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. 

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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Biyamiti Bushveld Camp, Kruger

On the banks of the Mbiyamiti river, hidden by Delagoa thickets, rests one of the most beautiful bushveld camps in the Kruger National Park. The camp is ideally situated between huge Wild Fig and Jackalberry trees with vast numbers of other fauna and flora species in abundance. The area is a game spotter’s dream come true. Accommodation at the small…

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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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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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