When planning a safari, a person usually contemplates East Africa or Southern Africa.
East Africa safaris comprise Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda as well as the the Great Migration and Game drives in the World famous Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Based in Kenya let me focus on tented camps in Kenya and how they differ.
Tented camps are very popular in Kenya because of the excitement and adventure they provide.
Imagine falling asleep and hearing the sound of a laughing hyena outside your safari tent or heading for breakfast and seeing dikdiks and impalas hopping on their way at your tented camp.
Different tented camps have different types of safari tents. You can have basic safari tents which are just like your ordinary camping tents with shared bathrooms and toilets in the compound.
There is another type of basic tented camp which is a safari tent made of canvas that has a basic ensuite bathroom with either a squat toilet or a water closet. Hot showers aren’t always guaranteed in these types of tents and there is a lack of sockets in the tents or electricity in this type of tented camp. They sometimes have a generator that runs for a few hours in the evenings.
We then move onto a semi-luxury tented camp in Kenya. This type of tented camp is usually a semi permanent structure with a wooden or stone floor with either double or twin beds, ensuite bathroom and toilet with hot water showers, flush toilets. These safari tents also usually have a patio area where guests can just sit and enjoy the nature around them. Some also have swimming pools where guests can just take an afternoon off and relax.
The tented camp is usually low key with a basic infrastructure where you have meals and most meals are out in the flora and fauna unless there is rain where you will eat in the dining hall.
The Semi-luxury tented camps in Kenya at the Maasai Mara can be either outside the park or inside the park. The tented camps which are outside the National reserve are generally cheaper to stay in and more cost effective because if you are staying for longer and not going into the park every day, you only pay for the days that you go into the park where as the tented camps based inside the national reserve tend to be more expensive and a guest pays park fees for every day that they stay as they are within the national reserve whether or not they go on game drive.
For guests on a budget, who would like to stay for longer periods, it is advisable to stay in a tented safari camp outside the National Reserve so that they can get more days for their safari tent experience.
Lastly we get to the luxury tented camps which are either mostly in Conservancies or inside the National Reserve. These tented camps generally have high prices because of their location within the conservancies or the national reserve.
Whatever your choice of Safari tented camp, you are assured that your tented safari experience is one that you will take home the best memories of.