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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16-day Zimbabwe Tour

Zimbabwe is one of Africa's key wildlife, nature and safari destinations. The landlocked Southern African country is home to the mighty Zambezi River, one of the largest in Africa; the legendary, world-famous Victoria Falls; and several parks and reserves that are sanctuaries for a plethora of large and small game species. The country also features several ancient and historically-significant sites.…

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24-day Southern Circle Tour

This exciting safari tour takes guests on a 24-day adventure through five Southern African countries, showcasing the best nature, wildlife and adventure destinations each one has to offer. Besides visiting the region’s essential destinations, such as the iconic Victoria Falls and the world-famous Kruger National Park, you will also have the opportunity for a host of other experiences. Encounter the…

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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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Addo Main Rest Camp

The popular main rest camp of the Addo Elephant National Park offers a wide variety of accommodation units to suit all tastes and plenty of activities to keep visitors busy. A unique feature is the waterhole lookout point, floodlit at night, within the camp, as well as the underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole such as…

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Affordable Cape Town Explorer

Cape Town is a fantastic city to explore. Steeped in history and full to the brim with natural beauty, you will be forgiven for not knowing where to start. That is why this 3-day Cape Town Explorer is the perfect fit for anyone wanting to visit the Mother City. You will be transported by an experienced guide to both historical…

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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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Agulhas Rest Camp

Agulhas Rest Camp is found in the Agulhas National Park, at the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet (in which many ships have been wrecked over the centuries). The renowned Cape Agulhas Lighthouse can be found nearby. The camp offers sea views and provides comfortable, intimate accommodation in the Agulhas National Park. Agulhas boasts attractions such as the…

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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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Angela's Safari Camp, Klaserie

The intimate and beautiful Angela's Camp is a safari camp located in the Klaserie Game Reserve in South Africa. This private nature reserve is part of the Greater Kruger Park, home to the Big 5 and offers an authentic African safari experience. Angela's Camp is made up of five en-suite chalets, each decorated with the artwork of local artists, The…

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Balule Satellite Camp, Kruger

Deep in the heart of the Kruger National Park, in the most exquisite topography, lies a small satellite camp. Named 'Balule' after the Tsonga word for the Olifants River, this camp is one of the best places for guests to experience nature first hand. Situated more or less in the centre of the Park, just south of Olifants Camp, Balule…

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Bamboeskamp Campsite, Namaqua

Renowned for its stunning, striking carpets of flowers that bloom after the spring rains, the Namaqua National Park in South Africa is one of nature's greatest spectacles. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart around among the flowers, seemingly overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity. The Speckled Cape Tortoise, the world's smallest, is found here. A number of rustic campsites can…

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Baobab Hill Bush House, Pafuri

Baobab Hill Bush House is situated on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River in the northern Pafuri region of the Kruger National Park. This private homestead offers a secluded retreat in the bush, perfect for small groups and families. The house can sleep up to 8 people and consists of 4 bedrooms, as well as facilities that include a kitchen,…

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Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp, Golden Gate

"The Free State landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons.” - former President Nelson Mandela wrote in his autobiography. It is here where Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp nestles on the eastern side of the Golden…

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Bateleur Bushveld Camp, Kruger

This delightful camp is situated on the banks of the Mashokwe Spruit. It is approximately 40km south-west of Shingwedzi in the beautiful northern Mopane/Woodland savannah of the Kruger National Park. Named after the majestic eagle, Bateleur, the oldest and the smallest of the bushveld camps, offers a unique atmosphere and superb game viewing. One of the many features Bateleur offers…

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Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, Kruger

Berg-en-Dal is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view of softly undulating hills to the east. On the northern and southern sides dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry riverbeds. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp. Berg-en-Dal is also…

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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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Bitterpan Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi

Elevated above the red sand dunes of the Kalahari and suspended in time is Bitterpan – an exclusive, stilted camp overlooking a waterhole. Bitterpan is situated in the center of the wilderness opening up a new 4x4 route through the Kalahari dunes from Nossob to Mata-Mata and the Kalahari Tented Camp. The water hole is visited regularly by a variety…

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