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. 

Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, Kruger

Situated between Berg-en-dal, Ship Mountain and Afsaal Picnic Site, this trail is named after one of the Kruger's first and most famous rangers . Harry Wolhuter killed a lion single handedly with his hunting knife while out on patrol on horseback. It is a spectacularly scenic wilderness area, characterized by high granite outcrops with deep valleys. Evidence of Bushmen and…

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Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Like the water lily from which it takes its inspiration, Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp nestles deep in the heart of the game-rich Okavango Delta. Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp offers a beautiful Botswana safari experience and enjoys luxurious solitude on its own Delta island within a 272 000 hectare (672 125 acres) exclusive wildlife concession. With only nine tents, this intimate…

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Xudum Okavango Delta Camp

Experience the freedom and exhilaration of the Okavango Delta at Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, with its unique rooftop hideouts in each of nine private African safari suites. Overlooking a seasonal lagoon, the earthy glamour of this striking lodge provides the perfect counterpoint to the natural bounty of this game-rich landscape. A strong but playful recycled theme provides unusual accents at…

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Zebra Country Lodge

Whether it is wildlife, culture, or peace and quiet that you seek, Zebra Country Lodge is the ideal getaway for special events, weddings, conferences and family leisure time. Discover this exclusive retreat in a tranquil bushveld setting, only 30km from Pretoria, and rejuvenate your soul. Various species of game, including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and antelope, can be viewed on guided…

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