Sorting the wheat from the lodge chaff
Not all lodges are created equal, and given that the safari element if probably the most expensive part of your journey, choosing to get the maximum experience from your hard earned pound, dollar or euro is important. Many lodges look great from pictures, but don't necessarily back it up in reality, or rely on a dated reputation or simply take advantage of location to charge unreasonable rates. Take time to understand what you want from your accommodation and your experience will be all the better for it.
There are lodges that get the balance of providing quality, uncomplicated accommodation with a wonderful safari experience just right - like the excellent Motswari (pictured) in South Africa's Timbavati reserve.
There are some wonderful large lodges, like the Serena Serengeti (pictured), and are great for those who enjoy the buzz of lots of people, as they typically attract tour groups. If you are looking for a more intimate experience, be sure to look for smaller lodges.
Fit for royalty
Sometimes the lodge is just so special, that it is as much of an attraction as the safari itself. There are a few very special places, scattered across Africa that offer incredible accommodation, gourmet meals and exceptional service you might not want to go on safari! Like the wonderful Jamala Madikwe (pictured)