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As you traverse the length and breadth of Kenya, Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar, you will find a wide and varied range of accommodation. No matter how off the beaten track you go, you will surely find elegance, ambiance and a sterling quality of service in East Africa. Ranging from opulent private homesteads, luxury tented camps and 5 star boutique beach villas and hotels to the larger game lodges and beach hotels.

Our staff regularly 'spot check' many of the regions, locations and establishments, not only to build their product knowledge, but also to ensure that standards are maintained all round. Should an establishment introduce a new product, or even change its management, we will always be the first to know. Southern Cross Safaris, proudly offers priority booking privileges and access to superior rooms at most hotels, lodges and bush camps.


The East African region presents an impressive range of excellent hotels to suit every taste. Ranging from elegant boutique style 5-star hotels that cater for the more discerning traveller or businessman to the more affordable, medium range family hotels. For travellers on a specific budget, we do offer an excellent choice. Meals throughout are of a universally high standard - these range from an eclectic smorgasbord of local fare, to buffet lunches, four course bush dinners under the stars and international cordon bleu delights. In most hotels the architecture is contemporary, air-conditioned rooms, colour television and excellent service. City Hotels are steeped in old colonial history, those at the coast lean towards Arabic architecture, incorporating attractively woven coconut palm fronds used to thatch roofs (Makuti) which makes for interesting accommodation on Kenya's Indian Ocean Coast.

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Game lodges are luxurious and are situated in exciting surroundings, in or close to National Parks and Reserves. They are built utilising natural local materials and are designed to blend harmoniously with their surroundings. Lodge accommodation can vary, some have all modern conveniences - glazed windows, air-conditioning, satellite TV and minibars in every room. Some lodges are very comfortable with simple Banda's surrounding a central dining room and bar area. Other lodges combine the best of everything and could be best described as 'authentic bush chic' rather than 5 star luxury.

All lodges have private en-suite facilities, most have swimming pools and some overlook floodlit waterholes for superb nocturnal game viewing.

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For those who prefer the thrill of a safari and hanker to get close to Africa in true safari style, a few nights under canvas in a luxury tented camp is a must. Contrary to popular belief safari camps don't mean 'outward bound', but in fact offer luxurious standards of comfort and personal service. Spacious insect-proof tents are provided with twin beds, fresh linen, hot and cold running water and flush toilets. Meals are fresh cooked fare everyday, wines are imported and your hosts are professional guides. One will also find full dining and bar facilities under a central tent or attractive open buildings. Most safari camps are located within prime wilderness areas and offer an intimacy with the surrounding bush incomparable to any other form of accommodation.

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More commonly known as 'tree-hotels', these architectural masterpieces usually stand high above the ground in secluded forest glades, overlooking wildlife waterholes. Quite different in style, they are all designed to offer a totally unique game viewing experience and an opportunity to watch as wildlife visits the floodlit waterhole, oblivious to the close proximity of fascinated visitors within the lodge.

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Private ranch homesteads have entirely different characteristics to any other form of safari accommodation. A source of great joy to the safari-seeking visitor, the whole ethos centres around being a guest on a working game ranch.   Accommodation is always within a privately hosted home and very often the owners are your hosts and guides. These range from the upcountry game ranches and farms to elegant beach or lakeside villas. Participate in game monitoring and conservation practices, interact with the local communities, which make the ranch their home and see life in the wilderness from an entirely different perspective.

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Community Eco-tourism lodges are fast becoming the 'alternative' safari experience in East Africa. Many large areas of previously unattended wilderness alongside working ranches were once the scourge of poachers and are now havens for big game. These areas provide safe migratory corridors between major wildlife reserves and great migratory herds of elephant have recently once again become accustomed to use these corridors as a matter of course. Ranchers and conservationists have realised the potential of these areas and assisted their local communities in constructing small intimate lodges, totally in-tune with the environment in which they are located. These small lodges offer guests direct access to the local indigenous tribal cultures and the chance to understand and be involved with community conservation. Your local hosts provide all services for the camp attired in their colourful traditional dress. Their naturally friendly demeanour and knowledge of the bush are a highlight of any eco-lodge experience. During the day there are many activities to choose from, providing a special opportunity to witness daily rural living, including livestock keeping, traditional hunting skills, rites, rituals and dances.

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Dependant upon your preference, we would be happy to provide you with detailed information and images on most of the accommodation on offer throughout the region. Please contact us for specific accommodation enquiries.


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