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. 

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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Blyde River Canyon Panoramic Tour

The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world- and the largest green canyon on earth. Situated in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, as part of the stunning Panorama Route, the Canyon features breathtaking landscapes and spectacular views. It is over 30km long and approximately 750m deep, with the Blyde River winding and twisting along its base. Along…

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Bontle Camping Site, Marekele

The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Bontle Camping Site is located at the foot of a winding path that…

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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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Boulder Baai Camp Site, 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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Boulders Bush Lodge, Kruger

Boulders Bush Lodge, situated approximately 25km south of Mopani, is embedded in the rocky outcrops found in the north of the Kruger National Park. A bush lodge is an exclusive, private lodge with a unique style and atmosphere, with multiple rooms and bathrooms. The majestic rocks form a backdrop to accommodation units that are built on stilts, with wooden boardwalks…

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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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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, Lake 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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Chelinda Lodge, Nyika Plateau

Chelinda Lodge is a safari lodge located in Nyika National Park, Malawi. The lodge is nestled among trees and overlooks the rolling grasslands of Nyika, which are home to herds of zebra, antelope and buck. Chelinda Lodge is made up of six cabins, each constructed from wood and featuring a host of excellent facilities. The lodges are double-storeyed, with the…

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Chintheche Inn, Lake Malawi

Chintheche Inn is an elegant lodge located on the shores on Lake Malawi. Its stunning setting features white sand beaches and azure waters, waving palms and tropical forests. The lodge is made up of ten rooms, each furnished with en-suite facilities and panoramic views. The rooms also have mini bars and fireplaces. The lodge itself has a pool and beautiful…

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Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated on the edge of Kasane Town in Botswana, on the banks of the Chobe River on the border of Chobe National Park. Right on its doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge is therefore an excellent getaway near to Chobe, Victoria Falls and Caprivi. The lodge's…

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Classical Uganda Tour

This ten-day safari tour consists of thrilling encounters with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, chimpanzee tracking in both Kibale National Park and Kyambura Gorge, multiple game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its wide array of wildlife, including the famous tree-climbing lions, and an optional visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on beautiful…

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Cradle Boutique Hotel

The stunning Cradle Boutique Hotel is situated in the Cradle of Humankind Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Gauteng province. This incredible wilderness is amazingly situated just a stone’s throw away from the second-largest urban area in Africa, Johannesburg. The luxury hotel features 16 timber-and-thatch suites, each with a full range of facilities and amenities. These include air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, satellite…

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Crater Forest Tented Camp, Ngorongoro

Crater Forest Tented Camp is an eco-friendly safari camp located in a spectacular setting. The camp is found on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, which is home to famous Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge is situated on a highland coffee plantation, at an altitude of 1800m, providing stunning views of the Ngorongoro Forest and the coffee plantation.…

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