Growing up in Africa many families will have the fondest memories of going on safari to one of the great national parks. Accommodation usually being in self-catering huts or chalets with communal cooking and ablution blocks. Much has changed over the years but the magical essence of a self-drive safari staying in self-catering accommodation has remained. International visitors to Africa are also beginning to enjoy the freedom and lifestyle a do it yourself holiday brings. Self-catering also has the added benefit of engaging more with local communities in having to buy some local supplies, eat meals or take part in nearby activities.

Do your bit and help us crown Africa's ultimate self-catering lodge or camp. You get one vote in each category so make it count! Those who vote stand a chance of winning a 2 night stay for 2 people at a luxury game lodge in South Africa.

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Amani Safari Camp, Klaserie

Amani Safari Camp is based deep in the Klaserie Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park’s vast block of privately owned wilderness. The conservancy of 3500 odd hectares fall along both sides of the Klaserie River, attracting herds of elephant, buffalo and of course, the big cats that hunt them. The affordable safari accommodation is in 4 en suite air-conditioned…

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47 Votes

Angela’s Safari Camp, Klaserie

Why we like it: Sweeping landscape views; Excellent self-catering facilities; Big 5 wildlife viewing

The intimate and beautiful Angela's Camp is a safari camp located in the Klaserie Game Reserve in South Africa. This private nature reserve is part of the Greater Kruger Park, home to the Big 5 and offers an authentic African safari experience. Angela's Camp is made up of five en-suite chalets, each decorated with the artwork of local artists, The…

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4 Votes

Baobab Hill Bush House, Pafuri

Why we like it: Private and exclusive self-catering accommodation; Perfect for families or small groups; Private game-viewing vehicle and guide

Baobab Hill Bush House is situated on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River in the northern Pafuri region of the Kruger National Park. This private homestead offers a secluded retreat in the bush, perfect for small groups and families. The house can sleep up to 8 people and consists of 4 bedrooms, as well as facilities that include a kitchen,…

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Bitterpan Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi

Why we like it: Cabins on stilts overlooking a waterhole; Unique desert landscape; Natural feel and design of cabins

Elevated above the red sand dunes of the Kalahari and suspended in time is Bitterpan – an exclusive, stilted camp overlooking a waterhole. Bitterpan is situated in the center of the wilderness opening up a new 4x4 route through the Kalahari dunes from Nossob to Mata-Mata and the Kalahari Tented Camp. The water hole is visited regularly by a variety…

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18 Votes

Camp George, Klaserie

Why we like it: Classic Big 5 safari experience; Excellent self-catering accommodation

The self-catering and exclusive-use Camp George is located in the Big 5 Klaserie Game Reserve in South Africa. The self-catering camp is made up of five luxury air-conditioned chalets with en-suite facilities. The camp's main area features great indoor and outdoor entertainment areas in a garden setting, as well as a TV lounge with satellite TV, allowing guests the chance…

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5 Votes

Cape Cottage, Malawi

Why we like it: Perfect for families or small groups; Convenient self-catering option; Host of activities on offer

Cape Cottage is a wonderful little cottage situated on the beach at Cape Maclear in Malawi. The cottage is self-catering, with space for up to four people. It features a fully fitted kitchenette and en-suite facilities, and is the perfect place to overnight at Cape Maclear before setting off on an island safari to one of Lake Malawi’s islands. The…

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Chelinda Camp, Nyika Plateau

Why we like it: Beautiful panoramic views; Different accommodation options; Totally unique safari destination

Chelinda Camp is located in Malawi’s Nyika National Park, high up on the Nyika Plateau. The camp provides stunning views of the region’s rolling hills and grasslands, and also overlooks a dam. The camp is made up of two types of accommodation: four two-bedroom chalets, as well as six en-suite twin-bed rooms. The chalets have en-suite facilities, lounges and dining…

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68 Votes

Desert Quiver Camp, Namib Desert

Why we like it: Breathtaking desert setting; Comfortable and well-priced modern accommodation; Great range of activities; Easy access into Namib Desert

Desert Quiver Camp is situated on the edge of Namibia's spectacular Sesriem Region, only 5km from the main entrance gate to the park. The Camp consists of comfortable, stylish and modern self-catering accommodation, surrounded by inspiring scenery of granite rocky outcrops, magnificent views and roaming desert wildlife. Each self-catering room has en-suite bathroom, spacious bedroom, private parking, and shaded patio…

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Djuma Vuyatela Lodge, Sabi Sands

Why we like it: Vibrant African design; Private Plunge Pools; Outdoor showers; Overlooks a dam that attracts wildlife; Stunning views from viewing tower

Djuma Vuyatela Lodge is a small five - roomed camp in the heart of the northern sector of the Sabi Sands. The lodge is unique in that the furnishings and artwork reflect modern Africa with lovely bright mosaic stone artwork and local contemporary pieces. The main lodge area is extremely spacious and guests have a typical safari experience watching wildlife…

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3 Votes

Motswiri Self-catering Villa, Madikwe

Why we like it: Luxury self-catering accommodation; Perfect for a family getaway, Big 5 malaria-free reserve

Motswiri Private Safari Lodge is located in South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve, one of the country's lesser-known safari gems. This reserve is malaria-free, is home to a plethora of wildlife that includes the Big 5, and is located just a 3 to 4-hour drive away from Johannesburg and Pretoria. This makes it the ideal holiday or weekend getaway, especially for…

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