African safari lodges and bush camps at cheaper, more affordable rates 

For many, an authentic African nature experience is only a dream, simply due to budget constraints. However, did you know that you can go to some superb eco destinationswithout breaking the bank? There is an array of safari destinations in Africa that provide activities and accommodation at cheaper, more affordable rates. Here is the Safari Index team’s selection of a few lodges and camps in Southern Africa for those on a budget:

Bamboeskamp Campsite

Found in the breathtakingly beautiful Namaqua National Park on South Africa’s West Coast, Bamboeskamp Campsite provides guests with an authentic wilderness experience. The campsite is equipped with nothing more than a windbreak wall, barbecue area, and enviro loo. Guests bring everything else that they may require. Guests can enjoy hiking, nature walks, picnicking, relaxing on the beach and enjoying the various wildlife species of the region, including whales, dolphins and the rare Speckled Cape Tortoise.

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Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp

This traditional style self catering accommodation is found in the Golden Gate National Park of South Africa, with incredible views. It offers an intimate nature experience for a unique safari holiday. Each comfortable chalet has en suite facilities with private barbecue facilities as well. Enjoy self drive safaris, cultural tours, a traditional healer visit, hiking, or simply relax and take in the spectacular surrounds.

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Berg en Dal Rest Camp

This well equipped rest camp provides comfortable accommodation in the famous Kruger National Park. The camp provides a range of different accommodation types to suit guest tastes: campsites, bungalows, cottages and luxury units. There is an array of activities on offer to guests, including game drives, bush walks and wildlife film screenings. A swimming pool, restaurant, laundromat and conference facilities are available at the lodge.

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Agulhas Rest Camp

Agulhas Rest Camp provides comfortable, self catering accommodation in the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa. The camp provides sea views and the region is rich in marine life and biodiversity. Guests can spot whales and dolphins on their beach safari, and also enjoy hiking, fishing and 4×4 trails. Agulhas National Park, in which the camp is found, boasts many attractions, including the southernmost tip of Africa, the Graveyard of Ships, and the famous Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. The comfortable cottages have en suite facilities and are fully equipped.

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Dzimbabwe Lodge


Dzimbabwe Lodge provides comfortable safari accommodation in Zimbabwe, with views of Lake Kariba and the sights and sounds on the wild animals of Africa all around. Guests can see elephants, hippos, zebra and antelope from their balconies and windows. The rooms are equipped with en suite facilities, air conditioning, WiFi and satellite TV. The lodge itself has swimming pool with a view of the lake, a restaurant, and a laundry service.  Activities at the lodge and nearby include game drives, fishing, boat cruises, a tour of the Kariba Dam Wall, a tour of the town and local curio shopping.

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