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Accommodation, Southern Africa.

Accommodation ranges from backpacker to luxury hotels, guest lodges and country houses, exclusive private game reserves, camping and caravan sites. Cuisine includes self-catering, B&B or fully inclusive. Many hotels have their own in-house restaurants.  Tariffs range from less than R50 to over R7000 per night. The choice is usually wide. The services provided are equally varied. However price is not necessarily a good indication of value.  For example, one is able to visit Big5 game reserves and see spectacular wildlife without having to spend large sums of money at an exclusive game lodge.

Backpacker lodges have mushroomed throughout the region and, in particular, up the East Coast over the past few years. They are generally inexpensive, easy to find (use of the word backpacker is universal) and standards are similar.  Furthermore, transport to and from such places is well organized (Baz Bus). An inexpensive alternative you may want to consider is to make use of the many caravan parks throughout the region. Most domestic tourists make use of such facilities because (a) most are relatively inexpensive, (b) many enjoy prime locations throughout the region, (c) the ablution blocks in particular are spotlessly clean, (c) they are uncrowded outside holiday season, (d) many have a variety of accommodation available such as camping, self-catering chalets, restaurants, etc (e) security is usually tight and (f) many are located in interesting places not serviced by backpacker lodges. A disadvantage is that transport to and from caravan parks is not well organized so you will have to hire a car to get there.

The market is divided into two sections – i.e., self-catering/camping, and B&B/inclusive.  Locals generally prefer the former, which is less expensive, while foreign tourists and businessmen have historically preferred the latter. This is changing as the industry matures.  Alan McIver ATTraaccom




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