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 falls 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 bedrooms. Each…

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Angela’s Safari Camp, Klaserie

Why we like it: Sweeping landscape views; 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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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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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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Cape Cottage, Lake 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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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 magnificent views of granite rocky outcrops and roaming desert wildlife. Each self-catering room has an en-suite bathroom, spacious bedroom, private parking, and shaded patio areas.…

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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 in and…

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Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets

Formerly known as Brandwag Hotel, this luxury accommodation has always been synonymous with Golden Gate. A wide spectrum of services and facilities has always been offered, which stretched out onto the 34 adjacent fully-equipped chalets. Although the hotel has undergone minor renovations over the years, a point was reached where a major upgrade was necessary. Visitors to the newly improved…

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Highlands Mountain Retreat, Golden Gate

Close your eyes and allow your senses to totally relax. Breathe in the crisp, fresh mountain air and slowly allow your eyelids to open. Take in the awesome view of the overlapping mountain range, all the while knowing that you are standing 2200m above sea-level, the only place in South Africa at this height. A great escape for the mind,…

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Lotheni Camp, Drakensberg

Why we like it: This camp's stunning location makes it the ultimate nature retreat. Comfortable, affordable accommodation and a variety of activities complete the experience.

Lotheni Camp is situated deep in the heart of South Africa’s spectacular Drakensberg Mountains. Surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery and offering breathtaking views, the camp is the ideal getaway. The tranquil surroundings and secluded location will soothe you and help you to forget all your worries. The clear waters of the Lotheni River flow past the camp, while the region…

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Mtomeni Safari Camp, Letaba Ranch

On the banks of the Letaba River, inside the provincial reserve of Letaba Ranch, lies a jewel called Mtomeni Safari Camp. Mtomeni Camp forms part of the African Ivory Route and is situated in a Big Five Reserve, 42km from Phalaborwa. This is a game-rich area, as the fences have been dropped between Kruger and Letaba Ranch, which is well-known…

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Ndumo Camp

Why we like it: SA's premier birding destination; Camping and self-catering options; Authentic wilderness experience

Ndumo Camp is the only camp in the Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa's premier birding hotspot with the highest bird count in the country with over 430 species seen to date. The camp at Ndumo consists of seven 2-bedded squaredavels, each equipped with a hand basin with hot and cold water and a basic kitchenette including a refrigerator. All bedding,…

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Tree Top Forest Chalet, Garden Route

Hide away in the treetops, deep in the unspoilt forest. Situated in the Harkerville forest, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, the Tree Top Forest Chalet is tucked away at the head of a wide valley. From this hideaway you can absorb the tranquility of an Eden that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. Bird-watch, botanise or simply observe the…

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Vhembe Wilderness Camp, Mapungubwe

In the eastern section of Mapungubwe National Park, Vhembe Wilderness Camp has been built on a small ridge in a valley, within walking distance of the Limpopo River and Mapungubwe Hill. The following is available at Vhembe Wilderness Camp: the cabins provide two single beds each with an en-suite bathroom (WC and shower). The camp runs on solar-generated electricity and…

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