A GUIDE TO TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

FIVE STAR HOTEL

Focus on city views with trendy facilitiesand exclusive accommodation with a very modern look with all the bells and whistles, from valet parking to a personal butlers with outstanding service.

FOUR STAR HOTEL

A mixture of room categories ranging for Standard rooms to suites, excellent service and great hospitality. Hotels are located in good areas and have one or two in-house restaurants with excellent facilities.

THREE STAR HOTEL

Very trendy with affordable rates and excellent service, usually have in house restaurants and good facilities. Limited room service.

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

A boutique hotel is an establishment that provids all the features and facilities of a standard hotel, in a unique and exclusive style. These properties are generally small and feature top class service.

AIRPORT HOTEL

Ranging from 5 to 3 star, these hotels normally is within a two-minute walk of the Airport, or a 10 to 15-minute drive of the airport terminal.

COUNTRY HOTEL

A large hotel focusing on country living, peace and tranquillityover with various levels and room types. The hotel offers good wholesome food and friendly service set in in a country environment.

Resort Hotels and Resorts

RESORT HOTEL

A resort hotel is a hotel within an area hosting various activities and attractions for the whole family. The resort sometimes cater for sports such as golf and water sports, and may even have a casino.

FIVE STAR RESORT HOTEL

Fantastic accommodations contained with in landscaped grounds with manicured gardens and with activities included. The Resorts offers a variety of accommodation and service of the high quality.

THREE STAR RESORT HOTEL

Comfortable and clean necessary in-house activities usually have hot springs and large pools, putt-putt and play areas set in extensive grass-covered gardens. Meals are mostly self-catering, however some resorts may be an on-site restaurant or one nearby.

RESORT

A collection of single or double story accommodation units, similar to that of a hotel and offers a wide range of facilities. Rooms may be available on time-share options as well. Camping areas may be on the resort.

GOLF RESORT

As the word indicates, a Golf Resort is an estate with accommodation and a golf course on site and normally has a golf shop on site. The golf course may be off-site however within a few minutes drive or walk from the estate itself.

Country Accommodations

A WINE ESTATE

Situated on a working wine farm, with views of the vineyards and even access to the wine cellars. Estates ranging between 3 to 5 star, accommodation can be anything from private cottages to private guest house rooms with en-suite bathroom. In some instances, the estate may have private villas. 

THE COUNTRY HOTEL

A large hotel that runs over various room types; the focus is on country living, peace and tranquillity. With wholesome food and attention to service within a hotel environment.

COUNTRY INN

A comfortable type accommodation that is normally run by the owner located in smaller towns and villages. The focus is on a peaceful setting with suitable clean accommodation and tasty meals.

COUNTRY LODGE

A country lodge focuses on service and quality food and accommodations; they are smaller than hotels. The peace and tranquillity of a large landscaped garden, fresh air and calm it is essential a home away from home.

GUEST FARM

A working farm that offer accommodation on a working farm environment with farm activities such as harvesting and feeding animals. Other chores may include fruit picking, milking and others.

Other Types of Accommodations

GUEST HOUSE

A guesthouse offers a broader range of services than a B&B. Generally, a converted private home  for the use of guest. The general areas of the establishment are for the use of the guests. 

BED & BREAKFAST or B&B

A private home where guests are accommodated in private bedrooms. Sometimes the owner (or manager) may live on or near the property. The general areas of the house have limited access for guests. 

TRAIN ACCOMMODATION

 Train travel through Africa, in deluxe, or luxury suites and carriages focusing on excellent food and service, and activities in the day away from the train. Dinner is a Black tie event. 

HOUSEBOATS

This describes a vessel operating on a lake or river, and where guests can overnight on the boat - so literally a hotel on the water. Meals are served on the boat. Activities will vary according to where the boat is located and can include fishing, game watching and birding.

CULTURAL VILLAGE or HOME STAY

The Cultural Village indicates an establishment that is located in a working cultural village. The accommodation need not be "cultural" but activities and food must represent the experience.

Safari Lodges and Camps

SAFARI LODGE

Ranging from 3 to 5 star, and is located in a wildlife area. Built from permanent material such as stone, natural, unprocessed timber poles and thatch.

TENTED SAFARI CAMP

 Tented camps are built with canvas. They prioritize service and offers good quality food - not necessarily located in a wilderness area. 

SAFARI CAMP

 A safari Camp mostly found in southern and eastern Africa. Camps are located in or near national parks or game reserves. 

REST CAMP

A Rest Camp is generally state-run and located in national parks and nature reserves. They provide accommodations in the form of self-catering, guest houses, rondawels and safari style tents. The ablutions and cooking facilities may be en-suite or shared.

SERVICED CAMP SITE

Demarcated camping areas, where you pitch your tent, bring your food and supplies and do your cooking and cleaning. Ablutions and cooking facilities are shared.

SAFARI HOTEL

It is a multi-roomed establishment, in big cities with easy access to a game reserve for game drives or walks. The building is normally thatched and decorated in African style. 

Nature Reserve Camps or Lodges

BUSH LODGE

The permanent buildings are made from hard material structures such as stone and thatch or a mixture of the two. Set in a bush environment with free access of animals to the property.

BUSH CAMP

For the more adventurous, necessary accommodations in tents, wooden cabins or a mixture of both.  

WILDERNESS LODGE

A Lodge made with brick and mortar structure and not necessarily located in a game area. It could be located on a coastal reserve, or mountain retreat.

DESERT LODGE

A desert camp, mainly constructed with hard materials such as stone and brick that is surrounded by desert.

WATER LODGE

A water lodge describes an establishment of brick and mortar or safari style tents and is surrounded by water - allowing only for water-based activities.

ISLAND CAMP

An establishment located on an island and surrounded by water, and bordering on rustic facilities.