Our best African budget safari holidays are all about great value, affordable African budget safari holidays in Africa’s best game parks and reserves. For those looking to go on a safari the first thing one often worries about is how much does a safari cost. The majority of game lodges, bush camps and safari tours are relatively expensive given the costs of getting all those first-world luxuries in to the lodges and camps which are located in remote wilderness areas. Although few and far between, there are some fantastic budget bush lodges, safari camps and tours that offer exceptional value for money. The Safari Index team has provided a list of our top cheap, comfortable and affordable budget safaris that provide a great safari experience. These budget safari experiences are suitable for travellers looking for an affordable safari that won’t break the bank.

 

Due to the popularity of these affordable safari destinations it is advisable to book well in advance as they do get booked up quickly especially over weekends and public holidays. 

!Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi

!Xaus is situated in the dry and vast Kgalalgadi Transfrontier Park, which is renowned for its abundance of predators and birds of prey. This desert lodge is owned and run by the local Khomani San and Mier communities. !Xaus Lodge (the “!” represents a vocal click in the San language, but can also be pronounced as a K) blends into…

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5-day Kruger & Lowveld Tour

South Africa’s Kruger National Park is renowned worldwide. This massive expanse of bushveld and wilderness is home to an incredible abundance of animal, plant, bird and reptile species. The area is also known for housing Africa’s iconic Big 5. On this 5-day safari tour, guests are taken on a comprehensive tour of the Kruger and surrounding area, for a chance…

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6-day Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

This comprehensive safari tour takes you through two of Uganda's most exciting national parks- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. In Bwindi, you will have the opportunity to track and interact with endangered mountain gorillas- a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will embark on game drives, and have a chance to spot a…

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Africa on Foot, Klaserie

Africa on Foot is a safari company offering a great combination of walking and game drive safaris in a remote part of the Klaserie Game Reserve - a conservancy of privately owned game farms open to the Kruger Park. The camp is a traditional family-run bush camp where the atmosphere is homely and relaxed and the facilities rustic yet comfortable.…

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Ai Ais Hotsprings Spa, Namibia

Ai-Ais Hotsprings Spa is a unique nature retreat in a dramatic setting. It is located on the southern end of the Fish River Canyon, among the mountains of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in Namibia. The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, the largest in Africa, and is famous for its multi-day hiking trails. The…

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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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Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa

Aquila Safari Lodge is a 4 star establishment in the Southern Karoo. The reserve is a 7,500 hectare conservancy in the southern Karoo, and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness - elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. Aquila offers traditional game drives, safaris on horseback, quad biking, 4 x 4 mountain trails and so much more. Aquila…

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Best of Zambia - East to West Tour

Looking to see all the natural splendour of Zambia? This safari tour from 'East to West' in Zambia includes the highlights of Zambia's pristine National Parks. We will spend four days in South Luangwa National Park, visit the famous Kafue National Park and carry on to the remote Liuwa Plains National Park, one of Africa's last true wilderness areas. Mosi-oa-Tunya…

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Blue Footprints, Inhambane

Located on a beautiful beach between Bara and Tofo, about 25km from Inhambane in Mozambique, Blue Footprints lodge is a hidden beach oasis. It offers understated elegance and unparalleled ocean views, specifically designed so that from the bar, restaurant, lounge, pool and villas, the full magnificence of the Indian Ocean is just a glance away. A pristine environment for your…

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Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Located on the stunning Nankoma Island in Lake Malawi, Blue Zebra Island Lodge is a truly unique experience. Completely uninhabited and far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is truly nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. Under the protection of the Lake Malawi National Park, these three Islands offer a unique opportunity to…

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Botswana Affordable Wild Camping Tour

This adventurous safari tour provides you with a true safari wilderness experience. On this tour, which lasts for 8 days and 9 nights, you will get to camp out in the wilderness of Botswana, embarking on exciting game drives and viewing the incredible wild game species the region has to offer. Accommodation is provided in the form of semi-participation camping,…

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Botswana Highlights Tour

Botswana is one of Africa’s top wildlife and safari destinations. From the fascinating desert landscapes of the Kalahari, to the spectacular waterways of the Okavango, to the game-rich national parks, Botswana is the ultimate destination for the nature or safari enthusiast. On this safari tour, you will spend 16 days exploring this incredible country- a comprehensive, complete experience. You will…

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Budget 7-day Primate Tour, Uganda

This classic primate trekking safari tour takes you through the forests of Uganda and is perfect for those on a budget. Accommodation each night is in tents which are set up for you. The tour highlights are encountering mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat on primate trekking excursions. Being a camping tour it provides an adventurous yet wild…

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Bundox Safari Lodge, Greater Kruger

Bundox Safari Lodge is located ona small game reserve in South Africa’s renowned Greater Kruger region, on the doorstep of the world-famous Kruger National Park. This safari camp offers a variety of accommodation types, as well as access to a range of safari activities. The lodge consists of luxury safari tents, as well as self-catering chalets, perfect for families. The…

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Bushmans Wilderness Trail, Kruger

Situated in the south western corner of Kruger this wilderness area is characterised by deep quiet valleys and high rocky outcrops with spectacular views. These secluded valleys exclude trailists from the outside world whilst the high lying outcrops are accessed early in the morning to enjoy the vastness of the landscape and useful to search for game, The heavy density…

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Camp Carnelley's, Lake Naivasha

Camp Carnelley’s is a campsite and budget lodge located on the shores of the stunning Lake Naivasha in Kenya. It is a tranquil and picturesque camp, where monkeys swing from the trees and guests can enjoy scenic views of the lake. The camp is designed and built with the environment in mind, and the accommodation strives to be eco-friendly. It…

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Camp George, Klaserie

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, Malawi

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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Central Kalahari Campsites

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is located int he centre of Botswana. This desert landscape, while appearing harsh and barren, actually teems with fascinating desert-adapted flora and fauna. These include everything from large predators like lion and leopard, to smaller species such as springbok, zebra, and the ferocious honey badger. The birdlife is plentiful as well. The reserve is the…

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Chelinda Camp, Nyika Plateau

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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