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Safari Lodges and Tented Camps

What is the difference between Lodges and Tented Camps ?

During your Safari you will be sleeping dining and resting in an Accommodation. You can choose the Accommodation that you like to stay in during your safari in our accommodations list. Or our safari experts can help you choose the best Accommodation for you.

There are two types of accommodations Tented Camps and Lodges.The Lodges and Tented Camps that we offer vary from basic to luxurious.

Oke lets have a look at the differents between the Accommodations.

> Read about Tented Camps here

> Read about the Lodges here

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Tented Camps

For the Design of the Accommodation most Tented Camps are raised on wooden decks and some featuring roll-up walls (if you wish to feel truly at one with nature). In the Tents you will find comfortable furnishings all with touches of African flair. You will also find large comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers are standard.
If you go for a verry luxury tent you might find sunken baths or Jacuzzis! But after a long bumpy day in a 4x4 cruiser, a hot shower and soft bed will simply be heavenly.

Most Camps that we recommend on our safaris dont have more than 15 tents and are quite luxurious, normally they have more than one dining room so you can have a more private experience with your group if you wish.
All have modern plumbing, some have a swimming pool, and occasionally a communication center and perhaps a small gym.

For the real African Safari Experience the camps are based in calm and remote areas with lots of wildlife. Most Camps have game viewing platforms overlooking rivers, landscapes and water holes which attract wild animals such as giraffes, antelopes, lions and many others.
The camps also have campfires where you can sit and relax for sun downers and after dinner drinks.
Some Camps are run by local tribes that will give you some insight into life in the bush and the natural surroundings.

Examples of Tented Camps


Massai Mara Game reserve Kenya.

- The camp is located around a natural watering hole frequented visited by Wild animals and birds species.
Getting to the camp is an adventure of its own because you have to cross Mara river on a boat then escorted short walk to the secluded Luxury Little Governors camp. The camp also has a big brother called Main Governors Camp.

Finch Hattons Camp

Tsavo West National Park Kenya

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You can watch hippos and crocodiles move in the natural spring pools which flows through the Amazing African camp. One can also have a view of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest snow peaked mountain in Africa and the surrounding landscape and volcanic features and be able to enjoy sunset from the tents and enjoy your safari.
Finch hattons has been voted the best tented camp in Africa in recent years so one can just imagine how amazing the camp is, luxury in the African Wild!

Bigi Epiya chapeyu.

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This Accommodation can be combined with all Tsavo Safaris

This unfenced camp is located along the Galana River in Tsavo east National park. Guaranteed delicious meals especially Italian.
The camp is frequently visited by an elephant named Mario.


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Lodges generally are built of local materials like rock and stones and in some cases timber. They usually, but not always, accommodate more guests than camps.
Most tourist lodges can be compared to modern hotels they will include restaurants, a swimming pool, bars, ensuite bathrooms and toilets, and more for example gift shops. The rooms in the lodges may be housed in one main building others offer chalets or huts a small distance away. With comfortable furnishings all with special African Design.

The biggest differences between a safari camp and a safari lodge is usually the size (the lodges, in general, are bigger), the presence of amenities (like electricity, air-conditioning and for example hair dryers) and of course, instead of tent sidewalls you will have four solid walls around you. The more relevant distinction is that in some cases a safari lodge is a way to save money but in some other cases they will cost you more.

Most Lodges are a really beautifull combination of creative African architecture and absolute style. They are blended into the landscape to be in the best harmony with the surrounding ecosystem
The Lodges are rarely situated in as wild and remote areas as the Tented camps, but they are often placed in strategic locations with amazing panoramas, and offer amazing views.
Most lodges are build around watering holes attracting lots of animals that you can watch from the comfortable lodge rooms.

Examples of Lodges


Lumo wildlife conservancy.

From the lodge one can view the golden green Savannah grasslands which will take your breath away for how magnificent it is, just enjoying African Beauty and also view Mount Kilimanjaro the snow caped mountain. Wild animals frequently visit near the lodge to drink water so the lodge serves food near that place to ensure the guest has a closer look.



Taita Hills Wildlife sanctuary.

While relaxing and feeling the beauty of African Savannah you will have a chance to spot wild animals who frequently visit the water hole, and the lodge also has a terrace to view the animals and a tunnel to get closer to the animals while they drink water at the waterhole not forgetting different birds species whom also visit the water hole.


Masai Mara Game reserve Kenya.

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Perched high on the saddle of a central Mara hill, the Mara Serena has some of the best views in the reserve, reaching all the way down to the Mara River, and is superbly situated for migration watching in particular (typically from July to October).

Tripadvisor Reviews

  • "Amazing Experience"


    Harry assisted us with organizing our vacation from start to finish. We booked transfers, flights, the safari and hot air balloon ride at Governor's Camp in Masai Mara all through Oranje. Upon our arrival to JKO, a representative with Oranje was present to assist us. We had several flights booked and a rep with the company was there for each departure and arrival. We had an amazing time and enjoyed every moment in Nairobi, Masai Mara, and Diani.
    -Willem Jan, Netherlands

  • “Spectacular Safari”

    “Spectacular Safari”


    Just had an incredible 4 day safari with Oranje through Tsavo East, West and Amboseli. The highlights were mating elephants and mating lions, and three hunting cheetahs seen at close quarters. We saw hundreds of other animals including hippos, and crocodiles eating a baby hippo at Mizumi Springs. Our Driver Alex was very knowledgable and a skilled driver who made us feel safe at all times. We had excellent service from him and Harry who were regularly checking that everything was OK, and they chose superbly located lodges near watering holes where we saw an array of animals every night. We had a private safari in a huge land rover so the trip was spacious and there were cold drinks on board and frequent toilet stops. Everything ran on time, and Oranje is also well covered with flying doctor insurance. I highly recommend a safari with Oranje.

  • “9 days safari perfectly organised”

    “9 days safari perfectly organised”


    Harry, the owner of Oranje Safari, was a good help in planning our trip to Kenya. By visiting the diiferent parks, we did not only see a lot of wildlife, but did also see all kinds of different and beautful landscapes. Our guide Alex was top!. He has eyes like a hawk and knows a lot about the wildlife, and is specialised in birds.

    At first we were a little worried about working directly from Belgium with a local agency. But Oranje Safaris dit not only offer a personal service, but also reacted promptly on any question. What a difference compared to the travel agencies in Belgium. We recommend Oranje Safari to everyone who wants to go on safari in Kenya without any worries.



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  • Location: 900m from Southern Palms Hotel Diani Kenia

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