of activities, scenic drives and a variety of quality restaurants are within easy reach of the guesthouse. The guesthouse is some 780 square meters in area, situation on 4200 square meters of peaceful garden and offers a variety of facilities.

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Camp Shonga

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.

Child policy

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.

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Cintsa Lodge

Cintsa Lodge is sheer luxury nestled amidst the Wild Coast dunes of the Eastern Cape. The clean lines of this refreshingly modern guest house shimmer against the backdrop of sea and sky, capturing the very essence of its natural surroundings. A breathtaking panoramic sea view from Haga Haga to Cintsa West lends itself to a truly relaxing experienc

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Halyards Hotel

The Halyards Hotel on the waterfront of the Royal Alfred Marina is splendidly situated, and is the centrepiece of the Royal Alfred Marina. The hotel has recently been voted as one of the Top 10 Resorts in the world by a United Kingdom based Tour Operator. The minute you enter this fine example of Cape Cod architecture with its cool and nautical appeal, you are surrounded by luxuries and comforts designed to make you feel really special.

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Hilltop Camp

'Winner of the British Airways Tourism For Tomorrow Award' The award-winning Hilltop Camp on the summit of a forested hill offers fine views of the surrounding countryside. The camp, the oldest in KwaZulu-Natal, was extensively rebuilt and enlarged in the early nineties, and today accommodation at Hilltop ranges from a luxury lodge to a variety of superbly appointed self-catering accommodation facilities. All units are serviced daily. This area includes an a la carte restaurant, an attractive pub and lounge decorated with photographs and memorabilia of the history of Hluhluwe, as well as a gift shop and convenience store.

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Hippo Hideaway

Hippo Hideaway is positioned on the banks of the St Lucia Estuary giving guests easy access the beauty of the wetlands. The resort is also well positioned within the town making all amenities within easy walking distance. All rooms are air-conditioned and have DSTV supplied. Being self catering all kitchens are fully equipped. Tariff includes a maid daily who remakes up the rooms, washes dishes etc. All 'hideaways' have their own patio areas along with Teak furniture. The resort also has a central boma with hammocks and timber furniture, a large swimming pool and a lovely timber sundeck with timber benches and tables with umbrellas. The resorts Host and Hostess are well versed in the area and can facilitate all tours and excursions, which you may require in order to enjoy the wonders of the Greater St Lucia Wetlands area.

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Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Hippo Hollow is situated outside Hazyview on the Sabi river, which rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Mpumalanga and descends quickly towards the low lying bushveld that is host to one of the most spectacular wildlife regions in Africa. Hippo Hollow is a thatched lodge with 18 chalets(sleeping 4), 19 chalets (sleeping 2), and 54 twin rooms (total 91 units). Each of the chalets is self catering with twin bedded accommodation. 18 of the chalets have a loft area with twin beds. They are tastefully decorated and have a gas barbecue and kitchen facilities for those who wish to self-cater. The lodge has two swimming pools, a la Carte restaurant and a ladies bar.

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Jacaranda Hotel

The Jacaranda Hotel is a comfortable garden hotel with 121 twin rooms, all en suite, set in 4 acres of colorful garden, 5 kms from the bustle of Nairobi’s cosmopolitan suburbs. It's location in the heart of Westland’s, which makes the charms and attractions of the city easily accessible. This is an ideal hotel for the visiting businessman, for a conference or as a Nairobi base for the start of an unforgettable safari.The hotel is a comfortable 3 star property with medium size swimming pool, restaurant and bar. It is conveniently located adjacent to The Sarit Centre, which offers a wide range of quality shops.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Situated in Lake Nakuru National Park this lodge offers beautiful views of the acacia forests and the lake. Wildlife can often be seen in front of the lodge, either from your room or from the main areas. A pool gives you the opportunity to cool down and relax when you are not out on game drives.

Le May’s Guest House

Le May is this elegant but homely Guest House situated in upmarket Scottburgh South, just off the Old South Coast Road on the magnificent Kwa Zulu Natal South Coast. Le May offers you old world hospitality and personal service. Our luxurious salt chlorinated rock pool is a must for the hot and weary. Curl up in our spacious and comfortable lounge with a book from the wide selection in our private library.Our Tea Garden is a cool retreat from the hot South African sun. Hot and cold refreshments are available.Le May caters for wheelchairs ensuring a comfortable and happy holiday.

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Mara Fig Tree Camp

Mara Fig Tree Camp is beautifully situated on the banks of the Talek River. Fig Tree has been carefully designed to blend in with the natural environment and provide luxury hospitality for all guests. The camp offers quality services from fine dinning to champagne Ballon Safaris giving all clients the very best of the mara experience. The camp has 65 luxury tents and cabins. All en suites and with private balcony. Has 2 restaurant areas, 2 bars, swimming pool and a look out tower.

Notten’s Game Lodge

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.

OI Tokai Lodge

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 Game Lodge

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.

Port Elizabeth City Lodge

Many rooms have a sea view and the hotel has a swimming pool for those hot summer days. There is a mini gym and a small meeting room for guest use. It is across the road from Humewood Beach, within walking distance of many restaurants, 500m from the Oceanarium and Boardwalk casino and entertainment area. The hotel is 8 minutes from Port Elizabeth’s CBD and 10 minutes from the Port Elizabeth Airport.

Rhino Valley Lodge

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.

Samburu Lodge

Samburu Lodge skilfully blends in with its environment having been constructed of local materials whenever possible. Each one of its sixty rooms enjoys an unobstructed view from its private veranda of the lazy flowing Uaso Nyiro River (Brown River in the language of the local people) in Samburu. The lodge's viewing balconies offer unrivalled pportunities for watching life in and out of the water below that often includes some of the largest crocodiles to be found anywhere in Kenya

Seaforth Farm

Seaforth Farm has so much to offer! Experience the spacious freedom of staying on a real working farm; only two minutes drive to all the attractions of the Dolphin Coast. Visit the private Bird hide, or just relax by the pool or on the sundeck! Take a conducted farm walk with Trevor and meet his tame Brahman cattle. Walk amongst the organic fruit & vegetable gardens…and taste the fresh produce served with real farm eggs at breakfast!

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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

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.

Sun City Cabanas

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.

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The Cormorant Guesthouse

The Cormorant Guest House is right on the edge of a beautiful lagoon, and has views of the beach and mountain, offering spacious and elegant en-suite bedrooms, a family unit and semi self-catering double bedroom with a private entrance. All rooms have satellite television. Guests may relax on our sundecks positioned on three levels with spectacular views. Breakfast is served there are various restaurants nearby.

The Mlilwane Rest Camp

There are several accommodation choices within the Mlilwane.

Rest Camp

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.

Beehive Village

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

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.

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The Riempie Estate

Situated in a farm-like setting on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, Riempie Estate is a charming hotel with well-appointed thatched rondavels, only 20 minutes away from the Cango Caves and moments away from the crocodile and ostrich farms for which Oudtshoorn is famed. Dine in the excellent restaurant and enjoy the best in country fare and hospitality.

The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel, situated in Pilgrim's Rest, was impeccably restored, to reflect true late Victorian style. This national monument is famous for its atmosphere and world-class service and facilities. Composed of ten authentic buildings dating back to the latter part of the nineteenth century, the hotel offers charming en-suite bedrooms. The Royal Hotel is the centre attraction of Pilgrim's Rest. From here visitors can plan all daily excursions and then come home to a relaxing evening of Victorian comfort.

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The Stellenbosh Hotel

Enjoy old world charm with air-conditioned modern comforts and friendly, attentive hospitality in the historic centre of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch Hotel is a 27 room boutique style hotel . Museums, art galleries and curio shops are all within safe walking distance. The hotel was built on land granted by Gov. Simon van der Stel between 1692 and 1701. The building was restored in 1987 and has been declared a national monument.

The Tropicana

The Tropicana Hotel is a modern property with ten floors, situated on Durban's famous Golden Mile, overlooking the Indian Ocean and just 200 metres from the white sandy beaches. All guestrooms have a partial sea view, benefit from coffee and tea makers, safes, direct- dial phones, cable television and complimentary dial-up Internet connections. Guests can also relax on the sun terraces beside the pool and enjoy refreshments from the bar. Those wishing to explore the area can use the hotel's complimentary Internet services; staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with local information and nearby parking. Ushaka Marine World is two kilometres from the hotel, and guests looking for a fun night out should head to the Sun Coast Casino Complex, two and a half kilometres away. The hotel is approximately 18 kilometres from Durban International Airport.

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The Windsor Hotel

The Windsor Hotel is situated on a cliff edge with spectacular panoramic views of the Indian Ocean below, visible from almost all its rooms. This Hermanus hotel is perfect for a relaxing seaside holiday break, and the frolicking whales in the Indian Ocean will add to your enjoyment! Windsor Hotel has a three star rating and was built in 1896 - making it the oldest accommodation in Hermanus!

Tonquani Lodge

Voted Best B&B/Guest House with Self-Catering in South Africa 2000, 2001 & 2002. Log Cabins and en suite family suites with fully stocked mini-bar, satellite TV, hairdryer, heater & fans. Swimming Pool & Barbecues.


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.

  • Shutterbugs can take close shots from two photographic hides at ground level.
  • History buffs can get animal counts for years past.

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

Ubizane Safari Lodge is situated near the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, in KwaZulu Natal.

Umngazi River Bungalows

Umngazi River Bungalows is an attractive and comfortable, away-from-it-all resort with all the modern amenities one requires for a fantastic vacation. Umngazi is 15km’s outside Port St. Johns At Umngazi you’ll be pampered in spacious thatch-roofed bungalows each with en suite bathroom and private open-air shower. The days here are all yours to enjoy. While the more active may be tempted by beach walks and activities, simply relaxing in comfortable and private surroundings remains a substantial temptation. Please note that Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in your stay at Umngazi River Bungalows.

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Zuurberg Mountain Inn

Fondly referred to as "The Old Lady", the Zuurberg Mountain Inn is a country Hotel set in true African scenic splendour, with a wealth of history dating back to the 1850's. With the Greater Addo Elephant National Park on its doorstep, guests are accommodated in African Styled Thatched-Cottages, or in the old original 1861 Manor House. Furnished to meet international standards.

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