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. 

Gomo Gomo Game Lodge

Gomo Gomo is a private and intimate camp in the prestigious Klaserie Nature Reserve that forms part of the greater Kruger National Park with an unfenced boundary. Guests stay in furnished brick / thatch chalets, all with en-suite facilities, power points and air conditioning. Gomo Gomo is a child friendly lodge and an ideal option for families. Game drives offer…

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Mafia Island Lodge

The great value and affordable Mafia Island Lodge is found on Tanzania’s Mafia Island, a tranquil beach paradise found among a host of islands in the Indian Ocean. This beautiful lodge is nestled among tall palm trees and overlooks a sandy beach. It is made up of a variety of differing accommodation types, each with a veranda that has sea…

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Serolo Safari Camp

Set in the heart of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Eastern Botswana, Serolo Safari Camp (previously known as Tuli Wilderness Camp) is an unfenced camp, located along the shady floodplain of the Limpopo River (600 metres from the river itself), with 15,000 ha traversing rights on your doorstep. It’s a place to go for a real, authentic ‘wilderness experience’.…

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Mabula Game Lodge, Waterberg

Convenient, elegant and understated luxury, an encounter with South Africa’s bushveld awaits at Mabula Game Lodge. The lodge is located just two and half hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the ‘Malaria Free’ Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. Diverse landscapes, including grassland plains and rocky outcrops create the ideal habitat for the Big 5 as well as the little creatures…

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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Shindzela is an authentic tented bush camp situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests and is unfenced, making one feel very much part of the wilderness. Shindzela is not built by an award winning architect, nor is it furnished by an interior designer.…

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Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp, Kruger

Nkambeni Tented Camp is located in the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa. The camp offers a wide range of outstanding facilities to make your stay in the Kruger Park an enjoyable experience. The tented suites are built on wooden stilts- this design guarantees minimum impact on the natural habitat. No concrete and no foundations means no damage! The…

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Kruger Wilderness Trails

There are thousands of wildlife destinations on the African continent but few of them offer an authentic wilderness experience to tourists. Driving around in an open game drive vehicle and staying in a luxury lodge is not necessary the real thing. Staying in a rustic, primitive camp and experiencing the African bush on foot is much closer to an ultimate…

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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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Umkumbe Safari Lodge, Sabi Sands

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is ideally located in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger, considered by many to be the premier reserve within South Africa due to large concentrations of wildlife and in particular, leopard. Animals roam freely throughout as there are no fences between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands. Umkumbe is…

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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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Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp, Mabula

Discreetly tucked away in the tree line on the edge of the magnificent Mvubu plain in the 12 000 hectare Mabula Private Game Reserve is Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp. The five luxurious en-suite tents have been designed with soft furnishings in strong hues of rich African colour and are raised on platforms in order to maximize privacy. This is the…

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NThambo Tree Camp, Klaserie

nThambo Tree Camp is an intimate bush camp in the exclusive Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Unfenced and open to the wild, nThambo invites guests to relax at the main pool and bar area, or to retreat to their individual treehouse chalets and embrace the slightly lofty view. The unique accommodation consists of 5 timber, thatched chalets set on wooden stilts,…

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Elephant Plains, Sabi Sands

Elephant Plains is a family run 4 Star camp situated on the banks of the dry Manyelethi River bed in the northern sector of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The camp is primarily split into 2 sections. The more affordable accommodation type is the ‘rondavel’ huts based on the setup of the original hunting camp. There are 5 rondavels set…

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Meerkat Sanctuary, Kalahari

Meerkat Sanctuary is situated on the Kalahari Trails which is a privately owned nature reserve just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, offering guests affordable self catering accommodation and camping options. Kalahari Trails offers sheltered camping, a single self catering cottage, and 2-3 sleeper rooms in and a dune nestled tented camp. The self catering cottage sleeps up to six guests…

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Wildside Tented Camp, Entabeni

Wildside Tented Camp consists of 20 thatched and tented chalets (including 4 family rooms) and captures the essence of the unspoiled wilderness of the Waterberg. The camp combines comfort with a rustic bush setting, creating a suitably wild African atmosphere. Guided game drives and bush walks bring guests into close contact with a great variety of game species, including the…

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Timbavati Safari Lodge

Timbavati Safari Lodge is situated just a few minutes from the heart of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, making this lodge ideally placed to offer visitors an array of adventures and safari activities. Timbavati's colourful, hand-painted Ndebele 'rondavels' (traditional round huts) are nestled among glades of indigenous trees and offer guests clean and comfortable accommodation. They are all en-suite with…

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Quatermain’s 1920s Safari Camp

Set in a secluded valley of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Quatermain’s Camp portrays a truly authentic tented safari experience, modelled on a romantic bygone colonial era. The camp has a central boma and three comfortable tents which are lit by traditional storm lanterns in the evenings. All meals have a local flavour, and the evening highlights are the braais (barbecues)…

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